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About Lithuania (LT)


Lithuania (LT) is located in Northern Europe on the eastern edge of the Baltic Sea, bordered by Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and the Russian exclave, Kaliningrad Oblast. Its transitional climate varies between continental inland and maritime coastal influences, with generally wet and mild conditions year round. The geography of Lithuanian varies only slightly between lowland plains and rolling hills left by the recession of ancient glaciers. Although not considered a tourist destination by international standards, visitors to Lithuania are surprised to find a generally pleasant atmosphere steeped in traditional culture that’s been preserved over centuries of regional change that characterizes most Baltic nations.

  Getting around

Public transportation in the capital city of Vilnius is suitable for local commuter traffic, but the majority of destinations and natural attractions are only accessible to visitors who rent a car. Travel between secondary cities is facilitated by an extensive and modern highway system; however, minor roads in rural areas are of varying quality. All the standard European traffic rules apply in Lithuania, with a heavy emphasis on personal responsibility for motorists and pedestrians alike (see Tips & Advice). The Baltic Road (Via Baltica) cuts through the country on a north-south orientation, while the A1 is the primary link from Vilnius to Klaipėda on the west coast, the main center of Lithuanian summertime recreational activities. And unlike many neighboring countries, Lithuanian drivers are considered polite and respectful of road rules.

  Choosing your car

Cheap car rentals in Lithuania are provided by the most reliable names in the business: Europcar, Sixt, Thrifty, Budget, Enterprise, and Avis. Be advised that most car hire companies in Lithuania are found at airports. Choose from economy 3-door hatchbacks and economy 4-door sedans, intermediate, standard, and fullsize sedans, estate wagons, SUVs, premium and luxury vehicles, 7-12 seater minivans, and specialty vehicles such as convertibles and 4-door pick-up trucks.

  Tips and advice

1

There are no border controls between Lithuania and neighboring countries, with the exception of Kaliningrad Oblast. However, security checkpoints are common near border crossings. Make sure to keep your personal and car hire documents in the vehicle.

2

U-turn junctions on motorways are for emergency vehicles only — with the exception of those found on the A1 and A2.

3

Some Lithuanian cities feature a special type of “mini-roundabout” at intersections of regional highways, which may even be unfamiliar to visitors from countries with standard roundabouts.

4

Animal hazards are common on rural roads, but major highways are generally fenced to reduce animal crossings.

5

Lithuania’s traffic safety code applies to anybody who is using the road — motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians. Although pedestrians generally have the right-of-way in zebra crossings, once they step onto the road, they are considered vehicles, and any accident caused by pedestrian carelessness will be their fault.

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Unlike the vast majority of first world countries, when driving on two and three-lane motorways, you’re generally expected to stay out of the right lane, in order to make way for right-turning traffic. It’s also common for drivers to take advantage of the open right lane, and overtake on the right, which can be a bit of a jarring experience for first-time visitors.

Lithuanian Driving Ideas Guide


Quirky and vibrant, Lithuania (Lietuva) is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets and holds many surprises. Inland, lush forests watch over lakes amongst the pine trees, and coastal wetlands.

Lithuania is justly proud of its unfailing treasures of folklore, with countryside tourism becoming extremely popular in recent years. The main ethnographic regions still differ by dialects, ways of life, behaviour styles and cuisine. It is great fun to attend the folk craft fairs organised during the many festivals.

Fancy exploring this diverse country by car?  The condition of roads is good, and on your way you will find many cafés and restaurants, as well as fuel stations.

Head for the Baltic Coast - Vilnius via Kaunas and Siauliai to Klaipeda

The capital, Vilnius, is a relatively small city and many of its main sights can be reached on foot.  It boasts one of the largest Old Towns in Europe. Vilnius is a mecca for artists, with mysterious courtyards, worn cobbled streets and crumbling corners, overshadowed by baroque beauty beyond belief. The Old Town has an abundance of cafés, souvenir shops and fancy boutiques.

The 100km drive from Vilnius to Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania, has plenty to see along the way. Kaunas is situated on the banks of the Nemunas River and has a compact Old Town, a crazy collection of artistic and educational museums, and a rich history of its own. But it is also known as an uninhibited, freewheeling party place. Its sizeable student population provides it with plenty of vibrant, youthful energy giving it that extra bit of spice.

From Kaunas, the 200km drive to Klaipeda takes you through stunning scenery along the way.  En route, do stop at the odd Hill of Crosses near the town of Siauliai.

Klaipeda, Lithuania's gateway to the Baltic Sea, is a historic seaport and resort town.  Spend a few hours and you’ll be justly rewarded.  The Old Town of Klaipeda has a wonderful theatre square with numerous old streets and buildings. The Danė River flows across the city centre, cutting the city into two distinct parts, offering relaxing spots along its banks.

Day trips from Klaipeda, including Nida, the place of wandering dunes

The country’s majestic Baltic coastline is home to a unique stretch of white sand known as the Curonian Spit - an island about 0.3 - 2.8 km wide and 100 km long, separating the Courland Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. It has been a famous summer destination for centuries and can be reached by ferry.

The Curonian Split stretches for over 50kms connecting the settlements of Juodkrante, Preila, Pervalka and Nida. Here you will find the unique Neringa resort, the ‘Hill of Witches’ near Juodkrante and Nida, which is furthest at about 50km from Klaipedia.

The small Nida pier is home to a number of boats for rent on an hourly basis, or offer tourist trips. Lots of small colourful wooden houses are dotted around the main village, surrounded by forest, water and the “Great Dune’.

This famous dune, on the outskirts of Nida, buried 14 villages underneath its wandering weight before reforestation managed to control it. Climbing the great dune sounds much harder than it is. Depending on your fitness level, you can climb up the wooden stairs and come back through the forest, or vice versa.  Alternatively, the dune is also accessible by car or by one of the many bikes available for rent, although the road takes a huge detour. Make sure you capture the epic moment on top of the dune! And before leaving Nida, stop at one of its many restaurants for a traditional beetroot soup with potato dumplings.

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