Magic Bus Kiev Hostel




The Review

Magic Bus Kiev Hostel is a small, fairly well-connected hostel based in Kiev the near the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. The property is essentially just a converted apartment, giving it a fairly of cosy kind of feel, while there's also a very laid-back vibe to the place.

The Location

If you’re after somewhere smack bang in the centre of Kiev, you won’t find it here. But then again, you probably won’t find it in any hostel, as Kiev is such a vast, sprawling city. Still, the redeeming quality of Magic Bus is that there are a number of bus stops and metro stations nearby, including Olimpiiska, Palats Sportu, and Ploshcha Lva Tolstoho, and there are also a fair number of cafes, bars, and restaurants in the vicinity. If you do fancy a walk though, all of the key spots, including the main independence square and the central railway station, seem to be within thirty minutes of the hostel. Finally, it’s worth noting that you may need to keep your eyes peeled when it comes to finding the actual building. There’s a huge Magic Bus sign on the first floor, but it’s not entirely clear where the ground floor entrance is. Just make sure you stay on Saksahanskoho rather than trying to access it from Antonovycha, and you’ll be fine.

Rooms and Bathrooms

One of the most noticeable things about the ten-bed dormitory is how spacious it is. There’s plenty of room for your bags and belongings, plus space to dry your clothes if need be, and they’ve even managed to fit a desk in the far corner. There aren’t necessarily plug sockets in each of the berths, though there are multiple extension leads dotted around the room. In terms of bathrooms, there are two in the hostel; one with a sink and toilet, the other with a shower. It helps that they’re separated, but queues are still likely. Plus, the hostel owner warns of their limited hot water -- and for good reason (the early bird gets the worm and all that jazz).

Common Spaces

Magic Bus has a really cosy common space, although it isn’t particularly large with just a sofa and a couple of chairs on which you can sit. Then again, the main dorm is so spacious that you can easily just gather some chairs around in there if you’re in the mood to socialise. Also, the balcony area is a great addition to offer some extra chill-out space. The kitchen is separate from the main common space, allowing for a little more space if you’re cooking, and it’s generally very well stocked in terms of appliances and cookware. Although, with so many affordable restaurants nearby, you're probably not going to need to rely on cooking!


Now is probably a good time to mention that the hostel is actually alcohol-free, which we’re told is because of a bad experience with a recent guest -- don't worry, it’s nothing against beer, per se. Still, the hostel manages to maintain that laid-back and sociable atmosphere despite the lack of social lubricants. Factor in the nearby metro stations and the politeness of the owner, and Magic Bus makes for a solid spot at which to stay in Kiev.
by Elliott Staff Reviewer
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Common Area
Common Area


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Magic Bus Kiev Hostel" at 31 Saksaganskogo Str, Apt.3.)


31 Saksaganskogo Str, Apt.3, Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine
50.435674, 30.514020 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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I stayed in Magic Bus Kiev this spring and can say its one of the best hostels I ever visited. It's located close to the Kiev center and the metro station is near. My gf and I stayed in the private room that was just huge and had an exit to the balcony and AC (although we did not need it at the moment). The girl working there were very helpful calling a taxi, showing us around, and giving advises on other cities to be seen in Ukraine. I plan to go back to Ukraine in October and would definitely stay at Magic Bus.
Magic Bus Kiev is a friendly, good-time hostel decorated in a bright, funky style, but it can be a little small -- there is no living or common room, so people are forced into the kitchen or reception or hallways couch and chairs. The Location Located near the southern downtown hub of Lva Tolstogo, you are close to the metro, bars, movies, and restaurants. This is one of the premium areas in Kiev, with hippie kids hanging near the metro exit/McDonald's entrance, the best movie theatre for film festivals and movies in English (The Kiev), and the Western basement bar Beerstub through the arch next door. A cheap, sprawling cafeteria chain -- Puzata Hata -- is around the corner on Chervonoarmieskaya, where free, open-language club meetings are held many evenings and a decent meal can be had for a small price. Up Gorkogo a block is the relaxing attractive Taras Schevchenko Park, with several Art Museums and its incredibly red University (a rich color we haven't seen anywhere else) -- widely regarded as the best in Ukraine, along with Mohyla University. You can walk to the hostel pretty easily from the train station, but it is a haul -- you are better off hopping on the metro at Vokzalnaya, three stops to Maidan, and then change lines (ask "GIDYA LVA Tolstogo" -- Tolstoy that is), a stop to Lva T, a block south, and then a block west. Rooms and Bathrooms The single bedrooms could use more furniture, but the hostel room is fine -- there are several balconies, which are great in summer or for a smoke. Rooms feature reading lights and linen and towels are also included. One problem is one little water heater that is quickly exhausted after a couple of morning showers. Common Spaces Common areas are limited. In two days, they couldn't come up with the free tea and coffee. The washing machine is a godsend. They have internet, Wi-Fi, and a book exchange. Summary If you want space, go elsewhere, but Magic Bus is a small, friendly, funkily charming joint that's relatively central with low prices. And if you've toured extensively in camper vans/buses, this place may exert a certain magnetism!
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