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Boat

Everything about Smiltynė ferries(Smiltynės perkela; 24hr information line 311 117; www.keltas.lt) - timetables, fares, news flashes - is online. Smoking on ferries is forbidden.

The passenger ferry for Smiltynė leaves from Old Castle Port (Senoji perkėla; 314 257; Žvejų gatvė 8). It docks on the eastern side of Smiltynė, at the start of the Nida road. Ferries sail at least every half-hour between 6.30am and 2.15am June to August (at least hourly until 2am the rest of the year). The crossing takes 10 minutes and a return passenger fare is 1.50Lt/0.75Lt per adult/child, and 2Lt for a bicycle; children under seven sail for free. Except between 9.30am and 7.30pm daily in July and August when it is reserved for foot passengers and cyclists only, motorists can also use Old Castle Port ferries. The return fare for car and passengers is 32Lt.

Year-round, vehicles can use the New River Port (Naujoji perkėla; 310 974; Nemuno gatvė 8), 3km south of the mouth of the Danė River. Ferries sail half-hourly from 6.50am to 8.30pm Monday to Friday, and 7.30am to 9.30pm Saturday and Sunday (hourly in winter). On the Curonian Spit this ferry docks 2.5km south of the Smiltynė ferry landing.

Bus 1 links Klaipėda city centre with the New River Port; in summer an electric tourist train (adult/7-10yr 1/0.50Lt) ferries passengers from the New River Port (the train boards the ferry) to the Lithuanian Sea Museum in Smiltynė.

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Bus & tram

Bus

Buy tickets for local buses from news kiosks for 0.80Lt or from the driver for 1Lt. Bus 8 (known for pickpockets) links the train station with Manto gatvė, the city centre and the Turgaus stop, on Taikos prospektas. Bus 11 links the bus station with Manto gatvė. Minibuses follow the same route, can be flagged down on the street and cost 1.50Lt/2Lt before/after 11pm; pay the driver.

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