Transport in Ukraine

Transport in Ukraine includes ground transportation (road and rail), water (sea and river), air transportation, and pipelines. The transportation sector accounts for roughly 11% of the country's gross domestic product and 7% of total employment.


Transport Infrastructure

Today the transport sector in Ukraine generally meets only the basic needs of the economy and population. The level of safety, quality and efficiency of passenger and freight transport, as well as the infrastructure's amount of energy usage, and the technological burden it places on the environment do not meet modern-day requirements.

Due to the low level of demand, the country's existing transit potential and advantageous geographical position is not fully utilised. There is thus a lag in the development of transport infrastructure, transport and logistics technologies and multimodal transport. All this has made Ukraine uncompetitive as the high costs of transport across the country make the cost of production in the country uncommonly high.

International Transport Corridors

The advantageous geographical position of Ukraine allows for the location of a number of International Transport Corridors on its territory, in particular :

Transport Industry

The share of the transport sector in Ukraine's gross domestic product (according to Goskomstat) as of 2009 was 11.3%. The number of workers employed in the sector is almost 7% of total employment. The transportation infrastructure of Ukraine is adequately developed overall, however it is obsolete and in need of major modernization. A remarkable boost in the recent development of the country's transportation infrastructure was noticed after winning the right to host a major continental sport event the UEFA Euro 2012.

In 2009, Ukrainian infrastructure provided for the transportation of 1.5 billion tons of cargo and 7.3 billion passengers. As the global financial crisis took hold and demand for major export commodities in 2009 fell, the volume of freight traffic decreased by 17,6% when compared with figures from 2008; passenger transport fell by 12,7%.

Freight and Passenger Transportation Statistics[1]

Transported tons of freights Freight kilometres (thousand) Transported passengers (thousand) Passenger kilometres (thousand)
2000938 916,119 281 619,32603 804,629 381 541.2
2002947 263,820 593 133,13069 136,335 812 231.1
20041027 396,328 847 143,43720 326,447 490 401.3
20061167 199,640 566 469,93987 982,253 981 705.3
20081266 598,154 877 223,34369 125,561 302 884.5


The public railways in Ukraine are managed by the state railway company Ukrzaliznytsia[2]

Network length (2010)

The length of the railway network Ukraine ranks third in Europe (21.7000 kilometres of track).

Rolling stock and service

Ukrainian trains and trackway are incapable of speeds more than 160 kilometres per hour. However, the number of railway passengers and freight climbs. The government made huge investments in the railways in preparation for Euro 2012. There are intercity trains between Euro 2012 cities (Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv and Donetsk). However, there is currently not enough line capacity provided on routes to the south and the Crimea.


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Roads and Auto

The development of public roads in Ukraine is currently lagging behind the pace of motorisation in the country. During 1990-2010 the length of the highways network hardly increased at all. The density of highways in Ukraine is 6.6 times lower than in France (respectively 0.28 and 1.84 kilometres of roads per square kilometre area of the country). The length of express roads in Ukraine is 0.28 thousand km (in Germany - 12.5 thousand kilometres in France - 7.1 thousand kilometres), and the level of funding for each kilometre of road in Ukraine is around 5,5 - 6 times less than in those locations.

This is due to a number of objective reasons, including that the burden of maintaining the transport network per capita is significantly higher than in European countries because of Ukraine's relatively low population density (76 people per square kilometre), low purchasing power of citizens (1/5 of the Eurozone's purchasing capacity), relatively low car ownership and the nation's large territory.

The operational condition of roads is very poor; around 51.1% of roads do not meet minimum standards, and 39.2% require major rebuilds. The average speed on roads in Ukraine 2 - 3 times lower than in Western countries. As of 2016, many of Ukraine's major provincial highways are in very poor condition, with an Ukravtodor official stating that 97% of roads are in need of repair. The road repair budget was set at about 20 billion hryvnias, but corruption causes the budget to be poorly spent and overweight trucks are common place rapidly causing more road damage.[5]

  • Total: 169,477 km
  • Paved: 164,732 km (102,360 mi) (including 15 km (9 mi) of expressways); note - these roads, classified as "hard-surfaced", include both hard-paved highways and some all-weather gravel-surfaced roads.
  • Unpaved: 4,745 km (2,948 mi) (2004)

Principal roads

Motorways in Ukraine, 193 km (120 mi) (2010):

Kiev - Boryspil | Kharkiv - Dnipro

State Highways, 8,080 km (5,020 mi) (2009):

M01 | M02 | M03 | M04 | M05 | M06 | M07 | M08 | M09 | M10 | M11 | M12 | M13 | M14 | M15 | M16 | M17 | M18 | M19 | M20 | M21 | M22 | M23

Note: State highways are important national routes and are not necessarily high-speed roads



The aviation section in Ukraine is developing very quickly, having recently established a visa-free program for EU nationals and citizens of a number of other 'Western' nations,[6] the nation's aviation sector is handling a significantly increased number of travellers. Additionally, the granting of the Euro 2012 football tournament to Poland and Ukraine as joint hosts has prompted the government to invest huge amounts of money into transport infrastructure, and in particular airports.[7]

Currently there are three major new airport terminals under construction in Donetsk, Lviv and Kiev, a new terminal has already opened in Kharkiv and Kiev's Boryspil International Airport has recently begun operations at Terminal F,[8] the first of its two new international terminals. Ukraine has a number of airlines, the largest of which is the nation's flag carrier, UIA. Antonov Airlines, a subsidiary of the Antonov Aerospace Design Bureau is the only operator of the world's largest fixed wing aircraft, the An-225.

Donetsk Airport destroyed due to War in Donbass.

New terminal at Odessa International Airport has been opened for arrival flights on April 14, 2017.[9]


  • Total: 412 (2012)

Airports with paved runways

  • Total: 179
  • Over 3,047 m: 13
  • 2,438 to 3,047 m: 49
  • 1,524 to 2,437 m: 22
  • 914 to 1,523 m: 6
  • Under 914 m: 89 (2012)

Major airports are: Kiev Boryspil Airport, Dnipropetrovsk Airport, Kharkiv Airport, Lviv Airport, Donetsk Airport, Odessa Airport, and Simferopol Airport.

Airports with unpaved runways

  • Total: 233
  • 2,438 to 3,047 m: 2
  • 1,524 to 2,437 m: 6
  • 914 to 1,523 m: 9
  • Under 914 m: 216 (2012)


  • Total: 7 (2012)

Water transport

River transport

1,672 km (1,039 mi) navigable waterways on 7 rivers, most of them are on Danube, Dnieper and Pripyat rivers. All Ukraine's rivers freeze over in winter (usually December through March), limiting navigation. However, river icebreakers are available on the Dnieper, at least in vicinity of Kiev.[10]


The most important waterway of Ukraine.


Dnipro within Ukraine is a regulated system of reservoirs separated by dams with shiplocks. The river is navigable through all its Ukrainian length.


Notable riverport Chernobyl is now abandoned due to the Chernobyl disaster, but the waterway retains its importance as part of the DnieperBaltic Sea route.

Southern Bug

Plans are announced to revitalize commercial freight navigation on the Southern Bug as part of the increasing grain export from Ukraine.[11]

Sea transport

Merchant marine

Sea ports and harbours

As of July 2013, Ukraine had 18 "marine trade ports" available for foreign ships' entry.[12] Some of these "marine trade ports" are actually port conglomerates comprising several non-adjacent ports and tenant private terminals. Major river ports are also considered "marine" international ports.

Other notable seaports

Important supporting agencies

  • Delta Lotsman, the maritime pilot company serving the territorial waters of Ukraine
  • "Derzhhidrohrafiya" (State Hydro Geography),[16] a scientific-production complex of hydro-grographical state companies and science-research center "Ukrmorkartohrafiya" (all lighthouses located in Ukraine belong to the institution)[17] The Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation refuses to surrender former Soviet navigational facilities since 1997
  • Maritime Security Agency[18] in correspondence of the SOLAS International Convention (including its amendment the ISPS Code)
  • Shipping registry of Ukraine
  • Port registry of Ukraine

Shipping companies

Ship building and maintenance companies

  • Ship building and maintenance companies of Ukraine[19]


The natural gas transport-system can take in a maximum of 288 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. Its annual output capacity is 178.5 billion cubic meters, including 142.2 billion to be forwarded to European countries.[20]

See also


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  20. Natural gas transit through Ukraine down 24.8% year on year, Kyiv Post (November 16, 2009)

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