TOP TOPS FOR A BALTIC ROAD TRIP
TRAVEL TO THE BALTICS
Many people don’t just visit one of the Baltic States or capitals, tourists often choose to visit all three countries of the Baltics in one trip and that’s actually what we did, on our mini backpacking trip through the Baltic countries suddenly became a Baltic road trip. Starting off in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital and heading north through Latvia and Estonia to finish out Baltic States travel back in Riga for our flight home. This is quite common during a trip through this area, but due to transport links it rarely causes inconvenience.
More frequent flights from the UK fly in and out of Riga so don’t be put of by flying in and out of the same country. It is very doable especially during a one or two week Baltic road trip.
|Source: Google Maps – Map of the Baltics with Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and their neighbouring counties.|
TRANSPORT TIP FOR YOUR BALTIC ROAD TRIP – LUX EXPRESS
Lux express makes Baltic travel very enjoyable, if you plan a Baltic road trip like we did through public transport then listen up. Lux Express is a long distance bus company that operates in the Baltics. If you are planning a trip to the Baltic region, then don’t forget the name. The prices are extremely reasonable and several Lux Express busses leave each of the Baltic States regularly. You can even enter Lithuania from Warsaw, Poland with Lux Express. Read more about that here.
If you have a Baltic Capitals tour planned then Lux Express is perfect for you, although it does stop in many other cities across the Baltic States region they mainly operate out of the Baltic Capitals, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn.
|Lux Express Bus|
EATING IN THE BALTICS – BEER AND BEER SNACKS
|Beer and beer snacks a stable of the Baltics diet|
SLEEPING AND ACCOMMODATION – THE BIG THREE PARTY HOSTELS IN THE BALTICS
Vilnius is home to Jimmy Jumps House – a friendly chill-meets-party hostel with a free waffle breakfast and 24 hour reception. In Riga you’ll find The Naughty Squirrel the only one of the big 3 we didn’t stay in – not through lack of trying though. Riga is the most popular of the Baltic States to visit and The Naughty Squirrel fills up quickly, always book in advance for this one. Finally, and I’ve saved the best until last you have The Monk’s Bunk in Tallinn and one of my favourite party hostels in all of Europe. If you want to make friends, play beer pong and take part in Tallinn’s most notorious pub crawl then book a bed in The Monk’s Bunk Tallinn. To read more of my experience at the Monk’s Bunk click here.
|The Monk’s Bunk, Tallinn, Estonia – One of the big three party hostels|
WHAT TO DO ON A BALTIC ROAD TRIP
These days European travel is all about the free walking tours and the Baltic Region is no exception. There are free walking tours, historical tours, Old City tours, occupation tours and alternative tours available in all three of the Baltic States, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. And to be honest you’d be a fool to not join one on your Baltic road trip. Ran by locals – permit holding tour guides take you through their city and show you the ins and outs of the Baltic Culture.
Find out the best places to eat, drink and see through the eyes of a local. Although I hate to say the phrase, if you’re looking for some ‘hidden gems’ your walking tour guide is your go to source of information. Free walking tours are a must when travelling the Baltic countries and as part of a Baltic road trip.
|Free walking tour – Vilnius with Locals, Vilnius, Lithuania|
WHY VISIT THE BALTIC STATES? – A BALTIC ROAD TRIP TO THREE NEW COUNTRIES
The main reason to visit? Three new countries to sink your teeth into.
What more of an excuse do you need to visit three new accessible and relatively unexplored countries? Visiting the Baltic Region as part of a Baltic States Trip makes visiting three new countries in one go extremely easy. The Baltics Railway (Rail Baltica) that’s set to be in place and active from 2025 onwards may open up the Baltic States to much more intense mass tourism and although that isn’t necessarily a bad or good thing. Why not see these three historically fascinating and cultural states before then? Flights to Riga from the UK are far cheaper and more regular than ever before as mentioned and bus travel through the three Baltic States is cheap, reliable and the perfect option for booking a road trip though the Baltics.
Location of ‘The Baltic States’
Location of the Baltic Countries – Northern Europe. Seasonality and seasons generally impact this region massively in terms of travel. Winters can be very cold and summers can be warm. If you are travelling to the Baltic States from outside of Europe make sure you pack appropriately.
Eating in The Baltics
Hostels and sleeping in The Baltics
Currency and ATM’s in The Baltic countries
If you’re planning a trip to the Baltics or a Baltics Capitals tour then here’s my top tips for you. Have you visited Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia? Let me know in the comments box below.
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