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Flag of Ukraine
State: Odessa Oblast
Population: 1,000,000
Licence plate: -
Major roads: M05,M14,M15,M16
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Odessa or Odesa (Ukrainian: Одеса; Russian: Одесса; Romanian: Odesa; Greek: Οδησσός; Yiddish: אדעס ) is located in southern Ukraine. The city is a major seaport located on the shore of the Black Sea and the fourth largest city in Ukraine with a population of 1,000,000.

On 789, 7 August of 2009, the 789 Festival took place in Odessa. A hundred hitchhikers from all over the world gathered in Odessa to promote hitchhiking.

Hitchhiking out

North to Uman, Kiev (M05/E95)

Take trolleybus #8 or small yellow bus #208 in front of the Railway Station (McD's). Take direction to the Central Autostation, exit the trolleybus on station Khimichna (остановка Химическая or зупинка Хiмiчна) and walk right. You'll see main street Grushevskogo (Грушевского). Cross this street and turn left. You will see your spot. Best is to hitchhike from there with sign "КИЕВ" (Kyiv)

Take bus 84 from in front of the Central Railway Station. Ask the ticket seller for the stop Kievskaya trasa. From near the stop you can see a road signposted for Kiev.

Participants of the 789 Festival found this a challenging direction to hitchhike, with waiting times typically around 3-5 hours. The road soon becomes a modern motorway where cars are moving far too quickly to stop, so you cannot be easily dropped off and continue onwards. Try to get a lift all the way to your destination.

A good 'alternative option' seems to hitch from the WOG service station right at the motorway to Kyiv, located about 1 km from Khimichna/Grushevskogo. We caught a ride straight to Kyiv from there in the middle of a summer night. The service station was pretty busy even at that time, offering all kinds of amenities like free wi-fi and toilets.

North-West to Chisinau, South-West to Romania (M15/E87)

Option 1

On the M15 just after the Dva Stolba roundabout. It's a huge roundabout with a monument in the middle, called "dva stolba" that people are familiar with by name. It is a busy bus stop for Marszrutkas where locals also hitch rides. You may want to go up the road a few meters to get away from the crowd. You can also take M16 to Chisnau (next road just to the north), but be aware that you will pass through Transnistria.

Getting there:Take Bus 128 or Marshutka 233 west from Velyka Arnauts'ka St in the center to Dva Stolba. Walk to the other side of the circle, 2nd left (there is a sign). Or take bus #201 from the main tram stop next between the central station and the big market. Get of at the bus stop ПОСТ ДАЇ (post daji).

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