Mahilioŭ is a city in eastern Belarus, the third biggest city in the country with 367,788 inhabitants (2007 estimate). Mahilioŭ is the major local cultural, educational and industrial center.
Threre are no direct flights to Mahilioŭ. The best is to arrive by plane to Minsk airport which is about 200 km away.
Regular trains arrive and departure from and to Homieĺ, Minsk, Moscow (Russia), Vilnus (Lithuania) and many small local stations. Railroad transportation is quite reliable with OK service and probably your best choice for travel.
There are highways from Minsk and Moscow (trough Orša).
Reliable service from anywhere in Belarus.
There's a growing number of private minibus shuttles between Minsk and Mogilev, which are fast (~2.5 hours), often have wi-fi on board, and follow a regular schedule. Departure is usually from the Central railway station in Minsk and the "Hotel Mogilev" (Miru Avenue, 6) in Mogilev. Seats can be booked online (e.g., , , , ..) or by phone.
Local transportation system includes buses, trolleybuses and minibuses (bel. maršrutka). They are quite cheap: buses and trolleys as for November 2013 are 2200 BYR (roughly 25 US cents) and minibuses are around 5000 rubles. There's an option to buy rather cheap travel ticket (bel. prajazny biliet) covering buses and trolleybuses for 10 days (46500 BYR, 6 USD) or 1 month (105650 BYR, 12 USD).
Cabs prices can be quite different, especially they might be expensive for not fluent in Russian language travelers. Normal price: 25-35000 BYR (3-4 USD) embarkation fee + 8000 BYR (0.9 USD) per kilometer.
The best is to walk throgh pedestrian Leninskaja st. from Savieckaja sq. upto Lieninskaja sq. Here you will see main historical attactions. Start from Savieckaja Sq. That is a nice observation spot. Moreover this is the place where Mahiliou Castle was built and therefore this is the place from which the city began. Visit Regional History Museum (Krajaznaucy muziej) in three-storeyed yellow building or City Museum located in Town Hall. During summer time you can enjoy views from the tower of the Town Hall.
Then keep going by Lieninskaja street towards Lieninskaja Sq. You will see consequently the Drama Theatre, Catholic Church, old building of University, Bialynicki-Birulia Art Museum, Plošča Zor with an awaresome monument to Astrologyst. Finally you will come to the huge Government House built in 1930s when rulers of Belarus intended to move capital from Minsk to Mahilioŭ.
After that you can move back to Savieckaja Sq. via Pieršamajskaja st. Nowadays this is the main street of Mahilioŭ. Most buildings dates back to 1970s-1980s.
These two streets will give you an essential feeling about the city.
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Mahilioŭ has two theatres:
There are some beaches on the banks of Dnieper river and shores of Sviatoje lake. Beaches are open in summer time.
The most well known grocery stores are - Gippo, Euroopt, Rublioŭski, Susiedzi, Belmarket; OMA (household goods). Each of them offer everything for daily needs. Also one may choose to stroll around in the areas of some Mahilioŭ outdoor markets: Minski Market, Bychaŭski Market.
Mahilioŭ usually is a safe place but everyone should take common precautions against pickpockets and baggage theft, especially in public transport and at stations.
The baggage lockers in Mahilioŭ railway station and bus station are a cheap and secure place to store bags and other items.