GETTING TO AND AROUND LITHUANIA
Capital city Vilnius is the main gateway to Lithuania, whether you are arriving by plane, train or bus. The airport is situated 5 km from the centre and you can easily reach it by taxi, bus or train services. Main European airlines such as SAS, Lufthansa, LOT, AirBaltic, Ryanair, Wizzair operate to and from Vilnius on a daily basis. You may find the list of all airlines serving the airport here. The main bus and train stations are both in the centre and easily reachable by taxi or public transportation.
One-way train and bus tickets from the airport to the city center cost 1€, both tickets can be obtained at the ticket counter in the airport or on the bus/train itself. Taxi services will cost you around 5-10€ depending on the service provider, distance and timing of the day. Nighttime and rush hour are usually more expensive to travel around by taxi. Uber services are available in Vilnius as well. Should you like to rent a vehicle, there are 12 companies offering their car rental services at the airport. More information about the rental opportunities can be found here.
Lithuanian roads are generally very good and driving is easy. Four-lane highways link the main cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda and the drive from Vilnius all the way to the Baltic coast (330km) generally takes three to four hours. Klaipėda in the west is the country’s only ferry port, and it’s possible to travel to Lithuania by boat from Sweden (Karlshamn) and Germany (Kiel/Sassnitz). You can find all the information concerning ferry travel and book your tickets here. If you are driving, Lithuania is a member of the EU’s Schengen common border zone and there are no passport or border formalities if entering from Poland or Latvia. In case you are travelling from outside the EU, to enter Lithuania you will need to obtain a visa.
Local train services are operated by Lithuanian Rail (www.litrail.lt), with regional hubs in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. The Lithuanian Rail website is a model of user-friendliness and has routes, times and prices in English. Whether you take the bus or the train depends very much on the route. For common train journeys like Vilnius to Kaunas, the train is often more comfortable and better value than the bus. For other routes, the opposite might be true. Bus services are also rather enjoyable offering high comfort vehicles, free wifi onboard and convenient schedules. More information about the bus service and ticket booking can be found here.