Lithuania’s lively capital wears its heart on its sleeve.
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Vilnius takes great pride its cultural and architectural heritage, interspersing its majestic towers, spires and domes with attractive green spaces and grand public squares. Yet its battle scars aren't hidden – prominent museums, memorials and Soviet-era concrete relics serve as thought-provoking reminders of past struggles. These significant landmarks will leave a lasting impression from what is sure to be a culturally rich holiday.
The simplest way to travel around Vilnius is by bus. Trolleybus services run from 0500 to midnight, providing links between the landmark-laden centre and the suburbs. For tourists, new 'Fast Buses' are a handy option – not only do they have extended routes, but there are limited stops in residential areas. Tickets are interchangeable between the services, and you can buy a one-, three- or 10-day pass, or pay the driver as you get on. Pre-loaded e-tickets are a sound option if you're planning a longer stay.
There’s no subway or metro system, so exploring further outside the city centre relies on the road network and may take a little longer than you’re used to. You'll have no issue flagging down a taxi if this is your preference, but it's a good idea to establish the price before climbing in.
Though Vilnius has several prominent hills, particularly in the parks, the city profile is largely flat. This is ideal for pedal-powered exploration – simply head to one of the automated cycle rental zones to hire a bike. With plenty of attractions to visit in and around the Old Town, travelling on foot is also perfectly viable.