In our Vilnius guide we suggested a day trip to Trakai and, since there was little information provided about it, we thought it would be a great idea to develop it in a post. Hence, what you’ll find here is any info about how to make the best out of this one-day-trip!

Located 30 km west of Vilnius, Trakai is famous for its Castle surrounded by forests, lakes and hills.

You can reach it by bus, train or car:

  • Bus: daily departures every 10-20 minutes from the Vilnius bus station located in Sodų 22. The journey takes between 30 and 50 minutes.
  • Train: daily departures from the Vilnius train station located in Geležinkelio 16. The journey takes 33 minutes.

Once in Trakai you will have to walk approximately 30 minutes from the bus station, and a little further from the train station to reach the Castle, located on an island above Lake Galvè. You can go down the main road or down a path that borders the lake.

We recommend you visit the Trakai Island Castle, which was built in the 14th century. It was completed in several phases. 

Did you know it is the only castle in Eastern Europe built on a lake?

The visit can last between 2 and 3 hours.


  • March, April and October, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • May to September, from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • November to February, from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • General
  • Reduced: students and retirees

For more information about the Trakai Castle. 

There are several activities you can do on the lake, such as paddle boarding or taking a boat. The most famous is Skaistis, located on the dock on the right side of the Castle on the Island of Trakai. The journey takes approximately one hour.

You can also try a typical dish, kybyn. It is a small pasty stuffed with minced meat, vegetables or cheese. There are a lot of restaurants and bakeries where you can try it.

You can also walk through the Old Town and enjoy the wooden houses or visit the ruins of the Trakai Peninsula Castle.

For more information about Trakai.

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