transportation

Where do I buy railway tickets in Minsk?

updated on 13/10/2016

There are local and international railway tickets and respectively there are different places where you can buy these. Need assistance in buying train ticket in Minsk, Belarus? Don't hesitate to contact me.

The best way to buy a railway ticket to a domestic or an international destination from Belarus is the official website of the Belarusian Railways.

The ticket desks ( in Russian) of the Minsk Central Railway Station can be found on the first floor of the building, open round-the-clock. Note that the cashiers are non-English speakers and the cash desks are divided into local () and intercity () ones. It is highly recommended to purchase your train (return) ticket late at night at the Central Railway Station to avoid queues of the summer season (about 50 nervous people for each window).

International Ticket Office. The new office is to the far right across the square from the train station. There are certain issues one can encounter buying an international railway ticket in Minsk. Tickets to the Baltics and the CIS countries can be purchased at the International ticket office – a separate building that you will see on your left once you’ve walked out of the Minsk Central Railway Station. An office in 2 Kirova Street opposite the Central Railway Station is open round the clock and sells international tickets to remote foreign destinations (all the rest ones).

In the high season it gets bad

You will need your last page passport data (specify: your full name in Latin and Cyrillic letters, citizenship, passport No., date of birth and train departure details - train No., date and time) and perhaps some basic Russian to buy the ticket you need (no e-sales yet). There are no efficient international Internet sales (local tickets can be purchased online using a plastic card - but have to be fetched from the ticket desk anyway).

Please note that Minsk City Railway Ticket Office near GUM and McDonalds has been closed. Local intercity tickets like tickets to Gomel, Mogilev or Vitebsk as well as tickets to Moscow that are not regarded as remote foreign destinations can only be bought at the Central railway station. Your ID will be required, too.

Types of seats: SV (Russian - ) - top class two-berth compartment, Coupe (Russian - ) - first class four-berth compartment, platskart (Russian - ) - second class four-berth compartment without door, shared (Russian - ) - a train car without compartments, you are buying a single seat on a bench for three.


Questions are welcome!

Featured

Can I get insurance for Belarus online?
updated on 06.02.2017

Well, yes you can! To apply for a Belarus tourist visa you must supply an insurance policy that stipulates it covers Belarus. Your global insurance does so but...

How do I apply for a Belarus tourist visa?
updated on 13.02.2017

Applying at their local Belarus Consulate, the citizens of migration-secure states (e.g. the USA, Canada, Japan and others) can obtain a short-term...

Filling in Belarus visa application
updated on 02.01.2017

The form of application for a visa to Belarus has become digital and you can save and send it as a PDF file. It is only a 2-page document that is available...

Anything I should know about landing in MSQ Minsk Airport?
updated on 08.02.2017

Quite a number of things, as a matter of fact. Let’s examine a typical case from my travel agent’s past with a traveler landing in Minsk Airport (MSQ) and applying for a visa...

How do I apply for a Belarus private/guest visa?
updated on 01.02.2017

People, who want to travel to Belarus to see a friend, take care of the grave of a relative, take part in the court hearings, etc. need to apply for a private visa... 

Tour Belarus for family research
updated on 16.05.2013

This article covers field family research in Belarus that in most cases comes after dealing with the State archives of Belarus and genealogical research.

Using a plastic card in Belarus?
updated on 14.10.2016

A plastic card is a fine thing, no doubt, but there have been a number of cases when the ATM displayed ERROR, or required a PIN code...

Traditional souvenirs from Belarus?
updated on 18.10.2016

While most tourists agree that Belarus is not the country for grand shopping, there are still some things that can be brought back as souvenirs...