How to get to Pripyat?

Elena Melnichenko
Elena Melnichenko
December 1, 2014
How to get to Pripyat?

Many wonder whether it is possible to get to Pripyat - a ghost town, which seemed frozen in time. He is not just abandoned, he was abandoned in a hurry, which created an indescribable atmosphere. And although much has already been destroyed and plundered in almost 20 years that have passed since the tragedy, it’s worth seeing once.

We want to share with you tips on how to get to Pripyat.


There are legal and illegal methods of penetration into a closed territory. There is only one legal method for penetrating into Pripyat, and not into the zone of alienation - to visit it as part of an excursion. Usually excursion agencies offer to get to the city of Pripyat and Chernobyl as part of an individual or group tour for 1 day. But some of them, for example, have developed two, three and even seven day routes.

The advantages of this method of travel include the following:

  • it is legal;
  • companies have years of experience and organize tours so that the risk of exposure is minimal;
  • impossible to get lost.

Of the minuses:

  • if you are traveling in a group, it will cost more than a self-guided tour;
  • you can visit only those objects that the guide will recommend;
  • if you choose a group tour, you will obey the group schedule.

Self visit

Until recently, it was possible to use another semi-legal way. The fact is that twice a year (April 26 and May 9), relatives of the people buried in the zone are allowed into the exclusion zone. But according to the new rules, this right does not apply to Pripyat. Therefore, on the occasion of a visit to the city itself, it will be necessary to agree additionally at checkpoints upon entry.

Think of a relative, choose a “burial place” for him, take a passport, a car - and go. Remember, to get to Pripyat illegally or legally, you must be 18 years old.

Kiev - Chernobyl

From Kiev to Chernobyl about 150 km. Head towards Vyshgorod and through Dymer you will come to Ivankovo. From him on the index turn in the direction of Chernobyl. To enter the zone will have to checkpoint "Dityatki". Do not forget to repeat your legend. You must be persuasive and persistent.

If everything goes well, you will be allowed into the zone.You can walk through the abandoned Chernobyl and abandoned villages, admire the rampage of uncontrolled nature. Before entering Pripyat there will be another checkpoint, then you will have to use your charm and ingenuity and part from 400 - 500 UAH. In most cases, this is enough to be missed.

We hope that you will fulfill the dream and visit Pripyat. How to get there - you decide, but still the legal way is more reliable and safe.