A Travel Price Comparison for Lithuania Vilnius vs. Kaunas for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Vilnius or Kaunas?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Vilnius and Kaunas. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Vilnius

Vilnius is the capital and largest city in the country of Lithuania. It has a population of more than 500,000 residents and is located in the valley between the Neris River and the Vilnia River in the southeastern part of the country. Visitors come to the city for its beautiful Old Town, impressive architecture, and fascinating culture. In 2009 it was named the European Capital of Culture along with the city of Linz, in Austria.

Kaunas

Kaunas is the second biggest city in Lithuania, located at the country's center. It is a city of medieval history as well as modern entertainment with castle ruins, churches, and cathedrals, as well as galleries, museums, theatres, and outdoor recreation.

Which city is cheaper, Kaunas or Vilnius?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Vilnius is €76, while the average daily cost in Kaunas is €76. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Vilnius and Kaunas in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €68 for a double occupancy room in Vilnius.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €72 for a double occupancy room in Kaunas.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Vilnius 34
    Kaunas 36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Vilnius 68
    Kaunas 72

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Vilnius cost around €32 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €13.

The price of a meal in Kaunas can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €30 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €12 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Vilnius 32
    Kaunas 30
Typical Food prices in Vilnius

Some typical examples of dining costs in Vilnius are as follows:


  • Dinner for Two
    13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vilnius

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Vilnius.

  • Vilnius - City of Contrasts - The Original City Tour by bicycle (bike+food tour): $32
  • National Dinner with Folk Show in Vilnius: $49
  • Dinner in local family: $66
  • Cooking Class in Vilnius: $71
  • Cooking Class: $74
  • Vilnius Dinner in the Darkness: $115
  • Dinner in the Dark Dining Experience in Riga: $281

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Vilnius is €6.64 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €13 per day to get around in Kaunas.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Vilnius 6.64
    Kaunas 13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vilnius

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Vilnius:

  • Vilnius Airport Departure Private Transfer: $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: Vilnius International Airport (VNO) to Vilnius: $16
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Vilnius to Vilnius International Airport (VNO): $16
  • Private Vilnius Airport Departure Transfer: $16
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Vilnius VNO Airport to Vilnius City: $17
  • Private Departure Transfer from Vilnius City to Vilnius VNO Airport: $17
  • Vilnius Airport Arrival Private Transfer: $17
  • Private Vilnius VNO Airport - Vilnius City Round-Trip Transfer: $33
  • Private Vilnius Airport Arrival Transfer: $37
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Vilnius VNO in Minivan: $46
  • Departure Private Transfer Vilnius City to Vilnius VNO by Minivan: $46
  • Luxury Car Transfers from VNO Vilnius Airport to Vilnius - Arrival: $92

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kaunas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kaunas:

  • Private Arrival Transfer from Kaunas Airport to Kaunas City: $22
  • Private Departure Transfer from Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport: $22
  • Departure Private Transfer Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport KUN by Business Car: $41
  • Private Kaunas Airport - Kaunas City Round-Trip Transfer: $44
  • Departure Private Transfer Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport KUN by Minivan: $47
  • Departure Private Transfer Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport KUN by Luxury Car: $93
  • Private transfer from Kaunas to Vilnius: $118

Is it cheaper to fly into Vilnius or Kaunas?

Prices for flights to both Kaunas and Vilnius change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Vilnius's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €7.78 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €15 per person, per day in Kaunas. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Vilnius 7.78
    Kaunas 15
Typical Entertainment prices in Vilnius

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Vilnius are as follows:


  • Walking Tour
    5.79

Tours and Activities in Vilnius

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Vilnius are as follows:

  • The old town of An audio tour from Cathedral Square to the Gate of Dawn: $5.99
  • Museum of illusions Entrance Ticket: $14
  • Vilnius Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Vilnius Guided Ghost Walking Tour: $15
  • Vilnius Sightseeing - City Tour: $15
  • Regular walking tour of Soviet Vilnius: $15
  • Regular 2 hr walking tour of Jewish Vilnius: $15
  • Vilnius City Tour audio guide one round 11 languges: $16
  • Vilnius Old Town 2-hour Ghost Tour: $23
  • From Trakai 4-Hour Tour with Audio Guide: $24
  • Highlights of Vilnius - Short City Bike Tour: $25
  • Bicycle tour Contrasts of Vilnius: $25

Tours and Activities in Kaunas

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Kaunas are as follows:

  • Kaunas Modernism Architecture Tour: $32
  • Kaunas Old Town tour: $44
  • Kaunas Private Walking Tour: $199
  • Tour in Kaunas tour English or Norwegian: $249

Alcohol

The average person spends about €5.10 on alcoholic beverages in Vilnius per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about €12 on alcoholic beverages in Kaunas per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Vilnius 5.10
    Kaunas 12
Typical Alcohol prices in Vilnius

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Vilnius from other travelers:


  • Beer
    4.34

Sample the Local Flavors in Vilnius

Also in Vilnius, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Vilnius Pub Crawl: $15


When comparing the travel costs between Vilnius and Kaunas, we can see that Kaunas is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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