Ełk is accessible by train from Warsaw. The route takes about four hours. There are two possible routes. One goes from Warsaw to the east through Białystok; this is the fastest route but trains tend to be less frequent. The other route goes from Warsaw to the west of Ełk via Olsztyn.
There are regular trains from Gdańsk to Ełk that take about eight hours.
Trains from Vilnius (Wilno) are also possible.
Trains from Belarus are indirect, usually through Warsaw.
Bus service also connects Ełk to other major cities.
There is no commercial airport service in the area. The most accessible airport is Warsaw; with Gdansk and Vilnius the next most accessible airports.
There are small airports in the area, particularly military landing areas, such as Szczytno.
Ełk is increasingly becoming a popular summer getaway location, such as for people from Warsaw. This a large lake downtown with many other lakes in the area.
Some of the best places to go are on the lakefront in the center of Ełk, such as Smętek and Kuźnia Smaku.