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. 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, so although it is a great destination to traverse on foot, try not to walk alone at night, or display conspicuous wealth while getting around in the city.
GMT +2 (GMT +3 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
European-style, two-pin plug sockets are standard, with an electrical current of 220 volts, 50Hz.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. 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.
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. Local calls can be dialled without the area codes. There are three major mobile GSM network service providers and connections are excellent. There are also 2G and 3G networks, with 4G/LTE networks starting out in the bigger cities. 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.
|New Years Day||1 Jan||1 Jan|
|Restoration of the State Day||16 Feb||16 Feb|
|Restoration of Independence Day||11 Mar||11 Mar|
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|Labour Day||1 May||1 May|
|St Johns Day||24 Jun||24 Jun|
|Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas||6 Jul||6 Jul|
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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.
A special train service runs from the airport to the Vilnius Railway Station roughly every 40 minutes. Bus and minibus services also connect to downtown Vilnius.
Car rental agents with offices on site in the arrivals lounge include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Neorent.
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.
There is a currency exchange counter in the arrivals concourse. There are snack bars, cafes and restaurants in arrivals and departures, and a newsagent. The airport offers a VIP Lounge, which can be utilised by all passengers willing to pay the entrance fee. There are also some small duty-free shops.
Short and long-term parking is available.
Free wifi is available in the terminal.