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Flag of Belarus
State: Minsk voblast
Population: 1,921,807 (2014)
Licence plate: 7
Major roads: M9, M1 (E30), M7 (E28), M6, M3, M2
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Minsk (Belarusian: Менск IPA: [mʲinsk]; Russian: Минск; IPA: [mʲinsk]) is the capital and the largest city in Belarus, situated on the Svislač and Niamiha rivers. As a capital, Minsk has a special administrative status in Belarus and is also the administrative centre of Minsk voblasć (province) and Minsk rajon (district). It has a population of 1,921,807 inhabitants (2014). Urban area that includes about thirty satellite towns reaches 3,000.000.

Hitchhiking out

West towards Hrodna, Vilnius

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

North-West towards Zasłaŭje, Maładziečna, Smarhoń, Miadzieł, Narač

  • Option 1: Take bus #44 (direction Ždanovičy station (Станцыя „Ждановічы“)) and get off at the last stop. You can start hitchhiking from the bus-stop on the motorway.
  • Option 2: Take bus #136 (direction Azdaraŭlenčy centr 'Ždanovičy' (Аздараўленчы цэнтр „Ждановічы“)) and get off at the last stop. Walk a few hundred metres in the same direction with the traffic and start hitchhiking there.
  • Option 3: Take a suburban train (direction Belarus (Zasłaŭje) (Беларусь (Заслаўе)), Alachnovičy (Аляхновічы), Maładziečna (Маладэчна)) and get off at Ždanivičy station (станцыя Ждановічы). Use the underground crossing to get to the other side of the motorway. You can start hitchhiking from the bus-stop on the motorway.

East, Southeast towards Mahilioŭ, Babrujsk, Homiel

Take Metro (2nd (red) line Aŭtazavodskaja linija) to Mahilioŭskaja' ("Магілёўская") station, 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 Mahilioŭ) and M5 (towards Homiel) 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.

South-East towards Barysaŭ, Moscow, Russia

  • Option 1 (night-time): take Metro (1st (blue line "Maskoŭskaja linija")) to Uručča ("Уручча") station, then get the bus #15, #99, #263 to 9-y kilamietr ("9-ы кіламетр") stop, get out and walk 0.5km NE along the road. The spot is right after junction.
  • Option 2 (day-time): take Metro (2nd (red) line Avtozavodskaya linija) to Mahilioŭskaja ("Магілёўская") station, 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.

South-West towards Brest, Poland

Take Metro (1st (blue) line Maskoŭskaja linija) to "Malinaŭka" ("Малінаўка") station. Then you can either walk about 1 km or take bus #28 (direction "Karžanieŭskaha" ("Каржанеўскага")) to Pavarot na Malinaŭku ("Паварот на малінаўку") stop (next stop). Travel time by bus is about 3 min.

Public transport

Public transport fares: 3700 BYR (€0.27) / 4000 BYR (€0.29) (sold by drivers)

Marshrutka fares: ~11000 BYR (€0.80)

Penalty fares: ~ 75000 BRB (€5.41)

Minsktrans official site

Minsk interactive map


Administrative divisions of Belarus

Brest region • Homiel region • Hrodna region • Mahilioŭ region • Minsk (city) • Minsk region • Viciebsk region

Brest region: Baranavičy district (Baranavičy) • Biaroza district (Biaroza, Bielaaziorsk) • Brest district (Brest) • Drahičyn district (Drahičyn) • Hancavičy district (Hancavičy) • Ivacevičy district (Ivacevičy, Kosava) • Ivanava district (Ivanava) • Kamianiec district (Kamianiec, Vysokaje) • Kobryn district (Kobryn) • Liachavičy district (Liachavičy) • Luniniec district (Luniniec, Mikaševičy) • Malaryta district (Malaryta) • Pinsk district (Pinsk) • Pružany district (Pružany) • Stolin district (Davyd-Haradok, Stolin) • Žabinka district (Žabinka)

Homiel region: Akciabrski district (Akciabrski) • Brahin district (Brahin, Kamaryn) • Buda-Kašaliova district (Buda-Kašaliova) • Chojniki district (Chojniki) • Čačersk district (Čačersk) • Dobruš district (Dobruš) • Homieĺ district (Homiel) • Jeĺsk district (Jeĺsk) • Kalinkavičy district (Kalinkavičy) • Karma district (Karma) • Lieĺčycy district (Lieĺčycy) • Lojeŭ district (Lojeŭ) • Mazyr district (Mazyr) • Naroŭlia district (Naroŭlia) • Pietrykaŭ district (Pietrykaŭ) • Rahačoŭ district (Rahačoŭ) • Rečyca district (Rečyca, Vasilievičy) • Svietlahorsk district (Svietlahorsk) • Vietka district (Vietka) • Žlobin district (Žlobin) • Žytkavičy district (Turaŭ, Žytkavičy)

Hrodna region: AšmianyHrodnaLidaNavahrudakSmarhońVaŭkavysk

Mahilioŭ region: AsipovičyBabrujskBychaŭMahilioŭŠkloŭ

Minsk region: BarysaŭBierazinoDziaržynskMaladziečnaMinskSalihorskStoŭbcySluckŽodzina

Viciebsk region: BraslaŭHlybokajeLiepielNavapolackOršaPolackViciebsk