Minsk (Belarus)

Minsk is the capital of the Belarus at the crossroads of the Svisclach- and Nyamiha Rivers, located in the middle region of the country. The city’s climate is hemiborealic continental, so the summers are warm (18 C) and winters mild (+5 C), although the weather varies remarkably fast during the day. Rainfalls are got evenly throughout the year, although December to March it usually comes as snow. The city is a good destination if you are interested in the history of the Soviet Union or its early architecture. They don’t speak English in the city, so it is advisable to learn a few phrases in Russian. Minsk is also a reasonably safe destination compared to, for example, Moscow and the city has a lot of police officers and soldiers.

Population: 1,921,807
Beach : No
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: No
Official languages: Belarusian, Russian
Skill level of the English language : Weak / Moderate
Emergency numbers: 102 (poliisi), 103 (ambulanssi), 101 (palokunta)
Currency: Belarusian ruble (BYR)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: A tip is not expected. If you are happy with the service you can tip 5%.
Time in destination: Jan 26, 2021, 3:26:59 PM

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Weather Forecast

Tue
26.01

Sleet

34°F

Wed
27.01

Light snow

32°F

Thu
28.01

Cloudy

30°F

Fri
29.01

Cloudy

27°F

Sat
30.01

Cloudy

25°F

Sun
31.01

Cloudy

25°F

Mon
01.02

Cloudy

23°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 19.6 24.4 14.4 10
February 21.6 27.5 16.0 8
March 29.5 36.3 23.4 10
April 42.8 51.6 35.2 8
May 55.2 65.1 45.7 9
June 61.0 70.3 52.0 10
July 63.1 72.1 54.7 10
August 61.7 71.1 53.1 9
September 53.1 61.7 46.0 9
October 43.3 49.8 37.9 8
November 33.4 37.6 29.7 11
December 25.2 29.3 20.8 12

More information: Minsk forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Minsk is quite a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $44.01, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $132.26, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $37.21
  • Hotel (3 stars): $90.22
  • Hotel (4 stars): $101.49
  • Hotel (5 stars): $148.36
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $2.54
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $3.63
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.37
  • Meal, McDonalds: $3.91
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $7.81

More information: Minsk price level

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Destination map in full scale: Minsk destination map

Safety

Minsk has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 38.0 (weaker than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 39.2 (weaker than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 29.1 (weaker than United states average 41.7)

More information: Minsk safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe