I strongly recommend a ride on some of the slightly battered local buses or trams. You can buy your ticket from the driver. They are great fun. However, make sure you get a ticket, the little old ladies who sometimes inspect tickets are noted for taking no prisoners when it comes to fare dodgers.
I flew into Minsk airport with arrangements in advance made to collect my visa at the airport visa desk. It took 3 hours - around 2 1/2 while I waited in the queue and then around another 30 minutes while they searched for my documents
I left Belarus by bus and it tool 2 hours hanging around at the frontier waiting to cross
There is a bus service from Vilnius bus station to Vilnius airport. It's the bus stop right outside the bus station. There is a timetable there also. Vilinius train station is diagonally across the street in a 10 oclock direction as you come out the bus station
If you are looking for the bus station from the train station it is a new concrete building with the entrance slightly off the street and not immediately recognisable as a bus station
from the airport to the city centre is one hundred and five littas at night time
its cheaper in the day
a bus to warsaw costs one hundred and five littas and takes nine hours
best get the overnight bus
Well, with the cost of the dollar these days, those cars are not that expensive and even Lithuanians seem can afford it ;-) However, with the gas consumption and not so environment friendly I guess that is another thing.
There is a funicular that travels to the top of Gediminas Hill but unfortunately for us not on Mondays which is the day we visited.
The entrance was not well marked, we stumbled upon it by accident. It was located inside one of the courtyards on the north side (river side) of the hill.
Alternatively you can walk up the hill, really it wasn't all that bad as the trail was winding and not too steep. The trail going up was located on the south side of the hill.
Excuse, I didn't take a horse cab in Vilnius. To be honest they were not any except that one on my picture. Or maybe I didn't see more of them on business day.
I found the only one horse cab on the Cathedral Square. The two Russian speaking and laughing loudly women took it and the cab started immediately towards the Gediminas Hill.
I travelled to the three Baltic States on the one trip. I travelled to Vilnius by plane and then went from Vilnius to Riga by bus and again by bus from Riga to Tallinn. From Tallinn I returned home by plane.
I ordered my bus tickets in advance from Eurolines by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org & www.eurolines.li ) and picked up and paid for them when I arrived in Vilnius (Bus Station, Sodu 22). Eurolines operate nice buses throughout the Baltic’s (as everywhere) The fares are very reasonable also. The whole journey, Vilnius – Riga – Tallinn cost 90 litu ( £Ir 20).
Train travel in the Baltic’s is not so good. The service is infrequent and journeys take much longer
The journey to Riga lasted 5 hours, but there were 2 stops so it was ok and you got to see a lot of countryside.
When I arrived in Vilnius I got the No.2 Bus. I got off at Zaliasis Bridge, put you could get of at Gedimino prosp. When you get on the bus go to the front and in the partition behind the driver is a little box like an ashtray. Put your money in and indicate how many people and you get your ticket and change back.
Vilnius is not a very large City and unless you are staying a good journey out, you should find rhat walking is fine.
When I was leaving it was very early in the morning and my hotel was too far to walk from, at that hour, so I took a taxi. The Hotel ordered it and the cost was 12 Lt (£ Ir 2.75)
By train: From Warsaw: great news is that a train started running straight to Vilnius (without changing in Sestokai) on every odd day of the month. It leaves Warsaw (central station) on 22.00 and gets to Vilnius on 8.05. Just great for sleep!
(If you're taking some other train, do not forget to ask whether it goes via Belarus. In this case you'll need a visa. Since you probably don't have one, board the train via Suwalki and Sestokai.)
By bus: From the Northeast: Comfortable Eurolines coaches run daily (or better, nightly) from Tallinn and Riga (costing 90 and 45 litu - 20/10 USD - respectively).
Vilnius is woven by trolleybus lines. Do use this means of transport because it's really cheap and not so bad at all. Nearly all trolleybuses start at 'Stotis', which means station (central), and then head back there from wherever they are. So you practically can't get lost!
Vilnius has the busiest airport in Lithuania - most flights to the country arrive there. There are also large train and bus stations, so getting there is no problem. As another VT page noted, though, be aware that most trains from Poland to Lithuania pass through a tiny corner of Belarus - and the friendly Belarusian border guards, at the behest of Lukashenko (everybody's favorite neo-Communist dictator), will ask you for a Belarusian visa and toss you out if you don't have one - or allow you to buy one for a hefty fee and after a long wait. All for the privilege of seeing the Belarusian countryside from your train window for 15 minutes.
As in Kaunas, minivans are the best - but here they cost 2Lt rather than the 1Lt in Kaunas. Buses, trolleybuses, and taxis go everywhere too. Unlike in Tallinn or Riga, you will have to use public transport if you want to see everything.
How to get there: Car, bus. I would suggest using minivans (expresses) from the bus station, going from Vilnius to Kaunas or from Kaunas to Vilnius, they are comfortable, fast and cheap ( about 2.5 $), sometimes even showing video ;)
Don’t go on busses with many signs (names of the cities) if it’s not “Vilnius-Kaunas” or “Kaunas – Vilnius” but Kaunas- blah – blah –blah – Vilnius , you might end up after 5 hours in some place called “blah” J look for direct ones, best of all expresses (ekspresas).
in Vilnius you can buy now (where they sell press) a pass for going with busses or trolleybuses all day, or few days. Or to buy single tickets for each
I notice a hot air balloon above the city, I wonder if that is available for tourist or only a commercial enterprise.
You can take boat on the river and party on board. Well, that is at list what those people did, I was not invited ;-)
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