how to get
to the baltics
Travelling to the Baltics is easy thanks to an ever-growing number of flight connections, ferry, bus and rail links. Within the Baltics, a bus and train network makes travel from point to point smooth.
However, to dive deeper into the Baltics and get a true taste of what life is like outside major cities, we recommend travelling by car or minibus. Travelling by car in the Baltics gives you the freedom to stop for an invigorating lake swim, dine local at a traditional roadside tavern, roam through historical sites, take a foraging break in the woods or visit rural craftsmen for a guided workshop. Baltic Nature Travel are specialists at creating bespoke itineraries for self drive holidays.
Travelling to the Baltics
by airplane - quick and easy
Major European hubs are just a short skip away from airports in the Baltics. Here are some flight times to give you an idea.
- Amsterdam – Riga in 2 h 15 mins
- Frankfurt – Tallinn in 2 h 20 mins
- London – Vilnius in 2 h 40 mins
Riga International Airport is the largest airport in the Baltics and boasts over 80 direct flight connections to destinations in Europe, Asia and North America. Tallinn Airport offers over 40 direct connections, and Vilnius International Airport serves over 50 destinations.
You can also reach the cities of Kaunas (Lithuania), Palanga (Lithuania), Liepaja (Latvia) and Tartu (Estonia) by air.
Getting to the Baltics
Should you wish to bring your own car or camper van to the Baltics, ferry connections can make the journey shorter. Consider the following route options:
- Stockholm (Sweden) – Riga (Latvia)
- Stockholm (Sweden) – Tallinn (Estonia)
- Helsinki – Tallinn (Estonia)
- Kiel (Germany) – Klaipeda (Lithuania)
- Karslhamn (Sweden) – Klaipeda (Lithuania)
- Trelleborg (Sweden) – Klaipeda (Lithuania)
- Nynashamn (Sweden) – Ventspils (Latvia)
- Travemunde (Germany) – Liepaja (Latvia)
Bus travel in the Baltics
hop from one country to the other
Regular bus services connect the Baltic capitals of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. The modern buses are equipped with individual entertainment systems, wifi, hot drinks machines and lavatories, so journeys are not only quick, but also very comfortable. Journey times between the Baltic capitals are:
- Riga – Tallinn ~ 4 h
- Riga – Vilnius ~ 4 h
- Tallinn – Vilnius ~ 9 h
Buses are also an affordable option for reaching smaller cities and towns in the Baltics. For up-to-date information on local bus services, you can always turn to the nearest tourism information centre or bus station. We’re also happy to make the best recommendation for you.
Those who prefer bus travel over air travel can reach the Baltics by bus from countries including Germany, Belgium and Poland.
Train travel in the Baltics
best for intercity journeys
Trains are a popular choice for local journeys in the Baltics. Routes often snake through picturesque rural and forested areas, so you can get an initial glimpse of Baltic nature.
Note, there are no regular train connections between the Baltic capitals. Overnight services connect the Baltic capitals to St Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk.
At Baltic Nature Travel we can help you select the best option for travelling to the Baltics, between and within Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. We’re specialists in putting together tailor-made itineraries for exploring this gorgeous region.
closer to the core of the Baltic States
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