The Best Time of Year to Visit Ukraine

best time of year to visit ukraine

Ukraine is an excellent year-round travel destination. Visitors can visit the country during any season, timing their trip according to what they’d like to see and do.

Snowsports enthusiasts can enjoy Ukraine’s ski resorts during the winter whilst the milder temperatures during spring and summer are best for hiking and trekking.

The Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, is enjoyable at any time of the year. Visitors arriving during peak season, June to August, should book accommodation as the city is at its busiest.

When deciding when to visit Ukraine, travelers should also check Ukraine’s visa policy. Passport holders from several countries can now apply for their Ukraine eVisa online.

Visiting Ukraine in Summer

Summer, from June to August, is the most popular time of year to visit Ukraine. With maximum temperatures a comfortable 74.3 to 78.1 ºF (23.5 to 25.6 ºC), daytime conditions are perfect for exploring Ukraine’s capital city Kiev and its major tourist attractions.

Nighttime temperatures dip no lower than around 57.2 ºF (14 ºC) during the summer months.

Such favorable conditions make June to August peak season in Ukraine. Visitors should be sure to plan their trip and trip and purchase tickets in advance, especially in main tourist areas.

Top summer activities in Ukraine

Tourists can head to the coast to make the most of the warm weather. Odessa, Berdyansk, and Koblevo are 3 of the most frequented beaches in Ukraine from June to September.

Summer is also an excellent time to go hiking in Ukraine. There are interesting routes through Bug Guard National park and mountains with fantastic views.

There are several festivals and holidays in Ukraine in the summer. Constitution Day is celebrated on June 28th and Independence Day is on August 24th. Such festivities are a great way to experience the culture and traditions of the country and its people.

What to wear in Ukraine during the summer

Daytime temperatures in Ukraine during the summer allow for cool clothing such as short-sleeved tops and shirts, shorts, and dresses.

Nevertheless, it’s advisable to take a jacket for the evening when temperatures drop. Long-sleeved clothing is required to visit Chernobyl.

Rainfall levels are highest during summer in Ukraine with an average of 80mm falling during September. A light waterproof coat and an umbrella are recommended.

Traveling to Ukraine in Spring

For travelers who want to avoid the crowds, spring is a good alternative to the busier summer season. Spring in Ukraine is from March to May with temperatures from a cool 42.1 ºF (5.6 ºC) at the start of the season up to 69.3 ºF (20.7 ºC) in late May.

As the snow melts away, the first plants of the year begin to sprout and much of the country is covered in green foliage as the season progresses.

It can be breezy in Ukraine during spring but there are fewer rainy days on average than in summer.

What to do in Ukraine in spring

Spring is the perfect time for many of Ukraine’s top outdoor activities. It is the best period to see wild bison at Seymsky Reserve and also a good time for visiting Dzhuryn waterfall and Buky Canon.

Autumn Tourism in Ukraine

Autumn weather conditions, from September to November, are similar to those in spring. It’s still warm in September, with top temperatures of around 68 ºF (20 ºC). By the end of autumn, visitors can expect a maximum daytime temperature of no more than 41 ºF (5ºC).

Ukraine usually experiences what is known as an ‘Indian summer’, a short period of warm weather at the very end of summer or the beginning of autumn.

The best autumn activities in Ukraine

Autumn is a great time of year to visit the open-air museums, in particular, the Mezhyhirya Residence and Radomysl castle to enjoy views of the landscape.

Kyiv city marathon takes place in October, keen amateur runners can take part in this popular annual event, an active way to see the city. The Ukraine tourist visa is valid for participating in such sporting events.

Ukraine fashion week also takes place in autumn featuring work by local and international designers.

Autumn festivals in Ukraine

There are a number of interesting festivals to enjoy in Ukraine during the autumn. Highlights of the season include:

  • October: Kyiv wine and food festival
  • October 11th: Saint Martin’s Day in Mukachevo
  • November: Transcarpathian Beaujolais wine festival

Enjoying Winter in Ukraine

Winter sees the arrival of cold temperatures and snow across Ukraine. Winter lasts from later November to February, the coldest month of the year is January which has average temperatures of 21.6 ºF to 30.4 ºF /-5.8 ºC to -0.9 ºC).

Winter is an enchanting time of year to visit Ukraine, snow covers the mountains creating dramatic scenery. Also, there is less rainfall in winter than during the spring and summer so visitors can often enjoy clear skies.

Where to go skiing in Ukraine

Skiing and other winter sports are very popular in Ukraine during the winter. The best place to go is the Carpathian mountains offering great slopes, facilities, and views.

These are some of the most popular ski resorts in Ukraine:

  • Bukovel: popular with locals and visitors
  • Dragobrat: the highest mountain ski resort
  • Izki: an eco-friendly health resort
  • Plai: good for all levels of skier and snowboarders