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Ambasciata INAF V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University Institute of Radio astronomy National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Ukraine Astronomical Association Ukraine International Airlines


Second Italy-Ukraine meeting in Astronomy


Institute of Astronomy and Department of Astronomy and Space Informatics of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

September 25-27, 2018


The conference will be held in Kharkiv V.N. Karazin National University situated in the center of Kharkiv, the second largest city of Ukraine.

The Institute of astronomy (Sumska str. 35) which is located between the University building and Shevchenko square. The way to reach Institute of Astronomy from different locations is shown in the map of the central part of Kharkiv.


You can find many offers of accommodation in Kharkiv at www.booking.com or other on-line reservation services. We recommend the following hotels nearby of the conference place:

The hotels Kharkiv and Premier Palace are the closest hotels to the place of the conference (5 minutes by walk). You can find information about the prices at the hotel websites. Pay attention that the prices can be given in Ukrainian currency Hryvnya (UAH). The exchange rate is 1 USD ~ 28 UAH, 1 Euro ~33 UAH.

How to get to Kharkiv

There are a limited number of airlines that connect Kharkiv to other cities, mainly to Kiev, Warsaw, Istanbul and several other cities (see the whole list at https://hrk.aero/en/ ). The option is to fly to Kharkiv via Warsaw by LOT Polish Airlines or via Kiev by Ukrainian International Airlines (https://www.flyuia.com/ua/en/). Another option is to fly to Kiev Boryspol Airport ((https://kbp.aero/en/) and to get to Kharkiv from Kiev by train or bus. The train option is more convenient. The train to Kharkiv departs from the Kiev Railway Station which is in 50 minutes by bus from Boryspol Airport (https://kbp.aero/en/transport/bus/).You can choose either an express train (departure 6:43, 13:31, 18:00; the travel time is about 5 hours) or a night train (departure 22:22, arrival 6:25). You can book train tickets at the Ukrainian Railway web-site https://booking.uz.gov.ua/en/.

If you choose to take bus there are buses directly from Boryspol Airport to Kharkiv (8:35, 15:05, 23:20; travel time about 7 hours). You can find more information about buses and book tickets at http://skybus.kiev.ua/en/across.html.

Practical information

How to get to University

There are two metro stations nearby the University building: metro stations Universitet and Derzhprom. They belong to different lines but have common connection and are very close to each other and to the University building. Metro ticket offices are situated at the entrance to each station where you can buy a single journey ticket (the cost is UAH 5). By metro you can reach the Railwal Station (metro station Pivdennyi Vokzal).

There is a direct bus from the conference place to the Kharkiv airport (bus no. 119). Its stop is close to the northern University building (stop Metro Derzhprom). The cost is UAH 8. The way to the airport is about 40 min and the time interval between buses is about 30 min.

Taxis are the easiest and fastest way to go to your location. The typical cost from the Kharkiv airoport to the city centre is UAH 120 (Euro 4). It is safer and cheaper to order taxi by phone. The most popular taxi companies phones are 30-40, 77-07 (from local phone, callback). Unfortunately, most of taxi dispatchers and taxi drivers do not speak English. If you are ordering a taxi by phone, the taxi dispatcher will say you the exact cost of a ride since most of our taxis are not equipped with a meter. If you take taxi by yourself it is important that you negotiate the price with the driver before you get in the car.

Please see metro map and Kharkiv map, Kharkiv central part map.


The official currency of Ukraine is Hryvnia (UAH). There are a lot of currency exchange places in the central part of the city, at the banks, hotels, airport. The exchange rate is 1 USD ~ 26 UAH, 1 Euro ~30 UAH. The exchange rate is practically the same in various exchange places but day-to-day exchange rate fluctuates.

The credit cards like Visa or MasterCard are accepted in many places. It is safer to use ATM machine (local word for it is "Bankomat") if it is located in a public place, like hotels, inside or close to the banks.

Cafes and Restaurants

There are many places to have lunch nearby the conference place (see map). There are also cafe inside the University building. The popular restaurants near the conference place: