Crossing Into Lviv
Aug. 7, 2014, Lviv, Ukraine: The city of Lviv has changed hands many times in its history. Today it’s a UNESCO Heritage Site that could work well as a European base.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Here are the WikiTravel instructions for traveling from Poland across the border to Lviv, Ukraine:
"From Przemysl, take a bus to the border (granitsa in Polish)...
"When you exit the final border control, walk straight ahead and you will come out on to a street which cars use to cross back in to Poland. Follow this street up past the shops and money exchanges, and take your first left. About 50 meters down on the left hand side is the new bus terminal where buses run regularly to Lviv for approximately 23 UAH [hryvni]. Get your ticket from the driver.
"Whether to [choose this crossing] depends on your stress tolerance, Polish language skills, and ability to push and shove at the border."
Simple. Vicki and I crossed easily at midmorning, without any pushing or shoving, without anyone else around.
We jumped on the bus to Lviv just as it pulled out. We settled into seats, but bags and people blocked my way to the driver. How to pay? I pulled out 60 hryvni (about US$5), held up the bills, and looked at the guy next to me. He took the money, passed it to the woman seated in front of him, and so on up to the driver. Back came my change. No ticket. No receipt. I guess that's the way Ukraine works.
Three years ago, my friend Dag and I crossed out of a different Ukraine border and faced long lines. We were told smugglers lined up to transport goods from Ukraine (non-EU) to Europe (high, fixed prices). While waiting in line, I pulled out a book and started reading. An immigration officer saw me, came over, grabbed the book from my hands, and studied it. Once he determined I was reading in English, he waved Dag and I to the head of the line. I guess that, in this part of the world, smugglers don't speak English.