Arriving in and getting around Vilnius are fairly simple affairs once you understand the basics. Accordingly, travelling further afield is relatively painless if you’re prepared to do your research beforehand and use some sign language when using buses and trains. Car rental prices approximately match Western standards.
Offices representing all of the major international car rental companies can be found in Vilnius alongside a few local businesses of varying standards. All types of vehicle are represented, with many companies also offering chauffeur services. Most major driving international licences are accepted.
The three main points of arrival in Vilnius offer very different experiences indeed, making your first few minutes in the city anything from a pleasure to a pain. Improvements are taking place all the time. Print copies of Vilnius In Your Pocket can be bought from kiosks inside the airport, bus and train stations for just €1. Alternatively, download one online before you leave by clicking here.
Served by a network of city-owned buses and trolleybuses, the capital's public transport services begin at around 05:00 and continue through the day before stopping not much later than 23:00. Vilnius does not yet have a nightbus service except on New Year's Eve and on a couple of other special occassions. Getting about the city is cheap, and relatively easy once you have the hang of the basics. (Being able to buy tickets directly from bus and trolleybus drivers helps). Note that public transport can be very crowded during peak hours, and that pickpockets are not uncommon on the busiest routes (especially those to and from the bus station).
Despite recent creeping taxi (taksi) prices, travelling by taxi in Vilnius remains relatively cheap, especially if you order one in advance by telephone. In an attempt to stem the flow of moonlighters, all taxis in Lithuania are now instantly recognisable by their compulsory yellow number plates, although this should in no way lure anyone into believing this has changed the free-market spirit of the average taksistas (taxi driver). Taxi drivers in Vilnius are no different to taxi drivers anywhere else, and will in general take any opportunity to relieve clients of more money than they need to. The standard rule is to make sure the meter is running and set to the correct tariff before setting off. Arguments with taxi drivers are futile, and there are several stories floating around of drunken foreigners being assaulted when arguing about the fare. Finally, be extremely cautious of hotels who offer deals with individual taxi companies as they're usually set at extortionate rates. Prices listed below are for standard daytime journeys within the city limits.