2019.12.30 11:00

Rail Baltica to halve travel time between Vilnius and Kaunas

LRT.lt2019.12.30 11:00

A high-speed railway track between Vilnius and Kaunas will halve the travel time between Lithuania's two biggest cities, says the national railway company Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (LG). It has commissioned engineering plans for the Rail Baltica track section to be built by 2026.

Rail Baltica, an EU-funded 5.8-billion-euro railway project to connect the Baltic states with the European network, will also provide faster links between the capitals of Latvia and Estonia and Kaunas in Lithuania, which was chosen as the network hub in due to its central location.

Passenger trains between Vilnius and Kaunas will be able to reach 234 km/h, cutting the travel time from about 80 minutes to 38 minutes, according to Lietuvos Geležinkeliai.

Planning works for the European-gauge line are to be finished by the end of 2021 and construction completed by late 2026.

A trip from Kaunas to Riga will take 104 minutes, to Tallinn, 218 minutes. There are currently no railway services between the Baltic states. A trip to Warsaw will last about three hours.

Construction works are currently underway on the Kaunas railway hub.

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