The central old quarter of Vilnius is compact and most of the sights can be visited on foot. Those who prefer to save their shoe leather can make use of the city's efficient network of buses and trolleybuses; fares can be paid on boarding or tickets bought at a discount from newspaper kiosks. Most visitors prefer to make use of taxis, which are relatively cheap, although it is wise to ensure the driver has switched on the meter before leaving on the journey, or to negotiate a fare before setting off. Taxis can be hailed on the street, or found at ranks at strategic spots in the old town. They can also be ordered by telephone. Self-driving is not recommended in the city, which has heavy, undisciplined traffic, but all the large international car hire companies have offices in the city and at the airport for those who are determined to drive themselves around.
Visitors to Vilnius should be aware that although the city is generally very safe, petty theft and pick-pocketing can unfortunately be a problem on public transport. People are also sometimes targeted while walking around Vilnius so, although it is a great destination to traverse on foot, try not to walk alone at night, or to display conspicuous wealth while getting around in the city.
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