Eurovision 2017 – Today we finally found out that Eurovision 2017 would be hosted in the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv. Eurovision fans immediately started to book up hotels and flights so here’s a quick guide for anyone making initial plans…
When: The Eurovision 2017 semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May, with the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
Where: The International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, the largest venue of its kind in Ukraine with capacity for 11,000 spectators.
How to get there: Kyiv has 2 international airports, Boryspil Airport and Zhulyany Airport (Budget airlines Wizz Air and Bravo Avia). Check out Skyscanner.net for flight prices. Example flight prices… London to Kyiv starts at just €120 return. Amsterdam to Kyiv €180 return. EU citizens do not need a visa. Skybus is the usual way to travel between Boryspil International Airport (63uah, 45 minutes to one hour) and Kyiv. Buses depart from behind Kyiv train station’s South Terminal every 15 minutes during the day and half-hourly at night.
Where to stay: Hotels are selling out fast for Eurovision week but you can still get good deals on Booking.com. A bed in a dorm starts as little as €3 per night! Double rooms for the week start at about €60 for the week.
What to wear: The temperature in Kyiv in May on average is 15 degrees although can get up to 20 degrees. So bring a jumper for the evenings.
What to see: Lined with horse chestnut trees, Kyiv has two botanical gardens, several monuments, many museums and lots of beautiful churches. Check out wikitravel.
What do I spend: The Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH) is the currency of Ukraine.
35 UAH = £1.00, and 30UAH = 1,00€
How to get around: Kyiv has a metro system as well as buses and minibuses, trolleybuses, trams, taxi and funicular.
What will I eat: Borshch is a vegetable soup made out of beets, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, dill. Then there’s dumplings. And McDonalds (yes they’re there of course).
Who else will be there: The population of Kyiv in 2015 was 2,887,974 making Kyiv the 8th most populous city in Europe. Plus tens of thousand Eurovision fans, delegations and crew!
How to get tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest: Tickets for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest are not expected to go on sale before the end of 2016. Eurovision Times will tell you about selling arrangements as soon as we know.