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Odessa Survivor's Guide

 

Hours of Operation for public places
Telephone and International Calling (including faxes)
Public Toilets
Measurements: Lengths, Weights, Clothing, Temperature
Water (different page)
Electricity (different page)

Climate (different page)


Hours of operation

Museums have different varied hours of operation, refer to the museum section for specific museums.

Government offices tend to be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Post offices are closed on Sundays.

Many stores and offices are open from 9 - 10 am to 4 - 5 pm and close for lunch for one hour around 2 pm. Posted work hours are often misleading because employees often will want to close 15 minutes early.


Telephone and International Calling

Fax and Telegraphs
Faxes and telegraphs can be done at the Central post office Sadovaya 10 (Садовая). Telephone: 26-27-89
Also many of the hotels in Odessa offer this service.


Public Telephones:
Public telephones and most telephones are administered by the state monopoly Ukertelekom. Ukertelekom has been fighting and successfully resisting Ukrainian legislation to break up its monopoly for several years. This is unfortunate because Ukertelekom's service is horrendous. This can easily be seen by the public telephones. The public telephones are in horrible disrepair and often broken more than they work.

Ukrainian's telephone system is pulse dialing instead of touch-tone. If it is difficult to dial a number, it sometimes helps to wait until the entire number's "pulse" is complete before entering the next number.

A busy signal is the same sound as an incorrectly dialed number.

There are two types of phones:

  • the dark gray battered older phones for only local calls within Odessa and

  • the newer blue phones (sometimes black)for local and in-country calls.

  • On rare occasions you will find special coin operated telephones, such as near the train station, at the airport, Arcadia beach, and at two locations on Grecheskaya Ploshat (Square) (Греческая Площадь), but the have mostly been replaced by card telephones. To use these phones, dial the number, and only when you hear the phone click, insert a 25 kopeck piece.

  • UTEL phones are located in a handful of restaurants and the port. These phones are used to call internationally or in other Ukrainian cities. Cards are sold at the counter. IMPORTANT: UTEL phone cards cannot be used on normal, Ukertelekom phones and Ukertelekom phonecards cannot be used on UTEL phones. (For more on UTEL phones, see below)

Public Telephone Phone Cards (Телефонна карта):
Ukertelekom ( Укертелеком ) Public Telephone phone cards can be purchased at many kiosks throughout Odessa.

  • The 90 minute card is usually around 7 Hr.
  • The 120 minute card is around 8 Hr.
  • The 180 minute card is around 11 Hr
  • The rarer 240 minute card is around 16 Hr

24 hour operator assistance:

English
8-192
French
8-191
German
8-193
Spanish
8-195
Ukrainian / Russian
8-194

Calling mobile telephone and different cities within Ukraine or CIS countries:
Remember: only blue public telephones will allow you to call long distance.

Dial 8
Wait for the dial tone
Dial the number.

All area codes in Ukraine start with a zero, most, but not all mobile telephones also start with a zero. (Some mobile phones have local telephone numbers, not long distant numbers, which charges the mobile owner the a higher amount for every call)

For example:
To make a call to Moscow, it is necessary to dial:

8-095-XXX-XX-XX, where

095 city code for Moscow
XXX-XX-XX local number

International phone calls:
There are several options available to call internationally.

To dial internationally from a normal home, hotel, or office phone:
Dial 8
Wait for the dial tone
Then 10
Then the country code (See list of country codes)
Then the area code
Then the local number

For example:
To make a call to San Francisco, it is necessary to dial:

8-10-1-415-XXX-XX-XX, where

1 US country code
415 San Francisco City Code
XXX-XX-XX local number

Calling Ukraine from Abroad:
Dial 380
Then the city code (the first 0 is deleted)
Then the local number

Calling Odessa:

Odessa has two area codes, 0482 and 048(7).

Any 7 digit Odessa number that starts with a "7", dial only 048, then the local number which starts with "7".

Otherwise, dial 0482, then the number.

Important telephone numbers:
Fire
1
Police
2
Ambulance
3
Bus Station
4
Train Station
5
Odessa Airport
6
Sea Port
22-32-11
Taxi service
80
Directory Assistance/
Telephone Directory
09 or
496-369
Time
81

Options other than direct dialing for calling internationally

Number one: Via the internet:
Two 24-hour Internet cafes, Internet Planet and Mouse Club (See Internet clubs) offer a cheap way through a computer to call internationally. The connection is not ideal. Often you can not talk simultaneously. Calls to America cost about $0.60 every 5 minutes. Occasionally you must wait to use one of the two phones at Internet Planet (especially between 6-10 pm). The telephone attendant at Mouse Club often goes home at around 10 pm. The best time to call at both clubs is early morning (keep in mind the time difference, "Ukrainian time difference" box). In the early evening the two telephones at Internet Planet is usually incredibly busy, so you must wait.

Number two: Special long distance telephone centers:
These businesses typically have several wooden telephone booths. Calls can be made within Ukraine or worldwide.

These businesses are located at:

Akademeka Koroleva. 72 (Академика Королева) (Across the street, South of McDonalds)
Balkovskaya 54 (Балковская) 22-67-49
Deribasovskaya 25 (Дерибасовская) [1st floor, 2 booths, next to elevator]
Ekaterininskaya 14 (Екатерининская)
Grecheskaya Ploshat (Square) 14 (Греческая Площадь) (Southwest side)
Kanatnaya 83 (Канатная) 22-61-68
Nezjinskaya 44 (Нежинская)
Preobrazhenskaya 62 (Преображенская) [Open 8am - 7 pm lunch from 1pm - 2pm]
Rishelevskaya 26 (Ришельевская)
Sadovaya 10 (Садовая) Central post office 731-50-05
Train Station

You pay the cashier for the call, the cashier will then tell you which booth number to use. The phone will automatically disconnect when the set time runs out. If you do not use all of the money for the call, you can ask the cashier for a refund on the unused money.

Rate for Summer of 2002 for Central post office
Sadovaya 10 (Садовая) telephone center:
Eastern Europe $0.50 minute
Central Europe $0.79 minute
Western Europe $1.22 minute
Central Asia $1.44 minute
North America $2.02 minute
East Asia $2.30 minute
Africa, South, Central America $2.30 minute
Australia $2.30 minute

Number three: Allo (Алло) telephone card
Price: around 27 Hr for $5 / 5 units
Many Kiosks and business that sell internet and telephone cards also sell an "Allo" telephone card.
Allo telephone cards can be used from any non-rotary telephone to call internationally.

Number four: UTEL phone booths
www.utel.com.ua
UTEL phones are located in a handful of restaurants and the port. These phones are used to call internationally or in other Ukrainian cities. Cards are sold at the counter. These phone cards cannot be used on normal, Ukertelekom phones.

Passenger Terminal of the Odessa Sea Port Primorskaya 6 (Приморская) (Building at the base of Kimpinksi hotel)
Galeria Vop-on-tsov Restaurant/Bar (Бар-Галерея Воронцов) Deribasovskaya 24 (Дерибасовская)
Irish Pub, Deribasovskaya 13 (Дерибасовская)
Greenwich cafe Bunina 21 (Бунина) (up the hill, west of the opera theater)

Number Five: To the USA and Canada, AT&T collect
To dial collect, dial 8-100-11 then area code and phone number.
Definitely only for emergencies, because one minute is $15, each additional minute is $4.

Ukrainian time difference
Ukrainians use 'military time' (for example, 13:00 instead of 1 pm) when writing time
Ukraine is GMT +3 (Oct 26-March 28 GMT +2).
Present time around the world can be found at: timeanddate.com/worldclock
Ukraine
US Eastern Standard time
US Central Standard time
US Mountain Standard time
US Pacific Standard time
England
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Sydney*
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* -7 (CBR winter), -9 (CBR summer)

Regions and cities in Ukraine:
First dial 8 then:
(internationally, do not dial the "1")
Cherkassy 472
Chernihiv 0462, 04622
Chernivsti 0372, 03722
Dnipropetrovsk 056, 0562
Donetsk 062, 0622
Ivano-Frankivsk 034, 0342, 03422
Harkiv 572
Herson 552
Hmelnytsky 0382, 03822
Kiovograd 522
Kyiv 44
Jztomyr (Zhtomyr) 0412, 04122
Luhansk 642
Lutsk 3322
Lviv 322
Mykolayiv 512
Odessa 0482, 0487
Poltava 0532, 05322
Rivne 0362, 03622
Sevastopol 692
Simferopol (Crimea) 0652, 06522
Sumy 542
Ternopil 0352, 03522
Ujzgorod 0312, 03122
Vinnytsya 432
Zaporijzznya 0612, 06122
Zhtomyr (Jztomyr) 0412, 04122


International Calls (8-10)
International telephone assistance (079)
Country Code
Australia 61
Austria 43
Belgium 32
Bulgaria 359
Canada 1
Croatia 385
Cyprus 357
Czechia 420
Denmark 45
Finland 358
France 33
Germany 49
Greece 30
Hungary 36
Ireland 353
Italy 39
Luxembourg 352
Malta 356
Netherlands 31
New Zealand 64
Norway 47
Poland 48
Portugal 351
Romania 40
Slovakia 421
Slovenia 386
Spain 34
Sweden 46
Switzerland 41
Turkey 90
United Kingdom 44
USA 1
Yugoslavia 381


PUBLIC TOILETS
Public toilets are very rare in Ukraine.

Ask for "toilet", which is the same word in Russian as in English.

Occasionally hard to find public toilets with the "M" for men and the "Ж" for women are available.
The cost for attended public toilets is usually less than one hryvna. These toilets are always the squat/Turkish style. (PHOTO)

Unattended public toilets are usually unpleasant, foul smelling, squat type toilets.

Along Odessa beach public toilets are free but even more squalid.

Toilet paper is often never provided. When it is provided, it is often a rough, course type, or newspaper. It is wise to carry tissue paper with you.

Hotels and restaurants usually have better toilets (often without toilet paper), but employees with the prevalent soviet-service mentality will usually refuse to allow you to use the facilities unless you are a customer.

Internet (интернет) cafes are usually the best place to find a clean toilet with minimal hassle.

Odessa's five Mcdonald's restaurants have clean hassle-free toilets . They are always a welcome site for weary tourists.


Measurements: Lengths, Weights, Clothing, Temperature

MEASUREMENT CONVERSION CHARTS
Linear measurements:
1 millimeter 0.0394 inches
1 centimeter 0.394 inches
1 meter 3.281 feet
1 kilometer 0.62 miles
1 inch 2.54 centimeters
1 foot 30.48 centimeters
1 yard 0.914 meters
1 mile 1.6094 kilometers

When you know… Multiply by… To find…
inches 2.54 centimeters
feet 0.3048 meters
miles 1.61 kilometers
yards 0.91 meters
millimeters 0.04 inches
centimeters 0.39 inches
meters 3.28 feet
kilometers 0.62 miles
square inches 6.45 square centimeters
square feet 0.09 square meters
square yards 0.84 square meters
square miles 2.6 square kilometers
square centimeters 0.16 square inches
square meters 1.2 square yards
square kilometers 0.39 square miles

Solid weights
1 gram 0.03527 ounces
1 kilogram 2.2046 pounds
1 ounce 28.35 grams
1 pound 453.6 grams

When you know… Multiply by… To find…
ounces 28.35 grams
pounds 0.45 kilograms
grams 0.035 ounces
kilograms 2.21 pounds

Liquid measurements
1 teaspoon 5 milliliters
1 cup 0.24 liters
1 liter (dry) 0.908 quarts
1 liter (liquid) 1.0567 quarts
1 quart (dry) 1.101 liters
1 quart (liquid) 0.9463 liters
1 pint 0.6 liters
1 US gallon (liquid) 3.785 liters
1 imperial gallon (liquid) 4.546 liters

 
When you know… Multiply by… To find…
teaspoons 4.93 milliliters
tablespoons 14.79 milliliters
fluid ounces 29.57 milliliters
cups 0.24 liters
pints 0.47 liters
quarts 0.95 liters
gallons 3.79 liters
milliliters 0.2 teaspoons
  0.06 tablespoons
  0.03 fluid ounces
liters 1.06 quarts
  0.26 gallons
  4.23 cups
  2.12 pints

Women's Dresses and Blouses
US and Britain 10 12 14 16 18
Ukraine 40 42 44 46 48

Men's Suits
US and Britain 37-38 39-40 41-42 43-44 45-46
Ukraine 48 50 52 54 56

Women's Suits
US and Britain 30 32 34 36 38
Ukraine 40 42 44 46 48

Men's Shirts
US and Britain 14-14 1/2 15-15 1/2 16-16 1/2 17-17 1/2
Ukraine 37 38 39 40

Women's Shoes
US and Britain 4 5 6 7 8
Ukraine 34 35 36 37 38

Men's Shoes
US and Britain 6 1/2- 7 7 1/2- 8 8 1/2- 9 9 1/2- 10 10 1/2- 11
Ukraine 38 39 40 42 44

Temperatures:
(F - 32) x 0.56 = C
(C x 1.8) + 32 = F
Celsius Fahrenheit
100 212
40 104
38 100.4
36 96.2
32 89.6
28 82.4
24 75.2
20 68
16 60.8
12 53.6
10 50
8 46.4
4 39.2
0 32
-4 24.8
-8 17.6

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