Towards the Jerusalem of the North
Crossing the entirety of Europe, from Nice to Vilnius, is not a short trip! Is it worth it? You bet. It's true that the capital of Lithuania is not the best-known of Eastern European cities. But it is one of the most beautiful. So if you like Goldilocks cities (not too big, not too small) and old-world architecture, if you love history - even its darker sides - and you’re looking for art and a good time too, then it’s time to book your non-stop Nice-Vilnius flight.
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The formalities for travelling to Vilnius
- Entry requirements: as a member of the Schengen Territories, Lithuania’s doors are wide open to European citizens, as long as they’re carrying a valid passport or ID card.
- Currency: like its Baltic cousins Latvia and Estonia, Lithuania is part of the Euro Zone.
Your Nice-Vilnius direct flight
To fly non-stop to Lithuania, there’s just one option: the Wizzair Nice-Vilnius flight. It departs from Terminal 2.
To be sure to get through security screenings stress-free, even during peak traffic, be sure to arrive at the airport at least an hour and a half before take-off. We even recommend you add an additional 15 minutes should you need to go to your airline's counter to collect your ticket or check a bag.
Departure airport Nice Côte d’Azur Airport Departure terminal Terminal 2 Arrival airport Vilnius International Airport
Arriving in Vilnius
The Vilnius International Airport is right next to the city. Just 6 kilometres separate it from Vilnius city centre. To get to the centre, you have the following options:
- The bus: Lines 1, 2, or 88 (88N at night), and Express Bus 3G. In around 15 minutes, any of these buses will get you to the main stops in the city: the bus station, convention centre, and of course, the old town. There’s a bus every 2 minutes during the day.
- The train: the airport has its own train station. But take note: there’s just one train per hour for the city centre.
- A taxi: the taxi stand can be found in front of Arrivals Hall B. For €15 they’ll drop you right at your hotel in about 15 minutes.
- A hire car: more than a dozen agencies can be found in the Arrivals Halls B and C at the airport.
What to do in
Nestled in between Russia and Poland, the three Baltic republics are modest in size but grand in history. As the largest city in Lithuania, Vilnius is the perfect expression of this rich past. Napoleon dubbed it the Jerusalem of the North in reference to the large Jewish community living there at the time, and today you can still see diversity all around. So much so that the historical centre, one of the largest on the continent, is classed as a World Heritage Site. But that’s not the only feature of this city founded 700 years ago by Grand Duke Gediminas...
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Vilnius has a holy side. Two religions have filled it with music for centuries: Judaism and Catholicism. This generally peaceful coexistence ensured the city was for years among Eastern Europe's most prosperous. But almost nothing remains of the Jewish influence and their hundred places of worship since the Nazi occupation and Holocaust, which cost 95% of the 260,000 Jews in Vilnius their lives. The legacy of Christianity was however left intact following the Second World War. The city now counts more than 60 churches. And while a few are Gothic, nearly all are Baroque. To the point that Vilnius is considered to have some of the best examples in Europe of this flamboyant style.
But make no mistake! Vilnius is more wild than it is pious! Since the fall of the USSR, the capital - like the rest of the country - has reinvented itself, becoming more modern and vibrant than ever. And while tall buildings of glass and steel continue to sprout in the business districts, the city walls are covered with terrific murals that have pushed Vilnius to the forefront of the street art scene. And that’s just one of the many sides of a culture that’s both “rock n’ roll” and joyfully bohemian, and will draw you in on your 100% Baltic city break with that special someone!
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- Get lost in the streets and alleyways of the old city, a World Heritage Site. The old-world façades here make for a phenomenal setting - the oldest is over 800 years old. See it for yourself on Pilies gatvė (Castle St.).
- Head into some churches: they’re full of surprises. Don't miss the Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus, St Anne’s Church, a striking Gothic beauty, and the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, a Baroque wonder adorned with the skeletons and skulls of the dead.
- Visit the Gate of Dawn, the last of ten fortified gates that once defended the city. Inside you’ll find an incredible icon of the Virgin Mary. Lauded for its beauty and often replicated, it is one of the most famous representations of The Blessed Virgin in all of Christianity.
- Make your way to the Republic of Uzupis. Wait, there’s a fourth Baltic state? No, simply a community of artists and free-spirits who found refuge in the Uzupis district. While dilapidated during Soviet rule, today it is the heart of bohemian life in Vilnius. Whimsical, charming, and a definite must-see!
- Get high above the city, by foot or by cable car, and see the Gediminas Tower - all that’s left of Vilnius Castle, a brick fortress that kept watch over the city throughout the Middle Ages.
- See the city’s other big tower while you’re there: the TV tower. It’s 326.5 metres high! Half-way up, a panoramic café called The Milky Way offers a comfortable and breathtaking view over the city and its surroundings.
- Pass by the Information Centre and pick up a street art map of Vilnius. It will guide you to all the best murals around the city. Be sure not to miss the Putin/Trump Kiss!
- Confront the darkest part of recent history by visiting The Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights. Located in a former KGB building, it celebrates the memory of the victims of Nazism and Soviet repression, and of all those who fought these tyrants.
- Discover Lithuanian cuisine, the best in the Baltics. Among the specialities is Cepelinai, a recipe of grated potatoes, mince, cheese, mushrooms, and sour cream sauce.
- Get out of Vilnius and head for Trakai Castle, located around 30 km from the capital (with many buses to take you there). Built on a small green island in the middle of a blue lake, this Gothic giant is one of the most unforgettable sites in the country.
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Frequently asked questions
How long is a Nice-Vilnius flight?
Flight time between the French Riviera and the Lithuanian capital averages 2 hours 45 minutes.
Which airlines provide direct service from Nice to Vilnius?
Wizz Air is the only airline that offers non-stop flights to Vilnius,.
How many Nice-Vilnius flights are there per week?
From April to October, the Hungarian airline offers 2 weekly flights to Lithuania, Wednesdays and Sundays.
How much does a Nice-Vilnius flight cost?
The lowest price for a Nice-Vilnius return ticket based on prices from the last 90 days is 87€
What is the time difference between Nice and Vilnius?
Vilnius is one hour ahead of Nice.
What is the best time of year to visit Vilnius?
You’ll need to be a fan of the cold and snow to face a Baltic winter. To enjoy the charms of Vilnius more comfortably, it’s best to wait for the weather to warm up in April, or even head over mid-summer or early autumn. Especially as that’s when the cultural scene is in full swing, with numerous festivals such as the Street Theatre Festival (in July), the St. Christopher Festival (classical, jazz, and modern music, in August), the St. Bartholomew Fair (in August), and many more. A wealth of events that make Vilnius one of the liveliest cities that side of Europe.
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