Where is situated Odessa?
Odessa is the administrative centre of the Odessa Oblast (province/region) located in southern part of 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 about 1 mln. This city Odesa is usually regarded as the main tourist destination among Ukrainians in summer season.
Do I need visa for travelling in Odessa/Ukraine?
It depends on your country of residence. More detailed information about Ukrainian visas you can find here.
Hoq I can get to Odessa?
1. By plane
Odesa International Airport has daily direct connections from and to Kyiv, Vienna, Istanbul and other cities. It is situated 15 km away from the city center and it does not take too much time for transfer. Also you can arrive to the one of the nearest airports: Ukrainian capital Kyiv (500 km) and Moldovian capital Chisinau (180 km). From these airports you can easily get to Odessa by train or by bus.
2. By train
Odesa has several railway stations, but all international and long-distance domestic services arrive at Odesa-Main - main railway station of the city. It is located in the central part of Odessa and easily reached by bus and tram. For example, it takes about 25 minutes to get the main Odessa attraction - Potemkin stairs - by foot. You an purchase tickets online at official Ukrainian railway's web-site
3. By bus
Frequent buses provide connection to Kyiv (Ukraine) and Chisinau (Moldova). Also there are buses to/from Bucharest (Romania)/Warsaw (Poland). The main bus station is situated not far from the center of the city. You can reech it by bus or by tram.
4. By ferry
A regular ferry sails to Chernomorsk (town in 16 km away from Odessa) from Batumi/Poti (Georgia) and Haidarpasa (Turkey). The timetable and fares for this service you can find here.
What is about the safety in Odessa?
In Odessa tourists can feel more safety than in main cities of Europe or USA. For example, for the last 3 years there were no terrorist attacks where killed civil people. Of course there is street crime (pickpocketing and scamming), particularly in crowded places, in tourist areas, in bars and nightclubs and on public transportation. But it is common occurrence in popular tourist destinations. You should be more attentive, but there is no risk for your life.