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Lithuania

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

International bus companies Eurolines (5-215 1377; www.eurolines.lt; Vilnius bus station) and Ecolines (5-262 0020; www.ecolines.lt; Vilniaus gatvė 45) have offices in Vilnius and other main cities.

Eurolines or Ecolines have buses between Vilnius and Rīga (45Lt, five hours, at least four daily), Kaliningrad (50Lt, seven hours, two daily), Tallinn (95Lt, 12 hours, two daily), Warsaw (97Lt, nine hours, three daily), Moscow (99Lt, 13 hours, daily), Minsk (30Lt, four hours, at least five daily) and Gdansk (110Lt, 10½ hours, nightly).

There are a couple that go weekly to a handful of Western European cities, including London and several German cities. There’s a daily bus to Berlin (from 170Lt, 16 hours).

Car & motorcycle

Coming from the south, you’re looking at a 30-minute to one-hour wait at the two Polish border crossings (Ogrodniki and Budzisko). Lines at the Latvian border in the north are smaller.

Train

Vilnius is linked by regular direct trains to Moscow (from 110Lt, 15 hours, two to three daily), St Petersburg (from 94Lt, 20 hours, daily), Kaliningrad (from 45Lt, seven hours, at least twice daily), Warsaw (from 85Lt, 12 hours, three weekly) and Minsk (40Lt, 4½ hours, at least five daily).

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Boat

Klaipėda is the port of call for all international ferries bound for Lithuania. The vast majority are cargo ferries, some with room for a few passengers.

DFDS Lisco (46-395 050; www.dfdslisco.com; bookings pfei@dfdslisco.com) has a passenger ferry service between Klaipėda and Kiel (six weekly, 230Lt, 21 hours). Contact Scandlines (46-310561; www.scandlines; reservations ferry@scandlines.lt; Naujosis Sodo gatvė 1) for information on getting on their cargo ships to Aabenraa and Århus, Denmark.

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Air

Kaunas, to the northwest of the capital Vilnius, is the destination for most budget airlines, however most tourists landing in Kaunas don’t linger there for long and immediately hop in a car, taxis or bus for the one-hour drive to Vilnius.

Wizzair (www.wizzair.com) has flights between Kaunas and Dortmund, Liverpool, London (Luton), Malmö, Paris (Beauvois), Stockholm (Skavsta) and Warsaw. Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies between Kaunas and Dublin, Frankfurt (Hahn), Liverpool, London (Stanstead) and Stockholm. The website of Kaunas International Airport (www.kaunasair.lt) has updated timetables.

Most international traffic to Lithuania still goes through Vilnius International Airport (230 6666; www.vilnius-airport.lt; Rodūnios gatvė 2). Local budget provider Lithuania Airlines (252 5555; www.lal.lt) has direct flights between Vilnius and about 15 European cities. The schedule for Air Baltic (www.airbaltic.com) and a list of other European airlines flying to Vilnius is on the airport’s website.

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