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It seems that Yandex.Taxi does not have coverage for Crimea, and I doubt Uber or Gett cover it given the complex legal situation involved.

However, people have to get around. What are available options there? Do Maxim/Saturn/etc work in Crimea? Are they any good? Let's focus this question on resort destinations mostly, Simferopol - Eupatoria - Sevastopol - Yalta - Alushta - Feodosiya.

Any services with an app which support ride hailing? Failing that, anything which may be reliably called via phone? What are the options available at the booths of SIP airport?

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    Been there 8 years ago, but we got around using mini busses, some operating at a regular schedule, some we chartered (we were a group of about 15 people).
    – Erik
    Aug 13 '20 at 11:35
  • One service discovered through a quick googling warns against taking taxis in the airport. :)
    – bipll
    Aug 13 '20 at 15:29
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    @bipll Well there's difference between "wild" taxis available outside, and taxi boots. Arguably.
    – alamar
    Aug 14 '20 at 9:55
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It's been a while since I was in Creamea last time, so this information can be outdated.

  1. Search for ride sharing apps in Creamea didn't get me anything even in Russian, so it looks like you'll need to find the transportation in old fashion way. However, I found this post (in Russian) about high prices for so-called wild taxis, so here is the summary:

From airport you can depart in these ways:

  • Bus
  • Official taxi from airport
  • City taxi
  • Wild taxi

Bus tickets offices are in the luggage area of the airport, so you can search for a ride while waiting for your bags. Prices as of February, 2019:

  • Evpatoria ₽300
  • Saki ₽56
  • Sevastopol ₽238
  • Sudak ₽321
  • Feodosia ₽328
  • Kerch ₽573
  • Koktebel ₽378
  • Schchelkino ₽490
  • Yalta ₽255
  • Gurzuf ₽280
  • Mishor ₽315
  • Partenit ₽300
  • Simeiz ₽377

Note that these are prices for luggage-free trip, for the bags you'll need to pay around 10% more. Also, depending on the destination, buses have different schedule, sometimes only 1-2 trips during the day. Also note that nearly all the buses stop their trips after 22 (10 PM).

You also may find the schedule here on official site of the Simferopol airport, but this link is also in Russian. Red buttons there lead to the bus schedule on tutu.ru - Russian aggregation site for the tickets, including bus tickets. For some trips you even can buy a ticket online!

Second option is to find an official taxi, there are two stands, in luggage area and near the bus ticket offices, it looks like this:

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Prices for the car (not a passenger), also for February, 2019:

  • Simferopol center ₽599
  • Yalta starting from ₽1599
  • Alushta starting from ₽1299
  • Evpatoria starting from ₽1399
  • Sevastopol starting from ₽1799
  • Feodosia starting from ₽1999
  • Kerch starting from ₽3899

starting from means that these prices are for an economy class car, so, if you need a larger car, it'll be more than that.

City taxi are slightly cheaper (around 10-15%), but you'll have to wait for a car (which, probably, can "unexpectedly" disappear right in the momnet:), there are some options in Google, I've never used any of them, so I wouldn't provide any links here.

The last option to ride is to use the wild taxi, but you definitely need a russian-speaker in your company, as the foreighners will attract too much attention. Remember that in this case it will be a really ride-sharing, as the prices will be for a passenger, and they will be high (depending on how you'll bargain for it :), so this is a last resort for you.

  1. If you're feeling adventurous and you're not in a hurry, use the Crimean Trolleybus Line! The only one downside is that you need to get to the Simferopol Railway Station, so this isn't an option for everybody. Map of the Trolleybuses is this:

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Official site (in Russian) Page on Simferopol airport's site

Crimean Trolleybus Line (Russian: Крымский троллейбус, romanized: Krymskiy trolleybus; Ukrainian: Кримський тролейбус, romanized: Kryms’kyi troleibus; Crimean Tatar: Qırım trolleybusı) in Crimea is the longest trolleybus line in the world.1 It is 86 kilometres (53 mi) long,3 between the capital of Crimea, Simferopol, and the coastal city of Yalta on the Black Sea.

Managed by the public transport company Krymtrolleybus, it was built in 1959 in the Ukrainian SSR as an alternative to extending the railway line in Simferopol over the mountains to the coast. It opened in two parts: Simferopol–Alushta in 1959 and Alushta–Yalta in 1961. The journey time to Alushta is about ​1 1⁄2 hours, to Yalta about ​2 1⁄2 hours, and the fare is about 15 hryvnias (since March 2014—58 rubles).1

It passes through the Crimean Mountains across the Angarskyi Pass, reaching 752 metres (2,500 ft) at the highest point, then descends to the resort town of Alushta on the coast.1 The remaining distance to Yalta is 41 kilometres (25 mi) and winds around the mountains above the sea.

  1. There are a lot of private companies with buses, that operate on resorts, but usually they have only local schedule, with no multi-city option. Yalta also has a bus station with some routes, but their schedule is harder to find online.

Hope this helps.

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  • Most of Crimean towns have a bus stations with inter-city buses with fixed routes and schedules. I'm still hoping that there are ride share options, tho. I've heard conflicting reports about Maxim, going to consider it.
    – alamar
    Aug 18 '20 at 7:57
  • There's an awesome page with bus schedules (unfortunately, excluding Sevastopol): krimavtotrans.info/raspisanie.html
    – alamar
    Aug 18 '20 at 16:31
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    @alamar taximaxim.ru/order - they do not list any of the Crimean cities on their site
    – VMAtm
    Aug 18 '20 at 22:38
  • To note, people going to Kerch, Feodosiya and everything in between will probably consider AAQ Anapa airport.
    – alamar
    Aug 26 '20 at 14:53
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+400

So I have found out about Shark Taxi.

Coverage map

They have an app which looks like a standard ride-hailing app (kind of light on address recognition, but all the expected functionality is there).

Of course, I did not try calling an actual cab with it, but it will quote prices for Crimean routes which look genuine:

App screeenshot

The confusing part is that they seem to have two websites. I would like to hear more about this. They all link to the same app so both seem genuine.

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  • Could you improve your answer after actually using this app?
    – VMAtm
    Aug 20 '20 at 14:08
  • I didn't actually get to use it to full extent, since I'm not in Crimea, but I have provided some images.
    – alamar
    Aug 20 '20 at 15:29
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It turns that Taxi Maxim does also work, as witnessed by the following ads, but with a quirk:

Taxi Maxim ad

If you download Android app via app store, it will not list Crimean cities neither it will quote prices, but, if you download an .apk from https://скачаймаксим.рф/ - it will auto-detect location in Crimea and quote prices.

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