Urban public transport

 

Public transport in Minsk includes buses, trams, trolleybuses and metro (underground).

 

        Ground Transport

 Minsk has a developed public network system. Bus, trolleybus and tram routes begin their work at 5.35 a.m. and finish it approximately at 1 a.m. Tickets are sold in kiosks (EUR 0.10) and are valid for any kind of transport for any distance. In tram, buses and trolleybuses you can they also purchase tickets from driver (EUR 0.11). On entering a vehicle you should immediately punch them yourself. Ticket is valid for a single ride in the vehicle where punched only.

 When using ground transport, please, take into account that vehicles are often overcrowded.

 

 

        Metro

 Metro is one of the most convenient ways of travelling. The Minsk metro is specially known for its cleanliness and safety. It is open from 5.30 a.m. till 1 a.m. Plastic tokens or magnetic pass (month pass) are sold at every station. A token or magnetic card should be inserted in a slot of an automatic machine before entering it and gives the right for one ride. No control on the way out of the metro.

 Now it has got two lines with 19 stations connecting downtown to the Eastern, The Western, and the South-Eastern (industrial districts) areas of the city. Trains run every 5–7 minutes during rush hours, every 10 minutes off-peaks, and every 8–15 minutes late in the evening.

 

       Taxi

Taxis can be found waiting in front of hotels, at airports, railway and bus stations as well as cruising on the streets. There are taxis of three taxi companies as well as a lot of private taxis in the city. According to the decision adopted by the city authorities each taxi should be equipped with a meter. The government fixes the sole tariff that is currently equal to ~ 1000-1320 roubles per kilometre. However, taxi companies sometimes surcharge for call, for boarding and for bringing up the car. In total any ride from downtown to a remote district does not usually exceed 20,000 roubles, while a ride across the city from a far district to the other edge does not exceed 35,000 roubles. Please note, that credit cards are not accepted in taxis.

 To call for a taxi dial 107, 135, 152, 157, 161, 181, 184.

 Payment according to meter readings. Tips are recommended.