On the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital lies a hidden relic of the Soviet Union — Bus Garage Number 3-2 with dozens of abandoned public transit buses. Opened in 1963, the unexpected scale of this futuristic building reflected the scope of the livelihoods it supported. The garage was an important hub for Kyiv’s domestic, international, and bus city routes, with around 1,500 employees and 300 buses operating daily.
Not only did this feature provide the vehicles with shelter from the extremes of the Ukrainian winter, but it also helped to facilitate maintenance, as repair docks and gas stations were situated nearby.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian government found it too costly to maintain, and the once magnificent structure is now falling apart. It used to be one of the central transportation hubs of Ukraine up until November 2010 when it canceled international routes.
The bus station was used up by small commercial companies as a hub for minibusses until the summer of 2011. As a result of the global economic crisis and the reduction in the number of routes, bus fleets began to close in the capital. In mid-2011, it became a Repair Park and in 2015 it was turned into an exhibition and restoration center of the Museum of Public Transport.
The style of the bus station is a great example of Soviet form-meets-function architectural style – it looks very compact, but it fits in the scenery perfectly. It’s just too sad how such an unusual building was left to wither and fade away.
It’s a beautiful place and it doesn’t deserve to be in such a bad condition. Sadly, it’s not the only neglected architectural relic of Soviet times. As a result of its sheer size, the Ukrainian bus station is now completely abandoned and presents itself as a rather creepy place. A rather sad fate for such an ambitious project.
Stunning Photos made at Kiyv Bus Graveyard
Once a place where buses gathered, it’s now become something of a bus graveyard. Countless LAZ, Volvo, and Ikarus vehicles, many in a half-ruined, decayed state, can be seen, solemnly wait for disassembly. The above bus is an abandoned Neoplan N216H Jetliner. Year of production: 1983. This major hub in Kiyv has been abandoned and taken apart for scrap metal ever since.
1. Below you may find an image of an old Säffle (Volvo) №5604. In 2013, it was still in working conditions.
2. Another Säffle on a Volvo chassis – №5607.
3. Abandoned buses from public service past and present
4. Romanian trolleybus DAC 217E №4397. During the Soviet era, there were many Romanian trolleybuses in Kiyv. Now this one is the only one left. And not only in Kyiv but also in the world.
5. Inside abandoned Romanian trolleybus DAC 217E
6. Doors of an abandoned Romanian trolleybus DAC 217E
7. Inside Abandoned Romanian trolleybus DAC 217E
8. Abandoned PAZ-672M Bus
9. Abandoned Soviet Ikarus EAG E90.20.
10. Neglected Ikarus 256 Bus
11. Abandoned MAZ 105 №4601 bus and Škoda 14TrM trolleybus
12. Abandoned Škoda 14TrM №410 trolleybus
13. Abandoned buses
14. Abandoned LAZ 695Н buses: close perspective photo.
15. LAZ 695Н Bus Board number Now the numbers partially covered with vinyl material (vehicle wrap process). These wraps are similar in that vinyl (although a cast vinyl sheet) is used to cover parts or whole vehicles in a new color or in a protective form of a color matching vinyl that may match an OEM paint color vinyl material. But in the USSR workers used paint color for numbers.
16. Cabin of an abandoned LAZ 695Н Bus.
17. Abandoned LAZ A141 Bus.
18. Abandoned Bogdan А231 and PAZ-32053
19. Abandoned Aabenraa Bus
20. Abandoned articulated Säffle buses on Volvo B10MA-55 chassis.
21. Abandoned Säffle Bus №5217 and Bus №5216
22. Abandoned Arna M86BF bus, and two Arna M83 buses.
23. Abandoned articulated Scania bus
24. Abandoned buses
25. Abandoned LAZ 52527 bus №1276
26. Inside abandoned LAZ 52527 bus
27. Inside abandoned LAZ 52527 bus
28. Inside abandoned LAZ 52527 bus
29. Abandoned Ikarus 280.33 №4217
30. Inside abandoned Ikarus 280.33 bus
31. Inside abandoned Ikarus 280.33 bus
32. Inside abandoned Ikarus 280.33 bus
33. Abandoned bus graveyard in Kiyv
34. Abandoned Ikarus suburban modification 280.03
35. Abandoned MTB-82D trolleybus
36. Abandoned Ikarus 260.50 №1210
37. Another Abandoned Ikarus 260.50 — №1645
38. Abandoned Ikarus 260.37 bus (№1216)
39. Abandoned Bogdan А144.5 Bus
40. Abandoned LAZ 52523 bus
41. Abandoned MAZ 103.060 bus
42. Abandoned bodies of Škoda 9Tr trolleybuses were dug up
43. Another abandoned Škoda 9Tr trolleybus
44. Abandoned UMZ Е186 trolleybus
45. Abandoned LAZ 525270 №1429
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