<map lat='54.689386' lng='25.280024' zoom='11' view='3' height='350' float='right' country='Lithuania'/> Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania.
When coming from Kaunas ask the driver politely if he drives near the place of your destination. If the answer is negative, it might be more convenient to take a free bus from a huge hypermarket called "Maxima" which is situated ~13 kilometres away from Vilnius (map) to the city centre or to some other destinations in the city.
- Option 1 A hitch-hiking spot towards Riga (as well as towards Panevėžys and Šiauliai) is situated behind the bus stop after one of the major street crossings in Pašilaičiai/Fabijoniškės at pretty much the end of the Ukmergės avenue (map). There are many buses going this direction (see the Vilnius public transport network) so you won't have troubles of getting to so called Via Baltica road (E67). It is also a popular spot for locals to hitch-hike to their homes in towns nearby, so the smart thing would be to go a little bit further and to write your destination on a hard paper to show to the drivers.
- Option 2 Take the trolleybus 11, 16 (goes from main station) or 19 direction Pašilaičiai and leave it on the last bus stop Pašilaičių žiedas (point A on the map) and walk around 20 minutes by foot following the route on the map until you will reach point B. Cars don't go fast here because of the lights and there's enough place for car to stop.
- Option 3 Take the bus 40 which terminal station is located near very good spot. Or take bus 52A to the stop "Medelynas" which carries you little bit further.
There are two places in Vilnius offering you a good possibility to get a ride towards Poland. Remember that in order to get to Poland you need first head towards Kaunas - it is a quicker and better way (other possibilities include hitching via Alytus (map) or via Trakai and Prienai (map) - it is not recommended to take these routes simply because these are very local roads with low traffic).
So the first spot is next to the huge shopping mall "Maxima" which lies outside the city. You can get there by taking a free bus run by "Maxima" every hour, at **:18 from "Savanorių", or from the centre of the city (info is in the spot description) schedule on the carrier website ("darbo dienomis" = Mon-Fri). Or, from the bus stop "Savanorių" on the Savanorių avenue take a bus 21, 22, 23, 29, 54 or trolleybus 4,6,11,12,14,16. Once you are there , jump over the road onto the other side (there's a newly built fence between the two roads, but it's small and you shouldn't hesitate to jump over it) - there you will see a small parking space which is a perfect spot for the cars to stop while you are thumbing on the road. This place has never failed, and waiting times are always good. The other possibility is to take bus Nr. 29 at Savanorių bus stop towards Grigiškės, get out at huge market Gariūnai and then walk a little bit further, turn right and you'll appear standing on the motorway to Kaunas.
The second spot is situated at the end of Savanorių avenue (see the map, picture on the right), many buses and trolleybuses go there - it is easy to get there but the waiting time can be longer in comparison with the first described spot - it is mostly because of 2 reasons: less traffic towards Kaunas (since it is a road towards Alytus and Trakai, too), and competition (there wouldn't be a day without some local short-distance hitch-hiker standing and thumbing there).
Third point is popular by hitch-hikers coming from northern part of Vilnius.
There are another free bus which takes you almost to the A1 highway, to the biggest market in Lithuania, "Gariūnai".
Schedule on the carrier website.
Bus don't run on Monday.
- Tomasmarc says: the road to Poland through Kaunas doesn't seem to be the best to me, due to difficulties while leaving Kaunas when you arrive there and a detour that you make. The road through Marijampolė is used by most trucks and the road through Alytus by most cars that go from Vilnius to Warsaw/Western Europe. Both roads can be reached by bus 51, which goes from Vaduvos stop (the same spot at the end of Savanorių avenue): go with it until the stop Trakų Vokė, get off, walk to EMSI gas station. From here, roads split: the one on the left leads to Trakai and Marijampolė, the one on the right goes towards Alytus.
- Prino says: the road to Poland via Kaunas is OK, provided you get a ride to the big Klaipeda/Marijampolė junction just after Kaunas. A few hundred metres after the bridge there is a petrol station from where its not too hard to get a ride - make sure it's at least to the exit for Marijampolė near Garliava!
- Option 1 After you get on the Minsk Road (Minsko plentas in Lithuanian, see the map) you'll see a huge supermarket on your right. You might as well look for Belorussians at the parking lot by this shopping mall - it is possible to convince some of them to take you to the border. If this doesn't work, walk about 50 meters ahead where the last slip road ends and a soft verge starts, and start thumbing there.
- Option 2 Take the bus 16 from train station (Stotis), the ride will take around 20 minuts. Leave the bus at Posūkis bus stop (it's just 50 meters before the bridge under the road, pay attention because it's optional stop). Walk 100 meters and hitch-hike after the junction. There is less local traffic here.
When you get to the border at Medinikai it is a lot faster to cross it as a pedestrian (it is allowed to cross the border on foot), and start hitch-hiking on the other side.
Public transport prices:
- Adults: single-ticket from press-shop 2 LTL, (paper single tickets will not be sold after 2013-03-31, and you will be able to use them till 2013-06-30). Single ticket on-board costs 2.50 LTL.
- Students: get a 50% discount. You must have a valid student or schoolar ID. ISIC must be used with your personal ID or passport. There are also private buses, in which you can't use tickets, bought from press shops. But prices are the same. In Vilnius, we also have Minibuses. Price 3.50. No discounts. Routes.