I’m currently on a mission to prove that short vacations can be surprisingly affordable. You can visit exciting new and adventurous destinations without spending a fortune. We aim to take a three-day holiday for less than £200, and our latest challenge was to Vilnius, Lithuania. In today’s blog post, we will detail the prices of living in Vilnius and the total cost of traveling there.
I just returned from a three-day trip to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. I had an early departure and a late return flight, so I stayed in Vilnius for three full days.
I plan to write a blog post about everything I did, but for now, here is what I spent on during my trip to Vilnius…
Flights – £9.98 return
I flew from Liverpool Airport to Vilnius with Ryanair and the ticket cost £4.99 each way!
I flew from Sunday to Tuesday and it was a little cheaper than a weekend flight.
Luggage – £0
I decided not to carry any extra luggage and I saved a lot of money!
I took the Travel Hack Backpack with me and found it to be perfect for a two-night trip.
Hotel – £98
I stayed at My Ram Yoga House and what a wonderful place. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
We looked at a lot of cheap hotels and Airbnbs, but this place was a dream come true.
It’s only 250 meters from the old town (very close, basically inside the old town) and about 20 meters up a quiet street (quiet, but not scary. Please don’t walk in the street).
My room was large with lots of plants, lots of storage space, a small fridge, kettle, tea, meditation corner and a beautiful bathroom. There was also a free standing copper bath and lots of nice bath products. There is also a common area with a small kitchen and a place to sit. There aren’t that many rooms and it’s part of a yoga house, so it has a very quiet and calm atmosphere, so if you’re planning a noisy group party or a big night out, definitely stay here It’s not the location.
The Yoga House also has a small restaurant where guests can take part in yoga sessions. I was sick with a cold at the time of my visit, so I didn’t attend the yoga session (I was really disappointed in this, but considering the COVID-19 pandemic, I didn’t think it would be fair to attend the class) thought!)
Transport to and from the airport – £11.05
My accommodation recommended using Uber to and from the airport, which is exactly what I did. Taxis in Vilnius are very affordable, but Uber is still much cheaper.
From airport to hotel – cost £6.09
Return cost – £4.96
A little confession: This was actually my first time using Uber. Until now! I live in an area where Uber isn’t available and always traveled with other people who had Uber accounts. However, registration was very quick and easy. I actually created an account when I got off the plane and was using it by the time I left the airport.
Activities – £18.69
£4.22 – Entrance to Gediminas Tower
£1.76 – Train to Trakai
£1.76 – Return by train
£6.72 – Entrance to Trakai Castle
£4.23 – Tip for “free” walking tour
Food and drink – £37.56
Actually, I didn’t eat much while in Vilnius because I didn’t feel very well. As you can see, I basically just ate a lot of coffee and sweets, but the prices in Vilnius are a little cheaper than in the UK!
- £2.02 – Coffee
- £3.80 – Lunch
- £2.45 – coffee + cake
- £0.97 – Drinks
- £7.84 – Lunch at Rosehip Cafe
- £2.45 – Paste
- £9.12 – Breakfast at Holy Donuts
- £2.69 – Tea and cookies
- £2.10 – Coffee
- £4.12 – Trakai Paste
Food at the airport – £13.78
Food and drinks at the airport were quite expensive and we ate more than we normally would due to a delayed flight so we kept this aside!
£7.06 – Coffee and snacks at the airport
£5.76 – Airport snacks
£6.72 – Wine at the airport
Miscellaneous – £0.42
£0.42 – Public toilets
Payments – Payments on card
I would also like to add that the only time I used cash during my trip to Lithuania was when tipping the guide on the free walking tour. All other fees (including public restroom and train fares) were paid by card.
I often use my Starling card when I travel. This app is great and great for tracking your spending. Additionally, there are no fees for international transactions. Even if you don’t want to use it as your everyday bank account, you can easily transfer money to your Starling account.
On this trip I actually forgot my Starling card and used my regular HSBC debit card and ended up paying around £4-5 in fees!
Total price for 3 days in Vilnius – £189.48
Overall, I thought prices in Vilnius were relatively cheap compared to the UK. I found that transportation costs were incredibly low. Not only were the flights incredibly cheap, but so were Uber and train fares. The train was also great. It was beautiful, comfortable, on time, and easy to find.
Many of the places I ate were in tourist areas and could have been cheaper if there were local cafes or restaurants. But sometimes it’s better to eat at touristy places because it’s much easier, given convenience and familiarity. Drinks prices were the same as in England, maybe a little cheaper, but food was cheaper.
If you want to know more about my budget vacations, check out my recent trip to Krakow.
Prices in Krakow: 3 days in Krakow and its cost