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Lithuania

Visit beautiful Lithuania by train

Steeped in history and tradition, Lithuania is not to be missed when travelling through Eastern Europe. From grand castles, to picturesque lakes and lush forests, make sure it is part of your itinerary!

Lithuania quick facts

  • Population: 2.8 million
  • Language: Lithuanian
  • Currency: Euro
  • Dialing code: +370

Trains in Lithuania

Find out what you need to know about Lithuania's rail network, different train types and reservation requirements.
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Interrail passes for Lithuania

Interrail Lithuania Pass

The Interrail Lithuania Pass takes you to the highlights of Lithuania, like Vilnius, Klaipêda and the coastal village of Nida.

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Interrail Global Pass

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 33 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Places to visit

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Old Town Vilnius 

 

The social hub of the capital, Vilnius' Old Town has something for everyone. From grand architecture to a buzzing nightlife, we're sure you'll love spending a few nights here. It is also the perfect spot to relax, with many riverside cafe's and eateries. 

 

Amongst the many unique buildings, one of the most prominent is St Anne's Church, whose red-clay twisted towers pierce the skyline. You should also visit the crypts which lead under Vilnius cathedral, to learn more about the history of the city. 

 
How to get there

All of Vilnius is accessible by foot, with Old Town being a short walk from the train station. 

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The Republic of Uzupis 

 

Formerly one of the most dangerous areas of the city with a dark history, the current bohemian self-governed republic, Uzupis, is a hidden gem within Vilnius. Initially a neighbourhood left to crumble, artists took it over and built a republic with its own currency and constitution - where community and co-operation are the cornerstones. 

 

These days, the streets are lined with art, and the area hosts many creative-based festivals and events year-round. 

Beware though, as locals believe that if you happen to gaze into the mermaid statues eyes as you enter, you'll never want to leave.

 

How to get there

The Republic of Uzupis is mostly within the Old Town area of Vilnius, reachable by crossing one of the many bridges over Vilnia River.

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Sand dunes of Nida

 

Stretching for 98 kilometers, the shifting sands in western Lithuania are a natural wonder well worth visiting. The dunes, known as the Curonian Spit, frame the Curonian Lagoon and protect it from the waves of the Baltic Sea. Now a protected national park, the flora and fauna thrive, and nature lovers can possibly catch a glimpse of everything from racoons, to moose and jellyfish.

 

How to get there

There are ferries twice a day that take you to Nida from Klaipeda which take 2 hours. There are also buses that run regularly, taking 1 hour 40 minutes.

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Gediminas' tower

 

Overlooking the city of Vilnius is the Gediminas' Tower, all that is left of the Upper Castle that was once the first line of defence for the city. Nowadays it offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city, and houses a small museum that covers the history of the castle.  

 

How to get there

The Tower can be reached by foot via a road, or by taking a funicular from the city up the hill directly in less than 2 minutes.  

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Hill of Crosses

 

With the origins shrouded in mystery, the Hill of Crosses has been a popular place of pilgrimage for over a century. The number of crosses continues to grow, with over 200,000 currently - and visitors are welcome to leave their own.

The site, located a short journey from Siauliai, used to be a fort - however the soviet occupations of the area have caused changes, and now it holds a place in Lithuanian hearts as a symbol of heritage, remembrance, and also resistance. 

 

How to get there

From Siauliai, a bus can take you to Domantai from which the hill is a 20 minute walk.

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Trakai Castle

 

Situated on beautiful Lake Galve, this ancient castle has been built, reduced to rubble and restored multiple times since its construction in the 16th century. Nowadays, it is open to the public and hosts many permanent and temporary exhibitions along with festivals throughout the year. 

 

How to get there

The town of Trakai can be reached by train from Vilnius. The journey is around 30 minutes, and costs less than 2 euros

Events in Lithuania

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Sea festival

End of July

 

The Klaipėda Sea Festival has been taking place every year since 1934 in the third biggest city of Lithuania. During the festival you can try lots of local foods and beers, enjoy music from local musicians and shop for the cutest souvenirs. It lasts an entire weekend, from Friday to Sunday, so if you're around in summer, make sure to include it in your itinerary! 

 

For more information visit the website of Jūros šventė.

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Vilnius Christmas market

Beginning December 2020 - early January 2021

 

The most wonderful time of the year is celebrated on Vilnius' beautiful Cathedral square. Your time here will be filled with beautiful lights, decorated christmas trees and delicious scents. Shop for unique gifts for your family and friends, try the amazing pastries and wines of Lithuania and soak up the great Christmas spirit. It will be a winter celebration to never forget!

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