It’s easy to travel into Belarus by air, rail or land, with direct routes from most European and CIS countries
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 to many destinations in Europe and around the world, including:
Other major airlines that fly into Minsk are:
The first direct air service between Belarus and China was launched in May 2015. The route connecting Beijing, Minsk and Budapest became the longest route of Air China.
The airport is about 30km away from the city centre. Once you have cleared passport control you have a range of options to get to the centre of town:
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 110 km/h.
Road signs are in Cyrillic, although signs at major junctions are also in Latin script.
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.
As of 1 August 2013 Belarus has a digital system to collect road toll for the passage along motorways – BelToll.
as well as individual sections of motorways:
Passage along the motorways covered by the BelToll system:
chargeable – for drivers of vehicles:
free of charge – for drivers of vehicles with the technical total weight of 3.5 tonnes and less from countries of the Customs Union (Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan).
Exempt from road toll are as well:
Tariffs on the passage along Belarusian motorways have been set depending on the technical total weight of the vehicle and the number of axles and vary from €0.04 to €0.145 per 1km.
Mandatory condition – the presence of an onboard unit in the vehicle.
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:
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: