How to get to Belarus
Belarus is located in the center of Europe and has common borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. You can come to the country via airplane, railway or automobile transport.
Most of the travelers arrive in Belarus by airplane. There are airports in every regional city, all of them are eligible for operating international flights.
The country’s largest National Airport “Minsk” is located about 30 km away from the capital. After passing passport control, you can reach the city by bus (makes trips every hour), taxi (about Euro 20) or by a rental car. In addition, there is another airport in the boundaries of Minsk which operates regular flights to Moscow, as well as charter flights.
A number of airline companies offer flights to Minsk, including:
- Lufthansa (Germany)
- Austrian Airlines (Austria)
- LOT (Poland)
- EL AL (Israel)
- Etihad Airways (United Arab Emirates)
- Turkmenistan Airlines (Turkmenistan)
- Aerosvit Airlines (Ukraine)
- Aeroflot (Russia)
- S7 Airlines (Russia)
- UTair (Russia)
- Czech Airlines (Czech Republic)
- airBaltic (Latvia), etc.
The national air carrier “Belavia” has a modern fleet of aircraft that complies with worldwide technical safety and noise standards of. It includes Boeing 737-500, Boeing 737-300, CRJ-100/200 LR, Tu-154, Embraer 175.
The main airports of Belavia’s route network:
- St. Petersburg
- Tel Aviv
You can come to Belarus by train from almost any major city of Europe and CIS. Passenger train service connects the republic with Amsterdam, Basel, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Cologne, Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Varna, Bucharest, Vienna and others, as well as the capitals and administrative centers of Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania and Kazakhstan.
The route network inside the country covers over 2.100 localities.
21 large railway stations with developed infrastructure and a complex of services for passengers operate in the republic.
Most international buses to Belarus arrive at the bus stations of the capital. They are three of them in Minsk: “Centralny”, “Moskovsky” and “Vostochny”.
Bus routes connect the capital of Belarus with such countries as:
- the Netherlands
- the Czech Republic
In addition, buses carry out international routes from regional and district centers of Belarus.
The Republic of Belarus is located at the crossroads of the major transport routes which connect Western Europe with the East, the Black Sea regions with the Baltic States. The territory of Belarus is crossed by two cross-European transport corridors: number II (East — West) and number IX (North — South) with a IXB branch.
Road M-1/E30 Brest — Minsk – border of Russian Federation is part of the cross-European transport corridor number II (Berlin — Warsaw Minsk Moscow — Nizhny Novgorod), connecting Germany, Poland, Belarus and Russia. Today the technical parameters of the road M-1/E30 comply with the international standards, it uses the most modern technologies and traffic management means. Most of it is given the status of the road for cars, and therefore, the permitted maximum speed is increased here to up to 120 km/h.
Road M-8/E95 border of the Russian Federation Vitebsk Gomel — border of Ukraine crosses the territory of the republic from north to south, has a length of 456 km and is part of the cross-European transport corridor number IX, which connects Finland, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece.
Branch of the corridor IXB Gomel Minsk Vilnius Klaipeda provides access from regions of Eastern Ukraine and Central Russia to specialized seaports of Klaipeda, Ventspils and Kaliningrad.
Other important international highways:
- M-3 Minsk – Vitebsk
- M-4 Minsk – Mogilev
- M-5/E 271 Minsk – Gomel
- M-6/E 28 Minsk – Grodno
- M-7/E 28 Minsk Oshmyany border of the Republic of Lithuania
- M-10 Border of the Russian Federation Gomel – Kobrin
- M-11/E 85 Border of the Republic of Lithuania Lida Slonim – Byten
- M-12/E 85 Kobrin border of Ukraine (Mokrany).