When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Vilnius?
The best times to buy Vilnius flights are late spring or early autumn; both May and September offer pleasant weather while avoiding the peak season’s high crowds and prices. Peak season is summer and has the best temperatures, while the winter has temperatures as low as -3 degrees Celsius. To take advantage of mild weather, find deals on return flights during the shoulder season with Netflights.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Vilnius?
The best time to book cheap flights to Vilnius is two to three months in advance. Keeping an eye out for last-minute flights and being flexible on your dates can also help you save. Keep in mind that most festivals take place in summer; Christmas is also a very popular time to visit, so book flights to Vilnius during these times if you wish to take part in the seasonal festivities.
Flying to Vilnius Airport (VNO)
Vilnius Airport (VNO) is the fourth-largest commercial airport in Lithuania and one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. It is located around six kilometres south of Vilnius.
There are various major airports across the UK that offer flights to Vilnius. These include London’s Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport and City Airport, as well as Manchester Airport, Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport. Although none of them offer direct flights, you will find indirect return flights that require only a single connection along the way. Stopovers include European cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Vienna. As for which company to travel with, Air France, Australian Airlines, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, SN Brussels Airlines and Turkish Airlines are just some of the airlines offering Vilnius flights.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Vilnius Airport is a modern, single-terminal airport with three levels. Level 1, or the ground level, is for arrivals, while levels 2 and 3 are for departures. The first level includes three baggage claim halls (A, B and C), lost baggage, information desk, cafes, car hires and stores. Level 2 has most of the shops, as well as check-in counters, a pharmacy, luggage wrapping, restaurants and cafes, snack bars and a cinema. Level 3 has ticketing offices, cafes and bars, plus a business lounge. Other amenities at VNO include ATMs, currency exchanges, luggage storage, changing facilities, fast track services and free Wi-Fi.
Getting to the City from Vilnius Airport (VNO)
VNO offers travellers several ways to get to Vilnius, including bus, train, taxi or car hire. When it comes to bus services, you can choose from the public city buses or the microbus, the route of which ends at the bus station. The train is also a quick and cheap option, departing 16 times per day and reaching Vilnius Railway Station in just seven minutes. If you prefer to travel more independently, pick up a taxi at the taxi rank in front of the arrivals level. Car hire agencies like Avis, Budget and Europcar can also be found in the arrivals area of the airport.
Why visit Vilnius?
Once named the European Capital of Culture, Vilnius is a city with a modern, yet village-like feel and its Old Town is the best place to experience this. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town blends gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical architecture effortlessly in its cathedrals and town squares. Pilies Street is where it all comes to life, thanks to its cafes, restaurants and local street markets.
If you walk along the streets of the quirky and colourful Uzupis neighbourhood, you’ll find a range of street art and art galleries to explore, incredible food and the tranquil Bernardine Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Lithuania. Near Uzupis is Literatu Street, its walls decorated with artistic dedications to literary legends (authors, translators, etc.) tied to Lithuanian culture. For excellent views, snap some picture from above at the campanile of St. John’s Church or at the highest point in Vilnius, the Television Tower.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Before you travel to Vilnius, it is always a good idea to get some euros. If you decide to take out currency or exchange upon arrival at Vilnius Airport, there are ATMs in the arrivals level and Medicinos Bank branches can be found in Arrivals Hall A and the main departure hall. British citizens do not need a visa to travel to Vilnius since Lithuania is part of the EU. For stays exceeding than three months, apply for a residence permit at the Migration Department under the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.