Transportation & Communication

All regions in Belarus are linked within the country and at the same time with other neighboring countries by railways. You can reach Poland, Russia and Ukraine by railway very easily. Also trams, bus transport, metro are very popular with those who go within the city. The transport system in Belarus is highly developed and very cheap. Students can benefit from transport, buying a travel card for a month (30$). In general this travel card has 3 different options: bus, metro and tram. For every option person is to pay 18 dollars, where for one way ticket everybody pays 0.55 rubles. Due to the low prices on petrol taxi is also very popular with local people. You can easily find a taxi on the streets every time. In general metro works between 5:30-0:00 every day.

 

There are 3 main mobile providers in Belarus:  Velcom, Life, and MTS. Due to the fact that The Life provider is a partner of Turkcell and the main state mobile provider to call Turkey subscriber through Life is 3 times cheaper than through other providers. The international telephone code of Belarus is +375. If you want to call Belarus mobile subscriber you can use your telephone card or call at the post office. Calling from Turkey you are to dial “80” than “90” (international code of Turkey) and finally the personal telephone number of a Belarus subscriber. The Internet system is not developed at an appropriate level. The internet is available only in the internet cafes and at the post offices. You pay 2 dollars per hour of internet usage. Also students can benefit from 3G services to get access to the internet. There are 3 GSM companies in Belarus. Velcom, Mtc, Life. Life is also 3 times cheaper than other GSM operators. The post service is well developed. The students can use the Dhl and Ups international cargo systems. Also the state post service has options of fast delivery, but in this case the cost of package sending is rather high.

The transportation system in Belarus is very developed. The metro, tram, trolleybus and bus are among the city vehicles.

Minsk is the only city in Belarus, that provides metro services. The metro consists of 2 lines and 29 stations. To pass to the other metro line, you need to make a transfer at “Kastrıçnitskaya” or “Kupalauskaya” station. Metro stations are open for passengers from 05.30 am till 0.40 am. The subway goes every 2.0 – 2.5 minutes at rush hours (07.00-09.00, 17.00-19.00), every 3 – 5 minutes at noon and evety 4 – 12 minutes in the evening.

To get on the metro you can use the following things:

  • Token (for one trip) – 0. 70 BYN
  • Monthly metro card (unlimited number of trips) – 31. 50 BYN
  • Contactless credit card (Visa payWave, Mastercard Contactless)

! You do not have to use one more token to make a transfer

As you can see, transportation costs are very low. Tram, trolleybus and bus prices are a bit cheaper. When you get on the tram, trolley or bus, you need to buy tickets in advance and pierce it with a punch. Single boarding fee in Minsk is 0. 65 BYN. İn other cities it is cheaper.

! Passengers without tickets are fined when caught. The amount of a fine for people caught without a ticket in an urban vehicle is13. 50 BYN.

Apart from the public transportation system, taxi services are also very developed in our country. The average taxi costs in the city are the following:

  • 1 km ≈ 0. 60 BYN;
  • 10 km ≈ 8.00 BYN.

By the way, modern taxi systems such as Uber, Yandex Taxi are also very common in Belarus. You can book a ride via a telephone application. This application is very comfortable. You can choose the car and driver on your own and calculate the travel fee in advance. Named taxi services are cheaper than traditional taxi services.

As for mobile network services, there are 3 mobile operators in Belarus. These are A1, life 🙂 and MTC. Life 🙂 is one of the newest and most preferred mobile networks. For example, the cost of the Seyk mobile tariff, which includes 300 minutes of searching all networks and unlimited internet right, is 7.90 BYN / month.

Belarusian mobile code is + 375. While this code is not required for domestic calls, it must be dialed for international calls. When you want to save you money while calling your relatives abroad, use apps like Viber and WhatsApp. By the way, there is a free internet network in many parts of the city. People can use the internet for free in any venue.

Metro in Minsk

Minsk is the only city in Belarus, that provides metro services. Metro is one of the most frequently used means of transportation in Minsk. It is possible to reach many points of the city center and many most frequently visited places.

The metro consists of 2 lines and 29 stations. To pass to the other metro line, you need to make a transfer atKastrıçnitskaya” or “Kupalauskaya” station. Metro stations are open for passengers from 05.30 am till 0.40 am. The subway goes every 2.0 – 2.5 minutes at rush hours (07.00-09.00, 17.00-19.00), every 3 – 5 minutes at noon and evety 4 – 12 minutes in the evening. İn order to provide security in the metro, metro officers can check your bags through the special luggage scanner before entering the metro.

To get on the metro you can use the following things:

  • Token (for one trip) – 0. 70 BYN
  • Monthly metro card (unlimited number of trips) – 31. 50 BYN
  • Contactless credit card (Visa payWave, Mastercard Contactless)

! You do not have to use one more token to make a transfer

 

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