Travel to Vilnius

How to reach Vilnius city

BY AIR | BY TRAIN | BY BUS | BY FERRY | BY CAR

Vilnius is a modern and rapidly developing European city. After Lithuania’s accession to the European Union, its cultural and economic relations with foreign countries are extending, therefore the number of tourists coming to Vilnius is on the increase. Guests are attracted by a favourable geographical position of Lithuania too, the so-called crossroads between the East and the West. You can choose from 5 major ways to reach Vilnius.

BY AIR

International Vilnius Airport
Phone:  +370 5 273 9305
Address: Rodūnios kelias 2, Vilnius 02188
E-mail: airport@vno.lt
http://www.vilnius-airport.lt

Upon arrival at the airport you can rent a car, exchange currency at the Currency Exchange Bureau located on the ground floor, have a snack at cafes or spend time in a bar. There are travel agencies, cargo carrying and express courier by air agencies, and as many as eight air companies at the airport. There is also a duty-free shop, the newsagent’s, amber and flower stalls, and free wireless internet “Airport-free”. The International Vilnius Airport is 7 kilometres away from the centre, or a fifteen-minute drive by car.

For more detailed information about the services provided at the airport see www.vilnius-airport.lt.

Getting to the Centre of the City

By bus:

• No. 1 AIRPORT-RAILROAD AND BUS STATION

Bus No. 1 goes from the airport (lithuanian: Oro uostas) to the “Station” (the final stop “Stotis”), i.e. to both central railway station and central bus station, which are located almost next to each other. The bus arrives to the Station from the west.

• No. 2 AIRPORT-RAILROAD AND BUS STATION

Bus No. 2 goes from the airport to the Station from the eastern side.

• No. 3G AIRPORT-CENTER-FABIJONIŠKĖS

Bus No. 3G goes through the centre (Lukiškės square), business centre (Konstitucijos avenue), continuing on to Fabijoniškės sleeping district. The bus number’s trailing letter “G” on a green background stands for “Greitasis” which means “Express bus”. It stops at all relevant bus stops in the centre, while skipping some stops before and after the city centre.

• No. 88 AIRPORT-KONSTITUCIJOS PR.

Bus No. 88 goes from the airport to the City Business Centre (Konstitucijos avenue, Europa square).

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

Once you have boarded public transportation, you can purchase a one way ticket from the driver that costs €1. You need to mark the paper ticket at one of the several small red metal ticket validators 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 €1,5 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.

Airport Express:

Minibus route: from the airport to the bus station, every 40 min, depends on the flight schedule (from 7:40 to 22:40). Ticket  can be bought on the minibus. Timetable.

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. 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 call a taxi by phone or to book a taxi at Vilnius Tourist Information Centre (Airport Arrival Hall). Taxi booking and information www.etaksi.lt.

If you have a suspicion, that your trip by taxi price is too big, ask the taxi driver to give you a check with route described, price. Mark the taxi car number and address by email vytaute.mazeikiene@vilnius.lt and rima.peckiene@vilnius.lt

BY TRAIN

Vilnius Railway Station
Phone:   +370 5 269 3722, +370 5 269 2466, +370 5 269 2748
Address: Geležinkelio g. 16, Vilnius 02100
E-mail: vilniaus.agentura@litrail.lt
www.litrail.lt
www.traukiniobilietas.lt/portal/en

Vilnius has a reasonable choice of direct air links with Belarus, Kaliningrad, Latvia, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Vilnius Railway Station, like the Bus Station, is situated not far from the Old Town of Vilnius.

Trolley buses No. 1, 2, 5, 7, 20 and buses No. 26, 34, 53 will take you from the station to the centre of the city.

In the building of the Railway Station there is a Sales Agency where you can book tickets for international routes, rent a car, obtain life insurance. There are also two travel agencies, newspaper, souvenir and flower kiosks, and a grocery there. You can even book a train for an occasional trip across Lithuania at the Railway Station.

BY BUS

Vilnius Bus station
Phone:   +370 5 900 01 661
Address: Sodų g. 22, Vilnius 03221
E-mail: info@toks.lt
www.autobusustotis.lt

Vilnius Bus Station is located in a convenient place, next to the railway station, only a ten-minute walk to the Old Town. This is a perfect opportunity for tourists to visit the most beautiful place of the city within several hours. Trolley buses No. 1, 2, 5, 7, 20 and buses No. 34, 53 will take you from the station to the centre of the city.

At the International Ticket Agency you can buy tickets to Great Britain, Austria, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine, Ireland, Greece, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, the Czech Republic, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Morocco, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and France.

BY FERRY

Travelling to Vilnius from Europe and Scandinavia by ferry is easy when using Lithuania’s ferry services from Sweden (Karlshamn) and Germany (Kiel/Sassnitz).

These overnight ‘cruise’ ferries to Lithuania allow you to take your car, caravan or motorhome and arrive in the coastal city of Klaipeda.

From there Vilnius is only a short car journey of just over 3 hours via the E85.

Travelling to Vilnius by ferry has many advantages; unlike planes ferries do not have luggage restrictions, therefore you can take as much as you can fit in your car.

You can drive a car you are use to, unlike hiring one when you arrive in Lithuania, and are refreshed after a nice peaceful sleep onboard. You also have the freedom to explore the surrounding area, without the need to rely on public transport.

For more information on ferries to Lithuania / Vilnius visit:

http://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/ferry-routes/other-routes/
(Kiel-Klaipeda / Sassnitz-Klaipeda / Karlshamn-Klaipeda)

www.tallink.com  
(Stockholm-Riga) – 3 hour 30 minute drive to Vilnius via E67 and E272

BY CAR

If you go on a trip by car, you can arrive in Vilnius by the following roads:

• Vilnius – Kaunas – Klaipėda, motorway A1 (E85)
• Vilnius – Ukmergė – Panevėžys, motorway A2 (E272)
• Vilnius – Medininkai – Minskas, road A3 (E28)
• Vilnius – Varėna – Druskininkai – Gardinas, road A4 (P42)
• Vilnius – Molėtai – Utena, road A14
• Vilnius – Šalčininkai – Lyda, road A15
• Vilnius – Prienai – Marijampolė, road A16
• Vilnius – Šumskas, road 101
• Vilnius – Švenčionys – Zarasai, road 102
• Vilnius – Polockas, road 103

Speed Limits

From 1 April to 31 October, the speed limit for motorcars on highways is 130 km/h;
from 1 November to 31 March the speed limit is 110 km/h;
from 1 April to 31 October, the speed limit for motorcars on expressways is 110 km/h;
from 1 November to 31 March the speed limit is 100 km/h;
on roads with asphalt or concrete pavement the speed limit is 90 km/h;
on other roads the speed limit is 70 km/h.

Road Traffic Regulations

Traffic drives on the right side of the road in Lithuania.

Summer tyres must be used between 1 April and 10 November, and winter tyres between 10 November and 1 April.

Road traffic regulations also allow the use of studded tyres until 10 April.

During the daytime, drivers of motor vehicles and motorbikes must drive with dipped headlights.

Parking

The following parking lots in Vilnius operate 24/7:

• Gedimino Avenue 9 A (a large underground parking zone beneath Gedimino Avenue, Ž. Liauksmino Street and V. Kudirkos Square for 262 cars).

• Tilto Street 14 (a multi-storey parking lot in Tilto Street for 117 cars)

• T. Kosciuškos Street 1 A (with 58 places for motorcars and 26 places for buses not far from the Old Town. From here it is only about five minutes to Cathedral Square, Pilies Street or Gedimino Avenue).

• Near Kalnų Park (T. Kosciuškos Street) paid parking lot.

 

Information prepared together with the Vilnius Tourist Information Centre