Vilnius: the heart of the colouful Baltic nation of Lithuania, this capital city brings it all together with medieval charm and a rich culture!
Long summer nights, music and excitement all around, Vilnius is one of Europe’s ‘must-see’ destinations! Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and is a bustle of medieval architecture and colourful, quirky boutiques, with a population of more than 540 000 residents. Top tourist attractions include St. Anne’s Church, Vilnius Old Town and Gate of Dawn.
Set your sights on this beautiful European city with cheap flights to Vilnius now available for a limited period of time! Vilnius is home to Vilnius Airport (VNO), located on a 15-minute drive from the city centre or 20-minute train ride. Vilnius Airport serves a number of airlines, including airBaltic, Turkish Airlines, Finnair and Lufthansa. Popular flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 15 hours and 35 minutes.
Popular flights to Vilnius
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Vilnius
Bird's Eye View
The city of Vilnius is best viewed from atop one of the marvelous hills such as Three Crosses, a religious monument or Gediminas Hill, also one of the city’s main attractions with its 15th-century castle.
Food in Vilnius is hearty and tasty, and if you’re looking for comfort food that will have you licking your lips then this Lithuanian city is the place for you. Make sure to try the potato pancakes and fried curd cakes!
Perhaps the most famous of all attractions in the country, the Old Town of Vilnius takes you back to an era long gone, with impressive architecture that touches baroque and renaissance influences.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
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Vilnius Airport (VNO)
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Best time to visit Vilnius
The best time to visit Vilnius is between the months of April and June, before the rush of summer visitors arrive. During these springs months you can look forward to temperatures that range around 16°C. Of course, if you’re after the experience of an authentic and raw European winter, then you should definitely consider visiting during the winter months from November to February. You will have to pack in some thermal underwear and an extra thick coat with lows of -4 degrees Celsius, but you will get to experience something unique and also participate in some winter sports such as skiing and snow sledding.
Weather & Climate in Vilnius
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Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, is a treasured heart in Baltic Europe that is situated in the geographical centre of Europe. Visitors to this charismatic city will enjoy long walks sightseeing the beautiful cathedrals and synagogues around the city. Some of the most well-known include St. Anne’s, St. Nicholas’s church and the Choral Synagogue of Vilnius.
The city is also home to a quaint and quirky art scene that includes famous attractions such as the Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum to small, private galleries that showcase the city’s emerging artistry. There are also legends that centre around a beautiful mermaid found in the neighbourhood of Uzupis, and if you’re lucky to fall under her charm, you may want to stay forever! Vilnius is known for its white winters so take full advantage of the cold and pack in your snow boots and skiing gear for an adventure at the famous Liepkalnis Ski Resort for some skiing, snowboarding and all kinds of icy fun.
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South Africans who wish to visit Vilnius in Lithuania will need to apply for a Schengen Visa. The application can be made at the Embassy of Lithuania in Pretoria, South Africa.
You will need two photographs, proof of accommodation in your cities of choice, flight tickets, bank statements and various other documents to complete your application.
Passports may not be older than 10 years, must have 2 blank pages and be valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of departure from the Schengen state.
Vilnius is a tourist-friendly city and visitors can enjoy their stay without having to worry about their personal safety. General precautions should, as always, be taken as the city does get quite busy over the summer period and petty theft can occur. Pubs and nightclubs can get a bit rowdy late in the evenings but tourists are fine to walk alone in the evenings.
It is always important to go for a general health check-up before a trip overseas. It is best to do this 4-6 weeks before your trip. For your trip to Lithuania, it is recommended to get a vaccination against hepatitis A, as well as hepatitis B and rabies.