Bicycle

Renting a bicycle is an ideal way to explore Minsk and its vast boulevards. Riding on the sidewalk is encouraged – indeed many sidewalks have designated bike lanes – so no need to risk riding in traffic, and a beautiful 26km two-way bike route cuts right through the centre of Minsk. Bike rental is available near the Sports Palace and in other parks, but for daily rentals you'll get a much better deal at City Bike or Speedy Go. The latter also has motorbikes, push scooters and skateboards for rent.

Public Transport

Minsk's metro is simple: just two lines with one transfer point at the Kastrychnitskaya-Kupalaŭskaya interchange on pr Nezalezhnastsi. At present the system isn't hugely useful to travellers. It's open daily from dawn until just after midnight. One ride costs 65 kopeks.

Buses, trams and trolleybuses cost 60 kopeks per ride, and you can buy tickets on board. The most useful for travellers are bus 1 and bus 69, which depart from the train station bus stop, pass by pl Svabody in the Old Town, then continue to the Great Patriotic War Museum and beyond along pr Peramozhtsaŭ. Speedier marshrutky (fixed-route minivans) mirror the bus routes and cost BYN1 to BYN1.50 per ride.

Car & Motorcycle

Rental cars are widely available and work great for day trips out of town. Avis and Europcar both have outlets at Hotel Minsk and at the airport; for a cheaper local option try AvtoGurman.

Taxi

Ordering a taxi via a ride-hailing app or by phone is the way forward. Trips within the centre cost just BYN3 to BYN5 – much cheaper and less hassle than negotiating with street taxis. Yandex Taxi and NextApp are apps that work well in Minsk (Uber also works, via Yandex). Or dial 152 or 7788 for a taxi (find a translator, though, in case the operators don't speak English).