Getting there & away
Baltfinn (728 401; www.baltfinn.ru; ul Suvorova 45) offers a weekly ferry service on the George Ots, travelling between Baltiysk and St Petersburg. Passengers can also travel on Baltic Line (www.baltics.ru/bl/eng) and Trans Russia Express (www.tre.de); both travel weekly between Lubeck, Germany, and St Petersburg, stopping at Baltiysk en route. Check their websites for the latest prices and schedules.
The bus station(443 635; international tickets 446 261; pl Kalinina) is next to Yuzhny vokzal. Buses depart from here to every corner of the region, including one or two per hour to Svetlogorsk, eight daily to Chernyakhovsk and four daily to Smiltyne, Lithuania, along the Kurshkaya Kosa. One bus daily goes to Klaipeda (R135) via Sovetsk, and there are two daily each to Kaunas (R255) and Vilnius (R360). Daily buses go to Rīga (R360), Tallinn (R670) and Warsaw. There are two buses daily to Gdansk and Olshtyn, three weekly to Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen, and weekly buses to Hanover, Essen and Stuttgart. Buses to Poland and Germany are operated by König Auto (430 480).
From the south it is possible to enter Kaliningrad from Poland although the lines at the Lithuanian borders at Kybartai or on the Kurshkaya Kosa at Nida are not as monstrous. Petrol is widely available.
There are two stations in the city: Severny vokzal(North Station; 499 991) and the larger Yuzhny vokzal (South Station; 492 675). All long-distance and many local trains go from Yuzhny vokzal, passing through but not always stopping at Severny vokzal.
Local trains include nine a day to Svetlogorsk (R42), six to Zelenogradsk (R35) and two to Chernyakhovsk (R70). There are four to Vilnius (R1000, six hours), one daily to Berlin (R2400, 14 hours), at least one daily to Moscow (R1400, 23 hours) and St Petersburg (R1400, 26 hours), and every other day to Kyiv (R1180, 25 hours).
Kaliningrad's domestic airport(459 426) and international airport (446 666) are 16km north of the city, near Khrabrovo village.
Pulkova Airlines (716 663; pl Pobedy 4) flies two to three times daily to St Petersburg; Aeroflot(954 805; pl Kalinina 1) flies four times daily to Moscow. Kaliningrad Airlines(355 095; pl Kalinina 1) flies twice daily to Moscow, thrice weekly to St Petersburg. There is also a daily flight to Warsaw on LOT(342 707; www.lot.com; Leninsky pr 5). In the future, there may be flights connecting Kaliningrad with Copenhagen. Contact Baltma Tours to find out if other international routes have been added.