I can't understand the status of Rail Baltica on the "Warsaw-Kaunas" segment. In the past, it was several times announced "we are testing, open soon".

What is the status right now? Are they going to open it in 2019?

P.S. I am interested in high-speed passenger trains.

  • From looking at the railbaltica.org site, it looks like they are currently (12/2018) in the planning and bidding phases. If that's the case, it certainly won't be open in 2019, but the actual status is a little hard to determine. – Mike Harris Dec 18 '18 at 0:15
  • baltictimes.com/… this is out of control. EU is going to buncrupt. – Roman Pokrovskij Dec 18 '18 at 0:23

It was always a political game. Poland used to have some unresolved issues with Lithuania (like the status of polish minority there). Lack of good train connections and highways was used as a way of pressure by Polish government on Lithuanians.

From the economical point of view, do not expect a high-speed passenger train. Eastern Poland and Baltics are not so dense populated to justify such a big investment.

Honestly speaking, I wish an old 19th-century, shortest connection Warsaw - Hrodno - Vilnus could be reactivated. But as long as it crosses Belarus (which is not a EU member) this seems impossible.

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    You mean Belarus is not an EU member, right? (Also, welcome to Travel StackExchange!) – Michael Seifert Dec 18 '18 at 15:23
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    According to the man in seat 61 seat61.com/warsaw-to-vilnius-by-train.htm there is a service although not especially direct or convenient and it does not pass through Belarus. – mdewey Dec 18 '18 at 16:30
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    That's a local disel train Białystok - Trakiszki (station at Lithuanian border, where you can change to Kaunas/Vilnus). Operates only on weekends, slower than a bus, because it follows longer route. – Marcin Kawka Dec 18 '18 at 21:08

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