The state language in Ukraine is Ukrainian. Majority of Ukrainian citizens have a general or advanced level of knowledge of the English and German languages. Hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, many shops and services will be able to offer you information in English or German.
National currency of Ukraine is Hryvnia (UAH). Lviv is well equipped with ATMs that support basic payment systems such as Visa, Maestro, and Master Card.
The travel cheques may be exchanged in banks.
When exchanging money you may be required to provide a copy of your passport or the copy will be made for you on the spot. This is stipulated in Ukrainian legislation.
The shops are usually open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Historic landmarks and museums, as a rule, are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but on selected days may open later.
Public bathrooms in the city are indicated by special signs. You can also use the bathroom in cafes or restaurants.
Alcohol and tobacco
In Lviv smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places, and drinking is prohibited in open public places. Restaurants, bars and clubs have separate rooms for smokers and non-smokers.
You may purchase alcohol in the shops only upon reaching 18 years of age. Between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. alcohol may be purchased only in pubs/bars/restaurants.
If you enjoyed the service provided in a café/restaurant or a hotel, it is customary to leave a tip of about 5-10% of the bill. Sometimes the tip will be included into the bill, but this will be indicated in the menu.
Ukraine is a right-hand traffic country. Speed limit in the city is 60 km/h, outside the city – 90 to 120 km/h. (130 km/h on selected highways).
Електричний струм в Україні становить 220 В, 50 Гц. В готелях чи ресторанах Ви зможете знайти електричні розетки як російського, так і європейського стандарту, які відрізняються за розміром. Окрім того, можна придбати дешевий адаптер для розетки європейського типу.