How to travel by train from Kaliningrad to Svetlogorsk?
There is a direct train service operating between Kaliningrad and Svetlogorsk. It leaves from the main platform in Kaliningrad and makes a couple of stops at various stations before the final stop in Svetlogorsk. The train is very easy to use and tickets are not difficult to purchase, even if you cannot speak Russian. For people with their own transport, I recommend using the modern freeway that connects Kaliningrad with Svetlogorsk.
Private bus services are available and is a good option if you want to return later in the evening. The train does have specific hours and does not offer a night service. We love using the train. You get a beautiful view of the country side and it is a relaxing ride. There is not a big difference between the cost of bus and train ticket.
Train service and buying tickets from Kaliningrad to Svetlogorsk?
It is very easy to get a train from one of the many platforms in Kaliningrad. The most difficult part is to figure out where the trains are leaving from. The main train service leaves from Kaliningrad train station. It makes stops at various stations. You can either purchase a ticket from the ticket office at the platform or from the lady in the train. I managed to purchase a ticket directly at the ticket office. With limited Russian I am pleased to say, that it went well.
Please note that they charge a commission when you purchase the ticket on the train. On one specific day the ticket office was closed and we had to buy our ticket on the train. She waived the discount after we started a debate with her. I suggest you only do this if you can speak Russian.
Procedure when boarding the train to and from Svetlogorsk.
If you cannot speak Russian then I will explain the procedure on the train and how to present your ticket.
- Keep your ticket in your hand when you board the train. This is very important because people do get impatient.
- The lady will come around and check your ticket and mark it.
- Please do not try to get a free ride. It will not work and you will make life difficult for yourself. Two people block the entrance and exit and there is no way to escape.
- Do not throw your ticket away. When you arrive in Svetlogorsk you will be asked to feed your ticket into an electronic exit machine. Your ticket has a special bar-code. The ticket machines do not always work.
There are 2 platforms in Svetlogorsk -Platform 1 and Platform 2. You will get off at Platform 2 which is directly in the town. Tickets costs 60 Roubles if I can remember correctly and the train ride takes about 45 minutes.
Just for interest sake: The same line will also take you to Pionersky and other smaller towns.
Where: Svetlogorsk and Kaliningrad,Russian Federation