TALLINN – Estonian operator of intercity buses Lux Express is set to add further departures to its international timetable in June, as it will resume services on the Tallinn-Vilnius and Tartu-Riga direct routes and double the number of departures to St. Petersburg.
Rait Remmel, head of international business at Lux Express, said the company expects to see a significant increase in the number of passengers traveling to the Baltic states thanks to the COVID-19 digital certificate, which will be introduced in all EU member states from July 1.
"We will increase the number of trips in stages -- from June 18, in addition to the two existing trips, there will be a third one, and from June 28, also a fourth daily departure. On the same date, we will also reopen the connection between Tartu and Riga and additional trips between Riga and Vilnius will be added," Remmel said in a press release.
Remmel also noted that the bicycle ticket, which was put on the market in Estonia at the beginning of June as a new service, has proved very popular, and the company has decided to extend the free bike ticket also to its Baltic routes. A bike ticket can currently only be purchased with a regular ticket on the Lux Express website.
From June 20, the number of departures from Tallinn and St Petersburg will increase from eight to 14 departures per week, due to strong demand. This means that there will be two daily departures in each direction: from Tallinn at 7:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. and from St. Petersburg at 7:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
From July 1, Lux Express will also open the Vilnius-Warsaw route. Buses will depart from Vilnius at 10:30 p.m. and from Warsaw at 8:00 p.m.