Travelling to the Baltics
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

by ferry

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

Contact us now to see, hear, taste and feel like a local!

What travelers say about us

Barry Toward
Barry Toward
2022-09-18
We have just spent 9 days travelling through the Baltic countries with Valdis as our guide. Although the itinerary and accommodation had been pre-arranged Valdis supported our trip brilliantly, bringing to life the individual countries with city walking tours, nature trails and visits to other sites. He is great fun, extremely knowledgable and became an integral part of our small group. His contribution to our holiday played a key part in making it a great and enjoyable experience (and he recommends good places to eat!)
Sam Paliwal
Sam Paliwal
2022-09-02
If you are looking to go to the Baltic's on an active vacation, make sure to check out Baltic Nature Travel as your travel advisor. We recently finished a 10-day self-driving tour of the Baltic's and wanted to have an active trip whilst not missing out on all the cultural highlights of the region. Valdis, the owner of Baltic Nature Travel was very responsive and organized a trip that included kayaking, long distance bicycle riding, hiking in different forests, cooking activities, cultural highlights, hot-air balloon riding, etc-- all in a matter of 10 days and customized the trip to our liking. We were very satisfied with his responsiveness to our needs and his ability to stay ahead and plan various activities appropriately. Just to give you one example of Valdis's ability to think ahead: in one of the hotels, they have very limited parking. On his own initiative, Valdis made a to call to the hotel and reserved a parking spot for us for the one night that we were going to stay at that hotel. It helped out a lot, as we had to leave very early in the morning. There are other numerous examples where he was available to answer questions and help us as necessary, both before and during the trip. He is an excellent guide, calm and collected and his team of guides around the region were quite knowledgeable and fluent. The accommodation for the trip were quite good and and they can be easily adjusted based on your budget. I highly recommend his touring company for your Baltic travel experience and would like to add that as a person he's very likable and easy-going.
Lajos Nagy
Lajos Nagy
2022-07-23
A perfect series of daily hiking tours and town walkarounds. I especially was amused by the jungle-like forests and friendly conversations along the way. Everything was perfectly planned and organized, I definitely recommend, worth thousand-times more than simply visiting cities in a rush.
Tom Demandt
Tom Demandt
2022-05-30
We had an excellent day hike with our guide Valdis. He was very friendly, very service minded and knowledgeable. The hike through Gauja National Park was really beautiful. Heartily recommend for anyone looking for an active day trip outside Riga.
Sergey Zhuravlev
Sergey Zhuravlev
2022-02-28
I enjoyed the hiking tour in the Beberbeķi-Skulte regions of Riga. The route was mainly through the forest, so this is a great opportunity to get away from the city bustle and daily routine and to spend a few hours in nature. The tour guide Valdis is very friendly and he has a lot to tell about the area. I am looking forward to the next tour and recommend joining it.
Sa Si
Sa Si
2022-02-15
I had a wonderful hiking tour trough Kemeri National Park with Baltic Nature Travel. Valdis is a very well informed and nice guide! I would totally recommend a tour with him!
aarpr
aarpr
2022-01-24
Really nice activities and tours by Valdis. Highly recommended. Definetely I will repeat soon.
Eimear Friel
Eimear Friel
2022-01-18
Thoroughly enjoyed my hike with Valdis and Solveiga. It was exactly what I hoped for. Perfect for someone looking to explore more of Latvia but nto sure where to go!
Fiona Koe
Fiona Koe
2022-01-18
Awesome hike, beautiful scenery. Valdis was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will recommend

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