ARRIVAL AND TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS IN VILNIUS
Vilnius' rather depressing bus station (autobusų stotis) is located less than 1km south of Old Town
in a less than salubrious, albeit perfectly safe area. Getting to town Get to Old Town in a few
minutes by turning left on exiting the station and walking down the hill (Sodų). Countless buses, minibuses and trolleybuses can be found in the immediate area, all going off in different directions around the city and none of them offering a lot of help for people who don't speak Lithuanian. Among the useful services going through the city centre are trolleybus Nº2 and bus Nº1G. Buy a ticket from the driver for 3.50Lt and off you go. Taxis are parked up in a number of places. Be sure to negotiate a fare before you leave. Expect to pay 20Lt or even more for a short trip to Old Town. Calling one in advance is the best option.
Vilnius International Airport (Tarptautinis Vilniaus Oro Uostas) is just 5km south of the city centre. Even if you're landing from a non-Schengen country, arrival formalities are quick and relatively straightforward. Getting to town A taxi to Old Town using one of the vehicles parked outside the arrivals terminal will cost about 50Lt or possibly considerably more depending on the cheek of the driver. Calling one in advance will cost a lot less. If you don't know how to do it yourself ask the people in the tourist information kiosk to order one for you. If you're travelling to the centre and don't mind roughing it with the locals, save a small fortune and take public transport. The bus stop is to the left of the taxi stand. Bus Nº1 goes to the train station and rapid bus Nº3G to Lukiškių Aikštė and north over the river past the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva. A timetable is posted at the stop. Buy a ticket from the driver for 3.50Lt and off you go. Alternatively, hop on a train and in less than 10 minutes be at the train station in the centre of the city. Buy a ticket on board for just 2.50Lt. The airport train station can be found along the road outside the main exit and on the left. Trains leave every hour or so from around 06:00 until 21:30, with a journey time of just seven minutes. *For additional information about Vilnius airport please visit www.vilnius-airport.lt
The train station (geležinkelio stotis) is fairly large by local standards and unfortunately not very
well signposted in English. Getting to town Get to Old Town in a few minutes by going straight ahead on exiting the station and walking down the hill (Sodų). The train station is just across the street from the bus station. See By bus for more information about getting to the centre by public transport.
Vilnius City Public Transport
Vilnius trolley buses and buses start running at 5 in the morning and stop at midnight. Bus times are available at bus stops or on the website www.stops.lt
Once you have boarded public transportation, you can purchase a one way ticket from the driver that costs 3.50 LTL (1 euro). You need to mark the paper ticket at one of the several small red metal ticket validators found on the stands in the bus or by placing it in the yellow electronic ticket validator. If you plan to spend a longer time in Vilnius, get yourself a “Vilniečio Kortelė” – an
electronic ticket that costs 4 LTL (1.15 Euros) and can be electronically refilled. It is available at newspaper stands throughout the city and the arrivals area of Vilnius Airport. With a valid ticket in the card, properly activated on board of public vehicle, if necessary, it is possible to change the public transport for free and for unlimited number of journeys. If you came to Vilnius for a short visit, you can buy a one-, three- or ten-days ticket. You can buy and top – up Vilniečio kortelė in all
venues marked by sign Vilniečio kortelė. Technically a brilliant idea, the Vilniečio Kortelė is a bit confusing in reality due to the variety of credits its possible to add to it. The two most useful top-up
options, available at kiosks around the city, are to top up with either journeys lasting for up to 30 minutes at 2.20Lt a trip or up to 60 minutes for 3.20Lt. These can then be used easily by holding the card against the yellow machine on all buses and trolleybuses which automatically take the fare off the card. Alternatively, put any amount you choose on the card and select which length journey you want when using the machine on board the vehicle. GgYou can take buses nr. 4, 5, 18, 38, trolleybuses 2, 10, 14, 19, 21 till the conference venue. The stop is named "Vilniaus universitetas".
*Find information about schedules online at http://stops.lt/vilnius/#vilnius/en
Vilnius Taxi Services
Numerous taxi service companies are operating in Vilnius. Taxi hired in street may be expensive and not always of the best quality, therefore it is recommended you to ask your hotel receptionist to call you a taxi and specify the price in advance. If you need a receipt it is recommended to inform taxi driver in advance.
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS
The official currency in Lithuania is Litas (LT). It is bound to Euro at the official exchange rate of 3.4528 Litas for Euro 1. You may exchange currency at banks, airport and in hotels. Most of the sellers and service providers also accept credit and debit payment cards, you may ATMs all over the town.
Lithuania is in the Eastern European Time zone at GMT+2. The country utilizes Daylight Saving Time: on the last Sunday of March, when the countries of the Central European time zone spring forward one hour, and on the last Sunday of October, when Central European countries spring back one hour, Lithuania changes time too.
Lithuania has a central European climate. The average temperature in October is +7ºC. Occasionaly the beginning of October can be very warm – temperature rises till +20ºC, but in the end of the
month temperature drops below +5ºC. In autumn time it is recommended to take an umbrella with you. For more information about the weather: http://meteo.lt/english/
PHONE CALLS and EMERGENCY NUMBERS
For making international calls, you have to dial 00 (the '+' sign on mobile phones), a country code, a city code, and a phone number. In order to call a Lithuanian number from abroad you should dial +370-<city code>-<phone number>.
The emergency phone number used in Lithuania is 112. If you need to contact the firefighters, the police or the medics in the case of emergency, call 112. The calls on this number are free of charge.
WHERE TO STAY IN VILNIUS?
Vilnius has plenty of accommodation options, offering services that will satisfy your needs. You may compare room prices and check for the best offers using hotel booking services online: HotelsCombined.com, Booking.com, HRS.com, Hotels.com.
Vilnius University Faculty of Comunication
Sauletekio av. 9, LT-10222 Vilnius, Lithuania
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A – The Cathedral of Vilnius (centre of the city)
B – Vilnius University Faculty of Comunication
Downtown Market Guesthouse
In the early 20th century building in the Old Town you find a unique and cozy interior, which is based around the idea of the old market (that the guesthouse is located next to). Each room presents a different part of a market and is made in a stylish way for guests to experience the feeling of the Old Town.
Prices: Single room – from 30 EUR, Double room – from 50 EUR.
Distance from venue: 8,28 km.
Distance from Old Town: 0.1 km/ about 2 minutes walk.
Address: Pylimo str. 57, Vilnius, phone: +370 679 85 476, e-mail: email@example.com,
Ecotel Vilnius **
Ecotel Vilnius is one of the biggest economy class hotels in Vilnius. It is located in the city center
of Vilnius in the most rapidly developing business area on the right bank of the Neris river.
Prices: Single room – from 40 EUR, Double room – from 41 EUR.
Distance from venue: 5,54 km.
Distance from Old Town: 1,6 km/ about 20 minutes walk.
Address: Slucko str. 8, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 210 2700, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ecotel.lt.
Hotel Ambassador **
Hotel is in the main street, where shops, offices and best bars, restaurants, nightclubs are located. Next to the hotel you'll find Government Palace, Opera - Ballet and Drama Theaters.
Prices: Single room – from 70 EUR, Double room – from 81 EUR.
Distance from venue: 6,17 km.
Distance from Old Town: 0,6 km/ about 8 minutes walk.
Address: Gedimino ave. 12, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 261 5450, e-mail: email@example.com,
Corner Hotel **
Only minutes away from the historic Old Town, this modern and trustworthy hotel ensures a pleasant stay in Vilnius.
Prices: Single room – from 50 EUR, Double room – from 57 EUR.
Distance from venue: 8,55 km.
Distance from Old Town: 1,2 km/ about 15 minutes walk.
Address: T. Ševčenkos str. 16, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 210 2361, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Hotel Tilto ***
The combination of its peaceful, yet central location results in a perfect place for a pleasant stay while in town on business or for exploring Europe‟s largest old town. The city‟s most renowned icons are literally steps away from the doors.
Prices: Single room – from 52 EUR, Double room – from 60 EUR.
Distance from venue: 6 km.
Distance from Old Town: o km.
Address: Tilto str. 8, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 210 0021, e-mail: email@example.com,
Hotel Rinno ***
This elegant hotel is situated on the quiet Vingriu Street close to the Synagogue in Vilnius' Old Town. Excellent location, home-like atmosphere, friendly staff make your stay pleasant.
Prices: Single room – from 75 EUR, Double room – from 93 EUR.
Distance from venue: 8,76 km.
Distance from Old Town: 0.75 km/ about 9 minutes walk.
Address: Vingrių str. 25, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 262 2828, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rinno.lt.
Grybas House ***
Situated in a charming, quiet courtyard in the Old Town of Vilnius, the hotel can be found right next to a lively shopping street.
Prices: Single room – from 67 EUR, Double room – from 87 EUR.
Distance from venue: 7,88 km.
Distance from Old Town: 0 km.
Address: Aušros Vartų str. 3, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 264 7474, e-mail: email@example.com,
City Gate Hotel ***
Hotel City Gate is situated in the Old Town of Vilnius, next to the old gates of the city (16th c.), world wide known as the Gates of Dawn which is one of the most outstanding historical, cultural and religious objects in Vilnius. As soon as you go through them – all the gems of the old Vilnius
and also restaurants, shops, nightclubs are at hand.
Prices: Single room – from 73 EUR, Double room – from 96 EUR.
Distance from venue: 9 km.
Distance from Old Town: 0.1 km/ about 2 minutes walk.
Address: Bazilijonų str. 3, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 210 7306, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Hotel Grata ***
This family-run hotel is the one that surrounds each guest with an atmosphere of security, coziness and attentive concern. Located in central Vilnius it is close to the historic Old Town.
Prices: Single room – from 40 EUR, Double room – from 52 EUR.
Distance from venue: 8,42 km.
Distance from Old Town: 2 km/ about 26 minutes walk.
Address: Vytenio str. 9, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 268 3300, e-mail: email@example.com,
Europa Royale Vilnius Hotel ****
Hotel is located in the very heart of Vilnius Old Town. The peaceful and historic composition lies in the splendor of a 18th Century Mansion next to the incumbent monasteries and ancient city fortifications. The eminent old City Gates (Gates of Dawn) are one of the only structures left from the historic city walls.
Prices: Single room – from 97 EUR, Double room – from 109 EUR.
Distance from venue: 8 km.
Distance from Old Town: 0 km.
Address: Aušros Vartų str. 6, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 266 0770, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
The luxurious Grotthuss Boutique Hotel is situated in the heart of Vilnius Old Town within a three-minute walk to Town Hall, museums, and a vibrant fashion district. This boutique hotel of splendid luxury offers bright spacious rooms with an individual elegant décor.
Prices: Single room – from 114 EUR, Double room – from 137 EUR.
Distance from venue: 7,34 km.
Distance from Old Town: o km.
Address: Ligoninės str. 7, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 266 0322, e-mail: email@example.com,
Radisson Blue Hotel Lietuva ****
Rising high above the city on the banks of the River Neris, the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, Vilnius offers rooms and suites designed in an elegant Scandinavian style. Only a 10-minute walk from one of the most acclaimed historic preservation districts in Eastern Europe, the hotel affords easy access to Old Town as well as to the capital city's business centre.
Prices: Single/ Double room – from 149 EUR.
Distance from venue: 6,3 km.
Distance from Old Town: 2 km/ about 24 minutes walk.
Address: Konstitucijos ave. 20, Vilnius, phone: +370 5 272 6200, e-mail:
WHAT TO SEE AND DISCOVER HERE?
Vilnius is an academic city with rich history, offering plenty of interesting landmarks and places to visit, fun things to do. As a starter guide, here are some of the most important locations every guest of Vilnius is kindly invited to explore.
Gediminas’ Tower of the Upper Castle
The Vilnius Castle Museum was opened in 1960, and in 1968 it became a subdivision of the Lithuanian National Museum. The exposition of the Vilnius Castle Museum displays reconstruction models of Vilnius castles of the second part of the 14th and the beginning of the 17th centuries, armament, iconographic material of old Vilnius. An observation deck on the top of the tower is the best place from which to appreciate a magnificent panorama of Vilnius. Where is it? (place on the
The Cathedral of St. Stanislav and St. Vladislav is the most important place of worship for the country„s Catholics and the venue for the main Christian, folk and national festivities. In 1922, the Cathedral was granted the title basilica (meaning ?royal“). This is the highest church category awarded by the Pope only to very special churches. More information: http://www.katedra.lt/?id=44.
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Gates of Dawn
The Gates of Dawn is one of the most visited shrines in Vilnius that is famous not only in Lithuania but also abroad, worshipped by the representatives of other creeds too. This is the only surviving gate of the first original five gates in the city wall that was built between 1503 and 1522. Where is it? Where is it? (place on the map)
Church of St. Anne
The church of St. Anne is a masterpiece of the late Gothic period. There is no nonsensus about its originator or its construction period. Popular legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte, who was fascinated by the beauty of the church, wanted to take it back to Paris in the palm of his hand. Unfortunately, the reality is not that romantic: during the march of the Napoleonic army through Lithuania, the church was consigned to the French cavalry forces. However, Napoleon did mention in a letter to his wife that ?Vilnius is a very beautiful city“. Where is it? (place on the map)
Vilnius University is one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. It was founded at a time when the reformation movement was active in Lithuania and Jesuit monks were invited to help fight the mood of reformation. Jesuit monks were quick to take over education. In 1569, they established a college and in 1579 the University of Vilnius was born.
National Museum of Lithuania
The National Museum of Lithuania is the largest depository of Lithuanian historical cultural heritage in the country. It is the oldest museum in Lithuania, dating back to 1855, when the Museum of Antiquities was established in Vilnius. Authentic exhibits help to recall the history of Lithuania and its national culture and customs. More information http://www.lnm.lt/en/index.php.
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Vilnius Town Hall
In the 20th century, an art museum was housed in the Town Hall. Today Vilnius Town Hall is a representative building. Many different events are organised at the Town Hall during a year: concerts, literary evenings, presentations of books, exhibitions and festivals. The pediment of the Town Hall is adorned with the coat-of-arms of the city of Vilnius – St Christopher carrying baby
Jesus on his shoulders. More information http://www.vilniausrotuse.lt. Where is it? (place on the
The Presidential Palace, called “Prezidentūra” (President‟s Office) in everyday life, was built in the square of Simonas Daukantas (a graduate of Vilnius University and the author of the first history of Lithuania published in the Lithuanian language in the 19th century). More information http://www.president.lt/en/pirmas_174.html. Where is it? (place on the map)
Užupis is sometimes compared to Monmartre in Paris or Christiania in Copenhagen. Užupis is a “republic” of artists. It has its own anthem, constitution, president, bishop, two churches, one of the oldest graveyards in Vilnius (Bernardine Cemetery), seven bridges, and a guardian (the bronze angel of Užupis). The constitution of the Republic of Užupis is displayed on a fence at the beginning of Paupio Street. This is one of the oldest districts in Vilnius and is mentioned in historic documents as early as the 16th century.
For more information about Vilnius visit:
; The official Vilnius tourism site: http://www.vilnius-tourism.lt.
; You may join a regular walking or bus tour in Vilnius – for more information:
; Or check for any of 10 thematic routes intended for individual exploring: http://www.vilnius-
; While in Vilnius you may buy Vilnius City Card to use public transport of the city, visit
museums free of charge, take part in walking tours. For more information: http://www.vilnius-
WEBSITES AND SOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
Useful links for planning your trip:
; Lithuania – Official Gateway to Lithuania: www.lithuania.lt
; Lithuania – CIA World Factbook: www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-
; Lithuania on Britannica Online Encyclopedia:
; Lithuania – Places of Interest: www.lietuvosmarsrutai.eu
; Lithuania – interactive maps: www.maps.lt/en/
; Vilnius – Official Website: www.vilnius.lt/index.php?992979069
; Vilnius Tourism Information Centre: www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en/
; Vilnius City Guide – In Your Pocket: www.inyourpocket.com/lithuania/vilnius
; Vilnius University: http://www.vu.lt/en
; Faculty of Communications: http://www.kf.vu.lt/en