Chernobyl is not disconnected – here is the bus schedule

Did you know there are regular passenger buses 3 times per day to Chernobyl, and you can buy a ticket in Kyiv or from the driver?

Many people think of Chernobyl as a totally dead place where no people go and nothing happens – but that is not true at all. The Chernobyl Zone is where lots of people work, and many of them live here while they are on shift.

Obviously, not everyone drives – either through choice or for financial reasons. As a result, and shocking to many people – there is still a regular, multiple trips per day, bus service into the zone to the former Bus Station in Chernobyl.

KYIV Polissya Bus Station07:3511:4015:30
IVANKIV City Centre06:3008:3512:4016:30
Dytiatky Checkpoint06:5509:0513:1017:00
CHERNOBYL Bus Station [Arr]07:2509:3513:4017:30
CHERNOBYL Bus Station [Dep]07:4009:5015:0017:40
Dytiatky Checkpoint08:1010:2015:3018:10
IVANKIV City Centre08:4010:5016:0018:40
KYIV Polissya Bus Station09:5012:0016:10
Please note that some services may not be running due to Covid-19 or other reasons. A ticket for this bus journey is not a permit to enter the Chernobyl Zone. Your permit must be organised separately and will be checked on entry and exit. When arriving in Chernobyl, it is best to ask the driver about return schedules. Buses are known to run +/- 20 or more minutes of their advertised time.

Like many things related to work done in the zone – the timetable is just a rough guide, and sometimes it is a total work of fiction. For example, some weeks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the 17:40 bus will depart at 19:15. For this reason, it is best to call the bus station in Kyiv (+380 44 430 3554) and ask them for the next days schedule. Tickets can be brought in Kyiv at the bus station using cash or card, or from the driver using cash only.

For example, in March 2021 one of our friends tried to take this bus. She called the bus station in Kyiv, and they told her the only bus running was the 11:40 to Chernobyl, and the 1500 to Kyiv. However, she could get an earlier bus from Kyiv to Ivankiv and the connection to Chernobyl was possible from Ivankiv, in roughly the timings of the 07:35 departure.

It is not recommended for people who do not work in the zone to attempt to use this service, as the bus does not go to Pripyat, the nuclear plant, or stop anywhere. It drives directly to the very much inhabited area of Chernobyl. You will also need to arrange the permit to enter the zone somehow, otherwise you will be stuck at the checkpoint and the bus will leave without you.

If buses are your thing and you really want to try using this service, then we can organise this for a private trip, but unless there is a special request then all of our trips use modern, comfortable and reliable vehicles shown below, with safe and professional drivers.

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