Information & Facts
With a continental/maritime climate, Vilnius has vast
discrepancies between its summer and winter temperatures. In summer
the mercury can reach as high as 86°F (30°C), bringing
holidaymakers and locals alike into the outdoor bars and cafes to
enjoy the long, light evenings. Usually though temperatures are
more moderate. Winter, by contrast, is bitterly cold with
temperatures dropping below 32°F (0°C) and the rivers often
freezing over, making ice-fishing a popular pastime. Rainy days are
possible all year round, but most rain falls during mid-summer.
The central old quarter of Vilnius is compact and most of the
sights can be visited on foot. Those who prefer to save their shoe
leather can make use of the city's efficient network of buses and
trolleybuses; fares can be paid on boarding or tickets bought at a
discount from newspaper kiosks. Most visitors prefer to make use of
taxis, which are relatively cheap, although it is wise to ensure
the driver has switched on the meter before leaving on the journey.
Taxis can be hailed on the street, or found at ranks at strategic
spots in the old town. They can also be ordered by telephone.
Self-driving is not recommended in the city, which has heavy,
undisciplined traffic, but all the large international car hire
companies have offices in the city and at the airport.
Lithuanian is the official language, but Russian and
English are widely spoken.
The official currency is the Litas (LTL), which is linked to the
euro at a fixed rate of 3.4528 Lt to EUR1. ATMs are found in
Vilnius on the Cirrus and Visa networks, but are rare in smaller
towns. Most retailers, hotels, restaurants and the like accept
credit cards, and banks and hotels will cash travellers