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 citys 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 dont 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.
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Minsk forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Minsk is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $40.47, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $121.62, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $34.21
- Hotel (3 stars): $82.96
- Hotel (4 stars): $93.33
- Hotel (5 stars): $136.42
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.03
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $4.26
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.00
- Meal, McDonalds: $4.58
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $8.32
Minsk has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 75.5 (better than United states average 49.2)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 91.0 (better than United states average 71.2)
- Walking alone at night: 71.0 (better than United states average 42.9)
More information: Minsk safety
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.