Buses, trolleybuses, trams

There are more than 180 bus routes, more than 60 trolleybus routes and 9 tram routes in Minsk. Schedules can be read from informational plates on the bus stops.

 

 

Usually they show time intervals, at which buses, trams and trolleybuses follow one another. The plates can also indicate the exact times on certain routes when public transport vehicles do not follow any intervals. Some stops are equipped with electronic screens that display the estimated arrival time calculated with the help of satellites.

 

 

Public transport vehicles in Minsk usually arrive on schedule. Check all the routes and schedules at , the official website of Minsk’s public transportation authority Minsktrans. A mobile version is available, too. Special apps with schedules are as follows:   and   for Android and   for Windows Phone. However, they may not have English-language versions.
 

 

Minsk buses, trolleybuses and trams are mostly Belarus-made, produced by MAZ and Belkommunmash. The route number, its start and end points are indicated on an electronic screen in Cyrillic letters.

 

 

Don't pay attention to the Д/С abbreviation there: it is a technical term.  What you should pay attention to are the letters that follow the numbers:

Д

(d)

An additional bus or trolleybus route, usually shorter than the original one, which is available either in rush hours or on weekends.

Т

A substitute bus route for a trolleybus route that is not operating due to construction or repair works. The bus number differs from the trolleybus number by 9 put at the beginning: so, the 914T bus will replace the 14 trolleybus.

С

An express bus route that will miss some stops on the normal route.

Э

(E)

An express bus route that usually brings workers to big enterprises or markets on the outskirts of the cuty.

As from April 1, 2014, the cost of a single-trip ticket on a normal bus, trolleybus or tram route costs 3700 BYR (around 0.27 EUR) if bought in a kiosk or 4000 BYR (around 0.29 EUR) if bought from the driver. A single-trip ticket for an express bus route costs 5000 BYR (around 0.35 EUR). The prices in EUR are approximate and subject to currency exchange rate fluctuations.

 


 
 

If you need a multi-trip ticket you should buy a contactless smart card in one of Minsktrans kiosks or in the Metro ticket office. You can choose between the tickets that have no limits on the number of trips, monthly tickets, half-monthly tickets or decade (10-day) tickets. Alternatively, you can buy cards for a certain number of rides valid for 60 days (5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 rides). Check their tariffs at . You are required to validate your smart card every time you enter a bus/trolleybus/tram – otherwise, your trip will not be paid for even if you have an unlimited number of rides. Validators are mounted on the handles inside the vehicles.

 

 

To validate your single-ride paper tickets, use the electronic reading machine.

 

 

Your ticket will get a stamp with details of your ride. The stamp on the picture says that your ticket was validated on March 23 at 10:20 in the tram No 4, carriage No 86.

 

 

When in a bus, check the shelves near windows: sometimes a kind-hearted passenger may leave their validated ticket there so that someone else wouldn't have to pay for the ride.
When ticket inspectors enter the passenger compartment, the validators are automatically blocked and those without valid tickets have to pay a fine: currently 75000 BYR or around 5.4 EUR.

 

Pay attention to the two special types of Minsk buses. The ones having a green sign "For Wheel-chaired" are adjusted for people with disabilities. Some buses on the route No 1 also have a special sign that indicates that you can listen to a Russian-speaking or English-speaking tourist guide there.