To reach the Festival site you will need to travel to Zarasai. Zarasai is a small town located near Lithuanian–Latvian and Lithuanian–Belarusian border: 152 km North East from Vilnius, 180 km North East from Kaunas, 28 km South West from Daugavpils and just 3 km from Latvian border.
You can arrive to Zarasai by car, intercity bus, train (Vilnius–Turmantas), bicycle or whatever other means of transportation you can think of. If possible, PLEASE CHOOSE THE MOST ENVIRONMENTAL WAY OF TRAVELLING. Once in Zarasai, you will easily find the island where the Festival is taking place. From the central town square you need to turn to Šiauliai Street and follow the directions.
Below you will find maps and descriptions that will be useful during your trip.
We hope that your journey to the edge of the world will be interesting and exciting.
The coordinates of Zarasai island:
639859, 6180019 (LKS)
55.734551, 26.227 (WGS)
There are three suitable airport destinations to reach Zarasai: Vilnius, Kaunas and Riga (Latvia).
If you are arriving to Vilnius by plane, you will land in Vilnius International Airport. The airport is located in the south of Vilnius just 7 km or 15 minute driving distance from the centre of the city. To get to the train or bus station, you should take bus No. 1 (the fare is 2.5 LTL) or mini van (the fare is about 3 LTL). For more information, check Vilnius International Airport website:
Kaunas Airport is another option available. It is located in the North East of Kaunas and you can reach the center of the city by bus No. 29, which will take you to the bus station. You can reach Kaunas Airport from the city centre on the shuttle bus No. 120. Daily shuttle bus operates from Kaunas Airport directly to Vilnius; timetable, ticket booking and other information: www.airport-bus.lt. For more information, check Kaunas Airport website
Going through Latvia is an option as well. The planes land in Riga International Airport. Bus No. 22, which leaves from Abrenes Street, has direct services between the airport and the city centre. For more information check Riga International Airport website: http://www.riga-airport.com/
You reach Zarasai via Turmantas, by taking a train from Vilnius to Turmantas (the last stop of the Lithuanian North-East railway!). It takes almost 3 hours by old slow trains, but you can see spectacular woody landscapes during this trip. Once you arrive at Turmantas, the distance to Zarasai is 16 km which you can travel by bicycle brought by train, hitch-hiking or by special MJR bus.
The train fare from Vilnius to Turmantas costs about 6 EUR (without discounts).
More departure/arrival times you can find here: http://www.litrail.lt
Local bus connection from Turmantas to Zarasai is not harmonised with train arrivals, so MJR organizers will arrange special buses that will meet MJR attendents at Turmantas train station and take them to Zarasai. Buses are free of charge.
The timetable of special MJR buses will be announced soon.
Buses depart from Vilnius and Kaunas bus station straight to Zarasai. For bus schedules from other towns, please contact local bus information services.
If you are going from Vilnius, take Molėtai road (A14) to Utena and then turn to Zarasai (A6). There is also an alternative and more picturesque route via Švenčionys-Ignalina-Dūkštas (road 102) which is almost of the same length.
From Kaunas you need to take road A6 (E262)
From Riga, choose the road to Daugavpils (A6) and then road A13 towards Zarasai across the Lithuanian-Latvian border.
Each entrance to the Festival site by car costs 10 LTL (3 EUR). Vehicles can be parked free of charge near the Festival site.
Reaching Zarasai by bicycle is quite a challenge. Depending on the starting point of your trip, it should take approximately 2 days to reach the location. That’s for adventurers. Even if you are not planning to travel all the way by bicycle, we RECOMMEND TO BRING ONE to the Festival anyway! The island is quite big, the environs are full of interesting sights, so two extra wheels will be of great use to you. Unfortunately, there’s no bicycle rental in Zarasai.
For more information about reaching Zarasai feel free to contact the Festival headquarters.
More information is also available from Zarasai district Tourism information centre (there you will be able get maps of the environs as well).