There are 4 ways to get from Riga to Kaunas by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Rīga to Kaunas 848001

$12 - $18

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Train  •  9 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Riga to Daugavpils 704 / ...
  2. Take the train from Daugavpils to Vilnius
  3. Take the train from Vilnius(LT) to Kaunas

$20 - $30

Drive  •  3 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Riga to Kaunas 161.2 miles

$28 - $45

Fly, train  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Riga (RIX) to Vilnius (VNO) RIX - VNO
  2. Take the train from Vilnius(LT) to Kaunas

$30 - $143

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rīga and arriving at Kaunas. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Riga to Kaunas. However, there are services departing from Riga and arriving at Kaunas via Daugavpils and Vilnius(LT). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 1 min.

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The distance between Riga and Kaunas is 228 km. The road distance is 257.9 km.

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The best way to get from Riga to Kaunas without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 23 min and costs .

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The bus from Rīga to Kaunas takes 3 h 23 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Riga to Kaunas bus services, operated by Ecolines, depart from Rīga station.

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Riga to Kaunas train services, operated by Latvian Railways (PV), depart from Riga station.

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The best way to get from Riga to Kaunas is to bus which takes 3 h 23 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 9 h 1 min.

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The quickest flight from Riga Airport to Vilnius Airport is the direct flight which takes 49 min.

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Riga to Kaunas bus services, operated by Ecolines, arrive at Kaunas station.

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Map of how to get from Riga to Kaunas.
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  • Distance: 142.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 23 min

What companies run services between Riga, Latvia and Kaunas, Lithuania?

Ecolines operates a bus from Riga to Kaunas once daily. Tickets cost $12 - $18 and the journey takes 3 h 23 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Riga to Kaunas via Daugavpils, Vilnius, and Vilnius(LT) in around 9 h 1 min.

Airlines
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Riga to Vilnius
Ave. Duration
49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $190
Train operators
Latvian Railways (PV)
Phone
+371 67232135
Website
pv.lv
Train from Riga to Daugavpils
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8
Website
pv.lv
Lithuanian Railways (LG)
Phone
(+370) 700 55111
Email
nuomone@litrail.lt
Website
litrail.lt
Train from Daugavpils to Vilnius
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
traukiniobilietas.lt
2nd Class Ticket
$7 - $10
1st Class Ticket
$9 - $13
Train from Vilnius(LT) to Kaunas
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
traukiniobilietas.lt
2nd Class Ticket
$5 - $7
1st Class Ticket
$6 - $9
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Riga to Kaunas train services, operated by Lithuanian Railways (LG), arrive at Kaunas station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Riga to Kaunas is 258 km. It takes approximately 3 h 35 min to drive from Riga to Kaunas.

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Air Baltic offers flights from Riga Airport to Vilnius Airport.

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There are 244+ hotels available in Kaunas. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Riga to Riga Airport is to line 22 bus which takes 27 min and costs .

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