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Coming to Kaliningrad

 

Coming to Kaliningrad

By Bus    By Air    By Car    By Train    By Bicycle    By Ferry

By Bus

Visitors are offered a regular bus service with several towns of Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Tel. of “Yuzhny vokzal” (bus station “South”): +7 (4012) 64-36-35

You can find the timetable here (in Russian) or read a short description below (under the spoiler).

Tel. of International bus station “KoenigAuto”: +7 (4012) 99-91-99

You can find the timetable here (in Russian) or read a short description below (under the spoiler).

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By Air

Airlines operating at the airport “Kaliningrad-Khrabrovo”: “Rossiya”, “Aeroflot”, “S7”, “Nordavia”, “Ukraine International Airlines”, “Belavia”, “Transaero”, “Utair”, “Uzbekistan Airways”, "Ural Airlines", "Air Berlin", “Severstal”.

The airport provides flights to: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Murmansk, Cherepovets, Warsaw (Poland), Brest (Belarus), Gomel (Belarus), Grodno (Belarus), Minsk (Belarus), Kiev (Ukraine), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Berlin (Germany)

More information on the website: www.kgd.aero

You can find the timetable of buses going to the airport on the above website (in Russian) or below (under the spoiler):

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The Kaliningrad region has a developed hard surface road network. The majority of the roads do not comply with the broadness standard accepted in Russia; moreover, they are notable for their tortuosity. The speed on most of the roads in the Kaliningrad region is limited by 70 km/h (not 90 km/h) because of the trees growing along the roads and posing a serious threat. The exception is the highway “Littoral Ring”, the main part of which has a speed limit of 90-110 km/h. This highway is still under construction, but most of it has already been put in commission and represents a ring next to the coast of the peninsula of Kaliningrad. Without going through settlements, it has branches to Hrabrovo airport and the main towns of the coast.

Major roads are the following:
- the Littoral Ring: Kaliningrad-Hrabrovo-Zelenogradsk-Pionersky-Svetlogorsk-Yantarny-Baltiysk-Svetly.

- A-229: “Kaliningrad-Znamensk-Chernyakhovsk-Gusev-Nesterov-Lithuanian border” (then towards Vilnius and Minsk).

- A-216: “Kaliningrad-Znamensk-Talpaki(road fork with A-229)-Bolshakovo-Sovetsk-Lithuanian border” (then towards Šiauliai, Riga).

- “Kaliningrad-Zelenogradsk-Rybachy-Lithuanian border” (then towards Klaipeda; goes along the Curonian Spit, environmental fee is charged).

- “Kaliningrad-Ladushkin-Mamonovo-Polish border” (then towards Elblag and Gdansk).

- “Kaliningrad-Bagrationovsk-Polish border” (then towards Warsaw).

By Train

The railway station “Kaliningrad passazhirsky” (passenger station in “Yuzhny” railway terminal) provides communication with such cities as: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Adler, Murmansk, Gomel. Communication with some areas is provided only in summer.

To be allowed to go from Kaliningrad to other parts of Russia and back crossing the Lithuanian border, citizens of the Russian Federation have to be issued a special document – Facilitated Rail Transit Document (FRTD). In order to get it, a Russian citizen has to buy a ticket in any booking office in the Russian Federation not later than 28 hours before departure. The document is issued by consular officers of the Republic of Lithuania after filling in the form in one the following transit trains:

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Russian citizens are not allowed to go by the train without a valid facilitated transit document or visa. The duration of stay is no longer than 6 hours. The Facilitated Rail Transit Document does not allow crossing the Lithuanian border by other means of transport. It is issued only for citizens of Russia.

Citizens of other countries have to get the transit information on their own: they have to be allowed to visit all EU and non-EU countries en route (e.g. Belarus).


By Bicycle

A map of bicycle routes can be downloaded on our website here.

Experienced biker’s tips

When you come to the border, do not wait in the car line, but ride up to the checkpoint bar straight away. As soon as the lights turn green, you need to proceed to the border crossing with the cars. You should choose the line where passenger cars are inspected. Be confident and polite. Go straight to the border control zone (if you enter Russia) or customs control (if you leave Russia). In case of a mistake, an official of the checkpoint will help you. Customs officers are often concerned with document check and car inspecting. You should not wait for a long time – come to the window and say that you are crossing the border on a bicycle. In general, they just let you move on as there are no documents required to check. The customs officers may only ask you to show your personal belongings.

Crossing the Russian-Lithuanian border in the checkpoint “Morskoe-Nida” usually does not cause any problems in both directions. If you are going from the Kaliningrad region to Lithuania (or in the opposite direction), we advise you to cross the border through this point, as it is situated in the territory of the Curonian Spit National Park and you will be able to enjoy the splendour of coniferous forests, sand dunes and other places of note. In addition, there is quite a well-asphalted road and the traffic is not heavy.

You may cross the Russian-Polish border through the checkpoint “Gusev-Goldap” (54020’31.00’’ N 22017’54.00’’E). However it is situated far to the east from the main bikers’ route, which lies along the Baltic coast. On the other hand, you will have an opportunity to visit famous “Romintskaya Pushcha” (a forest, former German Rominten Heide). Over the centuries, there were hunting grounds of Eastern Prussian rulers. The south-eastern territory of the Kaliningrad region is a paradise for bikers. Multipath roads are combined here with very low traffic. Unfortunately, the most part of Rominta lies in the border zone and its visiting is limited (access only with a Border Guard Service permit). You are allowed to cross this territory only in transit.

Another Russian-Polish crossing point is “Mamonovo-Gronowo” (54026’20.00’’N 19054’05.00’’E). It is designed for passenger cars, buses and small trucks. Crossing the border on foot is not permitted here. However bikers are allowed to cross, as bicycle is a vehicle. It should be mentioned that most bikers tend to cross the border at this place, as it is a direct road to Gdansk, Frombork, Elblag (Poland), and it is also the shortest transit way for bikers coming from Poland to go Lithuania across the Kaliningrad region.

The crossing point “Bagrationovsk-Bezledy” (54022’20.00’’N 20039’35.00’’E) is designed for passenger cars, buses and trucks. This is the place where trucks generally cross the border so we advise you not to use this point unless necessary.

If you get stuck at Russian-Polish border for some reason, do not be discouraged, but take it as an adventure. When having a conversation with Russian authorities at the border, you should be polite, but insistent on your wish to visit the Kaliningrad region (or Poland). If you still get turned back at the border when riding a bike (which is nowadays quite an unusual occurrence), you may catch a minibus or a small truck and ask the driver to help you cross the border. It works this way: you cross the border by transport, then pass 100 m, and finally you get out and go on your own. This is absolutely legal. You can also ask one of the customs officers to catch a car for you. Most drivers would not refuse the authorities’ request.

Note: given text represents a short adapted version from a multipage document for foreign tourists coming by bikes, which was drawn up by me in English in 2006 after numerous requests from those who had faced problems crossing the Kaliningrad region. The document is updated yearly. You can also find it below.

Author: Oleg Alferov, February 2011

By Ferry

Currently, there are two ferry lines connecting Kaliningrad with Europe and Russia. All ferry routes start from Baltiysk (a town in the Kaliningrad region).

1. Ferry "Baltiysk - Ust-Luga" (Kaliningrad Region – St. Petersburg) is offered by "Baltfinn" and "Trans-Exim" companies.

The fare per person in a triple cabin accounts for at least 3600 RUB, in a double cabin – at least 4800 RUB. Place for a car costs at least 11900 RUB.

The disadvantage of this line is in the fact that the ferry arrives not in Saint Petersburg, but in Ust-Luga port, 150 km away from the city. The line is serviced by “Petersburg”, a comfortable passenger-and-freight ferry. The ferry departs 1-2 times a week. For further information contact the office of the shipping company, where you can also buy tickets to go from Baltiysk. Tickets from Ust-Luga can be bought directly at the place of departure.

Address of "Baltfinn": 45 Suvorova Street (3rd floor), Kaliningrad
Tel.: +7 (4012) 660-401
Tel. in Ust-Luga: +7 (812) 335-66-11
http://baltfinn.ru

Address of "Trans-Exim": 45 Suvorova Street (ground floor), Kaliningrad
Tel.: +7 (4012) 66-04-68, 66-04-70
E-mail: ferry@transexim.ru
Website: http://transexim.ru

2. Ferry “Gdynia-Baltiysk-Gdynia”. The ferry departs on Saturdays. It goes from Gdynia at 8.30 (local time), and at 14.00 (local time) from Baltiysk. The journey takes 4 hours. One way ticket costs 600 rub, a return ticket – 1000 rub. For further information contact the office of “Zolotaya Orhideya” travel agency. There you can also buy tickets to go from Baltiysk. For information about ferries from Gdynia contact “Zeglyga Gdanska”.

Address: "Zolotaya Orhideya", 32 Prospekt Lenina Street, Baltiysk. Tel./fax: +7 (40145) 31-098, +7 909 77 55 695, E-mail travelpillau@list.ru
Address: "Zeglyga Gdanska", 2 Pończoszników Street, Gdansk, Poland. Tel.: +48 (58) 301-74-26

Site: http://www.zegluga.pl

Further information can be found here

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