How to get to Hill of Crosses from Vilnius, Riga and Kaunas

by | Feb 17, 2018 | Lithuania

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The Hill of Crosses, a collection of over 200,000 wooden crosses erected on a small hill in Šiauliai in Northern Lithuania, is one of the most spectacular sights in the Baltic countries. It is located 12 km outside of the city of Siaulia and is easily accessible by train and bus from Vilnius and by bus from Riga and Kaunas. From Siaulia, it is a short taxi or bus ride to the Hill of Crosses or the journey can be made by bike or walking when the weather permits. Read on for more details on how to get to the Hill of Crosses from Vilnius, Riga and Kaunas.

over 200,000 crosses at the Hill of Crosses

How to get to the Hill of Cross from Vilnius

The Hill of Crosses is located 12km outside of Siauliai. Siauliai is easily accessible by train and bus from Vilnius.

By train to Siauliai: 

Train from Vilnius to Siauliai :The Hill of Crosses is 12km outside of Siauliai. Three morning trains leave Vilnius for Siauliai between 5am and 10am and the journey to Siauliai takes around 2.5hours. The evening trains return to Vilnius around 6pm and 7pm which leaves plenty of time to visit the Hill of Crosses in between – check out Lithuanian Railways for the latest train latest times.

By bus to Siauliai:

  • Bus from Vilnius to Siauliai: It is also possible to take a bus from Vilnius to Siauliai but this takes an extra hour over the train with a journey time of 3.5 hours. TOKS Neo and Bus Turas offer direct bus trips – check out autobusubilietai for the latest bus times and options.

 

From Siauliai to Hill of Crosses:

  • Bus from Siauliai to Domantai: At Siauliai train station, take the 12 bus from Siauliai to Joniškis and ask the driver for the Domantai stop. Buses are quite infrequent returning from the site so it may be easier to request a taxi at the Visitors Centre to travel back to Siauliai.
  • Taxi, walk or bike from Siauliai to Hill of Crosses: Another option is to rent a taxi and have the driver wait for you although this is a more expensive – 25 Euro seems to be a reasonable estimate for pricing. If you like cycling, many visitors rent bikes to make the journey during the summer months.

exploring the Hill of Crosses

How to get to the Hill of Crosses from Riga

Siauliai is easily accessible by bus from Riga.

By bus to Siauliai:

  • Bus from Riga to Siauliai: the Lux Express bus company have frequent departures to Siauliai from Riga. The journey time is 2.5 hours- check out autobusubilietai for the latest bus times and options.

 

From Siauliai to Hill of Crosses:

  • Bus from Siauliai to Domantai: At Siauliai train station, take the 12 bus from Siauliai to Joniškis and ask the driver for the Domantai stop. Buses are quite infrequent returning from the site so it may be easier to request a taxi at the Visitors Centre to travel back to Siauliai.
  • Taxi, walk or bike from Siauliai to Hill of Crosses: Another option is to rent a taxi and have the driver wait for you although this is a more expensive – 25 Euro seems to be a reasonable estimate for pricing. If you like cycling, many visitors rent bikes to make the journey during the summer months.

The Hill of Crosses was one of the highlights of our time in Lithuania

How to get to the Hill of Crosses from Kaunas

Siauliai is easily accessible by bus from Kaunas.

By bus to Siauliai:

  • Bus from Kaunas Siauliai: the Kautra and Bus Tauras bus companies havedepartures to Siauliai from Kaunas. The journey time is 2.5hour to 3hours and 40 minutes depending on the route you use – check out autobusubilietai for the latest bus times and options.

 

From Siauliai to Hill of Crosses:

  • Bus from Siauliai to Domantai: At Siauliai train station, take the 12 bus from Siauliai to Joniškis and ask the driver for the Domantai stop. Buses are quite infrequent returning from the site so it may be easier to request a taxi at the Visitors Centre to travel back to Siauliai.
  • Taxi, walk or bike from Siauliai to Hill of Crosses: Another option is to rent a taxi and have the driver wait for you although this is a more expensive – 25 Euro seems to be a reasonable estimate for pricing. If you like cycling, many visitors rent bikes to make the journey during the summer months.

 

Driving to the Hill of Crosses

If you have a rental car it’s an easy drive to the Hill of Crosses. We stopped at the Hill of Crosses during our drive from Riga to Kaunas on a road trip through Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The drive times to the Hill of Crosses are:

  • Driving from Riga to Hill of Crosses: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Driving from Kaunas to Hill of Crosses: 2 hours
  • Driving from Vilnius to Hill of Crosses: 3 hours from Vilnius

 

 

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