vilnius is also served by bus from all the neighbouring countries.
it's generally slightly cheaper and not so comfortable as the train, but a perfectly ok solution.
the bus station in vilnius is only a 2 minute walk from the main train station.
Frequent buses leave Vilnius bus station for all other cities in Lithuania, as well as other cities in Europe (particularly the major Baltic cities of Riga and Tallinn).
An extensive timetable can be found on the following website:
The buses range from small minibuses on short domestic routes to luxurious Eurolines coaches (with TV sets, toilets on board and coffee machines) on longer routes.
In October 2005, we caught a Eurolines coach for the 4 hour journey north to Siauliai (via Ukmerge, Panevezys and Radviliskis) at a cost of 32 Lt (approx 6 GBP / 9 Euros).
We purchased tickets in advance from the English-speaking information desk at the station but the bus was far from full and many passengers paid the conductor as she came around rather than pre-purchase a ticket.
The bus station is located in the south of the Old Town, across from the main railway station, and contains a number of cafes and shops and seating areas.
The Buses station is just beside the railway station, and it's quite big, with many shops, cafés and supermarkets inside.
There are much more buses than trains, so you can choose among much more destinations, both local/national (Toks) and international (Eurolines).
It's also the best way to visit the nearby Trakai, and for going to Kaunas, Klaipeda, SIauliai and any other town in Lithuania.
Buses for short trips are usually old and not in great conditions, while for longer distances they use modern coaches.
I'm still not quite sure we took the most efficient bus to Trakai, we purchased at the ticket window because the boards did not list a direct bus there but once we got out to the platform there was one that had 30 buses listed for Trakai and they looked direct.
In any case, we got on a bus going towards Alytus and it got us there all the same. The cost was 2.50 lt going to Trakai and took about 1/2 hour. On the way back, we got on the milk run, it cost 3.5 lt and took an hour.
Very useful and you can get around the place generally for around 1 litas, a few people get on and off without paying and get away with it, some get caught and have to pay a fine of 20 litas. If no one paid, they would not be able to run - so it's probably best to respect the transport and pay your way. One more thing...stand up when your elders need to sit down, really!!
The bus terminal is opposite the train station on the left side. For late-night travellers, note there is a 24-hour currency exchange located at the circle between the train and bus stations. The sign outside reads Valiutos Keitykla.
To get to the centre: read the tip "By train" at my Vilnius' page.
Vilnius has an extensive buses network, which are going not only in center, but also to outskirts as well. Buses stops at bus stops, where the schedule is written. Bustops also has a place to sit ussually. Currently, many types of busses are used - old Ukrainian Ikarus buses are slowly vanishing. There are few years old Czech Karosa buses and brand new Mercedes-Benz ones. Only the last are applicable for handicapped people, as others has high floors. Ikarus buses appears in all-yellow, Karosa ones are combined yellow and blue, while Mercedes Benz - gray. ll of the types could also bear some advertisements on them.
There are also special open-top tourist busses stopping near the city hall in Vokièiø street. You can either step-in there or charter full bus directly from "Vilniaus Autobusø Parkas" if you have a bigger company or want to celebrate somthing.
Costs: 80 cents if bought at kiosk, 1 Litas if bought at the bus, ticket for all month - 28-35 Litas. Ticket for 10 days - 20 Litas, ticket for 3 days - 10 Litas, ticket for 1 day - 4 Litas.
The first thing I noticed on my last visit was the really nice new bus station - it has a bank, shops, cafes, left-luggage office, etc. - a massive improvement on the old one - well done Vilnius.
I arrived by bus from Gdansk, Poland, en route to Latvia & Estonia. The bus station (Autobuso stotis) is on Sodu, next to the train station (Stotis) on Gelzinkelio.
There are daily international buses to Gdansk, Warsaw, Riga, Tallinn, Vienna, Prague and Moscow.
If you want to walk from the bus/train stations to the old town, just follow Sodu - it goes from the bus station and takes you close to the old town.
Vilnius bus station is across the road from the train station and is larger than it. Supermarket on the top level for last minute munchies.
Might I also add at this point that the ladies toilets in the bus station are to be avoided at all costs. I cant believe we had to pay to use a glorified hole in the ground! Never again...
Listen !! The best way to go from one side to another in Vilnius is by trolibus.. And news !!! There are tickets for 1,3 and 10 days already. You will laught, i know - but before we had only monthly tickets and one time tickets. So - better for you now !!!
You can see map of buses and trolibuses:
Bus tickets in Vilnius cost similar with trolleybuses, but, on my opinion, buses are more comfartable and have a flexible driving route.