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Palanga is a popular seaside resort at the Baltic sea in Lithuania.
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Palanga Airport  offers regular scheduled flights from/to Copenhagen (Denmark) (SAS), Oslo (Norway) (Norwegian) and Riga (Latvia) (Airbaltic) all year round. During the summer months, Rusline operates a weekly flight from Moscow (Russia).
Klaipeda. Buses and minibuses operate from early morning to 10-11pm, depending on time of the year. While buses run on a set schedule, microbuses usually run every 20-30 minutes. The trip costs 5-5.2 LTL and takes 30 minutes (microbus) or 45 minutes (bus).
Kaunas. Services connecting Vilnius and Palanga do not stop in Kaunas bus station. If travelling from Kaunas centre, the best way is to get a bus to Klaipeda and connect there.
Vilnius. Many buses connect Palanga and the capital, especially during the summer. The trip will cost 68-72 LTL and will take around 4-4.5 hours. Alternatively, you may connect via Klaipeda, since all buses stop there anyway. There is an overnight service (daily during the summer), running from Minsk (Belarus) costing less (~50 LTL, but discount not possible), which leaves Vilnius at 22:45 and arrives to Palanga at 04:45. At high season, this bus can get quite crowded, so advance reservation is advised (available at TOKS iTicket system).
Liepaja (Latvia). Service from Liepaja is scarce, as buses/microbuses only run 4 times per day. The trip costs around 14 LTL and lasts 60-80 minutes. Some companies running microbuses from Liepaja to Palanga may accept Lithuanian Litas, but it is advisable to have Latvian currency, if travelling from there (Liepaja bus station tel.: (+371 34) 27552).
Riga (Latvia). Only one bus per day runs from Riga to Palanga, costing 55-60 LTL and taking 4h30min. This bus also calls at Liepaja. Many more services run on Riga-Klaipeda route, but do so via Siauliai and do not call at Palanga or Liepaja.
Minsk (Belarus). A daily service runs in summer months, but frequencies can be downgraded in the low-season. It leaves Minsk at 19:00 local time, reaching Palanga at 04:45 and costs 95-100 LTL.
Palanga bus station tel.: (+370 460) 53333.
Do not forget that EU/EEA students with an ISIC card are eligible for 50% discount on Lithuanian bus network (excluding services to other countries).
Taxi is available in front of Airport Terminal. A trip to Palanga city takes 10 min and costs about 20 to 40 Lt (6 EUR-12 EUR) or to Klaipėda takes about 30 min. price about 40 Lt (12 EUR). A trip from/to Liepaja (Latvia) takes about 1 hour 20 min. and costs about 200 Lt (60 EUR). Taxi tel.: (+370 46) 345 345 (Klaipėda), (+371 34) 22222 (Liepaja).
There is 310 km motorway from westwern part of Lithuania, Klaipeda and Palanga on the shore of the Baltic sea, and connects Kaunas, as well as Vilnius in the eastern part of the country. When you come to Palanga Airport by a rented car, you can park it at the Airport and leave the keys with car documents in Airport Cafe on the first floor. For more information please contact Airport Cafe tel./fax (+370 460) 51392.
Passengers comming by own car, can park auto in a paid place for long parking. For more information please contact Airport Cafe on the first floor (+370 460) 51392.
Palanga has a beach, but it is very crowded in summer, since all Lithuanians come to their short coastline. Amber museum is also interesting. Please see the local webpage for more information 
Items made from amber are one of the town's specialities, and range from inexpensive jewelry and small pictures with pieces of amber (or imitation amber) stuck on, up to very high quality items made of the real thing and costing thousands of Litas. There are good opportunities to buy souvenirs on your way to the beach, where tents with souvenirs are set up.
At the beach, you can enjoy a cheap cheburek and cold beer (sold by young peddlers). A bit of a warning though, the chebureks are not made in a local restaurant, and are deemed "illegal" for unsanitary conditions in which they are thought to be made, but, I have tried many chebureks and I haven't had food poisoning (yet). So buy from the peddlers at your own discretion.
A large proportion of householders in Palanga offer rooms to let at very cheap rates. Simply look for signs offering accommodation.