While reading one of my books on Chernobyl the author remarked that Luba Akimov (wife of Alexander Akimov, Reactor 4 shift leader on the night of the explosion) used to take their child to Kiev for medical check-ups on the hydrofoil. For a moment I thought it must be a mistake. A hydrofoil? A boat that skis over the water? They had them running between Pripyat and Kiev - well the answer is absolutely yes. They did.
In late 60's - early 70's hydrofoils began operating between Chernobyl and Kiev (the picture at the top of this page is the hydrofoil marina in Pripyat). In the beginning the Raketa hydrofoil was used before moving to the Voskhod model. When Pripyat passenger traffic rose in the early 80's, and capacity of both the Raketa and Voskhod hydrofoils was not enough, Meteor hydrofoils took over the Pripyat to Kiev route. The smaller and older Raketa hydrofoils switched to the route between Kiev and Mazyr (Belarus).
The bus from Kiev to Pripyat took around 3 hours, and by Meteor hydrofoil nearer to four. Tickets for hydrofoils cost 5 Soviet rubles and the bus, 3 Soviet rubles. But despite the difference in the price of 2 rubles most passengers preferred to take the hydrofoil.