Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 28, 2011 4:27 AM Last Post By: mhand
Aug 20, 2011 10:00 PM
I plan some trip in Lithuania/Latvia between 1-12 september. It seems busses etc are quite wel organised but I for my route I see 1 'problem': On 7 september i wanna move from Siauliai(lithuania) to Liepaja(Latvia). On some travelguides and maps is written there is a 'trainroute' between this cities but i cannot find a schedule... . Some busses go from Siauliai directly to Liepaja? In worst case I have to take bus from Siauliai-Riga and then Riga-Liepaja?
Thanks in advance!
Aug 21, 2011 4:05 AM
1The maps show railway lines, and that does not automatically mean that the passenger trains run down these lines. And the map of Latvia clearly indicates in english and other 5 languages that this railway is "railway without traffic" (i.e. suitable only for freight trains). Railway station closest to Šiauliai is in Jelgava (LV), one can clearly see that on any map. So if you need a train, you should go by bus from Šiauliai to Jelgava and then take a train to Liepaja. Buses should be available too.
In my opinion the most reasonable way is to go by bus from Šiauliai to Palanga and from there to Liepaja, also by bus or minibus or any other transport, the distance is not big and various options may be possible. Tourism Information Centre is situated in Palanga bus station, if you decide that you need it.
Aug 21, 2011 7:24 AM
Aug 21, 2011 9:43 AM
3The train from Jelgava to Liepaja only goes twice a week (on Fridays and Sundays) and they go quite late (arrival at Liepaja at 21:38) which makes it a bit impractical.
Buses from Riga to Liepaja don't go through Jelgava. There are only 2 daily buses from Jelgava to Liepaja - one at 7:47AM and other at 17:35 (except Sundays).
There are plenty of buses from Siauliai to Klaipeda (or Palanga) but only 1 bus from Klaipeda to Liepaja (or Palanga to Liepaja - its the same bus). And it leaves at 8:35AM. There may be other options that I don't know about because I usually drive, or then again, given that its september, and a wednesday there may not be any.
Best option - the day before, instead of staying in Siauliai, take the bus to Klaipeda or Palanga and spend the night there. Take the morning bus to Liepaja. If you do this, you'll be in Liepaja already at 10:15AM.
Your second best option - take the bus to Riga. You'll be there at either 10:15AM or 11:50AM (if you take the 7:55 or 9:15 bus). From there you can catch the 11:05, 11:45 or 12:40 bus and be in Liepaja earliest 15:00.
Aug 21, 2011 10:52 AM
4I have already booked a hostel in Siauliai. Like everybody who visit Siauliai I wanna see hills of crosses, I gonna visit it on my way to Riga(second best option, and the idea before I wrote my question here) then.
Aug 22, 2011 12:28 AM
5If you still want to go to Liepaja, I suggest you cancel the hostel in Siauliai or just lose the money you paid in (couldn't have been more than 15 euros, right). For starters, there's nothing to do in Siauliai - its much better to spend the evening in Klaipeda or Palanga. Secondly, if you stay there, you lose half a day on the way to Liepaja.
Aug 22, 2011 12:52 AM
6I agree that you have to spend a night in Palanga in any case, say leave Šiauliai 15:35 (arr. to Palanga 18:25) by latest bus, or leave Šiauliai by train 20:07 (arr. to Kretinga 21:45, then take a taxi or a bus from the platform No 10 (leaves at 22:00) to Palanga).
There may be more options Palanga-Liepaja but you would need to clearify that at the spot, the high season ends by August 31, so those other options may be limited. And the bus to Liepaja (and on to Riga) leaves Palanga at 9:00 (arr. to Liepaja 10:10).
In case you go Šiauliai-Riga, the last bus from Šiauliai to Riga leaves Šiauliai bus station at 16:45 (arr. to Riga at 19:00), so don't be late :) .
Aug 22, 2011 1:21 AM
Aug 22, 2011 3:30 AM
8I found buses at 11:00, 16:40 and 21:30 on all days except Sundays.
The 16:40 bus also runs on Sunday but it starts in Klaipeda.
The company is "Liepajas Ture" and they don't stop in the bus terminal in Liepaja which is why I couldn't find them before.
Aug 22, 2011 4:15 AM
9"...on all days except Sundays..."
My source says that the bus 21:30 runs on Tuesdays and Sundays only, i assume we're talking about September 7, so wednesday. Well, to know the latest bus on Tuesday is useful.
Aug 22, 2011 5:29 AM
10Weird. Its also listed at 21:20 not 21:30.
liepajasture.lv is the official website of the company that runs these buses so I would think that one is correct.
I also wonder what company runs the bus at 7AM and on 19:35 on Thursday. I can't find that company.
Also, the website you posted doesn't have the 9:00AM departure. That one is rock solid, its the Klaipeda - Riga bus that goes through Palanga and Liepaja.
Aug 22, 2011 6:11 AM
11"...the website you posted doesn't have the 9:00AM ..."
It does have, look destination "Ryga Per Liepoją, Skrundą". This website shows final destinations, not directions (unlike bus station platforms).
Bus that runs at 07:00 may be lithuanian.
21:20/21:30 may be a mistake, or 21:20 time could be earlier (winter time, hence 2 times per week) or something. Or this bus could be lithuanian too and later let latvian company have it. I think these are like suburban minibuses, they are usually rather flexible ;) .
Aug 22, 2011 7:04 AM
12Ah, I see it now.
Anyway, the 21:30 departure appears everywhere - I find it in all latvian sites, including 1188.lv you just have to pick the bus station "kursu iela" not the Liepaja bus terminal, because the bus doesn't go to the terminal.
So I guess after all there are options to go from Siauliai to Palanga to Liepaja in one day easily after all. For the OP, I guess the 11:00 or the 16:40 bus makes sense.
Sep 28, 2011 4:27 AM
13+ In case you go Šiauliai-Riga, the last bus from Šiauliai to Riga leaves Šiauliai bus station at 16:45 (arr. to Riga at 19:00), so don't be late :) +
Note of caution to anyone else planning this route from my experience last week. The bus was a minibus and only had one or 2 spaces when it arrived in Šiauliai. There was a taxi driver on hand who took 3 of us to Riga for 200 LTL (for the ride, not each). Considering it was 40 LTL each on the bus and we were otherwise stuck in Šiauliai I didn't think this was too bad a deal.
We were dropped off at a random Rimi car park on the edge of the city but quickly found a bus stop across the road and got a trolly bus into the old town which took about 10 minutes, so we couldn't have actually been that far out, and despite this we still arrived in Riga well ahead of the bus, and probably had a more comfortable ride. Obviously if you speak the language you'd be in a better position to negotiate with the driver where he drops you.
Considering the scramble to the bus when it arrived and the fact that the taxi driver was hovering for a fare I guess it's fairly common for the bus to be full so if you're looking to get this bus then be aware that you might not get on it if you just turn up at the station like we did.
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