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There are 5 ways to get from Riga to Kaunas by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus Ecolines  •  3h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Rīga to Kaunas 848001

$12 - $18

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Bus Kautra  •  5h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Riga Seaport to Siauliai Central Bus Station Riga - Klaipeda
  2. Take the bus from Šiauliai to Kaunas 321 / ...

$24 - $29

Train  •  8h 10m

  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

Drive  •  3h 35m

  1. Drive from Riga to Kaunas 161.2 miles

$28 - $45

Fly, train  •  4h 15m

  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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The cheapest way to get from Riga to Kaunas is to bus which costs $12 - $18 and takes 3h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Riga to Kaunas is to bus which costs $12 - $18 and takes 3h 23m.

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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 3h 23m.

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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 8h 10m.

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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 3h 23m and costs $12 - $18.

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The bus from Rīga to Kaunas takes 3h 23m 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 3h 23m and costs $12 - $18. Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 8h 10m.

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

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 3h 23m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Riga to Kaunas via Daugavpils, Vilnius, and Vilnius(LT) in around 8h 10m.

Airlines
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Riga to Vilnius
Ave. Duration
49m
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
2h 39m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9
Website
pv.lv
Traukinio
Website
traukiniobilietas.lt
Train from Daugavpils to Vilnius
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
traukiniobilietas.lt
Lithuanian Railways (LG)
Phone
(+370) 700 55111
Email
nuomone@litrail.lt
Website
litrail.lt
Train from Vilnius(LT) to Kaunas
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
Lithuanian Railways (LG)
2nd Class Ticket
$5 - $7
1st Class Ticket
$6 - $9
Bus operators
Ollex
Phone
+370 5 210 4304
Email
info@ollex.lt
Website
ollex.lt
Bus from Riga Seaport to Siauliai Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13
Website
Ollex
Kautra
Phone
(37 8) 34 24 40
Email
ifo@kautra.lt
Website
kautra.lt
Bus from Šiauliai to Kaunas
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
Kautra
Autobusubilietai.lt
Email
info@autobusubilietai.lt
Website
autobusubilietai.lt
Bus from Šiauliai to Kaunas
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
autobusubilietai.lt

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

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

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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 3h 35m 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 263+ 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 27m and costs .

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