What you should know before you rent a car
Where to rent a car in Lithuania?
A European nation, and one of the Baltic states, Lithuania shares borders with Latvia, Belarus and Poland. Its capital city of Vilnius is home to a population of over 500,000, while the overall population of Lithuania is close to three million. There are four commercial airports in Lithuania; of these, Vilnius Airport is the largest, and sees international arrivals and departures. Lithuanian Railways is the main rail company in Lithuania, with services to towns and cities across the country. Traveling around Lithuania by car is easier and safer than ever before, with a number of car rental companies operating in the country. Car rental services are available from airports such as Vilnius Airport, as well as from cities around Lithuania; such companies include Avis, Panek Rent a Car, Rent&Go, Europcar and Budget.
What are the driving rules in Lithuania?
When driving in Lithuania, it is important to note that speed limits and distances will be displayed in kilometers; this will also be the unit of measurement on your rental car's speedometer. Speed limits are usually indicated on road signs, however as a general rule they are as follows: 50 km/h in urban areas; 90 km/h on main roads; and 130 km/h on the highway. Winters in Lithuania are cold, which can affect road conditions and at times leads to a reduction of the highway speed limit to 100 km/h. The use of headlights is required at all times. When parking in Lithuania, there is plenty of on-street parking, as well as secure parking lots. In Vilnius, avoid parking in the Old Town, as spaces are often full.
Road trips in Lithuania
Lithuania is home to historic cities and stunning National Parks – many of which can be discovered by car. Take a look at these three great road trips to get you started on your Lithuanian adventure!
Lithuania's capital city of Vilnius is an architectural delight, with buildings from across the centuries featuring various architectural styles. In the city's Old Town, landmarks such as the 16th-century Church of St. Anne can be seen; while elsewhere in Vilnius, the Gate of Dawn once formed part of the original defensive walls of Vilnius. Don't leave the city without paying a visit to the harrowing Museum of Genocide Victims, which honors those killed under the Nazi and Soviet regimes. From Vilnius, Lithuania's second largest city of Kaunas is not far away by road – 64.1 miles, to be precise. Making for an easy road trip destination, it is well worth a visit. Also close to Vilnius is the historic Trakai Island Castle, which can be found on Lake Galvė.
Home to the medieval Kaunas Castle; the Baroque style Pažaislis Monastery; and the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas is Lithuania's second largest city. Located in the south of Lithuania, visitors to Kaunas can enjoy its historic atmosphere in the Old Town (don't miss a visit to the stunning Kaunas Cathedral Basilica!). Outside the city, a short drive from Kaunas stands the Ninth Fort, a historic landmark which today honors victims of the Holocaust. A little further afield, the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is easily accessible by rental car from Kaunas.
Curonian Spit National Park
Founded in 1991, the Curonian Spit National Park (Kuršių Nerijos Nacionalinis Parkas in Lithuanian) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to several rare ecosystems. Accessible by ferry from the mainland, visitors can see sand dunes such as the Parnidis Dune and the Dead Dunes. These are located near the village of Nida, worth a trip for its historic charm and museums such as the Neringa History Museum.