Lviv in numbers
Lviv's climate is humid continental with mild winters and warm summers. In general, over the past 100-120 years, temperatures in Lviv has a tendency to increase. The average temperatures are −4 °C (25 °F) in January and 18 °C (64 °F) in June.
Lviv is characterized by the highest rainfall and lowest summer temperatures among all regional centers of Ukraine. Average annual rainfall is 760 mm (26 inches) with the maximum being in summer. In average a year there are 174 days with precipitation. Cloud coverage averages 266 days per year.
All seasons are characterized by sudden changes in atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity. Winters are mild - frosts below -20 ° C are observed very rarely. Persistent snow cover is not established each winter. Spring is cool and rainy, frost and snow possible by early May. Summer is cool. Normal summer midday temperatures range within +20-25 ° C, heat above +30 ° C is rare. Summer thunderstorms, heavy rains and extreme temperatures are frequent during the passage of atmospheric fronts. Moreover, almost every year there are hurricane winds that lead to the fall of trees, breakage of power lines and small damage. In fall it is warm and dry. The microclimate of the downtown, which is in the valley, is characterized by lower minimum and higher maximum temperatures. Neighborhoods characterized by high winds.
Ukraine supplies its residents and visitors alike with electrical current of 220 volts AC, 50Hz. All sockets require two round pins, but not always of the same size. Many thinner Russian sockets are being replaced by their European cousins. Those with Russian sockets can buy a cheap adapter for their European appliances. Adapters for more foreign electrical societies are not easy to find in Lviv, so bring your own.
Ukrainians consider the floor on the ground to be the first floor and so one.
The national currency is the hryvnia (Hr). Paper bills carry denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 200 and 500 hryvnias. Another word to the wise: two versions exist of the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 hryvnia bills, and both are accepted everywhere. There are 100 kopecks in a hryvnia, with 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 kopeck and 1Hr coins.
You’ll have no problem finding currency exchange points. According to the new law you need to show your passport or ID to exchange money. If it’s traveller’s checks you need to cash, look for a big respectable-looking bank. You can find a number of ATMs around Lviv and many hotels and restaurants now take Visa and MasterCard - American Express is not very popular.
In banks you can exchange money, also foreign visitors can open an account in foreign currency, as well as conduct money transfers.
Banks are usually open from 10.00 to 18.00, but banking operations are conducted only to 16.00.
Carry your license and registration at all times to fully enjoy the Ukrainian driving experience. The official speed limits are 60 km/h in cities, 90 on secondary roads and 110 on highways. A zero tolerance drink driving policy applies in Ukraine.
Lviv is, in fact, a rather safe place. As in most cities, flashing large amounts of cash can cause trouble. Wallets are known to disappear in public transport crowds, so guard your pockets at all times. Being very drunk and/or loud on the street is always a good way to attract unwanted attention, especially from the police. By the way, it’s a good idea for foreigners to carry at least a copy of their passportand visa with them at all times.
Shops opening hours
Most shops and supermarkets are opened from 9:00 to 20:00, without lunch break on weekdays and weekends. Also, in the city there are enough 24/7 grocery stores, on the outskirts of the city you can find 24/7 supermarkets. In most of them you can pay by credit card.
In Lviv, to drink light alcoholic beverages you must be at least 18 years old, strong alcoholic beverages - 21 years old. On the streets and in public places it is forbidden to drink alcohol, otherwise you risk to have problems with the police. You can buy alcohol and tobacco in shops only from 10.00 (10 am) to 22.00 (10pm) but in bars you can drink any time.
Wi-Fi and Internet
To find Wi-Fi in Lviv will not make a big problem. Now most of the cafes, restaurants and hotels around the city offer free Wi-Fi.
If you are not able to use Wi-Fi, but you need Internet you can go to Internet cafes, where you can sit on the Internet, play games or watch movies.
Main Post Office. 1,Slovackogo st., 79 000
tel. (032) 261-02-07
Mon. - Fri. 08:00-20:00
Sat.: 08:00-16:00 Sun. :09:00-15: 00
List of all post offices can be found at Ukrpost website.
Emergency phone numbers:
101 – Fire Brigade
102 – Police
103 – First Aid
104 – Gas safety services
109 – Telephone enquiry
1589 – Municipal Information service
173 – International calls service
1567 – Pharmacy enquiry
121 – Time check
122 – Weather forecast
1558 – 24-hour services: Confidence number “Stavropigion”
261-36-01 – Department of Consumer Protection
1505, 226-20-68 – Information Bureau: train station
226-10-06 – Information Bureau: local train station
229-81-12 – Airport
272-75-58 – Airline services: Ukraine and CIS countries
272-78-18 – Airline services: international connections
263-24-97, 263-24-73, 294-98-17 – Information Bureau: Bus station (international and regional destinations)
Ukrainian national holidays
|January 7||Orthodox Christmas|
|March 8||Women’s Day|
|May 5||Easter Sunday|
|May 6||Easter Monday|
|May 1-2||A day off for the workers|
|May 9||Victory Day|
|June 28||Constitution Day|
|August 24||Independence Day|