Lithuania Rail Pass - Lithuania Rail Passes

Lithuania Rail Pass - Lithuanian Rail Passes

Lithuania or Lietuva is officially the Republic of Lithuania or Lietuvos Respublika. Lithuania is a country in the Baltic region of Europe. It is one of three Baltic states and lies on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. Lithuania shares land borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia to the southwest. Lithuania covers an area of 65,300 km2 (25,200 sq mi), with a population of 2.8 million. Its capital and largest city is Vilnius, other major cities are Kaunas and Klaipėda. Lithuanians belong to the ethno-linguistic group of the Balts and speak Lithuanian, one of only a few living Baltic languages.

Lithuania is located in the Baltic region of Europe and covers an area of 65,200 km2 (25,200 sq mi). It has around 99 kilometres (61.5 mi) of sandy coastline, only about 38 kilometres (24 mi) of which face the open Baltic Sea, less than the other two Baltic Sea countries. The rest of the coast is sheltered by the Curonian sand peninsula. Lithuania's major warm-water port, Klaipėda, lies at the narrow mouth of the Curonian Lagoon or Kuršių marios, a shallow lagoon extending south to Kaliningrad. The country's main and largest river, the Nemunas River, and some of its tributaries carry international shipping. Nemunas Delta Regional Park and Žuvintas biosphere reserve are known for birdwatching.

Statistics of 2016 showed that 1.49 million tourists from foreign countries visited Lithuania and spent at least one night in the country. The largest number of tourists came from Germany (174,800), Belarus (171,900), Russia (150,600), Poland (148,400), Latvia (134,400), Ukraine (84,000), and the UK (58,200).

Hot air ballooning is very popular in Lithuania, especially in Vilnius and Trakai. Bicycle tourism is growing, especially in Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route. EuroVelo routes EV10, EV11, EV13 go through Lithuania. Total length of bicycle tracks amounts to 3769 km (of which 1988 km is asphalt pavement). Domestic tourism has been on the rise as well. Currently there are up to 1000 places of attraction in Lithuania. Most tourists visit the big cities—Vilnius, Klaipėda, and Kaunas, seaside resorts, such as Neringa, Palanga, and Spa towns – Druskininkai, Birštonas.

Lithuania received its first railway connection in the middle of the 19th century, when the Warsaw – Saint Petersburg Railway was constructed. It included a stretch from Daugavpils via Vilnius and Kaunas to Virbalis. The first and only still operating tunnel was completed in 1860.

National state-owned railway company Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (LTG) provides most of the rail services through its subsidiary companies: LTG Link provides passenger services, while LTG Cargo provides freight service. Another subsidiary, LTG Infra, is responsible for the maintenance and development of the infrastructure.

Rail transport in Lithuania consists of 1,762 km (1,095 mi) of 1,520 mm (4 ft 11.8 in) Russian gauge railway of which 122 km (76 mi) are electrified. This railway network is incompatible with European standard gauge and requires train switching. However, Lithuanian railway network also has 115 km (71 mi) of standard gauge lines. Transportation is the third largest sector in Lithuanian economy. More than half of all inland freight transported in Lithuania is carried by rail. The Trans-European standard gauge Rail Baltica railway, linking Helsinki–Tallinn–Riga–Kaunas–Warsaw and continuing on to Berlin is under construction. In 2017, Lietuvos Geležinkeliai is the train company that operates most railway lines in Lithuania.

Lithuania Main Line Trains

  • Vilnius—Kaunas, 104 km (65 mi), first built in 1862, electrified in 1975. The fastest train takes 69 minutes, but following the Rail Baltica project completion, the travel time will be reduced to 38 minutes.
  • Vilnius—Kaunas—Klaipėda, 376 km (234 mi), part of the line first built in 1870, electrification currently in progress.
  • Vilnius—Riga—Tallinn and Vilnius—Warsaw passenger train routes are technically possible, but currently not practical due to limited speeds and long travel times. These routes will start following the completion of the Rail Baltica project.

Vilnius Railway Station

Vilnius Railway Station or Vilniaus geležinkelio stotis is the Lithuanian Railways passenger station in Vilnius, Lithuania. The railway station situates between two neighbourhoods of Vilnius - Naujininkai and Naujamiestis and on the edge of the Old Town.

The main local railroads connecting with the railway station are Vilnius–Klaipėda Railway, Vilnius–Kaunas Railway and Vilnius–Turmantas Railway.

The station is served by the following local and international passenger services:

Marijampolė railway station or Marijampolės geležinkelio stotis completed in 1924, is one of the most ornate station buildings of such type in Lithuania. It was designed by Edmundas Frykas in Art Deco architectural style.

Lithuania Rail links with adjacent countries

Rail Baltica

Rail Baltica is an ongoing greenfield railway infrastructure project which will link all Baltic States, including Lithuania, Poland and, eventually, Finland. Being a part of the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), it is one of the priority projects of the European Union. It will introduce the standard-gauge high-speed rail with operating speed of 249 km/h for the passenger trains. The projected is expected to be complete by 2026.

In Lithuania, 392 km (244 mi) of the new track will be constructed, including the reconstruction of Vilnius–Kaunas Railway to support the standard gauge. High speed rail will reduce the Vilnius—Kaunas route time to 38 minutes. At the project completion, the following routes will become available (with projected travel times):

Lithuania Ferry Ports

The Port of Klaipėda is the only commercial cargo port in Lithuania. In 2011 45.5 million tons of cargo were handled (including Būtingė oil terminal figures). Port of Klaipėda is outside of EU's 20 largest ports, but it is the eighth largest port in the Baltic Sea region with ongoing expansion plans.

The inland river cargo port in Marvelė, linking Kaunas and Klaipėda, received first cargo in 2019.

Lithuanian Airports

Vilnius International Airport is the largest airport in Lithuania, 91st busiest airport in Europe. It served 3.8 million passengers in 2016. Other international airports include Kaunas International Airport, Palanga International Airport and Šiauliai International Airport. Kaunas International Airport is also a small commercial cargo airport which started regular commercial cargo traffic in 2011.

Lithuania 1 Country Pass

Eurail Lithuania Pass (Eurail is a European Rail Pass for Non Europeans)

Interrail Lithuania Pass (Interrail is a European Rail Pass for Europeans)

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Lithuania 2 Countries Pass

Discover Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Germany by train.

If you want to get a taste of 2 different cultures on a single trip, choose the Eurail Two Country Select Pass (previously called the Eurail Regional Pass).

This pass lets you discover 2 bordering European countries by train and offers the best value if you want to focus your adventure on a specific part of Europe

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Lithuania 3 or 4 Countries Pass

Pick your itinerary and travel to three popular cities in Europe: Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Germany

Eurail Select Pass

European East Pass

Make your way through picturesque scenery with unlimited train travel in Czech RepublicSlovakiaAustria and Hungary.

The European East Pass

Central Europe Triangle Pass

Discover some of the most popular destinations in Central Europe as you travel between Vienna, Prague and Budapest or Salzburg

The Central Europe Triangle Pass

Eurail 3 Country Select Pass

Lithuania 3 Countries Pass

Travel in 3 bordering countries in Europe.

Delve deeper into the culture, landscape, and everyday life of 1 region in Europe.

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Eurail Select Pass

Eurail 4 Country Select Pass

Lithuania 4 Countries Pass

Travel in 4 bordering countries in Europe.

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You can pick the 4 bordering countries you'd like to visit below

Eurail Select Pass

Balkan Flexi Pass 7 Countries Pass

Visit Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey in first class.

Balkan Flexi Pass

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Enjoy train travel in 33 countries with this one pass!

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Enjoy train travel in 33 countries with this one pass!

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