The connection between the two capitals, which will have an estimated journey time of eight hours, is expected to start in late 2021.

Services will operate using modern rolling stock featuring air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and power sockets. The service will operate over 1520mm-gauge and standard gauge lines.

“The train from Vilnius to Warsaw is one of the fundamental promises we made to our passengers,” says LTG Link CEO, Mr Linas Baužys. “We understand how important it is to offer a convenient yet environmentally friendly way to reach Warsaw from our capital city Vilnius.

“We have close cultural and social ties with Poland, and many of us have relatives and friends in this country. The Vilnius - Warsaw connection opens convenient travel opportunities throughout Europe with the Eurail Pass.”

PKP IC says the newly planned service is based on a long-term strategy to work with Lithuanian Railways, including establishing long distance services.