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seve98
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Posted 1 month ago

Dear Forum Friends,

Since there are no trains in Russia I intend to travel from Helsinki by ferry to Tallinn and then onwards by train. Here again very difficult. How do I get nowadays from Tallinn to Riga and then to Vilnius. From there I guess I would have a train to Bialystok, Poland which would not be the problem. My problem is.. I DO NOT want to use a Bus for any connection.

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Peter.Freisberg
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replied 1 month ago

Hi Sevi.
In general it is possible. Only problem (as usual9 is Covid19 which blocks border crossing trains from time to time.

First, here is a blog post of Alexander about his trip from Helsinki to Tallinn by ferry: https://rail.cc/blog/ferry-helsinki-tallinn

Tallinn to Riga:
Here the blog post of Tobi about his trip: https://raildude.com/blog/view?id=4
Travel from Tallinn to Valga. Ticket price is 15 EUR. Journey time is about three hours. Tickets at https://elron.ee
Travel from Valga to Riga. Ticket price is 5 EUR. Journey time is 2:40 hours. Buy your ticket at https://www.pv.lv/en/

Riga to Vilnius:
Travel from Riga to Daugavpils. Journey time 3:25 hours. Ticket price is 6,50 EUR. Buy on https://www.pv.lv/en/
Then Daugavpils to Vilnius. Journey time 2:40. Ticket price 9 EUR. Available at the station, in the train and sometimes on https://www.traukiniobilietas.lt/portal/

Vilnius to Warsaw:
This trip is a bit "complicate" by train but doable.
Read the blog of Tobi here: https://raildude.com/blog/view?id=2
The route is via Bialystok.

Hope this helps. Peter :)

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seve98
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replied 1 month ago

This helps a lot. Do you know if border-crossings are possible or if the trains do not run in current times (not in terms of CoVid restrictions) more i terms if they are running at all due to reduced demand i'd say?

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Peter.Freisberg
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replied 1 month ago

They usually run. It is only limited due to Corona.
I think it is now Estonia (if I'm right) which just started another "lockdown" for four weeks on from this week.... :/

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Flo
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replied 1 month ago

Hi Seve,

in another thread you wrote that you want to travel in March 22.
I would recommend to wait for detailed planning up until next year; it doesnt really make sense to try and guess which connections will be (not) available in March.
In general, like Peter said, you can cross the Baltics by train, albeit the connections are a bit cumbersome.
As a backup, you should also consider going by bus, even though you dont want to - I had to do the same a while ago on the same route (back then, there were no trains at all across some of these borders).
We will know more about the regular schedules for 2022 (setting aside Covid) in the following weeks; there are talks about a direct train from Kaunas to Poland, but this will probably only be introduced in summer, so you'll probably have to stick to the existing connections.

Flo