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Getting to Vilnius

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and its largest city, with a population of over 500,000. Vilnius is located in the southeast part of Lithuania and is the second largest city in the Baltic States. Vilnius is known for the architecture in its Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Its Jewish influence until the 20th century has led to it being described as the "Jerusalem of Lithuania" and Napoleon named it "the Jerusalem of the North" as he was passing through in 1812.The city was first mentioned in written sources in 1323 as a capital of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.

How to get to Vilnius?

By Plane

The fastest way to reach Lithuania is by plane. The main airports are in Vilnius and Kaunas cities (Kaunas is about 110 km from Vilnius). The direct flights are available from all main cities in Europe as well as from any bigger city in the world with just one or a few connecting flights through the main international airports in Europe.

More information is available on Vilnius Airport website or Kaunas Airport website.

By train

Vilnius can be reached easily by train from both Lithuanian and international cities (Minsk, Daugavpils and Bialystok). Vilnius Railway station is in a very convenient location as it takes barely 10 minutes on foot to reach Vilnius Old Town and the city centre. You can purchase train tickets online.

By bus

There is a choice of international bus lines connecting Vilnius with other European cities. There are direct buses to Lithuania (Vilnius) from Belarus, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Poland, Estonia, Russia, etc. Please find the routes and buy the tickets on the Lux Express website, Eurolines website and Ecolines website.

Getting to the Vilnius-Airport from Vilnius railway station by train

The special "Vilnius-Airport" train runs regularly from Vilnius railway station to the airport and back. Trains run 16 times per day and the journey takes 7 minutes. A ticket costs €0.70. It can be purchased online, on the train or at the railway station.

The schedules can be found at www.traukiniobilietas.lt.

Getting around Vilnius

Getting to Vilnius city center by public transportation (by bus or trolleybus)

Bus and trolleybus times are available at bus stops or on the website www.stops.lt.

All bus and trolleybus routes and timetables can simply be found here. Please click on the button “Trip planner” where you can enter your start and destination stops. Please keep in mind that you might need to change a bus or trolley at some point.

There is a direct bus line from Vilnius city to the Vilnius Airport. The price of a single ticket is €1, and it can be purchased from the driver. (currently not available due to COVID-19 safety measures).

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Public transport tickets

If you plan spending more time in Vilnius and use public transport, we recommend you buy E-Ticket (Electronic ticket, “Vilniečio kortelė”). Vilniečio Card   is available at Narvesen store located in the airport (Arrival A or Departure), in the city – in all the venues marked by sign Vilniečio Card. Vilniečio kortelė is credited with an appropriate amount of money and/or the selected public transport tickets. With a valid ticket in the card, properly activated on board of public vehicle, if necessary, it is possible to change the public transport for free and for unlimited number of journeys. New Vilniečio kortelė costs €1,5.

There is always an option to buy ticket from the driver of public vehicle (currently not available due to COVID-19 safety measures).

Trafi APP

For smart phone users we strongly advise to download a Trafi APP. This APP shows you fastest way to get to your designated area by bus, trolley or an alternative option like car-sharing.

Trafi on Google Play
Trafi on App Store
 

By taxi

Getting to the city center by taxi

Travelling by taxi (taksi) in Vilnius remains relatively cheap, especially if you order one in advance by telephone or app. Taxis throughout Lithuania are recognizable by their compulsory yellow number plates. Make sure the meter’s running and set to the correct tariff before setting off. Rates are usually higher in the early hours of the morning.

The Vilnius Airport approved taxi stand can be found in front of the airport’s arrivals terminal. All taxis accept cash and credit cards.

Car Sharing Service:

  • Bolt  (public Uber)
  • Citybee
    To download a Citybee APP click here. CityBee is a car rental service in Vilnius city. All cars can be located and reserved via the CityBee mobile application on your smartphone.
  • Spark
    To download a Spark APP click here. SPARK is an electric car rental service in Vilnius city. Electric cars can be located and reserved via the SPARK mobile application on your smartphone.

Bicycle & Electric Scooter

Cyclocity Bikes can be easily hired and returned at the 37 Cyclocity stations across Vilnius. Either credit cards or Cyclocity Cards (available by advance subscription) can be used to hire a bike. A three-day ticket is €2.90 and the first half-hour is free, then charges are between €0.39 to €3.39 per 30 minutes.

Velo-City. This well-established bike-hire operation on the edge of the Old Town has decent, well-maintained bikes.

On foot

Vilnius is perfect for exploring on foot. Discovering the city on foot is a special experience that allows you to explore its hidden corners, the roads less travelled, and unique routes.With cobbled and often narrow streets, and steep or stair access required to navigate key sights such as the Cathedral Belfry, Gediminas Castle and the Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius is unfortunately not the easiest city for travelers with mobility issues.