New daily train links Warsaw & Vilnius for €25

You don't need to endure a bus!  Until 2013 a comfortable daily train linked Warsaw with Vilnius with a change of trains at Sestokai on the Polish/Lithuanian border, where Polish standard gauge met Lithuanian 5' track gauge.  This was cancelled in 2013 while the Rail Baltica project dug up the tracks, but in June 2016 a cross-border Bialystok-Kaunas train started running over the new standard gauge Rail Baltica line.  In 2022 you could once more travel by train between Warsaw & Vilnius, but only at weekends.  Starting 11 December 2022, a new daily train service links Krakow & Warsaw with Kaunas & Vilnius as shown below, with integrated ticketing and cheap fares.  Longer-term, the Rail Baltica project will ultimately provide a 200km/h standard gauge railway linking Warsaw, Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia.

Train times 2024

This new daily Krakow-Warsaw-Vilnius train service started on 11 December 2022, provided by Polish & Lithuanian railways.

 Krakow & Warsaw ► Vilnius   



 Vilnius ► Warsaw & Krakow

 Polish Intercity train, 1st & 2nd class


 Lithuanian train, 2nd class only


 Krakow Glowny depart:


 Vilnius depart:


 Warsaw Centralna depart:


 Kaunas depart:


 Mockava (Lithuania) arrive:


 Mockava (Lithuania) arrive:


 Easy change onto a Lithuanian train


 Easy change onto a Polish Intercity train


 Mockava depart:


 Mockava (Lithuania) depart:


 Kaunas arrive:


 Warsaw Centralna arrive:


 Vilnius arrive:


 Krakow Glowny arrive:


Remember that Lithuanian time is 1 hour ahead of Polish time.  This service does not pass through any part of Belarus!

Check Polish train times for your date of travel at  Check Mockava-Kaunas & Kaunas-Vilnius times at

A regular train service links Kaunas & Vilnius in 1h30, check times at

On other pages:  Vilnius-Riga  Riga-Tallinn

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What's the Polish train like?

The Polish train between Warsaw & Mockava is a modern air-conditioned Intercity (IC) train called the Hancza, with 1st & 2nd class seats, reservation compulsory.  The train will be shown on the departure boards at Krakow & Warsaw as going to Mockava.

From 10 December 2023 the Hancza has a Polish restaurant car, treat yourself to a cooked breakfast and lunch going east, dinner with wine or beer heading west.

The 2nd class cars are a mix of cars with open-plan seating and cars with classic 6-seat compartments.  The 1st class car is a classic compartment car with side corridor and 6-seat compartments.  Luggage goes on the racks above your seat, or on the floor. 

There are power sockets at all seats, but no WiFi in the direct Krakow-Warsaw-Mockava cars.  If you need WiFi, simply walk back along the train to the 2 or 3 extra cars attached to the rear of the train between Krakow, Warsaw & Bialystok as these cars should have WiFi.

Tip:  You can check the train formation, check car numbers & see which have WiFi, which are open-plan & which compartment-type using  Change cs to English upper left, then click Train formations, scroll to Poland, click IC and look for IC13000/1 Hancza.

2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train   2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

2nd class 6-seater compartment.


2nd class open-plan seating

Switching trains at Mockava

In the photo below, that's the Polish train on the right, you step off, walk across the platform to the waiting Lithuanian train on the left.  It's that easy!  The photo actually shows a southbound switch from Vilnius to Warsaw, but it works the same both ways.  Photo courtesy of Martin Kop.

Warsaw to Vilnius by train:  Interchange at Mockava

What's the Lithuanian train like?

The Lithuanian train between Mockava & Vilnius is a modern air-conditioned diesel unit, 2nd class only, with refreshment trolley, power sockets at each pair of seats & free WiFi.  There's plenty of room for luggage and a limited number of reservable bike spaces.  Photos below courtesy of Martin Kop.

2nd class on the Mockava to Vilnius train   2nd class on the Mockava to Vilnius train

The Mockava-Vilnius train at Vilnius.


2nd class seats

Route map

Warsaw to Vilnius train route map


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Green = scenic routes.

Reproduced from the European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

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Right: Crossing the Poland-Lithuania border. Courtesy Martin Kop.

  The train crosses the Poland/Lithuania border
Vilnius railway station

Vilnius station.  Photo courtesy of Yuk Wah Chu

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