Things To Know About Lithuania

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One of the most common things to know about Lithuania is that Lithuania is the southernmost of the three Baltic countries and it is located in Northern Europe. Lithuania has a Baltic Sea coastline in the west and on the other sides it is surrounded by Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Kaliningrad Oblast. The main attractions are quite distant from each other, but given that the country is relatively small, it is perfectly sized to travel by car without getting too tired. Feel the Lithuanian urban yet medieval feeling in Vilnius or untouched nature and mysterious forests all over the country!

Top places to visit in Lithuania by car

To plan things to do in Lithuania have a little sneak peek into the most popular places in Lithuania before your trip! One thing though is clear – you definitely should to go there by car to enjoy beautiful views from the window and stop wherever and whenever you want to. If you don’t own one, hire a car in Vilnius airport – it is the most convenient way to start your trip. Now take a look at five most popular attractions and choose your favorite or visit them all!

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Trakai Historical National Park

The pride of Lithuania, Trakai is the only historical national park in Europe. A miniature wooden town is encircled by several lakes and is situated in the historical island capital of ancient Lithuania. The town fascinates with its wooden architecture, medieval castles – especially Trakai Island Castle, and magnificent scenery and at the same time – a modern face of the town.

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Druskininkai

On the other side of the country, in the very south, you’ll find the popular and classy spa resort town of Druskininkai, surrounded by largest pine forest in the country. The town is built around springs with allegedly healing powers and the area is full of nature, flower gardens, parks, several lakes and two rivers in its limits.

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Vilnius

The country’s lovely capital, Vilnius, is a relatively small but pleasant place with a UNESCO listed historic center. It’s the perfect place to admire a range of architectural styles, as it boasts a mixture of gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical buildings. Stroll through the narrow streets and cosy courtyards and after that have a sip of coffee in one of the many cafes on Pilies Street.

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Palanga

In summer time Palanga is often referred to as the summer capital of Lithuania. For a day by the beach, the popular seaside resort is the place to be! Although it gets crowded in summer, it has some great beaches and beautiful sand dunes, as well as bars and cafes, fun fairs, shops, music clubs and famous nightlife.

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Curonian Spit

This unique peninsula in the Baltic Sea with sand dunes, seaboard forest, white sanded beaches and old ethnographic villages is definitely a must-go place. The Curonian Spit contains the largest drifting sand dunes in Europe – the highest of them rise up to 60 meters. Beaches of Nida, Juodkrantė and Smiltynė have been awarded with the Blue Flag. All of this makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The most convenient way to visit all your desired and above mentioned cities and sightseeing places is to go by car. There are many options for cheap car hire in Vilnius. We also offer a car hire in Vilnius airport with wide range of vehicles, so everyone can find a car that meets their needs.

Driving in Lithuania - rules on the road

Speed limits

General speed limit in Lithuania is 90 km/h outside and 50 km/h inside build-up areas. On motorways the limit is 130 km/h from April 1st till October 31st, and 110 km/h from November 1st till March 31st. Speed limit on Motor Vehicle Roads is not higher than 120 km/h from April 1st till October 31st. From November 1st till March 31st – not higher than 110km/h on Motor Vehicle roads and on other roads – not higher than 70 km/h.

Alcohol levels

0 g/l maximum permitted blood alcohol content limit for novice drivers (license for less than 2 years) and all drivers who drive vehicles with more than 9 seats or transport dangerous goods. The 0 g/l limit is adopted for mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and taxi drivers as well. Standard limit for drivers who have held their license for more than two years is 0,4 g/l.

Speed fines

Foreigner or not, speeding is punishable by law, so make sure you know what you are letting yourself in for! On all roads fines are set at 28-86 EUR for exceeding 1-21km/h. Overspeeding by more than 50km/h on every road is considered a big deal and it will cost your license!

Speed radars

In the summer of 2015 Lithuania’s police started installing speed cameras that record a vehicle’s medium speed in a certain section, rather than its instant speed. Stationary cameras operate all over the country, so, please, drive safe and within the speed limit, especially with rental cars, because the fines can be pretty heavy.

Road quality

Overall, the major roads between the cities are in decent quality. However, you should be cautious when getting off the main roads in rural areas, as some of them may contain pot holes which could damage a car if you go too fast. Major “Via Baltica” road, which links Kaunas to Warsaw and Riga/Tallinn, was just reconstructed and it is a very easy and pleasant route.

Minimum driving age

You must be at least 18 years old to drive a car, but keep in mind that most of the car rental agencies in Lithuania prefer older drivers.

Fuel price

Unleaded: 1,082 EUR.
LPG: 0,541 EUR.
Diesel: 0,993 EUR

Side of the road

Stay in the right lane unless passing another vehicle. Before passing, always check the left lane for rapidly moving vehicles, because drivers tend to speed on multilane roads.

Seat belt fines

Specific amount of penalty is not mentioned, but wearing front and rear seatbelts is compulsory. If you plan to drive unbelted, better prepare some cash.

General information about Lithuania

Weather

The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity and can be described as typical European continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly severe winters. January is the coldest month with daytime temperatures usually around -5°C, but in some cases winter months can be quite colder. In summer daytime temperatures reach 20-25°C, but sometimes quite higher, 30°C or more.

Population

Lithuania has a population of 2,9 million, which is slowly decreasing. Among the Baltic states, Lithuania has the most homogeneous population, from which about 18% are other ethnic groups. The largest ethnic groups are Poles, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Jews and Germans.

Speaking language

The official state language of Lithuania is Lithuanian. The largest minority languages are Russian and Polish, spoken natively by 8,2% and 5,8% of population respectively.

Cost of living
With an average monthly salary of 550,19 EUR, Lithuania is pretty pricey for Lithuanians, but for majority of tourists the prices seem reasonable. For example, one bedroom apartment in city center costs 369 EUR per month and one meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs 4,57 EUR.

Tourism

Each year Lithuania attracts many tourists from neighboring countries and all over the world, and the number keeps increasing. For example, in 2013, Lithuania attracted 2,2 million tourists, of whom 1,2 million were from other countries.

Choose Carrentalia services for a safe drive along the beautiful Curonian Spit or rent a car in Vilnius to experience a Lithuanian urban environment. Respecting each client’s preferences and budget, we offer a wide range or vehicles for car rental in Vilnius and other cities for a reasonable price. Carrentalia – the cheapest car hire in Vilnius airport. Besides, you can sit down in your hired car straight from the plane.

Have a great road trip!

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