Getting there & away
Ticket counters (pl Privakzalnaja; 005, 596 5410; Ploshcha Nezalezhnastsi) are on either side of the main entrance hall of Minsk's train station. However, for non-CIS international destinations such as Prague and Warsaw, counter 13 sells tickets only on the day of departure (open from 8pm to 8am daily). Ask at counters 14 and 15 for train information. Tickets for the slow electric trains to suburban destinations are sold in the smaller building just west of (to the right if facing) the train station.
To save a trip to the station, and to book international tickets in advance, book through any of the city's travel agencies, or at the international ticket office (225 3067; vul Voronyanskoho 6; 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat; Institut Kultury). To purchase tickets for domestic and CIS destinations, you can also use the convenient ticket office (225 6124; pr Francyska Skaryny 18; 9am-8pm Mon-Fri, to 7pm Sat & Sun; Kupalawskaja/Kastrychnitskaja), much quieter than the train station.
Minsk has several bus stations.
Central (tsentralny avtovokzal; 004, 227 3725; Babrujskaja vul 12; Ploshcha Nezalezhnastsi) Most buses for international destinations leave from here, just east of the train station. No matter what station you leave from, you can buy advance tickets from here.
Moskovsky (219 3622; vul Filimonova 61; Maskouskaja) About 600m northeast of metro Maskouskaja.
Vostochny bus (248 0882; vul Vaneeva 34; Partyzanskaja) About 3km southeast of the centre; bus 8 and trolleybus 20 travel between the central station and Vostochny.
Yugo-Zapadnaja (226 3188; vul Zheleznodorozhnaja 41) To get here, take bus 1, 32 or 41 from vul Druzhnaja at the central bus station. Get off at Yugo-Zapadnaja Stantsija.
Brestskoe sh, the road from Minsk to Brest (E30/M1), is one of the best in the country - an excellent two-laner all the way. Minsk to Smolensk has a few narrow, slow stretches, and patches of forest alleviate its tedium.
Car-rental agencies in Minsk include Avis (234 7990), upstairs at Hotel Belarus and at Minsk-2 airport, and Europcar (226 9062; pr Masherava 11; Njamiha). Rates start at around US$55 per day, and cars can often be hired with drivers for an extra fee.
Most international flights use Minsk-2 airport (279 1032), some 40km east of the city off the Moscow highway. A few shorter flights to neighbouring countries use Minsk-1 airport (222 5418), at the end of vul Chkalava, about 3km south of pl Nezalezhnastsi. Flights to Moscow and St Petersburg use both.