can one rent a car in Kharkiv for a week?
yes, why not?
Hi Frank and welcome to Ukraine forum!
As been said above, one surely can.
Among international names, at the very least Sixt and Avis operate in Kharkiv.
There are also many local companies, which will be cheaper, but will hardly have English agreements available.
The other question is whether it's really needed. Cost of taxi in Ukraine won't break a bank. Before you decide on renting, make sure you have read what driving in Ukraine is (road quality, driving style etc).
thanks for your replies . Very helpful. I tried some internet searches and could not fine a company I will try again. I will definitely take C + train, which will be easy since I will be in Kiev for 3 or 4 days before I go east. It will also give me a chance to meet and maybe talk with some people. But I dont speak Russian :(. Do you think I can find some folks in the east who speak English? I'm American. I have been following the situation in the Ukraine since the maiden protest. I'm interested in current events , culture , and history . History has a tendency to repeat and become current again.
My intent is to drive to Sloviansk, Karmatorsk, and Artemovsk. I am under the impression they are under the governments control.
thanks for your reply. why do you say this? how did you find the situation there? did you visit any of the recently liberated towns? Like Sloviansk? Did you find folks who spoke English?
Here you go for the two I mentioned:
Yes they are, but if it's for these East Ukraine cities that you look to hire a car for, better hire a local driver and go with the local who speaks the language and knows the area. This will maximize your experience.
Not too many chances for English speakers in the area, especially in smaller towns (outside Kharkiv), where they are close to zero.
P.S. There's no place named Artemovsk any longer. It's called Bakhmut (Бахмут) now.Edited: 11 May 2018, 04:31
good advice, I will consider a driver, if he speaks English :), thanks for the advice and help :)
I should have added "and save you from troubles". Bakhmut is too close to the dividing line. A village in about 30km south-east from it have been fired upon tonight. Just saying.
One of my technical staff is from that area (and returns home regularly) and I can tell you that you should really think hard about venturing near there. I am not sure what you intend to accomplish, but an American who speaks no Russian or Ukrainian is in for an interesting trip.