Once this small town was bustling with life: residential buildings were being built, kindergartens and schools welcomed children, hospitals received patients, cultural centers organized cultural events and entertainments, and the locals had plans for the future. But that one day has changed everything forever.
Now, Pripyat is considered to be a ghost town with desolate streets where wild animals roam, where military vehicles used in the liquidation of the Chernobyl disaster are slowly rusting in the boneyard, with people as part of Pripyat guided tour groups wandering here and there.
The abandoned town on the banks of the Pripyat River is located about 112 miles north of Kyiv and only two miles from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Being a typical Soviet town, it had residential complexes and apartment blocks, kindergartens, schools, hospitals, a cinema, as well as a variety of sports facilities. It had everything a community could want and more. But there was even more than that. Because of their status, the nuclear power plant workers had a better quality of life than many other residents of the Soviet Union. Thus, Pripyat was a place for people who worked for their future and had certain privileges which were very much enjoyed.
It was established in 1970 together with the neighboring Chernobyl nuclear power plant. In the beginning, the settlement housed construction workers. Once the NPP was up and running, the town began to grow becoming a place of residence for the workers of the nuclear power plant. Scientists and engineers moved with their families to the brand new town with much joy.
In 1979, Pripyat became a city as the number of residents was constantly increasing, just like the number of apartment blocks, and reached 50,000 people. When the Chernobyl tragedy struck in April 1986, life in the city changed completely. The residents were unaware of the catastrophe. Even though the explosion had occurred, the government didn’t initiate an emergency evacuation at once and waited for over 24 hours. A thousand buses swarmed the streets of Pripyat on the morning of April 27 to announce that an accident had occurred at the nuclear power plant and that everyone was required to leave as soon as possible.
People were told that the evacuation was temporary, so families took no more than a suitcase full of necessities and many of them were relocated to the new town of Slavutych, 30 miles to the east. But they never knew they wouldn’t return to their homes.
Nowadays, tours to Pripyat have become a popular activity among local and foreign tourists, and there is actually a plethora of things to see there, including the following:
Every tourist who has dreamed of visiting the ghost town is wondering about the Pripyat tour cost. It depends on the company that organizes a Pripyat tour. Average prices range between 40 and 90 USD and don’t include special clothing, food and drink, and rental of radiation checkers.
See nuclear missiles with the range of 11,000 km and the flight time to the United States of 24 minutes.
See largest in the world intercontinental ballistic missile Satan. 3 meters in diameter 34,3 m length, 211.4 tons weight
See missiles that carried 10 nuclear bombs and could cover 200 000 square kilometers
See missile launch facility
Get inside nuclear missile launch control point
Get inside Сommand post 45 meters deep under the ground
See what is left of 3rd nuclear potential in the world
See real soviet bombers and fighters
Chernobyl nuclear power plant tours have become a popular tourist destination due to the apocalyptic looks of the area and the atmosphere of silence.
Pripyat has become extremely popular tourist destination, and many choose to book tours to Pripyat to see the town with their own eyes.
We have created a special tour for visitors called “HBO Chernobyl” with the locations from the movie.
The one-day trip gives you the opportunity to immerse into the exact same area where the most dreadful disaster took place. The radiation background is still excessively high in some places, but we offer you a safe route through this dire Zone, together with necessary protection equipment.
The two-day trip to the Chernobyl Zone opens for you the door to this unique place. In this short time, you will get not only the tour around Chernobyl nuclear power plant and Pripyat town, but also the exclusive experience to spend the night in an empty town. This is definitely the deepest dive into the history of the drastic disaster.