New train service from 17 June 2016...

Until 2005 there was a direct overnight sleeper train from Warsaw to Vilnius called the Balti 3 times a week, but Polish Railways sadly withdrew this train.  There remained a comfortable daily daytime train linking Warsaw with Kaunas & Vilnius, with a simple change of trains at Sestokai on the Polish/Lithuanian frontier, where Polish standard gauge met Lithuanian 5' track gauge.  This service then got temporarily cancelled in September 2013 while the Rail Baltica project dug up the tracks.  The Rail Baltica project will ultimately provide a 200km/h standard gauge railway linking Warsaw, Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia. 

However, on 17 June 2016 a cross-border Bialystok-Kaunas train started running at weekends over the new standard gauge Rail Baltica line.  Using this, you can now once more travel by train between Warsaw and Vilnius in comfort, as below...

 Warsaw ► Kaunas & Vilnius   

 

 

 Vilnius & Kaunas ► Warsaw

 Polish train...

Fri, Sat, Sun

Fri, Sat

 Lithuanian train

Sat, Sun, Mon

Sat, Sun

IC

TLK

 Vilnius depart

06:20

14:45

 Warsaw Centralna depart

12:05

17:40

 Kaunas arrive

07:37

16:17

 Bialystok arrive

14:42

20:29

 Air-con diesel train...

Sat, Sun, Mon

Sat, Sun

 Air-con diesel train...

Fri, Sat, Sun

Sat, Sun

 Kaunas depart

09:00

16:55

 Bialystok depart

15:19

07:43

 Bialystok arrive

13:00

21:08

 Kaunas arrive

21:35

13:35

 Polish train...

Sat, Sun, Mon

Sun, Mon

 Lithuanian train...

Sat, Sun, Mon

Sat, Sun

IC

IC

 Kaunas depart

  08:09*

  13:52*

 Bialystok depart

13:33

  05:17**

 Vilnius arrive:

  09:23*

  15:21*

 Warsaw Centralna arrive

15:56

  07:41**

* = suggested train, but there are frequent trains between Kaunas & Vilnius, take any one you like.

** = Earliest possible train, but trains link Bialystok & Warsaw regularly, by all means take a later one after breakfast!

You can check Bialystok-Kaunas & Kaunas-Vilnius times at www.traukiniobilietas.lt.  Check Warsaw-Bialystok tines at www.intercity.pl.

IC = modern Intercity train, air-conditioned, free WiFi, cafe-bar, reservation required.

TLK = Twoje Linie Kolejowe = train using older cars, reservation required, earlier & later departures using IC trains also available,

The Bialystok-Kaunas train is a smart modern air-conditioned diesel unit.

The Kaunas-Vilnius train is a smart modern air-conditioned double-deck train.

Seat reservation is required for the Warsaw-Bialystok trains, but not for the other trains.

This service does not pass through any part of Belarus!   Onward travel from Vilnius to Riga in Latvia

 How much does it cost?

 Warsaw to Vilnius (or vice versa)   

1.  Warsaw-Bialystok costs around 30 zlotys (7) 2nd class or 62 zlotys (15) 1st class.

2.  Bialystok-Kaunas costs around 49 zlotys (11) in 2nd class.

3.  Kaunas-Vilnius costs around 5.30 2nd class or 7 in 1st class.

How to buy tickets...

What are the trains like?

Warsaw to Vilnius by train, not bus

Warsaw to Vilnius by train:  At Bialystok station, the all-electric Intercity train from Warsaw has arrived on the right, the connecting train to Kaunas in Lithuania is on the left.  Courtesy of Joerg Schmidt.

Bialystock-Kaunas train   Bialystock-Kaunas train

The Bialystok to Kaunas train:  Modern and air-conditioned.  Photos courtesy of @zugreiseblog

1st class seats on Kaunas-Vilnius train   Kaunas-Vilnius douible-decker train

1st class upper deck seats on the Kaunas to Vilnius air-conditioned double-decker train.  Photos courtesy of @zugreiseblog


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