Here we propose to talk about taxi in Odessa. Taxi service can be suitable, because Odessa is not very big city. Therefore, using it will not be too expensive. However, there are difficulties. Let’s consider.
First thing to remember is that you can’t catch a taxi just outside. All taxi services work only on call through the phone. You call to taxi service and tell where you need to go. Then you will receive SMS, where will be indicated the time of arrival of taxi, model of car and cost of the trip. Advantage is obvious – driver will not be able to tell you a different cost that indicated in SMS.
But there are drawbacks. Phone operator may not know English. It happens. Sometimes you called a taxi and wait until it arrives. Then you get SMS that there are no cars nearby and your order is canceled. This can happen in most uncomfortable moment, for example, when you are rushing to airport for an airplane. To avoid this, it is better to order a taxi in advance.
There is also a taxi Odessa (Ukraine) that stands in some point within the city. For instance: in airport, or near train station. We do not recommend using a taxi of this type. Main reason is that there is no fixed cost of service. Such driver will simply look at you, and proceed from your appearance, or that you are from another country, he will call you a price three or four times higher than the real one. Besides, having driver license, you can rent a car from Odessa airport to city centre, to make trip quick and comfortable.
You can order taxi using next numbers:
*remember, taxi service can’t recall if you haven’t ukraine sim-card. So better to buy one in any supermarket.
Using of public transport by foreigners in Ukraine is somewhat difficult. First of all, because all drivers do not know English, and explaining to them where you need to get is quite difficult. Sometimes this is fraught with the risk of stealing a purse, or a phone, especially from women’s handbags. Of course this does not always happen and not everywhere, but in a crowded transport this can be. Read special article about public transport.