A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Vilnius vs. Lucerne for Attractions, Nightlife, Old Town, and Couples

Should you visit Vilnius or Lucerne?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Vilnius and Lucerne. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Vilnius

Vilnius is a authentic, historic, and religious city. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Lucerne

Lucerne is a vibrant, scenic, and active city. It's a large city, so you'll find plenty of things to do around town. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. And you can't forget about the nightlife, food, and shopping.

Vilnius and Lucerne: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular with backpackers


How is Vilnius different from Lucerne?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Lucerne and Vilnius. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Vilnius or Lucerne better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Plenty of people visit the sights and museums in both Vilnius and Lucerne.

Vilnius offers a variety of museums and landmarks to choose from. The city has fascinating museums relating to Soviet times. These include the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights and the Lithuanian Diaspora Art Museum. Other notable sights include the Three Crosses Monument and the St. Anne's and Bernardine Church Complex.

Lucerne offers many unique museums, sights, and landmarks that will make for a memorable trip. Top sights in town include the famous Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument and the town walls and towers. There are also a number of museums including the Swiss Transport Museum and Museum Sammlung Rosengart.

Vilnius
Lucerne


Is Vilnius or Lucerne better for Food?

Picking the best cuisine and restaurants between Vilnius and Lucerne can be difficult as they are each unique in their own way.

Visitors will find a budding food and restaurant scene in Vilnius. The food is hearty with plenty of meat and potatoes. There are also soups and herring dishes as well as great desserts. Popular dishes in the area include cepelinai (meat filled potato dumplings), kibinai (a pastry), and potato pancakes.

Lucerne is becoming an appealing option for foodies. Food is expensive around town, but there are some unique specialties like fondue, brätwurst, and of course, chocolate. It's nice to sit out by the river and enjoy a hearty meal while you soak up the view.

Vilnius
Lucerne

Is Vilnius or Lucerne better for Nightlife?

Evening events are similar in both Vilnius and Lucerne.

Vilnius has plenty to do after the sun goes down. The large student population is at the heart of the city's nightlife scene. You'll find most of the activity centered around three streets - Vilniaus, Islandijos and Vokiečių. These areas have a number of bars and clubs, and they draw the biggest crowds.

Lucerne has a lively atmosphere and nightlife is popular here. The city has some of the best nightlife in Switzerland, with many lively clubs, bars, and pubs. There are also many local events that hosted in town and bring in a crowd.

Vilnius
Lucerne

Is Vilnius or Lucerne better for its Old Town?

Visitors enjoy the old town areas in both Vilnius and Lucerne.

There are many historical things to see in the old town of Vilnius. The old town is filled with history, architecture, and churches. It's also where you'll find Vilnius University. At the heart of the area is Pilies Gatve (Castle Street), which has shopping, cafes, and restaurants.

Lucerne has an old town worth visiting. Sitting on the water's edge, this old town has a number of historic buildings and the beautiful Chapel Bridge.

Vilnius
Lucerne

Is Vilnius or Lucerne better for Shopping?

Both Vilnius and Lucerne are good shopping destinations.

Vilnius offers some nice shopping areas. For quaint shops, head to old town, particularly around Pilies Gatve. The city also has an open air market, Kalvarijų Turgus, that is popular on Saturdays. There are also a few shopping malls around town.

Many visitors explore the shopping areas in Lucerne. The city is filled with high end shopping opportunities with everything from boutique shops to major chains. Popular items to purchase in town include chocolate, watches, jewelry, and Swiss army knives.

Vilnius
Lucerne


Is Vilnius or Lucerne better for Families?

Both Vilnius and Lucerne are family-friendly destinations.

Vilnius is a family-friendly place to visit. The city has a number of historic sights, but once your kids have had their fill, you can head to one of the outdoor or indoor play areas in the city center. There's also a toy museum and an Energy and Technology Museum that kids will enjoy. After a busy day, make sure you grab some ice cream to lift everyone's spirits.

Lucerne is a family-friendly city. The city is filled with history and there are a number of playgrounds around town. If the weather's warm, you can also take a swim in Lake Lucerne. Many kids enjoy escaping the city and doing a day trip to the amazing Mt. Titlis, or other peaks that are nearby.

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Lucerne

Is Vilnius or Lucerne better for Couples?

Vilnius and Lucerne both fun destinations for a couple.

Vilnius makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. The city is filled with viewpoints, from hill tops to towers, where you can enjoy romantic views over the landscape. You can also dine in a local restaurant or enjoy a picnic in one of the outdoor settings.

Lucerne makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. The city has many pleasant square, excellent restaurants, and a romantic atmosphere that makes for a great couple's getaway. There are a number of nice hotels to choose from as well.

Vilnius
Lucerne

Is Vilnius or Lucerne better for Public Transit?

Both Vilnius and Lucerne offer public transit options.

Vilnius has a few public transit options. Bus and trolleybuses are available.

Lucerne has some public transit options. There's a comprehensive system of buses around town.

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Lucerne

Is Vilnius or Lucerne a more walkable city?

Vilnius and Lucerne both are comparable when exploring on foot.

Vilnius is a somewhat walkable place. The old town is the most walkable part of the city.

Lucerne is a somewhat walkable city. The major tourist areas are fairly walkable if your hotel is in a convenient location.

Vilnius
Lucerne


Should I spend more time in Lucerne or Vilnius?

How long in Vilnius or Lucerne?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Vilnius and Lucerne. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Vilnius than Lucerne.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Vilnius is 1-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Lucerne is 1-3 days.


  • How many days in Vilnius or Lucerne? Ideal Length of Stay
    Vilnius 1-4 
    Lucerne 1-3

One day in Vilnius or Lucerne?

In Vilnius, you'll find nightlife and food. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. This city offers something for everyone. This would be the perfect place to spend one day, as it has just the right amount of activities.

In Lucerne, you'll find nightlife and food. This city offers something for everyone. This would be the perfect place to spend one day, as it has just the right amount of activities.

A weekend in Vilnius or Lucerne?

In Vilnius, you'll find food and shopping. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. A weekend here is typical. Visiting the old town is also a must. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Vilnius has to offer.

In Lucerne, you'll find food and shopping. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. A weekend here is typical. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Lucerne has to offer.

Five days in Vilnius or Lucerne?

Vilnius is a great place to explore. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. Five days is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

Lucerne is a great place to explore. Five days is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

A week in Vilnius or Lucerne?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Vilnius. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. One week may feel like too much time here unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Lucerne. One week may feel like too much time here unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

Which city is cheaper, Lucerne 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 Lucerne is €165. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Vilnius and Lucerne in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Vilnius 34
    Lucerne 105
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Vilnius 68
    Lucerne 210
Compare Hotels in Vilnius and Lucerne

Looking for a hotel in Vilnius or Lucerne? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Vilnius


Hotels in Lucerne


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Vilnius 6.64
    Lucerne 9.62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vilnius

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Vilnius:

  • Private transfer: Vilnius Airport (VNO) to Vilnius: $622
  • Private transfer: Vilnius to Vilnius Airport (VNO): $622
  • Vilnius to Riga transfer with Sightseeing: $347
  • Private transfer from Vilnius to Riga or Riga International Airport: $323
  • Private transfer Vilnius - Riga: $319
  • Private Transfer Vilnius - Minsk: $319
  • Riga to Vilnius Private One-Way Transfers: $283
  • Private low cost transfer from Vilnius to Minsk: $254
  • Private Minivan Transfer from Vilnius to Riga: $208
  • Private transfer from Vilnius to Kaunas: $118
  • Luxury Car Transfers from Vilnius to VNO Airport Vilnius - Departure: $92
  • Luxury Car Transfers from VNO Vilnius Airport to Vilnius - Arrival: $92

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucerne

Also for Lucerne, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private transfer from Lucerne City to Lucerne Train Station: $110
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Business Car: $118
  • Private Transfer from Lucerne City to interlaken City: $174
  • Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Business Car: $191
  • Between Basel and Luzern: One-Way Private Transfer: $193
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Van: $207
  • From Canyoning in Interlaken w/ Return Transfer: $239
  • Rafting in Interlaken with Return Transfer from Lucerne: $239
  • Zurich Airport: Private Transfer to/from Lucerne: $240
  • Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Luxury Van: $251
  • Private transfer from Lucerne City to Zurich Airport: $271
  • ZRH Airport - Lucern City (Transfer Service): $287

Is it cheaper to fly into Vilnius or Lucerne?

Prices for flights to both Lucerne 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Vilnius 32
    Lucerne 48
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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Vilnius 7.78
    Lucerne 26
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:

  • 10-Day Self-Driving Tour to Baltic States: $912
  • 2-Hour Segway Tours in Vilnius: $57
  • 2-Night Amber Spa Experience in Vilnius: $956
  • 3 Hour Vilnius Food Walking Tour: $83
  • 3-Hour Vilnius Food Insider Walking Tour and Tastings: $96
  • 3.5-Hour Taste of Vilnius Beer Trail Tour: $71
  • 6-Hour Trakai National Park Private Walking Tour from Vilnius: $187
  • 8 Days Baltic Tour: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia: $1,095
  • 9-Day Lithuania and Latvia Small-Group Tour from Vilnius: $1,680
  • Audio Tours to Curonian Spit UNESCO sand dunes: $399
  • Audio Tours to Geographical Center of Europe: $96
  • Audio Tours to Grutas Park Soviet Time Museum: $239

Typical Entertainment prices in Lucerne

For Lucerne, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • 1 Day Bicycle Rental
    33
  • The Swiss Transport Museum Entrance Fee
    34

Tours and Activities in Lucerne

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lucerne.

  • Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience at Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne: $19
  • Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket: $39
  • Mount Titlis: Admission Ticket: $52
  • Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert Private city walking tour Lucerne: $178
  • Day Trip from Grindelwald First Mountain Adventure: $206
  • Chocolate World Experience and Tasting Private Tour from Luzern: $226
  • Lucerne City Walking Tour in Portuguese (1-2 guests): $231
  • Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour: $231
  • Lake Lucerne Villas & Castles Private Walking Tour: $234
  • Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour: $261
  • Mount Rigi with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern: $279
  • ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour: $280

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Vilnius 5.10
    Lucerne 17
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

Sample the Local Flavors in Lucerne

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Lucerne:

  • Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tour in Luzern region: $627


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Vilnius and Lucerne, we can see that Lucerne is more expensive. And not only is Vilnius much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Vilnius would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Vilnius and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Lucerne would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lucerne than you might in Vilnius.


When is the best time to visit Vilnius or Lucerne?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Vilnius or Lucerne in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Vilnius as well as Lucerne. The summer months attract visitors to Vilnius because of the family-friendly experiences. Additionally, the city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Lucerne this time of year.

In the summer, Vilnius is cooler than Lucerne. Typically, the summer temperatures in Vilnius in July are around 18°C (65°F), and Lucerne is about 21°C (70°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Lucerne. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Vilnius this time of the year. In the summer, Vilnius often gets less sunshine than Lucerne. Vilnius gets 219 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lucerne receives 241 hours of full sun.

Vilnius usually gets less rain in July than Lucerne. Vilnius gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 89 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Vilnius 18°C (65°F) 
    Lucerne 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Vilnius or Lucerne in the Autumn?

Both Lucerne and Vilnius are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Vilnius this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Lucerne for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Vilnius is generally much colder than Lucerne. Temperatures in Vilnius average around 8°C (46°F), and Lucerne stays around 13°C (56°F).

Vilnius usually receives less sunshine than Lucerne during autumn. At this time of the year, Vilnius gets 94 hours of sunny skies, while Lucerne receives 120 hours of full sun.

In October, Vilnius usually receives less rain than Lucerne. At this time of the year, Vilnius gets 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Vilnius 8°C (46°F) 
    Lucerne 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Vilnius or Lucerne in the Winter?

Both Lucerne and Vilnius during the winter are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Vilnius for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Also, many visitors come to Lucerne in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Lucerne can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Vilnius. Vilnius is much colder than Lucerne in the winter. The temperature in Vilnius is usually -5°C (23°F) in January, and Lucerne stays around 3°C (37°F).

In the winter, Vilnius often gets less sunshine than Lucerne. Vilnius gets 36 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lucerne receives 55 hours of full sun.

Vilnius usually gets less rain in January than Lucerne. Vilnius gets 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 77 mm (3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Vilnius -5°C (23°F) 
    Lucerne 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Vilnius or Lucerne in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Vilnius and Lucerne. Many visitors come to Vilnius in the spring for the natural beauty. Also, most visitors come to Lucerne for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

In the spring, Vilnius is much colder than Lucerne. Typically, the spring temperatures in Vilnius in April are around 7°C (45°F), and Lucerne is about 12°C (53°F).

Vilnius usually receives more sunshine than Lucerne during spring. At this time of the year, Vilnius gets 164 hours of sunny skies, while Lucerne receives 150 hours of full sun.

In April, Vilnius usually receives less rain than Lucerne. At this time of the year, Vilnius gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Vilnius 7°C (45°F) 
    Lucerne 12°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Lucerne and Vilnius

Vilnius Lucerne
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (23°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 3°C (37°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Feb -4°C (26°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 5°C (40°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 1°C (33°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 8°C (46°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 12°C (53°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 16°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Jun 17°C (63°F) 77 mm (3 in) 19°C (66°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Jul 18°C (65°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 21°C (69°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Sep 13°C (56°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 13°C (56°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 2°C (36°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 7°C (45°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Dec -2°C (29°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 4°C (39°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)


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