Travelling to Lithuania, Vilnius

Practical informationBy plane: www.vilnius-airport.lt/en/

By train: www.litrail.lt

By bus: www.autobusustotis.lt/en

 

Transportation

Service to and from International Vilnius Airport to Vilnius Centre:

By bus:

  • No. 1 AIRPORT-RAILROAD AND BUS STATION
    Runs every 20-30 minutes. First bus leaves from the airport at 05:46 AM, the last one at 22:21 PM;
  • No. 3G AIRPORT-CENTER-FABIJONIŠKĖS
    Runs every 8-10 minutes. First bus leaves from the airport at 05:18 AM, the last one leaves at 23:21 PM;
  • No. 88 AIRPORT-KONSTITUCIJOS PR. (via the Old Town)
    Runs every 15-20 minutes. First bus leaves from the airport at 05:17 AM, the last one leaves at 23:00 PM.

Bus times are available at bus stops or on the website http://stops.lt/vilnius

Once you have boarded public transportation, you can purchase a one way ticket from the driver that costs 1 euro. You need to mark the paper ticket at one of the several small red metal ticket validator found on the stands in the bus or by placing it in the yellow electronic ticket validator. If you plan to spend a longer time in Vilnius, get yourself a “Vilnius Kortelė” – an electronic ticket that costs 1.50 Euros and can be electronically refilled. It is available at newspaper stands throughout the city and the arrivals area of Vilnius Airport. You need to activate the electronic “Vilnius Kortelė” ticket as soon as you board the bus by placing it on the yellow electronic touch screen.

By train:

Distance from the airport to Vilnius Railway station is about 5 km, the journey takes up to 8 minutes. Trains run approximately every 40 minutes. The schedule can be found at www.litrail.lt/en/home. Tickets can be purchased on the train or at Vilnius Railway Station.

By taxi:

Next to the airport there is a taxi rank. There are always plenty of taxis there. You can also book a taxi at Vilnius Tourist Information Centre (Airport Arrival Hall on the left hand side upon arrival) – we highly recommend this service. Taxi booking and information www.etaksi.lt.

Taxi Service in the City

It is cheaper to call a taxi by telephone. The taxi fare is from 1 EUR per kilometre in the city. Do not get surprised if you are charged a taxi fare (1 Euro) for getting on a taxi. Do not hesitate to ask for a taxi to be called by hotel or restaurant staff anywhere in the city. More information and taxi numbers you can find here: www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en/information/transport/taxi/.

Public Transport

In Vilnius you can use several types of public transport. Vilnius trolley buses and buses start running at 5 in the morning and stop at midnight. For bus timetables and information about tickets visit: www.vilniustransport.lt/en/.

 

Time Zone

Lithuania is in the Eastern European Time (EET) zone at GMT+2hrs. When it’s 12:00 in Vilnius it’s 05:00 in New York, 10:00 in London, 11:00 in Warsaw, 13:00 in Moscow and 19:00 in Tokyo. Eastern European Summer Time (EEST, GMT+3hrs) falls between the last Sundays of March and October respectively.

 

Language

The primary language spoken in Lithuania is Lithuanian. Vilnius is English-friendly; also Russian is likely to be spoken, especially by older generation.

 

Weather

Ranges between maritime and continental. The average temperatures are +19°C in July and -3°C in January.

The average temperature in September during the day is around +13°C degrees to +8°C degrees during the evening.

 

Required Clothing

The rainy season is from April to October (60 – 65% of the annual rainfall). In autumn you may need a rainwear.

 

Emergency Telephone

In case of emergency call 112. No prefix necessary.

 

Information Hotline

For information about anything in Lithuania at any time of day or night dial +370 700 55118 or 1588.

 

City Codes in Lithuania

To make a long-distance call within the country, dial +370 or 00370, the city code and the number you wish to reach.

 

Currency

Euro – official currency of Lithuania.

 

Electricity

Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for Lithuania

Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)

Primary Socket Type: EuroplugSchuko

For more information on electricity please visit: www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=161

 

Visa

Lithuania is a member of the European Union and the Schengen area. Visitors from the EU as well as from 30 or so other countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States don’t require a visa to stay for up to 90 days within a six month period. A visa issued for any Schengen country is also valid in Lithuania. For more information, take a look at www.urm.lt.

 

Useful Links

Vilnius University: www.vu.lt

Vilnius University Library: www.mb.vu.lt

Vilnius City Municipality: www.vilnius.lt

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania presents diplomatic missions, consular and foreign policy information: www.urm.lt

Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior presents important information on migration issues: www.migration.lt

Central Portal of Lithuania: www.lietuva.lt

Vilnius Tourist Information Centre: www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en

Guides of principal towns presenting Lithuania and its other cities: www.inyourpocket.com/lithuania/en.

Lithuanian museums: www.muziejai.lt

Views of Lithuania. All the photos are made using RC planes with on-air cameras: www.lithuania-photo.com