LTG Link and Polregio resume trains Lithuania – Poland from July

Lithuanian operator LTG Link and Polish operator Polregio will start up the cross-border trains between the countries again this summer, after being suspended due to Covid-19. Trains on the route Kaunas-Białystok will run again from July 1.

Ticket sales on the relaunched route will start on June 1. There are 140 seats on the train to Białystok, the journey time to this city will be 4 hours and 33 minutes, with  a standard ticket price of 11 euros.

“International solutions require complex solutions. We have been preparing for this return for many months, so after lifting almost all the restrictions on COVID-19 and observing the growing need for connections with Poland, we can already present the dates of the first return trips to Poland”, says Linas Baužys, the head of LTG Link.

“Railways are the most reliable way to transport people, so it is more important today than ever to have an active rail link with the West. At the same time, we are returning the opportunity for train enthusiasts to travel to Polish cities for leisure, to reach Warsaw and on to other European cities.”

Direct train Vilnius – Warsaw negotiated

Since 2016, passengers can take a direct train between Poland and Lithuania without having to change trains on the Kaunas-Białystok route. To continue to Warsaw by train, passengers have to transfer to another train in Białystok. The trip from Kaunas to Warsaw, including the transfer time in Białystok, is currently 7 hours and 54 minutes, says LTG Link. The Lithuanian operator is currently working with partners in Poland to negotiate the possibility of connecting the two capitals Vilnius and Warsaw by a direct train route.

Poland railway manager PKP is upgrading the railway from Lithuania to Warsaw as part of the Rail Baltica project. Currently, work is underway from Czyżew to Białystok, after which the section from there to Ełk and Trakiszki near the Lithuanian border is on the planning. The end of work on the route from Warsaw to Tallinn is scheduled for 2026. On the Lithuanian side developments are also being made. When the entire section is done, planned for 2026, travelling from Kaunas to Warsaw will take 3,5 hours.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor RailTech.com

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