Transport in Ukraine
Transport and Transportation in Ukraine is well developed complex of infrastructure sectors that is based on the geographical situation of the country. There are all types of transportation such as ground (automobile, rail, horse-drawn, freight), water (sea, river), aerial, and pipeline. By its application, transportation in Ukraine is recognized as for following uses: general, institutional, and private. Work of all transport modes depend on a transportation infrastructure and its logistical base.
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 The transportation infrastructure of Ukraine is adequately developed overall, however it is obsolete and in need of major modernization.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.
The advantageous geographical position of Ukraine allows for the location of a number of International Transport Corridors on its territory, in particular :
- Pan-European transport corridors № 3, 5, 7, 9;
- Rail Co-Operation Corridors (ORC) № 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and
- European Transport Corridors - Caucasus - Asia (TRACECA) and Europe - Asia.
Recent perspective 
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%.
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.
|Transported tons of freights||Freight kilometres (thousand)||Transported passengers (thousand)||Passenger kilometres (thousand)|
|2000||938 916,1||19 281 619,3||2603 804,6||29 381 541.2|
|2002||947 263,8||20 593 133,1||3069 136,3||35 812 231.1|
|2004||1027 396,3||28 847 143,4||3720 326,4||47 490 401.3|
|2006||1167 199,6||40 566 469,9||3987 982,2||53 981 705.3|
|2008||1266 598,1||54 877 223,3||4369 125,5||61 302 884.5|
The length of the railway network Ukraine ranks third in Europe (21.7 thousand kilometres of railways).
Ukrainian trains and trackway are incapable of speeds more than 160 kilometers per hour. However, the number of railway passengers and freight climbs. The government makes huge investments in the railways in preparation for Euro 2012. There are intercity trains between Euro 2012 cities (Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv and Donetsk). However, there is currently not enough line capacity provided on routes to the south and the Crimea.
Network length: (2010)
- 22,000 km (13,670 mi) broad gauge of 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 5⁄6 in), ~10,000 km (6,214 mi) electrified (3 kV DC and 25 kV AC)
- 201 km (125 mi) of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge, electrified
- Romania (break-of-gauge: 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 5⁄6 in) / 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in))
- Hungary (break-of-gauge: 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 5⁄6 in) / 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in))
- Slovakia (break-of-gauge: 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 5⁄6 in) / 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in))
- Poland (break-of-gauge: 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 5⁄6 in) / 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) plus a standard gauge cross-border cargo line)
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.
- 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):
State Highways, 8,080 km (5,020 mi) (2009):
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, 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.
Currently there are three major new airport terminals under construction in Donetsk, Lviv and Kiev, a new airport has already opened in Kharkiv and Kiev's Boryspil International Airport has recently begun operations at Terminal F, the first of its two new international terminals. Ukraine has a number of airlines, the largest of which are the nation's flag carriers, Aerosvit and 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.
- 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)
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)
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.
The most important waterway of Ukraine.
Notable riverports on Danube 
Notable riverports on Dnieper 
Southern Bug 
Merchant marine 
- Total: 134 ships (1,000 gross register tons (GRT) or over) totaling 862,690 GRT/963,550 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
- Ships by type: bulk carrier 3, cargo ship 98, chemical tanker 1, passenger ship 6, passenger/cargo ship 5, petroleum tanker 8, refrigerated cargo ship 11, specialized tanker 2 (2010)
Ports and harbours 
Marine Trade Ports (MTP, seaports) 
- Berdyansk (Sea of Azov)
- Agro-CLASS (oil terminal)
- Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky Seaport BDMTP (Black Sea)
- Port Buhaz (auxiliary)
- Theodosia (Black Sea)
- Illichivsk (Black Sea) (Ukrferry: Odessa — Istanbul / Haifa / Varna)
- Aldi (specialized complex)
- Illichivsk Fuel Terminal
- Trans Bulk Terminal (grain complex)
- Ship Maintenance Factory
- Fishing port
- Triton Services Agency Ukraine (oil pier)
- Portoflot (specialized terminal)
- Kerch (Black Sea)
- Kherson (Black Sea)
- Kherson Shipyard
- All-Ukrainian Industrial Union
- Mariupol (Sea of Azov)
- Metallurgy Complex Azovstal
- Ship Maintenance Factory
- Freight terminal of ship maintenance factory
- Mykolayiv (Black Sea)
- Port of Odessa, OMTP (Black Sea)
- Port of Sevastopol SMTP (Black Sea)
- Port Balaklava (auxiliary)
- Skadovsk (Black Sea)
- Port Khorly (auxiliary)
- Port Henichesk (auxiliary)
- Ust-Dunaisk (Vylkove)
- Yalta (Black Sea)
- Yuzhny (Black Sea)
- Trans invest service
- Trans invest service (containers)
- Sea Side (Ukraine)
- UkrTransNafta (oil terminal)
- Borivage (grain terminal)
Other notable seaports 
- Donuzlav (Black Sea)
- Chornomorske (Black Sea)
- Yevpatoria (Black Sea)
- Port Krym located in a close proximity to Kerch
- Oktyabrsk, specialized marine port (SMP)
Important supporting agencies 
- Delta-Lotsman, a company of vessel traffic administration at the territorial waters of Ukraine
- "Derzhhidrohrafiya" (State Hydro Geography), a scientific-production complex of hydro-grographical state companies and science-research center "Ukrmorkartohrafiya" (all lighthouses located in Ukraine belong to the institution) Please note that the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation refuses to surrender former Soviet navigational facilities since 1997
- Maritime Security Agency in correspondence of the SOLAS International Convention (including its amendment the ISPS Code)
- Shipping registry of Ukraine
- Port registry of Ukraine
- Live map
Fleet company 
- Ukrainian Danube Shipping, freight and passenger transportation company (primarily Danube river delta)
- Black Sea Shipping Company, freight and passenger transportation company
Logistical base 
- Ship building and maintenance companies of Ukraine
- natural gas 36,493 km (22,676 mi) (2010)
- crude oil 4,514 km (2,805 mi) (2010)
- petroleum products 4,211 km (2,617 mi) (2010)
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.
See also 
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- Railway Gazette International April 2008 p 240
- Information on "Karpaty" riverboat
- Ледоколы выйдут в акваторию Киевского моря уже в марте
- «НИБУЛОН» заложил основу собственного флота(Ukrainian)
- Description at the website of Altkom company
- Official website of the State Hydro Geography
- Yezhel requests to return lighthouses of Crimea to Ukraine
- Official website of the Maritime Security Agency
- List of all known civilian ships registered in Ukraine
- List of companies that participate in the state policy of supporting the shipbuilding industry
- Natural gas transit through Ukraine down 24.8% year on year, Kyiv Post (November 16, 2009)
- List of all known owners arranged by country
- List of Ukrainian ships, ownership of which is unknown
- All lighthouses of Ukraine
- Informational-reference website "Ukraine"