Gdansk to Kaliningrad and beyond
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Sep 26, 2012 1:17 PM Last Post By: ig0r
Aug 28, 2012 1:46 PM
Gdansk to Kaliningrad and beyondI am planning on a back pack tour of the Baltics starting in Gdansk, Poland and finishing up in Tallinin, Estonia. Whilst there I would love to stop of in Kaliningrad but wondering whether it is going to prove more trouble than its worth. I hear that the train access has been servilely restricted and coaches are not common. Has anyone got any experience of knowledge of the situation? I will be going in November and have also heard that the ferry between the two will not be running by then. Also how easy is it to leave Kaliningrad into Lithuania?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Aug 28, 2012 6:08 PM
Aug 29, 2012 10:15 AM
2I don't know your nationality but be aware that if you plan to visit Kaliningrad, you'll probably need a Russian visa.
Aug 29, 2012 2:37 PM
Sep 9, 2012 2:22 PM
Sep 9, 2012 3:35 PM
5I've been to Kalinigrad albeit in 1995. I don't know that it is worth the hassle of the visa unless you have an EU passport and only go for 3 days in which case there is some special deal. Try contacting the hostel there. I think it's called Amigos.
Sep 10, 2012 2:07 PM
6Visit Kaliningrad worth it :-) City combines russian&german traditions, have a lot of pretty houses from german part of its history and a bit of russian part :-)
If you are a national of Schengen country and enter via Polish border or Kaliningrad airport - you can obtain 72 hour visa on the border! Check here for more information - http://www.konigsberg.ru/eng/kaliningrad/express-visa.htm
You can go from Gdansk to Kaliningrad via bus or via train. I used the train this summer - it's fine!
To book tickets for the train there is wonderful site called Polrail Service: http://beta.booking.polrail.com/index.php?main_page=page_5. They will buy the tickets for the full route Gdansk-Kaliningrad (for both polish & russian parts) and they can send to you via mail or send them to Gdansk Railway Station, where you can take them at post office. Train to Kaliningrad leaves at 8-13 a.m. Gdansk time (check if it is the same in winter, i used that train in the summer), Arrives at Kalingrad in 3 p.m. Kalingrad time (4 p.m. Moscow time, keep in mind that russian trains (excl. suburban) runs on Moscow time :-) ).
For buses check http://www.ecolines.net & http://www.kenigavto.ru/
It's easy to leave Kaliningrad region to Lithuania - at least 2 trains run every day.
You can cross the border at Nesterov-Kibartai railway checkpoint, or you can hop off the train at Nesterov, take a local bus (10 minutes) to checkpoint Chernyshevskoye-Kibartai, cross it on foot and go in Lithuania whereever you want.
There are also other RU-LT checkpoints, but keep in mind some of them are available only for RU and LT citizens. You better check your route in advance.
Feel free to ask me for any help.
Best regards, Victor.
Sep 26, 2012 7:46 AM
I have looked at the rail website however it seems to stop taking bookings past the 2nd October. Do you think the train stops running during the winter or are they in the process of changing the timetable or perhaps even you can't book that far in advance? (I am looking at going 9th of November). Seems like the coaches only run twice a week :S Oh o......
Sep 26, 2012 11:52 AM
Sep 26, 2012 1:17 PM
Yes - the train runs only during an extended summer holiday season (Jun-Sep).
AFAIK buses run 2 or 3 times a day between Gdańsk and Kaliningrad all year.
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