Tips before you come

Visas

EU citizens do not need visas to travel to Lithuania. No visa is required from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, the US and citizens of Nordic countries. Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of your return.

However, if you plan to travel to Russia, you will need a visa, which we can help organise for you.

Language

The official language of the country is Lithuanian, but you’ll find that both English and Russian are widely spoken. The level of English proficiency is higher in larger cities and tourist resort areas.

Electricity

You will find standard European sockets (two-pin), electrical current 220 volts AC. It’s advisable to bring all adapters with you. 

Currency

Now in Lithuania we have our own currency Litas (LTL). So it's better for you to have Euros, GB Pounds or US Dollars. This way you can exchange the money to local currency in all the banks. Since 2 February 2002, the Litas has been pegged to the Euro at the official exchange rate of 3.4528 Litas for 1 Euro. The pegging should remain in effect until the Litas is replaced with the Euro, which is planned to happen in 2015.

We suggest choosing the right credit card for spending abroad. Most credit cards will have an additional cost (about 3%) to the bank exchange rates.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit/debit cards like Visa and Mastercard, however, many places will not accept AMEX.

Opening hours

Banks are generally open from 9am. to 5pm. Shops are open around 10am. close any time between 6-8pm., some closed on Sundays. Grocery stores usually operate from 8am until 10pm. Museums and galleries are usually closed once a week on Sunday or Monday.

No Smoking

In Lithuanian restaurants, cafes, bars and other public institutions smoking is prohibited unless special smoking rooms are established. 

Speed limit on the roads

It's 50 km/h in residential areas, 90 km/h out of town on regional roads, and 110 km/h (1 November – 31 March) or 130 km/h (1 April – 31 October) on highways. Do not speed: many speed cameras are installed and police regularly patrol on roads, and speeding carries heavy fines.

Safety

In comparison to other Eastern European cities, Vilnius is a relatively very safe city. However, you should be careful with items like cell phones and laptop computers as thefts are not unheard of. 

If you need help call general emergency number 112. More information you can find here - www.sos112.lt

You need to see the villages and wild nature

The three main cities: Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda are not the only things to see. If you wish to feel closer contact to local people and to get know them better you should get out into the countryside and learn something about the villages. While the main cities are quite cosmopolitan, try out our Super Nature tour and you’ll enjoy another more down-to-earth element of this country culture by getting away from the cities. 

Visit the sea coast

The Baltic Sea is one of the most beautiful and underrated coastal areas in Europe. Lithuania is boast with wonderful seaside towns along their coasts, and while swimming in the Baltic Sea might not be too pleasant as it never fully warms up, many of the beaches have soft sand and are good for sunbathing and relaxing. If you wish to have more action, go to Palanga resort, here you can find nigtht life attaractions. If you wish to have calm vatcions try out the most beautiful place in Lithuania in Curonian Spit the Nida resort.

If you don't drive at all or have not hired a car yet?

So you should use taxi services available round the clock. Visit www.etaksi.lt for a list of taxi companies – all reliable ones! A taxi can even be called via the Internet or you can download useful Apps to your smartphones! Or you can book car here!

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