Lithuania — Airports
Vilnius International Airport
Welcoming almost two million passengers every year, Vilnius International Airport is the main gateway into Lithuania and the primary base for Lithuanian Airlines (FlyLAL) until the airline’s collapse in 2009. Today, the airport is one of the fastest growing air facilities on the European continent and a hub for both Wizz Air and Planet Airlines, as well as a focus city for Ryanair. US travelers can connect via London, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Rome, or Helsinki.
The terminal is quite new and was extensively renovated in 2007 to stay up to code with the Schengen agreement. Duty free shops and stores include R-Kiosk, Floralita, Fragrances International, and Luxury. In addition, several restaurants are available including Juta Jazz Cafe, Alpinja, Air and Pub, Heineken Bar, and Riccardo Pizza to enjoy a snack or meal. Airline lounges, car rental, and an on-site hotel are other services at the airport.
With car rental conveniently in the arrivals hall, tourists can easily drive themselves to the heart of the capital and beyond. A train station is also located in the airport, connecting to downtown Vilnius in just seven minutes. Buses are also available between the terminal, city center, and the northern suburbs of Lithuania.
The central Lithuanian city of Kaunas is home to another important gateway into the country. Kaunas Airport serves more than 800,000 passengers a year, making it among the busiest air facilities in the region. Ryanair connects cities like Frankfurt, Leeds, London, and Dublin. There are bus services from the airport to various parts of the country, including Vilnius, Klaipeda, and downtown Kaunas. Alternatively, a 25-minute taxi is another way to get into the heart of the city.
Palanga International Airport
Handling only 110,000 passengers each year, Palanga International Airport is a significant gateway for the western coastline of Lithuania. It consists of two airports which sit adjacent to one another. The South Terminal is the older building, and mostly handles flights from Schengen countries. American travelers can reach Palanga via Riga or Copenhagen.