JUST RECENTLY JULY 2012 Caught a bus from Siauliai to Pelanga on our return we caught a bus or catch one of the many minibuse's to Kretinga the bus station in this town,is next to bus station from there we caught the train [15-30[ to Siauliai coat for 2 41 litas,this with the mini bus fare was cheaper than catching the boring bus ride to Pelanga and quicker.All depends what time you catch a train in Lithuania faster ones more expensive than slower ones.
I must admit that I didn't travel by train to or from Siauliai, but I was at Siauliai's train station and even travelled on other routes in Lithuania by train.
Siauliai's train station is situated less than 1 km southeast of the bus station and about 10 minutes on foot from the city centre. Next to the train station an old steam train can be seen.
The main Lithuanian railway lines lead to Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda. In addition some international routes pass through Siauliai as well. When I was at the station the Riga (Latvia) to Simferopol (Ukraine) train had just arrived.
We arrived in Siauliai by bus from Klaipeda (3,5 h) and left Siauliai by bus to Panevezys (2 h).
Other services from Siauliai include Vilnius, Kaunas and Riga (Latvia). Siauliai's bus station is located at Tilzes 109, just south of the main shopping street.
Siauliai is located in northern Lithuania, 40 km (24 mi) south of Latvian border. I got to Siauliai by own car driving all the way from Poland through Kaunas, Kedainiai, Skemiai and Seduva. It's a good quality highway of light or moderate (Seduva - Siauliai) traffic.
Main international roads go through Siauliai:
1. E77 (A12) called Via Baltica: Sovetsk (and futher Kalininigrad in Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea) - Siauliai - Riga (Latvia) - Tallinn (Estonia) - Helsinki (by ferry; Finland); it's also called Via Hanza (Berlin - Riga).
2. E272: Palanga (on Baltic Sea coast; A11) - Siauliai - Seduva (A9) - Panavezys and futher east via Daugavpils (Latva) to Russia (north to Pskov and Saint Petersburg).
1. train by Lithuanian Railways
Both bus and train station is located in downtown on walking distance, south of main street: Vilniaus Gatve. The railway lines Vilnius - Klaipeda, Vilnius - Mazeikiai, and Vilnius - Riga cross Siauliai. More here.
There is a bus going to Hill of Crosses. The destination is about 12 km from Siauliai, on the way to Joniskis, so Siauliai – Joniskis bus fits for a trip. After getting out of bus it is about 2km to turn right and go straight road to Hill of Crosses. If it is not convenient way of getting here, better to use taxi or use transportation of travel agencies.
Journey by bus cost about 2 litas (July 2008).
Two lines of trains go to/through Siauliai – one Vilnius-Siauliai line, other is Vilnius-Klaipeda. I took one with end station Klaipeda, as it departure earlier, at about 6AM, so it is possible to start sightseeing of Siauliai from about 9 - 10AM.
Worth mentioning, that train from Vilnius through Siauliai to Klaipeda doesn’t go through Kaunas as buses do, but turns to Jonava, Kedainiai, so it is impossible to make stop in Kaunas.
Although Siauliai is Lithuania's fourth largest city, it is still small enough to be explored on foot.
Most sights are in walking distance from the central shopping street Vilniaus which is pedestrianised in the very heart of the city centre.
If you are travelling around Lithuania by public transport, then it might be very useful to know how to get to the famous Hill of Crosses. It is located about 12 km notheast of Siauliai on a side street near the main road A 12 to Riga.
To get there take a bus to Joniskis from Siauliai bus station. Get off at the stop Domantai where a brown sign marked "Kryziu Kalnas" stands. From there you still have to walk a further 2 km along the tree lined side street.
There are less than 10 buses per day serving the route to Joniskis and the last one leaves Domantai (near the Hill of Crosses) around 16:30 h. So check the timetable in advance. The coaches towards Riga come along Domantai as well, but I am not sure if they have a scheduled stop there. Just ask the driver in advance.
A single fare Siauliai - Domantai was 1,50 Litas (0,5 Euro) in Summer 2006.
The main street (Vilniaus gatve) and most of city attractions are on walking distance. The cathedral is located on a hill some 10 min. northeast of Vilniaus gatve: take Tilzes gatve up, the cathedral on the right. Check on interactive map of Siauliai. I've also seen some locals riding bicycle in downtown.
As soon as I noticed tall, white, church tower, I hit my car toward it and stopped in front of the cathedral (a lot of parking space there). I had only very schematic map of Siaulai in my travel book but I easily found short route to downtown and parked car there very close to Vilniaus Street. As it was Sarurday I was not forced to pay for parking.
Border crossing points:
Kalvarija: 260 km.
direction Riga - 40 km.
direction Minsk - 240 km.
Kedainiai - 100 km
Vilnius - 220 km
Kaunas - 150 km
Klaipeda - 170 km.
Suwalki: 290 km
Warsaw: 580 km
Krakow: 870 km
Tychy: 880 km.
Others in Europe:
Riga, Latvia - 130 km
Tallinn, Estonia - 450 km
Berlin, Germany - 1160 km
Prague, Czech - 1210 km
Budapest, Hungary - 1280 km.
The small Siauliai train station is quite busy at certain times with national and international trains like the Riga to Simferopol one. Also the inside of the station is worth a look, especially the various clocks which show the times in various places.
We arrived by bus from Klaipeda. The bus station is quite busy and also features a left luggage. Please bear in mind that the left luggage is closed for a long lunch break. I couldn’t believe it as we had checked out of the accomodation and depended on it for our excursion to the Hill of Crosses and the consequently for the our time schedule for onward travel. I made a big fuss and got the guy who was hidden behind the shutters to answer my knock and take our luggage. He was annoyed but when we picked it up again, I gave him a small packet of Gummi bears which lifted his spirits.The information window can give you a timetable for the busses to the turn off by the Hill of Crosses which is very handy.
Frequent buses connect Siauliai with other cities in Lithuania and Eastern Europe.
I arrived in Siauliai on a modern air conditioned coach from Vilnius, a journey which took 4 hours and cost 32 Lt (approx 6 GBP / 9 Euros).
I left Siauliai on an equally modern coach to go to Riga (Latvia). This was a 3 hour journey and cost 19.5 Lt (approx 4 GBP / 6 Euros). The coach had commenced its journey in Kaliningrad (Russia).
As well as the luxurious coaches that connect Siauliai with the major cities in the region there are also smaller minibuses that connect the town with other towns and villages in Lithuania.
The small bus station is located a 10 minute walk from the city centre and has only a tiny terminal. The terminal contains a ticket office and a small shop (but no ATM) and can comfortably accommodate no more than 10 to 15 passengers at any one time (in spite of which, there always seemed to be double this number crammed in there!).
Despite having a ticket office, we were told to pay the conductor once we boarded the bus rather than purchase a ticket in advance.
Toilets can be found in portakabins outside the front of the terminal.
Information correct as at October/November 2005.
there r numbers from 1 to 29.Yellow busses goes to all city districts as well as micro busses.
it cost 0.80 Litas.....the cheapest way to travel inside the city.
mini buss cost 1 litas and goes a bit faster then the yellow buss.
Located about a 10 minutes walk on the outskirts of Siauliai is the small railway station, comprising of a small waiting area complete with ticket office and shop. To the left hand side of the small station building is a little building where there is a a handy left luggage facility for anyone wanted to take in the city for a few hours while waiting for a train. It costs about €1, I think, for 2 hours.
From the Station there are regular train to Vilnius.
Check out the Lithuanian Railways website for the latest train timetables and info.
12km north from Siauliai, near the highway Siauliai-Ryga. 'Buses leave regularly from the main bus station, platform N°2. Get off at the large sign marked Kryziu Kalnas and walk a further 2km.' The settlement is called 'Meskuciai'.
If you're going by taxi - bargain and don't overpay!