Minsk central railway station is one of the most modern I've ever seen in my life. It's really brand new, glasses everywhere, extremely clean; maybe it's not an old romantic station, but surely it's a very good one and most of the time you will arrive or leave from here.
The station is very close to the Independence Square (Ploshchad Nezalezhnosti) and really not far from the main centre of the city. It's directly connected to the metro system through underground passages.
Beside the railway station there's also one of the main Bus Stations of Minsk: it's an older building from soviet times, not very big, with a couple of big parking lots for buses on both sides. Buses and marshrutkas going south leave from here.
Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Kaunas, Kiev, Krakow, Minsk, Moscow, Prague, Riga, Rome, Sofia, Warsaw, Zagreb.
Something all of these places have in common is no shortage of taxi drivers who see it as a divine right to rip off tourists. In Bucharest, Minsk and Moscow in particular it is utterly outrageous and if there is an honest taxi driver anywhere in these cities then I am yet to find them.
Some thing else each of these cities have in common is a well developed public transport system based on any of metro / tram / trolley bus. The public transport systems are simple, efficient, quick and inexpensive and provide a welcome alternative to the inevitable taxi driver rip off.
Minsk wanted to build Underground in the 60`s. But, because during that time the population was less than a million, the construction could not begin. It was an unspoken rule: Only city with million or more denizens can have a metro.
So, it`s said that Minsk government came up with the plan to increase the population - encouraging rural population to move into Minsk by offering them favourable terms.
And, the 1 000 000`s citizen was born in 1972 and the Undergound`s construction began in 1977.
1) It`s the fastest in FSU countries: trains speed is up to 80km/hour (~49 miles/hour).
2) Minsk underground has only 2 lines: Moskovskaya and Avtozavodskaya lines.
3) The intersection station is 'Oktyabr`skaya'/'Kupalovskaya' station in the very center of Minsk.
4) The total length of metro`s 23 stations is 27,6 km (~17.1 miles).
5) First train goes at 5.32 am, last one - at 1.02 am.
6) Platforms are 100 meters long and 10 meters wide.
7) Trains run every 3-4 min during rush hours and every 5-10 the rest of the day.
Minsk airport is 40km (25 miles) from the city.
When arrived to 'Minsk-2' international airport, you have a choice how to get to the downtown area: via taxi ($35), via public bus (4000 bel rubles, which is $2) or via mini bus (~$2).
Here is a PUBLIC BUS schedule leaving from 2 main Minsk bus stations: 'Central' (next to rail-way station on Bobryjskaya Street, 6) and 'Moscow'.
-From 'Central' Bus Station to Airport 'Minsk-2' (every day). Duration is anywhere from 1h to 1h 20min:
5:25am(arrival to airport - 6:35am);
-From 'Moscow' Bus Station to Airport 'Minsk-2' (every day):
5:45am (arrival to airport 'Minsk-2' - 6.35am);
PUBLIC BUS schedule from Airport 'Minsk-2' to 'Central' Bus Station (every day):
7.10am (arrival to 'Central' Bus Station - 8.30am);
From 'Central' Bus Station you can also take MINI bus to get to the airport.
Departure from Airport back to the 'Central' Bus Station is irregular - depends on when the mini bus is full and ready to go.
Minsk Airport is quite far from the city center. About 40 km.
Airport shuttles run between Raiway Station and the gate for the arrivals. It takes about 1 hour to reach to the city center.
It costs 3920 Belarus Rubles (about 2 Euros)
In my point of vew, the most convenient way to get around is Minsk metro.It has just 2 lines, and they cross each other only in one spot, so any station could be easely found.Mostly this lines go through the center of the city.The price is the same as for other public transport, but it's faster and goes often.
metro is safe and clean if you use buses try and use the little bus,s the larger ones are ok but when its busy get ready for a shock when to say they like to get as many on as possible is a understament all transport is cheap
The Minsk' subway is not only a way to get arround the city. It's something more. Minsk' subway is the 'monument' of great architecture. Every station was built in unique style more than 20 years and now it still looks pretty good. And by the way it is one of the cleanest subways in Europe - you will hardly find any rubbish there and the trains are always clean and look rather good.
There are two lines of subways in Minsk city. According to the Starlin urban plan, when a city reaches a population of 1 million people, a subway has to be built. The Minsk subway was, of course, built after WWII. It is not that fancy as that in Moscow, but it is bright and spacial. A ticket for one trip costs 250 Byr, about 10 cents according to current rates.
There is a wonderful introduction to the Minsk subway available at an English language website: http://www.metropla.net/eu/min/minsk.htm. The fare is minimal, 60 Belarussian rubles (about 4 cents, in November 2001).
We used a taxi driven by Dima for three days. He is a safe driver and his mercedes was well maintained. He did not wait at the taxi ranks drinking from a bottle of beer as we saw frequently!.. Dima speaks a little english and some german. We would recommend him and his car as safe and reliable.
You will find public transport there quite efficient (though not eaxclty what you might call clean) and taxis relatively cheap.
Consider a taxi if you do not wish to travel crammed into a public means of transportation.
If you click on the picture, you will probably notice a vehicle on it. That is Trolleybus - a kind of common transportation in Minsk. For those who have never tried such a thing, it is something in the middle between bus and tram. :)
If You are in Sweden and You want an in-expensive trip to Belarus You should buy a ticket with BelAvia airlines. The planes doesn't live up to a very high quality because they aren't that new but there is nothing wrong with the service.
Metro, Trolly bus, Bus You take You pick.
Very in-expensive way to get around.
For the ones with a strong heart and those who don't scare easily there is always Taxi. It's more like sitting in a race car and it's a part of 'the Minsk Taxicab Racing Cup'. They are quite cheap though (if You measure it by Swedish cab-fare)
Airplane, train, bus, car.. all goes, depends on where you travelling from.
Use metro, the best and the fast way to get around in the city. Also there're trams, buses and electric-buses ('trolleybus'). Can buy the tickets from kiosks or even some depertment store kassa's.
The prices are really cheap, speacially for tourists.