Vilnius is the capital and cultural heart of Lithuania.
- Local bus/trolley schedules either via Google Maps or Trafi.lt
- Bus directly to Kaunas airport is by Ollex, might be easier in some occasions than normal train/bus+local bus.
- Bus schedules and tickets to other cities
- Train schedules and tickets to other cities
It's possible to get to buses/trolleys without ticket, but ticket inspections are frequent and effective. Look for wine red vans next to bus stops and bunch of people with uniforms/reflectors. If you do it frequent, it's good to have one paper ticket with you, so you can just play "dummy tourist" trick and tell you bought a ticket but just didn't realize stamping it. Or just get the fine and don't pay it (never tried how hard they will try to make you pay it at spot, they don't look nice for sure).
Find routes at marsrutai.lt or alternatively, this is also a great journey planner and includes timetables for all the public transport in Vilnius, with the added advantage of being translated into 16 languages.
You can find public transport prices here, but a quick summary, correct as at 2015-09-08:
- Adults: single-ticket only on-board EUR 1.00. If you plan to stay longer it is good idea to buy E-ticket card (EUR 1.50) and top-it-up with money or tickets. E-ticket prices: 30min - EUR 0.64, 60min - EUR 0.93. In ticket validity time you can change as much vehicles as needed.
- Students: get a 50% discount. You must have a valid student or school ID. ISIC must be used with your personal ID or passport.
There are also private buses, in which you can't use tickets, bought from press shops. But prices are the same. In Vilnius, we also have Minibuses. Price 3.50. No discounts. Routes.
As of 2013-07-01 there are no private companies on public transportation system. Also there are no single tickets to buy from selling places. Single ticket can be bought only on-board.
As of the end of 2013 private carriers is being integrated into public transport system and you can use E-ticket as well.
Blackriding: Every bus has a machine to punch holes into the ticket which are shaped in a certain pattern (saying - there's no time limit on the tickets). People often leave there used tickets on the seat or drop it on the floor, so just take one and be happy. Alternatively always have a fresh ticket with you and punch it as soon as you see the controllers from the distance (they have a separate minibus and are usually 5 or more in shiny uniforms - easy to spot) - that said, it rarely happens that there are single controllers or conductors teams consisting of two people. You could technically spot them as well though. (Marshrutkas aren't so common in Vilnius and usually more expensive than the buses/trolleys.)
There are several big parks where you could try to wild camp:
- Along the river Nemunas in Žirmūnai district (northern banks). You can find easily spots by the river, but you might have company from fisher mans or drinking locals. You can make fire pretty easily here. There's also a beach there if you look up from the map.
- Along the river Nemunas in Antakalnis district (southern banks). There's also a beach there if you look up from the map.
- Vingio Parkas — popular for recreational sports, has a big stadium in the middle of it. You can't find very hidden spots, but good if you don't mind people jogging around.
- Kalnu Parkas — northern side of the small river "Vilnia" you have hills and forests. Popular for drinking teenagers and you might be able to make fire here. Also has a stadium in the middle.
- In Pilaitė district, next to small lake "Gėlužė" there's a beach and lots of forest areas, esp. towards pond "Baltieša" (there's a tiny beach also next to the pond). There are some houses around but it's quite peaceful here anyway. Location on Google maps. Check bus connection to there from Trafi.lt.
- You can also hitch/take a train or bus to Trakai, 20km south-west from Vilnius. It has a lot of green areas and lakes good for camping.
Cheapest hostel nights costs from 7 euro and many of these places are around the railway station.
Lunch in a restaurant costs usually 2-4 euros. Cheapest food can be found from markets. "Valgykla" is old soviet style cantine, usually very cheap.
- Hale turgus - big market hall, Pylimo g. 58. Mon-Tue 7-18, Sun 7-15
- Kalvarijų turgus - open air market, Kalvarijų g. 61. Open every day except Mondays until 13-15. At weekends also second hand market (mostly old tools and soviet era stuff). Saturday and Sunday are the biggest market days.
- Lėtas turgus is a small farmers market every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm. It's at the "Flower market" (Konarskio Gėlių turgus), address Jono Basanavičiaus g. 44.
Places for picnic
There are a few nice picnic spots near the center suitable for big and smaller crowds:
- CUP lawn map
- 3-crosses hill/forest/lawns map
- Riverside map
- 30km from Vilnius is Trakai, little bit touristic but has enough of great and quiet picnic/swimming spots: map
- free Wifi: In most places such as public transportation stops (sometimes a little limited, but rarely), at every Coffee Inn and McDonalds next to the railway station (stotis) has wifi even at their terrace. Moreover, it is in many places a lot of interactive art (QR codes are wearing), which also have free Wifi to listen to the guide, business with pleasure. ;)
- Holiday Inn hotel at Šeimyniškių 1 has computers/internet/printer for free at 2nd floor (pass the receptionist). You might as well just ask where's the computer, they will probably think you're a customer.
- There are public city wifi around the old town.
- Pilies gatve in old town is a common street for buskers. Vokiečių gatvė might also work.
Buying juggling stuff
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- You should definitely check Šnipiškės, a district full of wooden houses, where you can feel like in a village although you are just 5-10 minutes from the old town. Whole district is in thread of demolishing and part of it is already gone. From some streets you can see these new shiny tall bank buildings standing where before was wooden houses. Right next to them starts area of remaining wooden houses and the contrast is huge. Some of these houses don't have running water and toilets are outside. Some streets such as S. Fino g. are now protected. District was thought to be somewhat shady and dangerous before, but nowadays it's rather calm and you can see mostly grannies and kids running around. Rest of the people emigrated to abroad for work. Watch video. Wikipedia