Trakai is a small island located in Lithuania, perhaps best known for its castle, which was built in the 14th century and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The castle was once the home of the Grand Duke of Lithuania, and it played an important role in the history of the country.
The island is home to several hotels and restaurants, as well as a number of historical landmarks. Visitors to Trakai can enjoy stunning views of Lake Galve, swim in the lake, or hike in the surrounding forests. In winter, the lake freezes over and people come to ice skate on it.
How to get to Trakai from Vilnius
Trakai is a lovely town located about 30 kilometers from Vilnius, so a perfect day trip from the Lithuanian capital! While it’s possible to drive there, the best way to get to Trakai is by taking the public bus or booking a tour.
Going to Trakai from Vilnius by bus
All buses depart from the main Vilnius Bus Station. The buses run regularly and the ride only takes about 45 minutes. Plus, it’s very affordable – a one-way ticket will only cost you a few euros.
Another option is booking a tour and learning a bit more about the history of the place. It’s also easier reaching the castle this way.
Going to Trakai from Vilnius by train
Another option is to take a train which is also a clean and comfortable way to go there. However, trains might not be super reliable as they have less frequent departures compared to a bus. You can get tickets on the official Lithuanian train website.
Going to Trakai from Vilnius as part of a tour
If you don’t wanna deal with researching for train or bus options, a great idea would be going to Trakai as part of a tour. The journey will be more comfortable and you’ll be able to learn more the different ethnic groups that settled in the area but also discover thea area around the castle in greater detail.