MINSK, 22 March (BelTA) – Mingorspravka will make Minsk Pass cards available in five formats as from 2 April, BelTA learned from the Mingorspravka chief specialist Alexander Shifrin.
The company will offer a total of 16 types of cards in VIP, premium, de luxe, business, and economy varieties. The Minsk Pass cards will be valid for different periods of time — from 24 hours to 12 months. Some types will offer digital passes for urban transportation while some will not. A Minsk Pass card costs from Br5.5 to Br69.
According to the source, the offer targets not only foreign tourists but residents of Minsk and the regions. Discounts will allow travelers to spend less on transportation and plan their travels in an optimal manner. For instance, travelers, who opt for a 12-month pass, will be able to save at least $40 while visiting museums. “It is profitable for the family budget. In the Year of Native Land the project will give extra opportunities to learn more about the history of the country,” noted Alexander Shifrin.
For instance, a Minsk Pass Business card, which is valid for one day and costs Br5.5, offers discounts from 10% to 64% on visiting over 40 major museums, a zoo, and an aqua park. A Minsk Pass VIP card, which is valid for three days and costs Br69, provides for free visits to 11 museums and a zoo in addition to discounts from 10% to 64% on visiting another 30 places of interest, unlimited travels by bus, by trolleybus, by tram for two days. Ten trips by metro is also part of the deal.
For three years after buying a Minsk Pass card their holders can count on 5-20% discounts in hotels, restaurants and cafes, retail chains, car and bicycle rentals. More details are available at www.minskpass.by.
BelTA reported earlier that Minsk Pass cards became available in retail on 17 January 2018. As many as 37 museums joined the project initially, including 14 ones outside Minsk (the Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Lifestyle, the museum and ethnography complex Zabrodye, castles in Mir and Nesvizh, and other attractions) as well as 16 hotels, six public catering establishments, and eight retail chains. Alexander Shifrin said: “Other establishments, including in the regions, are showing interest in cooperation. For now our cards last for 24, 48, or 72 hours. Practice indicates that cards for 24 hours or 72 hours enjoy the highest demand.”
Minsk Pass cards can be acquired from Mingorspravka outlets, the railway station, in Minsk's Upper City, the tourism information center Minsk at 13 Revolyutsionnaya Street, and online. Another sales outlet is expected to open in the Minsk National Airport soon. Tourists get a guidebook in Russian and English in addition to the card. The information will be translated into more languages later on.