Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania
, and its largest city. Vilnius is located in the southeast part of Lithuania and is the second biggest city of the Baltic states
. The first known written record of Vilnius as the Lithuanian capital is known from Gediminas
' letters in 1323.
Vilnius is known for its Old Town
of beautiful architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
in 1994. In the year 2009, Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture
, together with the Austrian city of Linz
Vilnius has been rapidly transformed, and the town has emerged as a modern European city. Vilnius is a cosmopolitan
city with diverse architecture. There are 65 churches in Vilnius. Like most medieval
towns, Vilnius was developed around its Town Hall
The National Art Gallery holds a permanent exhibition on Lithuanian 20th-century art, as well as numerous exhibitions on modern art. The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
, named for the author of the first book printed in the Lithuanian language, holds 6,912,266 physical items. The Užupis
district near the Old Town
is home to a movement of bohemian artists, who operate numerous art galleries and workshops. In the main square, the statue of an angel blowing a trumpet stands as a symbol of artistic freedom. The district is also the home of Vilnius' mayor Artūras Zuokas
Vilnius has some of the highest internet speeds in the world, with an average download speed of 36.37 MB/s and upload speed of 28.51 MB/s.
The average annual temperature is 6.1 °C (43 °F); in January the average temperature is −4.9 °C (23 °F), in July it is 17.0 °C (63 °F).
GETTING TO VILNIUS
Being the largest city in the Baltics, Vilnius lies at the crossroads of East and West. Such a central location makes a capital city easily reachable by plane, train, bus or car.
Vilnius is easily accessible by air from all major European cities. It takes approximately three hours to fly from many European cities and "hubs" including Barcelona, Paris, Copenhagen, London, Frankfurt. The Vilnius International Airport is located just outside the centre of Vilnius. It is only 7 km/15 min driving distance from the centre of the city. Access to the city is quick and inexpensive. For up-to-date information on flights, schedules, new routes and airlines see www.vno.lt
Direct Flights Amsterdam-Vilnius
Starting from 31 August Lithuanian national carrier Air Lituanica resumes daily flights to Vilnius from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. For the winter season, starting from 30 October, Latvian airline airBaltic will also offer direct flights Amsterdam-Vilnius four times a week.
"We gave a promise to our passengers that Amsterdam would make its way to our flight map, and half a year later you can already buy tickets to the capital of the Netherlands," says Air Lituanica Commerce Director Simonas Bartkus.
Air Lituanica flights will be operated by aircraft Embraer 175 with 86 seats. Tickets to Amsterdam are already available, with fares starting from EUR 69.
AirBaltic will use Boeing 737 aircraft with a capacity of 85 to 215 passengers. The fares on the route will start at EUR 69.
Lithuania has a well-developed rail network. Vilnius is the focal point for rail connections in the region. Vilnius Railway Station is situated close to the Old Town, just accross the street from the bus station. Routes and schedules are available at www.litrail.lt
There is a choice of international bus lines connecting Vilnius with other European cities. Buses are the cheapest but least comfortable method of reaching Vilnius. There are direct buses to the capital city from many European countries. Routes and schedules are available at www.eurolines.lt and www.ecolines.lt.
GETTING TO THE CITY:
The most convenient and fast way to reach the center from Vilnius International Airport is to use a taxi or book a private transfer in advance through the hotel.
The taxis that are already at the airport are known to be 3-4 times more expensive than the ordinary ones. For your convenience please find below a list of Vilnius taxi companies that are reasonably priced and offer a better quality service:
• "Standart taksi" price is from 2,20Lt (0.64 €)/ km + 3,00Lt (0.87 €) boarding fee. Phone number +370 5 2400004 or 1422
• "Vilnius Veza" price is from 2,39Lt (0.69 €)/ km + 3,90Lt (1.13 €) boarding fee. Phone number +370 5 2333337 or 1450
No. 1 AIRPORT-RAILROAD AND BUS STATION
Runs every 40-50 minutes. First bus leaves from the airport at 05:49AM, the last one at 22:23PM;
No. 3G AIRPORT-CENTER-FABIJONIŠKĖS
Runs every 8-10 minutes. First bus leaves from the airport a 05:22 AM, the last one leaves at 23:11 PM;
No. 88 AIRPORT-KONSTITUCIJOS PR.
Runs every16-17 minutes. First bus leaves from the airport a 05:16 AM, the last one leaves at 01:39 PM.
Once you have boarded public transportation, you can purchase a one way ticket from the driver that costs 3.50 LTL (1 €). Bus times are available at bus stops or on the website www.stops.lt
Tickets for trolleybuses and buses can be bought at any newspaper kiosk*:
Ticket price for 30 min journey - 2,50Lt (0.73 €)
Ticket price for 60 min journey - 3,00Lt (0.87 €)
* When buying ticket at the kiosk, an electronic card is needed. It costs 4 LTL (1.16 €). Only then you can top it up with selected public transport tickets.
Distance from the airport to Vilnius Railway station is about 5 km, the journey takes up to 8 minutes. Trains run approximately every 60 minutes. The schedule can be found at www.litrail.lt. Tickets can be purchased on the train or at Vilnius Railway Station. Ticket price - 2,50Lt (0.73 €)