Exploring cultures and communities – the slow way

Arriving at Lviv airport recently, the hidden europe team was pleasantly surprised to find that trolleybuses are still a regular sight on the streets of the Ukrainian city. This prompted us to track down Europe's longest trolleybus route.

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Arriving at Lviv airport recently, the hidden europe team was pleasantly surprised to find that trolleybuses are still a regular sight on the streets of the Ukrainian city. Making our way through the airport's stylish terminal building, which turned out to be unexpectedly redolent of a French château, we landed with our bags on the elegant forecourt to the predictable clamour of taxi drivers anxious to ferry us into town. Eschewing the comforts of a run down Lada, we headed instead for the local bus stop, where a trolleybus was waiting. Fifty kopecks a head - that's about €0.08 - for the half hour journey, with the added benefit en route of rousing entertainment from local inebriates anxious to promulgate their own particular version of Ukrainian history to the captive crush.


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and Susanne Kries manage hidden europe, a Berlin-based editorial bureau that supplies text and images to media across Europe. Together they edit hidden europe magazine. Nicky and Susanne are dedicated slow travellers. They delight in discovering the exotic in the everyday.

This article was published in hidden europe 5.