Belarus Transit for the World Cup in Russia

The Belarus transit visa issue was a critical issue for many fans, that plan to visit Minsk and other cities. As well as taking a flight or a train, including Free Trains between Kaliningrad and Moscow.

Today a new agreement between Russia and Belarus was signed: a temporary agreement on mutual visa recognition for the upcoming large sports events. It means, that World Cup FanID can be used to cross Belarus border.

Still to find an official text of the agreement, but I believe that the Belarus Transit Puzzle is finally solved.

Flights to Kaliningrad: international and domestic

Kaliningrad region has one airport Khrabrovo and it under reconstruction for the FIFA World Cup now. Most of the flights are domestic. Popular destinations are Saint Petersburg and three different Moscow airports: Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo.

Connection in those cities will be most popular option for those who will travel to see football matches for long distances.

Two more World Cup Host Cities have direct flights from Kaliningrad – to Yekaterinburg and Kazan. Second can be very useful for B2 team fans in June 2018.

Other Russian destinations are Novy Urengoy, Ufa, Cherepovec.

International Flights from Kaliningrad airport

2017 was memorable for good news about international flights: now we got new flights to Berlin (Germany), Warsaw (Poland), Prague (Czech). It’s a nice option for Deutschland and Polska fans to start their World Cup journey to Russia. Continue reading “Flights to Kaliningrad: international and domestic”

Travel from Vilnius to Kaliningrad and back

Lithuanian capital is one of the major transit routes to Kaliningrad. Vilnius Airport offers various flight connections across Europe as well as to Morocco, Egypt and Israel. Also international trains and buses are used by tourists to get there.

There are several ways to travel from Lithuania:

Train from Vilnius to Kaliningrad

Using Vilnius Train station you can board trains to Russia: Kaliningrad, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, etc. There are 5 different trains available. Schedule is quite complex, but you will find from one to three options for any date. Continue reading “Travel from Vilnius to Kaliningrad and back”

Train from Kaliningrad to Svetlogorsk schedule

Svetlogorsk is one of the main seaside resorts in Kaliningrad region. We`ve got a question from UK about getting there by train. Let’s start our research!

Train stations in Kaliningrad

There are two stations in Kaliningrad where you can find the train to the seaside.

  1. Youzhny Vokzal – Южный вокзал – South Station – (note the official name: Kaliningrad Passajirskiy)
  2. Severnyi Vokzal – Северный вокзал – North Station

The first one is the main city station where you can find local trains, international ones and transit to “Main Russia” like Moscow, Saint Petersburg, etc. Also you will find a big Bus Station with local and international routes, as well as the airport shuttle.

I prefer to take a train to Svetlogorsk there since it’s the route starting point and you have better chances to find a free seat. Yes, there are no allocated seats with your ticket. But this area is of the tourist path and far from the city center.

Next station is Severnyi vokzal (North Station) is for local routes to the seaside only. It’s located right next to the main city square, so it’s on option too. But expect bigger crowds on sunny days especially on weekends.

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