Vilnius, Lithuania

Image of the city


agglomeration: 838,000
city: 537,000

Land area

401 km2

Population density

1392 inhabitants/km2

Vilnius is one of the most frequently visited cities of Eastern Europe. It draws attention, not only because of its unique architectural character, but also by its cultural events and attractions.

It is the largest city of the country accounting for 17 per cent of the total population of the country. Vilnius is home to people of different ethnic backgrounds. Ethnic Lithuanians – 57.8%, Poles – 18.7%, Russians – 14%, Belarusians – 4%, Jews – 0.5%, and representatives of other ethnic backgrounds account for the remaining 5%.

The historical centre of Vilnius, the Old Town, (Senamiestis) is one of the largest old town centres in Eastern Europe (covering almost 360 hectares). The Old Town is situated in a picturesque valley of two rivers – the Vilnia and the Neris, at the crossroads of trade roads, next to the ford, which was guarded by Vilnius castle in the olden times.

City has a long record of participating in EU mobility projects and so fully understands the necessary steps that need to be taken to start its SUMP. It has already implemented a city centre cycle hire scheme and seeks to build upon this in the new year. City faces some challenging issues relating to city development, traffic congestion, and public transport improvements.

Modal Split

Year 2011


Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

Survey method:

Resident's interview



Population (2011)



Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Linas Bartusevičius

Telephone: +370 52 197 908
Email: ltlinas.bartuseviciusvilnius
City website:

Participation in previous and current EU transport related projects

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

No SUMP as yet.

Plans are in place to develop something though in line with the guidelines to be prepared and published by the Ministry of Transport in late Nov 2014.

Export city to PDF