Getting around Lithuania: Transportation Tips

Buses are slightly quicker, more frequent and more expensive than trains. It’s best to buy long-distance bus tickets in advance, and opt for an express (ekspresas), to avoid frequent stops. You can also pay for your ticket on board, although this doesn’t guarantee you a seat.

You should also buy long-distance train tickets in advance – stations have separate windows for long-distance and suburban (priemiestinis or vietinis) trains. Long-distance services are divided into “passenger” (keleivinis traukinys) and “fast” (greitas); the latter usually require a reservation. On timetable boards, look for isvyksta (departure) or atvyksta (arrival).

In Vilnius and Kaunas public transport is frequent and efficient: buses, trolleybuses and route taxis cover most of the city. The Curonian Spit is best explored by bicycle; bike rentals are inexpensive and plentiful.

The Rough Guide to Lithuania and related travel guides

In-depth, easy-to-use travel guides filled with expert advice.

Travel advice for Lithuania

Find even more inspiration for Lithuania here

author photo
Rough Guides Editors
Ready to travel and discover Lithuania?
Get support from our local experts for
stress-free planning & worry-free travels