Getting to Belarus
Most travellers to Belarus arrive by plane. The National Airport in Minsk is the major national airport for Belarus. It is a modern airport with facilities including banks, restaurants and shops.
The national airline of Belarus is Belavia, which operates daily flights between many major European cities, including:
Other major airlines that fly into Minsk:
- Lufthansa (Germany)
- Austrian Airlines
- Lot (Poland)
- El Al (Israel)
- Etihad Airways (UAE)
The airport is about 30 km from the city centre. Once you have cleared passport control you have a range of options to get to the centre of town:
- bus (hourly departures)
- taxi (pay around 20 euros)
- hire a car (Belarus car hire is available in the Arrivals hall)
Belarus has excellent international rail links. You can take a train to Minsk from almost every major city in Europe and the CIS.
Minsk’s new Central Station is one of the largest in Europe. It’s open 24 hours a day and offers a wide range of facilities including:
- games room
You can travel to Belarus by car from Europe and the CIS. There are several Belarus border crossings and an extensive road network running across the country.
You need an international driving licence to drive in Belarus. Traffic drives on the right. The motorway speed limit is 120 km/h (75 mph).
Very few foreign travel insurance policies are accepted in Belarus. Insurance can be purchased at the border; charges start at 5 euros for 15 days.
All vehicles entering Belarus must pay a tax, with charges ranging from 20 USD to 155 USD. The M1/E30 highway is a toll road, with a 1 USD charge for passenger vehicles.
Road signs are in Cyrillic, although signs at major junctions are also in Latin script.
Most international bus arrivals in Belarus terminate at the Central Bus Station in Minsk.
Although there are few facilities at the bus station, it is located next to the Central Train Station and travellers are free to use the facilities there.
There are a number of travel agencies in Belarus who can help you with your journey:
CentreKurort for Sanatorium and Resort Services with the Administrative Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus
National Tourist Travel Holding Company “BELINTOURIST”