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Western Ukraine : Ivano-Frankivsk
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Ivano-Frankivsk [2] (formerly in Polish: Stanisławów, German: Stanislau) is a city in the Ukrainian part of East Galicia.

Get in

By plane:

Ivano-Frankivsk has its own international airport with flights to Kiev, Moscow (Domodedovo) and Lviv, it is however relatively small. The biggest airport nearby is in Lviv.

By train:

You can get to Ivano-Frankivsk by train from Lviv (where you can connect to Belarus and Poland) or Chernivtsi (where you can connect to Romania).

Get around

The city centre is manageable by foot.

Those wishing to venture outside of the city by car may want to use a more robust vehicle such as a 4 by 4 as roads in the local area are extremely degraded and incomparable to western roads.


The baroque city centre with the town hall, the Armenian Church, the Cathedral and the old brewery.

Town hall (Ratusha) - Art Deco building from 1930s standing in the middle of Market Square (Ploshcha Rynok). Today houses the Regional Museum.

Museum of Art in the oldest former church of the city, the Collegiate Church of Virgin Mary.



On huge bazaar close to the Main Square you can buy everything.


Food in Ivano-Frankivsk, like the rest of the Ukraine is fairly good and will sit well in the stomach of most western travelers.

If visiting a supermarket, price on items will vary greatly. Western labeled products will be labeled with prices comparable to western prices. Similar goods with non-western labels will sell much cheaper.

Two glasses of beer and a bag of potato chips will cost about 5 US$ at local bars.


As with other Ukrainian cities of its size a beer should cost under $1 and a large bag of crisps (potato chips) in a normal bar/pub should cost a maximum of $1. If you are paying more than that you know you are being ripped off.


  • Fenomen, 38 Pivdenny Bulvar St, +38 068 1445566, [1]. Clean and cozy hostel. $10 per bed.
  • Hotel Dnister, Sichovykh Striltsiv Str., 12. Sovietish. Quite big and dark rooms but nice staff with no English, a lift. Several rooms with bathroom en-suite, others with shared. Water supply unreliable.

Get out

The Carpathians are nearby as well as the town Kolomyia and Yaremche. The city of Lviv is not far either.

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