Just 50km south of Kaunas and less than an hour away by road, Birštonas is close to the main Vilnius-Marijampolė highway and just a few kilometres east of the Via Baltica. There’s no train station, but a handful of daily buses ensure that those travelling by public transport will be able to arrive and leave in relative comfort. Once there, almost everything to be seen can be found within easy walking distance of the centre. The following provides information on how to get to town from Lithuania’s second city, Kaunas.
Arriving by bus
At the time of writing, buses leave Kaunas daily from 06:00 until 20:00, departing more or less evey half hour. Journey time is about 80 minutes. There are also a few express buses that make the trip in about an hour, and whose regularity depends on the season. The bus station is little more than a car park with nothing in the way of facilities. Opposite and a little way to the right is the Tourist Information Centre. The town centre is five minutes on foot to the left.
Take the A5 (E67) Via Baltica south in the direction of Marijampolė, then onto route 130 towards Prienai. In Prienai look out for signs for the A16 (E28) in the direction of Vilnius. Follow the road for about 6km and keep a sharp eye out for the one and only Birštonas sign. Birštonas is on the left-hand side of the road. If you miss the turning, head up the hill and take the next road to the left.
Maps & Money
A map of Birštonas is well worth packing before you set off, although a few hotels and the Tourist Information Centre do have a few free copies. Some bookshops and large supermarkets in Vilnius and Kaunas stock them. Several of the places listed in this guide only accept cash, so be sure to carry some with you at all times.