How to get to Lithuania to watch Baltic Chain tour?
Arrival by Air
International Airport, situated approximately 5km south of the city centre, is
small and relatively easy to use. A restaurant and bar can be found above the
main entrance for fond farewells and devilishly expensive cognac. A limited
hotchpotch of Duty Free shops and cafés are located the other side of customs
control. Free wireless internet is available throughout the airport. To get
there by bus (see Public transport for information on tickets), take Nº2 from
Lukiškių Aikštė or Nº1 from the train station, or use the shuttle train service
that departs from the train station every 30 minutes between 06:30 and 19:30.
Buy a ticket on board for just 2Lt. Or you can take a taxi.
The small and modern airport at Karmėlava is about 12km north of Kaunas. Once the formalities
are out the way, find several information kiosks, a café, an R Kiosk selling snacks and soft drinks, a bank, ATM, toilets and car rental outlets.
Getting to town Taxis can be found parked outside the arrivals hall. Try to negotiate a fare
before setting off, and expect to pay around 30Lt for a trip to the city
centre. Local minibus N°120 runs regularly to Old Town for a mere 2.50Lt. Pay
the driver when you get in and let him know where you want to stop. You can
also get city bus N°29 from the bus stop at the front of the airport, which
passes through the centre as well as going to the bus and train stations. Buy a
ticket from the driver for 2Lt.
Arrival by Bus
All long-distance national and international buses leave from Vilnius’
main bus station (geležinkelio stotis).
Although tickets for many journeys can be bought directly from the driver it’s
worth getting one in advance at no extra cost. The ticket office for national bus
services is located inside the waiting room. International tickets can be
bought from several different outlets found scattered around the building as
well as from a number of travel agencies in the city. Backpackers and other
travellers on a budget from Western Europe might be surprised to learn that bus
travel in Lithuania is more expensive that using the train.
Arrival by train
Vilnius’ main train station (geležinkelio stotis) handles services to a number of
destinations within Lithuania as well as international trains to Belarus,
Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Most tickets can be bought from a row of kiosks to
the right of the main entrance. Tickets for international trains can also be
purchased from a small office inside and immediately to the left of the main
entrance. The general rule is that tickets are stopped being sold 10 minutes
before a train is due to depart.
Arrival by Sea
Ferries arrive in Klaipėda from Kiel and Sassnitz in Germany
as well as Karlshamn in Sweden. Services at the ferry terminal are few and far
between. Getting to town The International Ferry
Terminal is about 12km south of the city centre. Bus Nº1a leaves from outside
the main terminal building a few times a day. Buy a ticket from the driver for
2.40Lt and validate it in the appropriate machine. Journey time to the centre
is about 25 minutes. All buses terminate at the last stop on Taikos before Old
Town. Taxis are usually waiting around outside.