Airfare to Vilnius, Lithuania
With more than half a million people, Vilnius is the largest city in Lithuania. Also its capital, Vilnius is known for its Old Town, one of the largest in Europe. Other attractions include the Cathedral Square, active outdoor concerts and events during the long, warm summer days and the Gediminas Castle.
Airfare to Vilnius will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Riga, Latvia or Minsk, Belarus. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Ryanair and Wizzair both fly to Vilnius. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; Moscow, Russia or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Lithuanian Airlines and Air Lithuania are the two national airlines. However, British Airways, Aeroflot, Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian and other airlines also stop in Vilnius.
The most expensive air tickets to Vilnius are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Russia, Latvia or Belarus and traveling overland to Vilnius via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Vilnius, check out BootsnAll’s Vilnius Travel Guide.