Lithuanian accommodation prices are generally lower than in Western Europe. Unsurprisingly, capital Vilnius has the biggest spread, from five-star historic boutique hotels to lively hostels. Equally abundant are options in Baltic resorts; prices rise from June to August and drop outside the summer (and some places close). Kaunas, Klaipėda and Druskininkai are well served by hotels and guesthouses. Options are less inspiring in industrial towns like Šiauliai.
Lithuania is dotted with campgrounds; some are in highly scenic areas such as along the Baltic coast or occupying desirable spots in national parks. Most campgrounds are equipped to handle both tent camping and caravans. Some also offer basic accommodation in bungalows or similar.
The Lithuanian Camp Site Association (www.camping.lt) maintains a helpful website that lists campgrounds and provides contact info and photos. The association also publishes the very helpful brochure Kempingai Lietuvoje (Campsites in Lithuania), usually available at tourist offices or as a download from the association website.
Rates vary but expect to pay around €5 per person to camp and another €5 or so for a tent site. You will likely have to pay extra for parking a car or access to electricity. Some campgrounds operate only in season (May to September), so be sure to contact the campground in advance to ensure that it will be open during your visit.
Svečių namai (guesthouses) can be found all around Lithuania, particularly in the larger cities. They can run the gamut from simple rooms in private houses to near-luxury-level boutiques, but usually represent better value than hotels, and are often much more atmospheric. While prices vary depending on the location and comfort level, expect to pay around €35/50 for a single/double, usually not including breakfast.
Homestays & Farmstays
Staying on a farm or rural homestead (sodyba) is a popular and highly recommended way of seeing the country. Homestays and farmstays are far more common in rural areas and small towns, and in the central and eastern parts of Lithuania, particularly in small cities like Utena or Anykščiai or around national parks, may be the only game in town.
The local tourist offices will generally keep a list of homestays on hand and can make recommendations based on your needs. Otherwise, check the helpful website of the Lithuanian Countryside Tourism Association (www.countryside.lt), which maintains a list of properties by region and has lots of good info on what to expect.
Rates vary greatly depending on the facilities and the season, but expect to pay around €40 per room in season (June to August), and half that out of season. Rates do not normally include breakfast.
Lithuania does not have a particularly well-developed infrastructure of youth hostels, and what does exist is usually of the old-school variety, often in a school dormitory or very basic sport hotel. Most hostels are located in large cities; and outside of these you’re better off choosing guesthouses or farmstays.
The Lithuanian Hostel Association (www.lha.lt) provides a directory of youth hostels, with links to individual properties.
Expect to pay around €9 to €11 per bed in dorm accommodation, depending on the property, location and time of year.
A stay in a viešbutis (hotel) is the most common type of accommodation offering. The term encompasses a variety of old and new places, ranging from very basic to ultra-plush.
At the top end are the international hotel chains that offer high-standard accommodation to a mostly business-oriented clientele, usually at prices aimed at expense accounts. Going down the line, there are plenty of smaller, privately owned hotels that cater to the midrange market. While rates at these places vary, expect to pay around €45 for a single and from €60 for a double room.