Information & Facts
Car hire companies Avis and Europcar are represented at the
Buses and taxis are available for the hour-long journey to the
city. The taxi fare is around US$30. The airport bus, which
connects to the central train station on a hourly basis, is the far
cheaper option at around Br. 4,000.
The terminal is divided into two sections, one for flights to
CIS countries (former Soviet Union states) and the other for
international flights. Arrivals is on the ground floor, departures
on the second floor. There are left-luggage offices in the
basement, currency exchange facilities on all floors, and a bank in
the arrivals hall. The airport also has an information desk, VIP
lounge, business lounge, post office with Internet access, a
restaurant, bar and souvenir shops.
Russian and Belarussian are both official languages, with
the majority speaking Russian.
The currency is the Belarussian ruble (BYR), which is equal to
100 kopeks. There are no coins in circulation (plastic cards and
tokens are used for the metro and public telephones). Currency and
travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux
de changes in Minsk and the larger towns. US Dollars and Euros are
preferred and some currencies may not be accepted. Exchange offices
may reject old/damaged notes and it is advisable to keep all
receipts for exchange transactions as these may be required on
departure, or when re-converting your leftover rubles. Mastercard
and Visa are accepted at the larger hotels and tourist restaurants,
but American Express and Discovery cards are not accepted at all.
ATMs are widely accessible in major towns and banking hours are
weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
Local time is GMT +2. (GMT +3 from last Sunday in March to
last Sunday in October).