First thing to remember is that you cannot catch a taxi on the street. All local taxi services work only by calling via phone. Having local sim just choose any of Odessa taxi number and make an order to operator. After that, you will receive an SMS, which will indicate the time of taxi arrival, model and number of car and cost of the trip. Advantage is obvious – taxi driver will not be able to tell you other cost, except indicated in SMS!
But this system has next drawbacks:
You can order taxi using next numbers:
|[+380] (67) 485-55-45||[+380] 3933|
|[+380] (50) 334-20-00||[+380] 7000|
|[+380] (63) 222-19-55||[+380] 322 322|
|[+380] (50) 490-18-88||[+380] 3000|
*remember, taxi service can’t recall if you haven’t ukraine sim-card. So better to buy one in any supermarket.
In Odessa work couple international taxi services with app and few ukrainian. All taxi service applications are quite similar, so there is not much difference in use. Download couple of them to have alternatives when you are in hurry. Also, keep in mind that some drivers are pretty lazy and stop at the corner of a big street while you wait for them in the alley. In this case, taxi application can show that the car is standing next to you. Skipping such taxi or finding it is your decision.
There is also taxi in Odessa, that stands at some point in the city. Such taxi stand either at the airport or near train station. We do not recommend using this type of taxi. Odessa like other cities has this type of drivers. Main reason is that there is no fixed cost of services. Such taxi drivers will simply look at you and, based on your appearance, or that you are from another country, will tell you a price three to four times higher than the real one. Use taxi app or call to taxi service, but not take one on the street. This rule works everywhere in Ukraine.
The use of public transport by foreigners in Ukraine is somewhat difficult. First of all, because all drivers do not know English, and explaining them where you need to get is quite complicated. Sometimes this is fraught with the risk of stealing a wallet or phone, especially from women’s handbags. Of course, this does not always happen and not everywhere, but in crowded transport it can be. Read special article about public transport. Besides, having driver license, you can rent a car from Odessa airport to city centre, to make trip quick and comfortable.