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Vilnius

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

Vilnius bus station (Autobusų stotis; 216 2977; Sodų gatvė 22) is opposite the train station. Inside its ticket hall, domestic tickets are sold at six ticket windows from 5.30am to 7.30pm, and information is doled out at the information office(informacija; 1661; www.autobusai.lt; 6am-9pm). Timetables are displayed on a board here and online. Passenger facilities include left luggage, a pharmacy, ATM, Iki supermarket, bistro and sandwich bar.

Tickets for international destinations, including Rīga and Tallinn, are sold at Eurolines Baltic International (233 6666; www.eurolines.lt; Sodų gatvė 22; 8am-8pm Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm & 2-7pm Sun), with an office in the main hall and in town(269 0000; Jogailos gatvė 4; 9am-6pm Mon-Fri, to 2pm Sat). Buses to destinations within the Baltics include the following:

Druskininkai 19Lt, two hours, 10 direct daily.

Kaunas14.50Lt, two hours, about 20 daily.

Klaipėda 44Lt, five to seven hours, eight daily.

Lazdijai 18-19Lt, three hours, three to six daily.

Molėtai 10Lt, 1½ hours, two daily.

Palanga 47Lt, six hours, about nine daily.

Panevėžys 20Lt, 2¼ hours, about 12 daily.

Rīga 40Lt, five hours, four daily.

Šiauliai29Lt, 4½ hours, seven daily.

Tallinn90Lt, 12 hours, three daily.

Trakai3Lt, 45 minutes, about 30 daily.

Visaginas12Lt, three hours, nine daily.

Car & motorcycle

Numerous 24-hour petrol stations selling Western-grade unleaded fuel are dotted around Vilnius.

If you hire a car and intend to cross the border in a Lithuanian-registered car, check the car is insured for inter-Baltic travel. Rental companies:

Avis Airport (232 9316); Town (230 6820; www.avis.lt; Laisvės prospektas 3)

Budget Airport (230 6708; www.budget.lt)

Europcar Airport (216 3442); Town (212 0207; www.europcar.lt; Stuokos Gucevičiaus 9-1)

Hertz Airport (232 9301); Town (272 6940; www.hertz.lt; Kalvarijų gatvė14)

Rent a Car Litinterp Town (212 3850; www.litinterp.lt; Bernardinų gatvė 7-2)

Rimas Rent a Car Town (277 6213, 8-698 21662; rimas.cars@is.lt) Charismatic Rimas rents cheap self-drive cars or you can hire a car with an English-speaking driver.

SixtAirport (239 5636; www.sixt.lt)

Train

The train station (Geležinkelio stotis; 233 0087/6; Geležinkelio gatvė 16) is opposite the bus station. The domestic ticket hall is to the left as you face the central station building, and the international ticket hall to the right. Train information and timetables (in English) are available at the information office between the two halls and online at www.litrail.lt.

There is no rail link between Vilnius and Tallinn. Direct daily services within the region to/from Vilnius:

Ignalina 10Lt, two hours, seven daily.

Kaunas 11Lt, 1¼ to two hours, 13 to 16 daily.

Klaipėda 40Lt, five to nine hours, three daily.

Rīga 46Lt, eight hours, two daily.

Šiauliai 26Lt, 2¾ to 3½ hours, five to eight daily.

Trakai 2.50Lt, 40 minutes, seven daily.

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Air

Domestic and inter-Baltic flights are limited. There are five flights weekly to/from Palanga (160Lt one way, 45 minutes) with Lithuanian Airlines, May to September only. There is at least one flight daily Monday to Friday to/from Rīga (from 265Lt one way) with Air Baltic, and to/from Tallinn (from 315Lt) with Air Baltic and Estonian Air. Up-to-date fares are online.

Major airline offices at Vilnius airport:

Estonian Air (273 9022; www.estonian-air.ee)

Lithuanian Airlines(252 5555; www.lal.lt)

Lufthansa (230 6300; www.lufthansa.com)

SAS/Air Baltic(235 6000; www.sas.lt, www.airbaltic.com)

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