The beginning of summer 2016, was marked with an important event in the history of Lithuanian Railways. On 18 June, a train with passengers left for the first journey from Kaunas to Białystok.
New modern SA133 trains accommodating 127 people run on the Kaunas – Białystok – Kaunas route on weekends. The trains start their journey in the morning, reaching their destination at midday. The trains then return at midday, arriving back in the evening. Lithuanian and Polish staff are employed throughout the journey which lasts 5 hours. A one-way ticket costs 11€.
Important information for those who intend to travel
For the convenience of passengers, there is space provided for bicycles (limited to one per person) in the train. Passengers may take their pets with them as well. For a bicycle or a pet, as well as luggage which exceeds the weight limit, there is an extra charge of 2€. But the fixed price is applied only to travellers taking an international journey. For those travelling within the territory of Lithuania – the current rules of AB Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) are applied.
Passengers can take one child under 6 years old without any additional charge; but additional children aged 6 to 12 years are carried at half the full adult ticket price
Necessary to know before buying a ticket
Train tickets are sold at train stations, on specialized websites, and on the trains, but not earlier than 30 days before the day of departure. If the passenger returns the ticket before the train leaves, 90% of the ticket price will be redeemed. When the ticket cannot be used because of the fault of the carrier – the whole amount of the purchase price will be returned.
The last time the inhabitants of Lithuania and Poland could travel across the border without changing trains was in 1939. It is clear that the new service is an important event for both countries. Moreover, the section from Kaunas to the boarder of Poland is part of the Northern and Central European railway connection known as Rail Baltica, so the new route marks a successful development of the project, which, when finished, will allow travel without changing trains between Warsaw through the Baltic States countries and Finland.
At this moment, travellers who wish to continue their journey to Warsaw, Szczecin, Gdynia or Elk can change trains at Białystok. Trains to Berlin, Vienna, Prague and other major European cities can be taken from Warsaw Centralna Station, where schedules are synchronized for the convenience of passengers.
Source of information AB “Lietuvos geležinkeliai”