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Vilnius

Getting around

Public transport

The city is efficiently served by buses and trolleybuses from 5.30am or 6am to midnight; Sunday services are less frequent. Tickets cost 1.40Lt at news kiosks and 1.10Lt direct from the driver; punch tickets on board in a ticket machine or risk a 20Lt on-the-spot fine.

Nippier minibuses shadow most routes. Minibuses pick up/drop off passengers anywhere en route (not just at official bus stops) and can be flagged down on the street. Tickets costs 2Lt from the driver.

Bus 4 links the train station with Pylimo gatvė. Trolleybus 7 from the train station, or trolleybus 3 from the Gedimino stop on Vrublevskio gatvė near the cathedral, takes you along Jasinskio gatvė, a block south of Gedimino prospektas.

For route details see www.vilniustransport.lt (Lithuanian only).

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Car & motorcycle

Vilnius is easy to navigate by car, its traffic burden being light compared to other capitals. Street parking is plentiful and costs 2Lt an hour payable by meter between 8am and 8pm. Cars are not allowed in part of the pedestrian Old Town.

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Local transport

Taxi

Taxis officially charge 1Lt to 1.50Lt per kilometre and must have a meter. To avoid getting ripped off or robbed, ask your hotel or the bar/restaurant you are leaving to call you a taxi by telephone (215 0505, 261 6161, 277 7777). Hopping into a taxi on the street, especially if you are drunk and don't speak Lithuanian, is asking for trouble.

Taxi ranks are numerous and include: outside the train station; in front of the old town hall on Didžioji gatvė; in front of the Contemporary Art Centre on Vokiečių gatvė; and outside the Radisson SAS Astorija hotel.

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Bicycle

The Old Town tourist office rents bicycles for 1Lt a day plus a copy of your passport. Otherwise, pick up a pedal-powered taxi (20Lt per 30 minutes) from Katedros aikštė or Pilies gatvė.

A key stop for serious cyclists is bike shop Bikeworld (8-686 52924; www.bikeworld.lt; Vilniaus gatvė 37).

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