Printable travel guide for Lithuania
Travel Guide

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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Lithuania
Capital: Vilnius
Population: ~2,84M
Telephone Code: +370
Time Zone: +2h
Area: 65,000 sq km
Language(s): Lithuanian
Ethnic Groups:
Lithuanians 83.5 percent
Russians 6.3 percent
Polish 6.7 percent
Belarussians 1.2 percent
Other 2.1 percent
Highest Mountain: Juozapines
President/Head of State: Dalia Grybauskaite
Government: parliamentary
Currency: Euras (EUR)
Health Risks: no
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & Measures: metric system
Country Name in other languages: Lietuva (Lithuania), Litauen, Lita - ליטא,ליטה, Lìtáowǎn - 立陶宛, Lite - ליטע , Lithouanía - Λιθουανία, Līthūanīa - ลิทัวเนีย, Lituanie - ليتواني, Litva - Լիտվա, Літва, Литва, Litvanija - Литванија, Lytva - Литва, Ritoania - リトアニア, Rituania - 리투아니아, Rit'uania - (?), Liettua, Leedu, an Liotuáin, Litaue, Litava, Litawska, Litháen, Lithuania, Lithwania, Litouwen, Litovio, Lituàinia, Lituaña, Lituania, Lituània, Lituânia, Lituanie, Litva, Litvánia, Litvanya, Litwa, Litwaniya, Litwanja

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Tourist routes in Kaunas county Walking route through Kaunas routes

The second largest Lithuanian town Kaunas is situated at the junction of two largest rivers of Lithuania - the Nemunas and the Neris. Kaunas is unique for its history and distinctive geographic position. It is the best to start the excursion from Kaunas Castle.

Maps

http://www.maps.lt - online interactive map, find any address, location

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away
By plane
There are three international airports in Lithuania. Most likely you will land in Vilnius International Airport. The other two are in Kaunas and Palanga. A number of airlines have flights to Lithuania:
Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Aurela, Austrian Airlines, Aviavilsa, Czech Airlines, Estonian Air, Finnair, Lithuanian Airlines(LAL), LOT, Lufthansa, Ryanair, SAS, Wizzair.
No-frills airlines started flights to Lithuania in 2005.
www.ryanair.com can take you to Kaunas from London Stansted, Stockholm Skavsta and Dublin.
www.wizzair.com to Kaunas direct from Malmo and Warsaw. Many connections to Germany, UK, France and Sweden are available there.
www.airbaltic.com (part of SAS) sometimes not that cheap but you can reach most of the biggest cities in Europe for a resonable price.
www.flylal.com Lithunian national airlines LAL - changed their name to more customer-friendly FlyLal and offers quite decent bargains once in a while. Started it's own internet booking system in the beginning of 2006.

By bus
You can get to Lithuania from every neighboring country. There are a few international bus companies (Eurolines, Ecolines) that has links with most european capitals.
Check www.eurolines.lt & www.ecolines.lt
(when buying tickets on the internet, ecolines is twice cheaper than eurlines;))

By train
You can get to Vilnius from Warsaw, Ryga, Kalningrad and Minsk.
Train to Warsaw (from Vilnius) leaves every day at 12:35 and 20:58 on even days
To Ryga: every second day at 07:09
To Minsk, Moscow and Kaliningrad: there are 2 or 3 trains a day, check www.litrail.lt for a timetable.


By ferry
You can reach some destinations in Germany (Kiel), Denmark (Fredericia, Copenhagen) and Sweden (Karlshamn) from Klaipeda sea-port. Check www.lisco.lt and www.scandlines.lt

Getting around
By air
Only one domestic flight from Vilnius to Palanga and vice versa. Return ticket costs 40EUR, one-way - 24EUR

By train
Rail connects most of the major cities in Lithuania. It is a cheap way to travel, but also rather slow. Some sample fares:
Vilnius - Kaunas (100km): 3-4Euro
Vilnius - Šiauliai (~200km): 6-8Euro
Vilnius - Klaipeda (~350km): 10-15Euro
Check www.litrail.lt for a timetable.

By bus
You can get toevery little city and town here Lithuania. They are faster than trains and the price is almost the same. Buses linking major cities are fast and comfy but there are some (very) old buses in province.
www.kautra.lt - intercity company based in Kaunas.
www.toks.lt - intercity coach company based in Vilnius.
www.klap.lt - intercity coach company based in Klaipeda.

By car
Road conditions are great, especialy compared to neighboring countries. If you're coming with your own car you would like to keep it in a guarded parking lot :) In case of break down try calling "Altas" short number 1810 - one the companies with broadest networks for roadside assistance. http://www.altas.lt/technine-pagalba/index_en.php .

By ferry
The only ferry need to know is between Klaipeda and Curonian spit. For timetables and prices check www.keltas.lt/en/

Hitchhiking
Quite easy. Done it myself a lot of times. Just get a good map if you're going to hitch hike in a province.
Motorcycle, Boat, Bicycle ...

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest.
Hotels
http://www.hotels.lt/welcome.html
Camping
http://www.kempingas.lt/Default.aspx?tabid=73

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...
http://ausis.gf.vu.lt/eka/food/fcont.html (great site about traditional lithuanian food)

Money and Costs

Currency
Lithuanian currency is Lithuanian Litas (LTL). It is currently peged to Euro where 1EUR = 3.45LTL.

Exchanging Money
You can change money at any bank. Take euro or usd as they have the best rates.
Traveler cheques are usualy not accepted (except for some top-end hotels and restaurants), but there is no problem to cash them at any bank or exchange office. There is 24hours a day opened exchange office in between bus and train station in Vilnius. Good rates.

Credit Cards
Visa and Mastercard are the most popular and are accepted almost everywhere in major cities. ATMs are available everywhere throughout the country, so you should never run out of cash :)

Tipping
10-15% are expected in most of the places where you eat or drink.

Bargaining
Only in markets. You can also kindly ask for a "discount" at some hotels

Costs
It depends on a place. The most expencive is Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda. Everywhere else it can be up to 50% cheaper. Some sample fares (in Vilnius):
Pint of beer: 1-2EUR
Bottle of beer: 0.50EUR-1EUR
Pizza: 4-5EUR
Coke 0.5l: 0.5EUR
To be continued..

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Lithuanian diplomatic missions, Foreign diplomatic missions, Consular info

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

There are 102 sport fields in Lithuania, 800 different sport clubs, 104 sport schools (by 2004).
Basketball is considered to be the second Lithuanian religion: Lithuanian basketball team plays very good internationally, usually taking the 3rd place in Olympics.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...
www.ore.lt (kalendorius)
www.dj.scene.lt (renginiai)
www.hardcore.lt

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

there is a monument o famous Frank Zappa in the centre of Vilnius. Great place of interest. Vilnius is the European capital of culture in 2009. More info: http://vilnius2009.lt/en/main/

Language and Useful Phrases

The state language is Lithuanian, which belongs to the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family. The Lithuanian lan­guage boasts the best-retained ancient vocalic system and a number of morphological pecularities, known only in extinct or no longer used lan­guages, such as Hittite, Ancient Greek or Sanskrit. Russian, Polish (and German in some areas) are also widely spoken. English is widely spoken in major cities.

Please note pronunciation:
'š' is pronounced as 'sh'
'č' is pronounced as 'ch' (for example, 'ch' in word 'cheque')

Labas rytas - Good morning
Laba diena - Good afternoon
Labas vakaras - Good evening
Labas - Hi
Ate! - Bye!
Ačiū - Thanks
Šūdas! (say: shoodas) - Shit!
Padėkit! - Help!
Aš noriu alaus ('š' is pronounced as 'sh') - I want some beer
Karočė - [untranslatable slang expression]

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Don't drive to Lithuania your best car - it will be most likely stolen! Most of the cars in Baltic states are 10 and more years old. There were enough stories how some well-organized Lithuanian criminals were stealing cars from naive West European foreigners.
At the moment (by January 2005) only Vilnius, Lithuanian capital, is considered to be relatively safe and almoast free from cruel robberies (which occurs anyway from time to time). Lithuania is a beautiful country to visit, but you have to be aware of different mentality of local people who were occupied and suppressed for a long time while being a part of USSR, and even untill now many people suffer poverty, which leads them to commit a crime.
It is recommended not to walk alone in the evenings, and to know how to get in contact with the local police.

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

No state religion.
The majority of Lithuanian religious believers are Roman Catholics. There are also Russian Orthodox and Evangelical Lutherans, as well as adherents of Islam and Judaism. A total of 842 religious communities were registered in Lithuania in 2001.

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

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External Links

Vilnius Historic Center UNESCO World Heritage Site

Offtopic Messages

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