Chernobyl photos in the bus station


After my recent 3 night / 4 day trip into the Chernobyl exclusion zone, it’s time to share some photos. This trip was intense and everywhere I looked there were scattered pieces of a once thriving community, something that does not make for a light experience.

If you want to read my impressions and advice about traveling to Chernobyl, please check out my blog post: 4 Day Chernobyl Trip: Impressions, Advice and Photos

The below photos include shots from the main abandoned town of Pripyat as well as from villages and areas located all over the exclusion zone.

33 Chernobyl Photos

Chernobyl photos - checkpoint

Gas masks

Chernobyl photos - Duga radar view

Duga radar

Chernobyl photos - stairwell

Chernobyl photos - office building

Stained glass cafe wall

Chernobyl photos - soldier classroom


Chernobyl photos - theater

Chernobyl photos - hotel

Backstage propaganda

Chernobyl photos - boxing ring

Chernobyl photos - gym wall

Eerie hallway

Chernobyl photos - school desk

Chernobyl photos - bus station lockers

Hospital room

Chernobyl photos - dentist

Chernobyl photos - dental office

Epidemic ward

Chernobyl photos - private home

Piano shop

Chernobyl photos - kindergarden

School building

Chernobyl photos - Roadside Picnic Shop in Chernobyl City

Chernobyl photos - summer camp


Chernobyl photos - bumper cars

Athletic court

Chernobyl photos - television shop

If you want to learn more about the Chernobyl disaster, I recommend reading Voices from Chernobyl: An Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.

Here’s a quote from that book that summarizes the disaster well:

It’s certainly true that Chernobyl, while an accident in the sense that no one intentionally set it off, was also the deliberate product of a culture of cronyism, laziness, and a deep-seated indifference toward the general population. The literature on the subject is pretty unanimous in its opinion that the Soviet system had taken a poorly designed reactor and then staffed it with a group of incompetents. It then proceeded, as the interviews in this book attest, to lie about the disaster in the most criminal way. In the crucial first ten days, when the reactor core was burning and releasing a steady stream of highly radioactive material into the surrounding areas, the authorities repeatedly claimed that the situation was under control…In the week after the accident, while refusing to admit to the world that anything really serious had gone wrong, the Soviets poured thousands of men into the breach…The machines they brought broke down because of the radiation. The humans wouldn’t break down until weeks or months later, at which point they’d die horribly.

If you have any questions about visiting Chernobyl, please get in touch and I’d be happy to assist. I can recommend excellent local tour operators and guides that will ensure you don’t have the standard Chernobyl tourist experience that 95% of visitors tend to have!

Want to learn more about taking a Chernobyl trip?

Check out my thoughts and trip advice here – 4 Day Chernobyl Trip: Impressions, Advice and Photos