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Minsk (Belarusian: Менск IPA: [mʲinsk]; Russian: Минск; IPA: [mʲinsk]) is the capital and largest city in Belarus, situated on the Svislach and Niamiha rivers. Minsk is also a headquarters of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). As the national capital, Minsk has a special administrative status in Belarus and is also the administrative centre of Minsk voblast (province) and Minsk raion (district). It has a population of 1,830,000 inhabitants (2008). Urban area that includes about thirty satellite cities reaches 3,000.000.

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State: Minsk voblast
Population: 1,830,700 (2007)
Licence plate: 7
Major roads: M9, M1 (E30), M7 (E28), M6, M3, M2
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Hitchhiking out

West towards Grodno, Vilnius

  • Option 1: Take Metro (2nd line Avtozavodskaya linija (Аўтазаводская лінія)) to the last station Kamennaya Horka (Каменная горка), get off, walk 50m (direction west) and hitch right from the bus stop.
  • Option 2: Take Metro (2nd line Avtozavodskaya linija) to Kamennaya Horka, get off and go west towards M9 (~2km). The spot is right after on-ramp from M9 to M6.

East, Southeast towards Mahileu, Babrujsk, Homel'

Take Metro (2nd line Avtozavodskaya linija) to Mahileuskaya, then take a bus #112 to Sokal get off at the junction with M1. You can try hitching just after the junction or walk 1.5 km towards junction of M4 (towards Mahileu) and M5 (towards Homel') roads.

Alternatively, you can take bus #93 from the same station and get off right after it turns off from the motorway, walk a few hundred metres in the same direction with the traffic to the closest bus stop on the motorway to start hitchhiking from there.

East towards Barysau, Moscow, Russia

  • Option 1 (night-time): take Metro (1st line(blue)) to Uruchcha station, then get the bus #15, #99, #263 to 9-yj kilometr station, get out and walk 0.5km NE along the road. The spot is right after junction.
  • Option 2 (day-time): take Metro (2nd line Avtozavodskaya linija) to Mahileuskaya, then take a bus #512 to Sokal get off at the turn from M1 to Sokal. Spot is right after this crossroad.

An alternative is to take any public transport going to the airport of Minsk. It is outside the city on the road to Moscow. If you let yourself drop on the last turn before the airport, you are on a perfect spot and direct lifts to Moscow are not uncommon.

Southwest towards Brest, Poland

Take Metro to the Istytut Kul'tury(Институт Культуры) station (1st (blue) line), then take the bus #81c, #128c to Mikrarayon Yugo Zapad-1 (Микрорайон Юго-запад-1) stop, then take the bus #28, #90, to Pavarot na Malinauku (Поворот на Малиновку) stop, get out and walk 200m SW.

You can also take the bus #120 from aforementioned metro station Instytut Kul'tury to Mikrorayon Malinovka-9 (Микрорайон Малиновка-9) stop and then cross the junction and walk 300m SW

Or you can take the bus #28 from metro station Pushkinskaya (Пушкинская) (2nd (red) line) to aforementioned Povorot na Malinovku stop

The fastest option is to take Marshrutka #1155, #1112 from the Moskovskaya stop (near the metro station Instytut Kul'tyry) to the Fakultet Radiofiziki (Факультет Радиофизики) stop and walk ~300m W and cross the road

Public transport

Public transport fares: 1500 BRB (€0.14) Marshrutka fares: ~5000 BRB (€0.47)

Penalty fares: ~ 20000 BRB (€1.88)

Minsktrans official site

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