Odessa City Card – an assistant when travelling in Odesa
Since recently, tourists in Odesa are offered to use Odessa City Card. It provides a lot of bonuses and rebates. You can take a sea cruise or a tourist tour through the city for free; visit seven major museums also free of charge. Rebates in hotels, cafes, restaurants, clubs, taxis, as well as when renting cars and bicycles are available. Services of interpreters, doctors and lawyers may be also cheaper.
When purchasing the card, its holders also get a booklet with main attractions, city maps and useful information for travellers. Odesa is a city with rich history, luxurious architecture, culture, humour, sea, eminent people. The card helps to find out more about that all. Organisers of the project say it makes it easier to plan leisure, save money and time.
There are two options to use the card: for three and six days. A three-day card costs 200 UAH, a six-day card costs 300 UAH. Comparing with many European centres of tourism, the price isn’t big. However, they usually provide a wider range of opportunities. It is planned that bonuses and rebates of Odessa City Card will be also expanded. The card can be purchased at the official website, in museums, at train stations, airports, tourist information centres.
Odesa is one of the most popular Ukrainian cities among tourists. It is the second city in Ukraine, where the card for travellers was introduced. Last year, Kyiv City Card was launched in the capital of the country. Experts have calculated that the card can save a tourist from 300 to 1500 UAH. Another city where the card was launched is Vinnytsia. Soon the city of Lviv will be added to this list.
City Card is a world-famous city program in providing benefits when sightseeing, visiting theatres, hotels and restaurants, using public transport, etc. In many big cities of Europe, the USA and Asia, different types of tourist cards and travel tickets for travellers are used.
Over the last years, Odesa has launched several projects aimed to help tourists to learn the city. In 2012, the tourist hot telephone line “123” available in Russian, Ukrainian and English was introduced. One year on, information terminals for tourists were opened. For more than two years, the tourist centre has been opened. They can advice tourists how to spend time in Odesa, what to see and where to eat.