Getting around Lithuania

Air

There are domestic airports at Kaunas, Palanga and Siauliai. There are not many domestic flights.

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Road quality

There is a good network of roads within the country.

Modern four-lane motorways connect Vilnius with Klaipeda, Kaunas and Panevezys.

Car hire

Car hire: Available from local and international firms.

Regulations

Regulations: Seat belts must be worn. The speed limit is 110kph (68mph) on motorways, 90kph (56mph) on country roads and 60kph (44mph) inside towns. The Vilnius-Kaunas highway has a speed limit of 100kph (60mph). Winter tyres are obligatory between 10 November and 10 April, dim light is obligatory 24/7 throughout the whole year. A reflective vest and fire extinguisher are also obligatory.

Documentation

Documentation: Most European nationals should be in possession of EU pink format driving licences. Otherwise, a national driving licence is sufficient, if supported by photo-bearing ID.

Getting around towns and cities

Public transport in urban districts includes buses and trolleybuses, which usually run from 0500 to 2300, but times do vary between routes. Transport coupons can be bought either at news kiosks before boarding or from the driver. Minibuses are less crowded but more expensive. Taxis display illuminated Taksi signs and can be hailed in the street, found at taxi ranks or ordered by phone.

Rail

Lithuanian Railways (website: www.litrail.lt) provides good connections from Vilnius to Kaunas, Klaipeda and Siauliai. Twice-daily passenger trains (including a sleeper train) connect Vilnius with the Baltic coast. Though the train does not stop in Palanga, the major resort on the Baltic coast, passengers to Palanga usually get off at Kretinga station or in Klaipeda and then reach Palanga by bus. Passengers to Neringa (Nida, Juodkrante) can go to Klaipeda by train and then take a bus. Suburban trains going to Ignalina connect Vilnius with the popular lake district of the National Park. The ancient Trakai Castle can be reached by taking the suburban train going to Trakai.

By water

Local ferries connect Klaipeda and the Curonian Spit. Klaipeda is home to two yacht clubs.

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