This month end three friends from the UK are coming over for a short and sweet holiday to Vilnius. We are planning to take in a lot of sights.. from Trakai and it's beautiful Castle to an underground Soviet Bunker where they treat you like you are an old world Soviet citizen! ..with KGB interrogation and all. Should be fun :-)
We are also planning to visit the KGB genocide museum, the revolving restaurant on the TV tower, another tower on a hill whose name I forget that starts with G, eat lots of potato dishes (especially one that starts with C and is your national food) and drink your famous cold Beetroot soup(I like doing my research :-) ), maybe see a corn maze that I came across on the internet near Trakai somewhere.. woah! LOTS of things to see and do in three days.
HOWEVER, this post is not about all that. This is about another very important thing that I LOVE doing when I visit a new country and a new culture. And that is to meet local people, do the "non touristy" thing, travel on public transport, go to that little pub or restaurant that only a true local would know somewhere in a corner of the city, maybe learn to cook Lithuanian food in our apartment (we are staying in an apartment in the old town).. that kind of thing.
So if you (yes YOU!!) are living in Vilnius and will be there from 26th August to 29th August, say hi and write to me so we can get together and become friends!
I'm sorry if aspects of this have been covered in other posts, but I need several specific questions answered at once.
I'll be travelling to Lithuania for a conference, and the easiest way to get my workplace to provide funding is by detailing all the Lithuania-related travel expenses (i.e., not australia-europe airfares, as we will also be doing our own travel in Europe, it becomes more tricky).
So I need a broad brush estimates of food, public transport, and getting to Lithuania from Western Europe, so that work will actually fund me. I've already figured out accom estimates .
Could people help me with any or all of these issues?
1. A broad estimate of how much food will cost daily? Costing down the middle I guess - we won't be restricting ourselves to tinned baked beans, but not 5-star restaurants each night either. Maybe simple continental breakfast, sandwich/Lithuanian equivalent for lunch, and a nice (but not pricey) restaurant for dinner, plus a snack and a drink or two.
2. Getting to and from the old town to Mykolas Romeris University (north of the river). On the map, it will probably be a 3-6km journey, depending on where we end up staying. I am assuming there will be some form of public transport - any ideas on how much this would cost daily (i.e. return trip)? Or else, approximates on taxi fares for a 3-6 km journey and back?
3. Getting from Western Europe to Lithuania. We'd like to go by train, and I see there is a route from Berlin to Vilnius through Warsaw. From my brief searching, it also seems I pay for the 2 separate legs to and from Warsaw. Warsaw - Vilnius I think is ~ 25 pounds/euros/50 AUD. But I saw in another post that booking a retun costs slightly less than oneway, around 20 Euro. And I think Berlin - Warsaw is ~90 Euro.
So would an approximate estimate of ~200 Euro be correct for the return journey? Or will a Berlin-Warsaw return fare be much less than the 2x oneway fares I have caluclated? I did look for return fares, but wasn't that forthcoming.
Thanks so much for your help - any detail at all would be great!
By the way, I will of course look into all of this myself more thoroughly later, I'm not being lazy, but for now I just need quick and approximate estimates, to guarantee the funding in the first place.
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