Getting there and away|
There are three international airports in Lithuania. Most likely you will land in Vilnius International Airport. The other two are in Kaunas and Palanga. A number of airlines have flights to Lithuania:
Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Aurela, Austrian Airlines, Aviavilsa, Czech Airlines, Estonian Air, Finnair, Lithuanian Airlines(LAL), LOT, Lufthansa, Ryanair, SAS, Wizzair.
No-frills airlines started flights to Lithuania in 2005.
www.ryanair.com can take you to Kaunas from London Stansted, Stockholm Skavsta and Dublin.
www.wizzair.com to Kaunas direct from Malmo and Warsaw. Many connections to Germany, UK, France and Sweden are available there.
www.airbaltic.com (part of SAS) sometimes not that cheap but you can reach most of the biggest cities in Europe for a resonable price.
www.flylal.com Lithunian national airlines LAL - changed their name to more customer-friendly FlyLal and offers quite decent bargains once in a while. Started it's own internet booking system in the beginning of 2006.
You can get to Lithuania from every neighboring country. There are a few international bus companies (Eurolines, Ecolines) that has links with most european capitals.
Check www.eurolines.lt & www.ecolines.lt
(when buying tickets on the internet, ecolines is twice cheaper than eurlines;))
You can get to Vilnius from Warsaw, Ryga, Kalningrad and Minsk.
Train to Warsaw (from Vilnius) leaves every day at 12:35 and 20:58 on even days
To Ryga: every second day at 07:09
To Minsk, Moscow and Kaliningrad: there are 2 or 3 trains a day, check www.litrail.lt for a timetable.
You can reach some destinations in Germany (Kiel), Denmark (Fredericia, Copenhagen) and Sweden (Karlshamn) from Klaipeda sea-port. Check www.lisco.lt and www.scandlines.lt
Only one domestic flight from Vilnius to Palanga and vice versa. Return ticket costs 40EUR, one-way - 24EUR
Rail connects most of the major cities in Lithuania. It is a cheap way to travel, but also rather slow. Some sample fares:
Vilnius - Kaunas (100km): 3-4Euro
Vilnius - Šiauliai (~200km): 6-8Euro
Vilnius - Klaipeda (~350km): 10-15Euro
Check www.litrail.lt for a timetable.
You can get toevery little city and town here Lithuania. They are faster than trains and the price is almost the same. Buses linking major cities are fast and comfy but there are some (very) old buses in province.
www.kautra.lt - intercity company based in Kaunas.
www.toks.lt - intercity coach company based in Vilnius.
www.klap.lt - intercity coach company based in Klaipeda.
Road conditions are great, especialy compared to neighboring countries. If you're coming with your own car you would like to keep it in a guarded parking lot :)
In case of break down try calling "Altas" short number 1810 - one the companies with broadest networks for roadside assistance. http://www.altas.lt/technine-pagalba/index_en.php .
The only ferry need to know is between Klaipeda and Curonian spit. For timetables and prices check www.keltas.lt/en/
Quite easy. Done it myself a lot of times. Just get a good map if you're going to hitch hike in a province.
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