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Best way from Warsaw to St Petersburg

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1. Posted by TomTom (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Hi everyone

I'm travelling by train mostly from my house in Wales to Moscow. I've sorted how I'll be getting to Warsaw, but the complicated part is there to St Petersburg. I'll be in kind of a rush so I won't be stopping places in between. What's the best way/route to do this?

At first I was going to just go through Belarus by rail but I've heard this is a hassle due to transit visas and things like that, and the best way to do it would be to go through Lithuania and Latvia.

Firstly, does anybody know how much this should cost me, and secondly, what would be the visa situation on this route? I'll have sorted my Russian visa, but can i just hop on the Warsaw - Vilnius train and not have to pay for any kind of visa or do any kind of organising whilst still in Wales?

I haven't travelled that much and I haven't got the hang of this visa thing sorry.
Please help!
Tom

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Apart from Russia and Belarus, you don't need visa for the other countries. They are part of European Union just like the UK.
As far as I know arranging a transit visa for Belarus is not really a problem if you have bought your ticket already. Otherwise, arranging it in Warsaw can be an option as well, both ticket and visa.
Don't know how much you really got, but some places like Riga and Tallinn are worth seeing, would skip Warsaw if I was you.

3. Posted by TomTom (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

yeah i might check out riga.

Here's a question, what a about hitchhiking, is this recommended in this part of europe? Has anyone done so? Not really an experienced hitchhiker and i'll be on my own,
any advice??

4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

Yeah agree with the Baltics - they are worth seeing - and the prefered travel method is by bus - from Vilnius - Riga - Tallinn each bus was about 8 hours - from Tallinn you can take another bus to St Petes - I did this similar route.

Belarus is not a problem if u have a ticket leaving. Just get a Visa in Poland.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

I hitched in Latvia and Lith, with no problems.
Id learn a bit of russian tho before u go...unless you already do. :)

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Hitchhiking in the Baltic countries on the major routes is generally absurdly easy. More than once, my journey time from Riga to Kaunas or Vilnius has been much quicker than it would have been by bus, and is rarely more than an hour or so longer.

but can i just hop on the Warsaw - Vilnius train and not have to pay for any kind of visa or do any kind of organising whilst still in Wales?

No, because there isn't one. a night train, either nightly or every otehr night comes back periodically, but rarely lasts that long. Logistical reasons don't help. There is normally one day connection, but it invoplves leaving Warsaw very early and changing at the border. There are however several daily and at least 2 overnight buses, which are a much better bet. Hitching through this part of Poland is rarely tricky either, with Lorry drivers a good bet.

Not really an experienced hitchhiker and i'll be on my own,
any advice??

Get a road map so you can check if the places you are offered lifts to are any use. Be happy to turn down lifts if they aren't going to be that useful (a big rookie mistake is leaving a good hitching spot on the first lift, then getting stuck somewhere hard to hitch out from) or if the you get a bad feeling - gut reactions should be listened to. Look presentable, not hugely scruffy and not with a huge bag [if you have a really big bag, try and keep it out of sight until somebody stops]. Always look happy and don't swear/look frustrated if people don't stop (because the person behind may not stop because they see you do that). And it's rarely worth trying to hitch in centres - rather get a bus or something to the main road out of town near the outskirts. Having said that, last summer instead of walking/busing to the edge of Riga, i tried to hitch for the heck of it. The second car, 5seconds later, stopped. I was in Vilnius barely 2 hours later dropped at the door!