Just in case you want to save on petrol/gas... the prices in Poland and Lithuania were the same or almost the same in June 2004. Before Lithuania was less expensive :-(.
The first Lithuanian petrol/gas station was located close to the border crossing point Budzisko - Kalvarija and was called BP. Well, Lithuanian BP was not British Petroleum but Baltic Petroleum. Everything was "Baltic" in Lithuania ;-).
Prices per liter:
95E - 2.75 Lt (0.80 ? or... US$3.69 per gallon; I LOVE THE USA :-)
92E - 2.70 Lt
Diesel - 2.38 Lt
Up-to-date prices of gas/fuel in European countries: Prices of gas/fuel/petrol in European countries
Excuse, this page is in Polish language. Lithuania is "Litwa", "bezolowiowa" means unleaded, "waluta" means currency, LPG is liquid petroleum gas (LPG, propane) for cars. All prices per liter. Enjoy :-)
Lithuania borders with Poland on Poland's northeast corner. The border is only 91 km (56.5 mi) long.
Under Soviet regime (till 1991) there were no border crossing points between Poland and Lithuania. Weren't these countries too rebelous for Soviets to allow people to keep in contact? Well, instead there was ONE entry to paradise (the Soviet Union) via Belarus and ONE via Ukraine.
Nowadays there are two road border crossing points from Poland to Lithuania:
- this one on my picture called Budzisko - Kalvarija, located on main highway E57 (Via Baltica): Warsaw - Kaunas, Lithuania - Riga, Latvia - Tallin, Estonia + ferry to Helsinki, Finland
- the second one is located a little bit more to east and south and called Ogrodniki (on Polish side) - Lazdijai (on Lithuanian side).
DRIVING DISTANCES (to the border at Budzisko - Kalvarija):
- Suwalki: 27 km
- Warsaw: 320 km
- Krakow: 610 km
- Tychy: 620 km
- Kalvarija: 13 km
- Druskininkai: 90 km
- Kaunas: 80 km
- Vilnius: 160 km
Riga, Latvia - 320 km
Tallinn, Estonia - 630 km
Berlin, Germany - 900 km
Prague, Czech - 950 km
Budapest, Hungary - 1020 km
I noticed numerous bus stops along highway 134 from Kalvarija to Lazdijai. I was really surpriced to see some bus stops put in the middle of nowhere that was among fields with no houses around like this one on my picture.
I saw very few buses driving on the road and they were mostly old or very old, rather slow and mostly almost empty. There was no bus schedule on many bus stops but I noticed them at bus stops in towns. I was told that local buses were unbelievably cheap. It maybe a good option for budget travellers who don't expect any luxary in my opinion.
When I crossed border from Poland to Lithuania in Budzisko - Kalvarija, I saw this table on my picture, with speed limits for passanger cars given.
The speed limit 50 km/h in urban areas is quite new (in 2004). Before it was 60 km/h. The same happened in Poland recently. If you want to buy a travel guide to Lithuania or Poland, check wether it's up-to-date, just looking at speed limits given there.