....and prepare to pay!
If you come with your car or any other transportation with an engine, you have to pay for the entrance to the territory of Neringa municipality.
You pay just if you go south of Smiltyne ferry pier, after about 2/3Km you will see a queue of cars and you have to get out and pay!
The fees are:
- 15 Lt. for private car
- 70 Lt. for buses
- Lt. for motorbikes
- 100 Lt for caravans
- 20 Lt. for minibuses
- from 20 to 50 Lt. for box-van trucks.
There is no tax for passengers.
You have to pay the tax every time you enter the protected area, there are also monthly or yearly subscriptions, AFAIK.
For more detailed information call: +370.469.53135
Use a car... (or at least a bike!)
To go around the Curonian Spit from Smiltyne to Nida it's really suggested to use a car. There are buses which go from north to south and back, but with the car you can stop wherever you like and enjoy the view. Most of the road (50Km) is in the middle of a forest, so you see almost nothing from there. With the bus you just stop at villages, while with the car you can stop at one of the many parkings you will find along the street.
You can also go with a bicycle, surely it's harder, but can be even nicer than with the car, and there are some routes which are for pedestrians and bicycle only, no cars allowed
Going from Klaipeda
There are 2 ferry harbours in Klaipėda, and you can go to Neringa from both of them, but not always!
The old terminal (Senoji perkėla, or Pirmoji perkėla) works only in summer, and the ferry is for pedestrians only. It's close to the river Danė.
The new terminal (Naujoji perkėla, or Antroji perkėla) is just south of the old town, and here you can take your car too, and it works all year long.
The service from both the terminals has a timetable and ferries don't sail at night, so take care about that, or you'll risk to stay on the peninsula! ;-)
Take a look HERE for a timetable:
Nida International Airport
Nida International Airport is currently under construction and thus only sightseeing flights are available from there (look under must see activities). Construction works are either very slow or on halt because of pressure from greens and debate werether this airport (5th international airport in Lithuania) is needed.
Ferry to Neringa
Because of the fact Neringa is inacessable from Lithuania via land, you'll have to use ferry to get to it. Ferries are sailing from Klaipëda. There are two ferry launching spots available in both Klaipëda and Neringa - one of them (called "pirmoji perkëla" or "senoji perkëla") in summer transports only people (no cars), other one (called "antroji perkëla" or "naujoji perkëla") transports both people and cars all year. Buses, RVs, motorcycles also can be transported, but it will cost more. You will have to pay per vehicle, also per person in vehicle. Additional costs are needed to be paid for bikes and pets. Note that ferries sails not 24 hours per day and thus if you are planning to get back to Klaipëda late at night, you might be forced to sleep in Neringa. Schedules and costs always changes and they should be available at ferry launching posts.
There were plans to build a bridge from Klaipëda to Neringa, but the greens opposed (they said this could destroy ecosystem of Neringa), thus it is most likely bridge won't be built, at least not in near future.