Chernobyl and Pripyat are sadly infamous due to the 1986 nuclear disaster. This excursion from Kiev will give you the opportunity to experience a ghost town and to see the destruction caused by a simple nuclear mistake.
Meet at the start time near Kiev Central Train Station, where you'll board a bus to Chernobyl. Arriving after a journey of around two hours, the sight of the catastrophe-struck site will cause your heart to sink, giving you a unique insight into the horrors inflicted by the nuclear accident.
You'll pause at the Dytiatky checkpoint, where you'll pass through a nuclear control point specifically for tourists. Here you'll have to present your passport to access the 30km Exclusion Zone.
After crossing the Uzh River and seeing the abandoned towns, you'll arrive in Chernobyl. Wandering through the streets of this notorious city, you'll see the museum, Saint Elijah Church, the Monument to the Chernobyl Liquidators and the park dedicated to the settlements that disappeared after the nuclear disaster.
You'll then arrive at the second checkpoint, at the entrance to the 10km Exclusion Zone. At this point, you'll see the shelter built to confine reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
After a brief stop to get your energy back (food not included), you'll discover the Top Secret Military Bases that the USSR had in Chernobyl. You'll get to see Duga, an anti-ballistic missile radar system.
Walking through the Red Forest, one of the area's most contaminated sites, you'll see the trees that turned red after dying from radiation poisoning.
You'll arrive in Pripyat, a city that went from having almost 15,000 inhabitants between the Power Plant workers and their families, to being a ghost town. The tour will take you past an abandoned hotel, the central square, a primary school and the city's theme park, one of the most iconic sites of the tour and one which will quite literally make your hairs stand on end.
Around 5 pm, you'll make another stop at a radiation checkpoint before making your way back to Kiev, leaving behind a place whose memories will remain with you for a very long time...
The tour then arrives back in Kiev around 8 pm.
- Under 18s are not permitted on this tour.
- This tour is designed in accordance with the necessary radiation safety regulations, to keep the effects of radiation on the human body to the minimum.
- We recommend that you wear long trousers, long sleeves, and shoes that cover the ankle. Clothes do not pick up radiation, but if you would prefer, you can purchase a jumpsuit at the start of the tour.
|Day Trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat||
Day Trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat
Per personUS$ 96.60
11 hours - 12 hours.
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
English and Russian speaking guide.
Return transport to Chernobyl via bus.
Tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Permits to visit the sites on the tour.
Permits to take photos and videos.
Food and drink (220 UAH, $10 approx).
Radiation checker rental (200 UAH, $10 approx).
Jumpsuit (265 UAH, $11 approx).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 4 days before (Kiev local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - What clothes should I wear on this tour?
A - We recommend closed toe shoes, and clothes that provide good coverage (long sleeves, trousers, jumpers, trainers etc).
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Simona Petlyury Street, near the Central Train Station.