Vilnius travel guide

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You're Going to Love Vilnius

With cobblestone streets and a wealth of gorgeous architecture in Europe's largest baroque old city center, it's no secret why Vilnius is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Baltic region. The modern era adds a busy business center, shopping and a hot night life scene to round out the experience.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Vilnius

1. Beautiful Buildings

Along with ornate baroque architecture, the historic city center is also full of stunning examples of medieval Gothic and neoclassical structures that line its cobblestone streets.

2. Lively Night Life

Vokieciu, Vilniaus, and Islandijos streets are where you will find bars and night clubs that will keep you busy until the early ours of the morning.

3. Arts and Culture

Through summertime, open air concerts to theater and performing arts, galleries and more, there is a lot to explore in the city's thriving arts scene.

4. Fantastic Shopping

Along with international designer boutiques like BCBG Max Azria, Vilnius is home to a bustling local designer scene. It is also a traditional center for glassblowing and textile arts.

5. Explore History

There are centuries of history waiting to be discovered in the city, from the ramparts of the hilltop Gedimas Castle & Museum - dating from the 15th century - to the more modern Museum of Genocide Victims.

Where to Eat in Vilnius

You'll enjoy the unusual Irish-Lithuanian menu at Bistro 18, where main dishes start at about EUR5.50. For a classic Lithuanian cafe experience, choose Pinavija, where pastries start at only EUR2.

When to visit Vilnius

Vilnius in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 42
1 night at 3-star hotel
Vilnius in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 42
1 night at 3-star hotel

The climate of Vilnius is cool and markedly seasonal, with most visitors opting to arrive during the warmer spring and summer. Temperatures range between 60°F and 70°F between May and September.

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How to Get to Vilnius

Plane

The Vilnius International Airport (VNO) is located about 3.5 miles from the city center. There is frequent bus service to the city, with fares of only EUR1. Trains are another option, with fares starting at EUR0.70.

Train

Vilnius is a major rail hub, with train connections to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk and many other major centers.

Car

There are good road connections between Vilnius and nearby Kaunas and Panevėys, with a well maintained highway system that links the city to most major centers in the country.

Bus

Eurolines and ECOLINES operate intercity service to and from Vilnius and many major centers throughout Europe. Connections to Warsaw are available through PolskiBus.

Airports near Vilnius

Airlines serving Vilnius

Lufthansa
Good (1,089 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,336 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,780 reviews)
KLM
Good (264 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (950 reviews)
British Airways
Good (767 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (304 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (851 reviews)
Iberia
Good (549 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (475 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (587 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (332 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (67 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,029 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (271 reviews)
Finnair
Good (357 reviews)
LOT
Good (216 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (120 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (87 reviews)
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Where to stay in Vilnius

For an artistic take on the city, stay at the Moon Garden Art Hotel, where the decor blends historic and ultra modern touches. Stay in modern luxury with hints of the city's Soviet past at the Neringa Hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Vilnius

Baroque Old Town - this neighborhood actually dates back to the 13th century, and it's where every street is packed with historic churches like St. Casimir's and buildings like the neo-classical Town Hall.

Uzupis - this artistic enclave - a self-declared republic - is where you'll find art galleries along with artisan boutiques and cafes with a bohemian ambiance.

Antakalnis - this is one of the city's oldest suburbs, and it's where you'll find the historic Antakalnis Cemetery and beautiful Baroque Saints Peter and Paul church along with an upscale shopping and dining scene.

Where to stay in popular areas of Vilnius

Most booked hotels in Vilnius

Courtyard by Marriott Vilnius City Center
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 84+
Stikliai Hotel
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 159+
Art Hotel Moon Garden
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 84+
Airinn Vilnius Hotel
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 73+
Amberton Cathedral Square Hotel Vilnius
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 78+
Panorama Hotel
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 57+
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How to Get Around Vilnius

Public Transportation

Vilnius is served by an extensive system of buses and trolley buses, with single fares that start at EUR0.64. A day pass costs EUR3.48.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available in the city. An average fare within the city should cost about EUR10-15.

Car

Parking can be at a premium, especially in the older areas of the city. A compact rental starts at about EUR16.

The Cost of Living in Vilnius

Shopping Streets

In between gawking at the gorgeous buildings, you can shop at designers like Burberry, along with local designers and products, in the old city on Stiklas street.

Groceries and Other

RIMI and Maxima XX are supermarket chains you'll find in multiple locations throughout the city. A quart of milk costs EUR0.80 and a dozen eggs about EUR1.60.

Cheap meal
C$ 10.11
A pair of jeans
C$ 85.84
Single public transport ticket
C$ 1.44
Cappuccino
C$ 2.84
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