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Vilnius

Aerial view of Vilnius

Practical Info about Vilnius

Getting around the city

The central old quarter of Vilnius is compact and most of the sights can be visited on foot. Those who prefer to save their shoe leather can make use of the city's efficient network of buses and trolleybuses; fares can be paid on boarding or tickets bought at a discount from newspaper kiosks. Most visitors prefer to make use of taxis, which are relatively cheap, although it is wise to ensure the driver has switched on the meter before leaving on the journey, or to negotiate a fare before setting off. Taxis can be hailed on the street, or found at ranks at strategic spots in the old town. They can also be ordered by telephone. Self-driving is not recommended in the city, which has heavy, undisciplined traffic, but all the large international car hire companies have offices in the city and at the airport for those who are determined to drive themselves around. Visitors to Vilnius should be aware that although the city is generally very safe, petty theft and pick-pocketing can unfortunately be a problem on public transport. People are also sometimes targeted while walking around Vilnius so, although it is a great destination to traverse on foot, try not to walk alone at night, or to display conspicuous wealth while getting around in the city.

Time

GMT +2

Electricity

European style two-pin sockets at 220 volts AC, 50Hz.

Currency

The official currency is the Litas (LTL), which is linked to the euro at a fixed rate of 3.4528 Lt to €1. ATMs are found in Vilnius on the Cirrus and Visa networks, but are rare in smaller towns. Most retailers, hotels, restaurants and the like accept credit cards, and banks and hotels will cash travellers cheques.

Communication

The international dialling code for Lithuania is +370. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK) and the country has three-digit area codes. Vilnius has six different area codes: 521 and 523-527. Local calls can be dialled without the area codes. There are three major mobile GSM network service providers and connections are excellent. The Internet is well established in Lithuania and cities teem with internet cafes. Small towns and villages have public internet access points in libraries, post offices and tourist information centres.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Restoration of the State Day 16 Feb 16 Feb
Restoration of Independence Day 11 Mar 11 Mar
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
St Johns Day 24 Jun 24 Jun
Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas 6 Jul 6 Jul
Assumption 15 Aug 15 Aug
Christmas Eve 24 Dec 24 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
Second Day of Christmas 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Vilnius has a humid continental climate. Summers (June to August) are hot, with daytime temperatures often topping 86°F (30°C); although average temperatures are closer to 62°F (17°C). June is the rainiest month of the year. Winter (December to February) is very cold, with temperatures rarely climbing above 32°F (0°C); lakes and rivers freeze over at this time of year, and the annual average of snowy days is 14.

Vilnius International Airport

www.vilnius-airport.lt/en/

Getting to the city

A special train service runs from the airport to the Vilnius Railway Station roughly every 40 minutes. A bus service connects to downtown Vilnius, operating every 40-50 minutes between 5:50am and 10:20pm. A minibus route also operates to the bus station every 40 minutes from 7:40am to 10:40pm.

Car rental

Car rental agents with offices on site in the arrivals lounge include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Unirent.

Airport taxi's

Approved airport taxis are available outside the arrivals terminal. Average rates include €10 to Cathedral Square, €12 to Konstitucijos Avenue, and €18 to Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos. Taxis charge set rates and accept credit cards.

Facilities

There is a currency exchange counter in the arrivals concourse, and a post office on the departures ground floor level. There are coffee bars and cafes in arrivals and departures, and a newsagent. The airport offers a VIP Lounge, which can be utilised by all passengers at an hourly rate. There is also a medical aid station and small duty-free shop.

Parking

Short and long-term parking is available.

Internet

Free wifi is available in the terminal.