First of all, there are no city cards for Odessa public transport, only cash payment. You simply pay required cash for travel directly to the driver, or conductor. Conductor are only in trams, and sometimes in trolley buses. Unlike other cities of Ukraine, in Odessa people pay when get off the bus, and not vice versa.
Odessa public transport devides on three groups:
All this kind of transport are very cheap and available for everyone. For example, today – 2019, bus fare is $0.25. Despite that it’s amazingly cheap, there are couple of problem with usual transport, that better to know in advance.
Since 2018 everybody can track online city transport (all kinds except bus) and even download free app on phone. It’s very useful, because if somewhere happens an accident related to electricity and all trolley buses stopped, you will stand in vain at the bus stop waiting for transport. That why you need only open app or website and get to know where is nearest trolley from you. Here’s a step by step guide:
Probably the most uncomfortable kind of city transport. Nearly always very crowded, noisy and smelly. Better not use it especialy near market place or train station. On such routes are many pickpocket. Totally useless when you need to get old city. By trams it’s easy to escape traffic jams, despite that they are relatively slow. So, use it only for fun, otherwise better to avoid.
This is a most modern public transport in the city. Some of trolley-buses are quite new and comfortable, even with Wi-Fi, but it usually don’t work. Also many of trolley buses are old soviet cars of bad condition. Their main advantage is that they pass through old city. In addition, one can easily get in trolley-bus with luggage, unlike marshrutka. Of course, when something happen with electricity, they stop working.
Most popular Odessa transport amid locals, but only because there are no any options. Marshrutka – name, that locals call little yellow busses that going all over the city. They are small and uncomfortable, extremely crowded in morning or evening and usualy with rude drivers. Using marshrutka you can get in every part of Odessa. Also you can catch them everywhere, not nessesary looking for a station.
There are couple points within old part of Odessa, where you can take city transport to any city district: