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Bus from Vilnius in Minsk (Eastern Bus Station)
As the train departure times from Vilnius to Minsk were simply not convenient for us, we decided to go to Minsk by bus
The route is served about 8 times per day by different companies. We took an Express bus, which left Vilnius at 12:30 h. We bought our ticket for 45 Litas (ca. 13 Euro) one day in advance at Vilnius' bus station.
The trip to Minsk via Asmiany (BY) took about 4,5 hours and included an approximately 45 minutes stop at the border.
In Minsk most buses arrive at the Central Bus Station, which is located just next to the train station. Unfortunately it was being renovated in summer 2011, so our bus teminated at the Eastern Bus Station (Vostochniy).
Another important bus station in Minsk is the Moscow Bus Station (Moscovsky), which is also situated east of the city centre in the vicinity of the National Library.
All bus stations are well served by public transport, although some research on which bus line to take might be recommended.
Train to Brest in Minsk
We left Minsk towards Brest with a train which arrived in Minsk from Novosibirsk in Russia. The train left Minsk at 12:20 h and arrived in Brest at 16:52 h.
We bought the tickets in advance at Minsk Passazhirsky railway station. The price per ticket for a platzkartny carriage was 21.530 BYR (ca. 3,00 Euro).
Train tickets can be bought at the counters in the left wing of the railway station building, whereas tickets for the local suburban trains are available in the right part of the building.
Apart from the train to Brest we also took a local suburban train (elektrichka) for our day trip to Zaslavl (see my off the beaten path tips). Local trains leave from the platforms to the right of the railway station building.
Other destinations which are served from Minsk include Berlin (D), St. Petersburg and Moscow (RUS), Odessa and Lviv (UA), Gomel and Hrodno (BY).
Minsk's modern Passazhirsky Railway Station is situated only 500 metres south of the Independence Square (Ploschad Nezavisimosti).
Tram at Jakub Kolas Square
Minsk's extensive overground public transportation network consists of buses, trolleybuses and trams. Most routes are served from 5:30 h until 1:00 h.
Tickets for the buses and trams can be purchased from kiosks at many stops. In summer 2011 a single ticket cost 900 BYR, but already in February 2012 the price was risen to 1300 BYR. Tickets can also be bought from the driver for a slightly higher price.
When entering a bus or tram the ticket has to be punched in one of the machines inside the vehicle.
Bus number 100 serves a really useful route along Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti prospekt), which is lined by many sights and monuments.
Minsk Metro sign at October Square
Minsk's Metro belongs to the public transportation network of the city. The metro was inaugurated in 1984 with the line Moskavskaya, which runs more or less along Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti prospekt).
A second line called Avtozavodskaya was opened in 1990. It crosses the city from the northwestern to the southeastern districts.
To access the metro a plastic token for 900 BYR (summer 2011) has to bought from one of the booths inside the stations. It then has to be inserted into the slots of the barriers in front of the platforms.
Belarusian Elektrichka in Minsk
Elektrichki are suburban electrical passenger trains, which serve a region around a big city. They are quite common in all ex-Soviet countries.
In Minsk most suburban trains leave from the platforms to the right of the main railway station building (Minsk Passazhirsky). Tickets can be bought in the right wing of the train station building.
Minsk's suburban trains can be used to get to the Minsk Sea (Minskoe More), which is a large artifical lake north of the city centre.
We used a suburban train for our day trip tro Zaslavl, whose train station is called Belarus. Since 2011 this route is also served by a modern Swiss style suburan train. The single fare to Zaslavl (Belarus) was 2000 BYR for the modern suburban train and 1550 BYR for an old style train (elektrichka).
All suburban trains to Molodechno seem to stop in Minskoe More and Zaslavl (Belarus).
Explore Minsk on foot
Although Minsk is with more than 1,8 Million inhabitants a big city, it is best explored on foot. Most of the main sights are concentrated within the area between Independence Square (Ploschad Nezavisimosti), Victory Square (Ploschad Pobedy) and the Trinity Suburb (Troitskoye Predmestye).
Especially along the wide Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti Prospekt) many architecturally interesting buildings from Soviet times can be seen, so a walk along this street is definitely a must.
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