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'''Suwałki''' is a city in northeast [[Poland]] along the [[E67]] "Via Baltica". It is a transit point between the Baltic countries and Poland and the last major settlement before the [[Lithuania]]n border.
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'''Suwałki''' is a city in northeast [[Poland]] along the [[E67]] "Via Baltica" highway. It is a major transit point between the Baltic countries and Poland and the last major settlement before the [[Lithuania]]n border.
  
 
== Hitchhiking out ==
 
== Hitchhiking out ==
  
 
=== North towards [[Lithuania]] {{European Route Number|67}} ===
 
=== North towards [[Lithuania]] {{European Route Number|67}} ===
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From the PKS bus station, walk north about 1km along Utrata street (highway 8 (E67)) till the roundabout. The highway 8 turns right here on Gen. Kazimierza Pułaskiego, so take the right turn and continue straight for 2kms until you are almost out of town. You can hitch at the junction of Knuta Olafa Falka street (opposite the Oil Transfer petrol station). There is a hard shoulder here just wide enough for cars but not trucks; however, traffic is moving reasonably slowly to make it a good enough place to hitch.
  
When arriving from [[Augustów|Augustow]], if driver doesn't go any further than Suwałki, a great spot to get out is immediately at the beginning of town. At the first roundabout, ''all'' traffic for Lithuania is taking the first exit, which is followed by a huge bus stop immediately. A sign (''LT'') will be very helpful and you should usually catch rides to [[Kaunas]] or further here easily. This spot is also perfect for night hitchhiking. There's a petrol station as well for the communicative hitchhiker, but it is definitely worth hitchhiking at the bus stop as ''all'' traffic coming from the South passes here.
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If you are arriving from [[Augustów]] and you are dropped off at the beginning of town where the bypass road splits off, there is a large lay-by just past the roundabout where you can hitch and where cars can pull over. ([[User: Drumroots|Drumroots]] even had a truck just about squeeze into the lay-by to give him a lift).
  
It could be also an idea to hitch at the end of town at the two-lane road, though traffic is much faster there already and the author of this article currently has no idea if there are any good spots for hitchhiking.
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The road enters Lithuania at the [[Budzisko-Kalvarija border crossing]] (about 25kms from Suwałki) where long-distance rides further into the Baltic countries are possible.
  
=== South towards [[Augustów|Augustow]], [[Warsaw|Warszawa]] {{European Route Number|67}} ===
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=== South towards [[Augustów|Augustow]], [[Warsaw]] {{European Route Number|67}} ===
 
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From the PKS bus station, walk south on highway 8 (E67) along Utrata street for about 4.3kms until you reach the roundabout at the southern edge of town. Hitch on the highway about 60m after the exit from the roundabout. Otherwise, there is a large Orlens petrol station at the roundabout if you want to ask drivers (or if you get caught in the rain/ at night).
At the end of town, at the roundabout described above, there's some space to stop cars going south, but little light available, depending on the spot/visibility you want to choose when hitchhiking at night.
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 14:05, 3 June 2016

Suwałki is a city in northeast Poland along the E67 "Via Baltica" highway. It is a major transit point between the Baltic countries and Poland and the last major settlement before the Lithuanian border.

Hitchhiking out

North towards Lithuania E 67

From the PKS bus station, walk north about 1km along Utrata street (highway 8 (E67)) till the roundabout. The highway 8 turns right here on Gen. Kazimierza Pułaskiego, so take the right turn and continue straight for 2kms until you are almost out of town. You can hitch at the junction of Knuta Olafa Falka street (opposite the Oil Transfer petrol station). There is a hard shoulder here just wide enough for cars but not trucks; however, traffic is moving reasonably slowly to make it a good enough place to hitch.

If you are arriving from Augustów and you are dropped off at the beginning of town where the bypass road splits off, there is a large lay-by just past the roundabout where you can hitch and where cars can pull over. (Drumroots even had a truck just about squeeze into the lay-by to give him a lift).

The road enters Lithuania at the Budzisko-Kalvarija border crossing (about 25kms from Suwałki) where long-distance rides further into the Baltic countries are possible.

South towards Augustow, Warsaw E 67

From the PKS bus station, walk south on highway 8 (E67) along Utrata street for about 4.3kms until you reach the roundabout at the southern edge of town. Hitch on the highway about 60m after the exit from the roundabout. Otherwise, there is a large Orlens petrol station at the roundabout if you want to ask drivers (or if you get caught in the rain/ at night).