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Driving in Lithuania

General Info

Lithuania flag

Population: 3.5m

Area: 65,200 sq. Km

Currency: Litas (100 cents) - LTL


Top 10 popular attractions:  

  • Old Town Of Vilnius
  • Curonian Spit
  • Kernavea 
  • Aukstaitija National Park 
  • Hill Of Crosses
  • Palanga
  • Kursiy Nerija National Park
  • Vilnius University 
  • St. Anne's Church
  • Lithuanian Art Museum

Essentials

Driving licence:

Visitors riding or driving in Lithuania must have reached the minimum age required to drive/ride a vehicle of equivalent category even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. You must be 18 or over to drive a private motor vehicle in Lithuania. 

All foreign driving licences are recognised; however, any licence which does not bear a photograph must be supplemented by a document with a photo, preferably a passport.

Important documents:

Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Lithuania for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Lithuania the following documents should be carried: 

  • Full, valid driving licence* (with paper counterpart) 
  • Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)

While driving in Lithuania you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items: 

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually) 
  • A first-aid kit & fire extinguisher is compulsory aboard all motor vehicles
  • Warning triangle (any motor vehicle travelling in Lithuania, regardless of country of registration, must carry a warning triangles) 
  • All vehicles must have their lights on day and night
  • Reflective jacket (it is compulsory to have a reflective jacket on board a vehicle)
  • Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)

Rules of the road & regulations:

Rules of the road:

  • Overtaking & passing

    The regulations conform with the 1968 Road Traffic Convention.

    Many roads have a hard shoulder, slower vehicles pull into these to allow faster vehicles to pass.

  • Priority

    The regulations conform with the 1968 Road Traffic Convention.

Towing:

There are no special regulations concerning the temporary importation of caravans or camper vans. No inventory is required.

Snow chains:

Winter tyres are compulsory on cars from 10 November to 1 April.

Spiked tyres may be used from 1 November to 9 April. Vehicles with spiked tyres must have a sticker at the rear. This is also strongly recommended for foreign-registered vehicles.

Seat belts: 

It is compulsory to wear seat belts on all seats equipped with a belt.

Travelling with children: 

Children under 12 years are not allowed in the front seats of cars unless there is a child restraint adapted to their size.

Children under 3 must be seated in a special seat of an approved design adapted to their size . If the car is equipped with airbags at the front, it is prohibited to place a child in a rear facing seat on the front passenger seat.

Speed limits:

km/h Motorways Dual carriageways Asphalted roads Other roads Built-up areas
Car 130*/110** 110*/100** 90 70 50
Motorcycle
lorry up to 3.5 t
100 100 90 70 50

*    Summer: from 1 April to 31 Oct
** Winter: from 1 Nov. to 31 March

Penalties:

  • On-the-spot fines

    The police can issue a fine on-the-spot and demand immediate payment of fines.

Parking:

  • Parking regulations

    In towns motorists must take care not to park on tram lines.

    Theft of cars and visible valuable articles left in cars is common.  It is therefore advisable to use guarded car parks whenever possible.

    Parking is forbidden within 15 metres of a bus stop and within 5 metres of a cross roads or intersection.

  • Enforcement of parking regulations

    Cars that have been illegally parked will be clamped by the police.

  • Disabled parking access

    There are reserved parking spaces for the disabled which are sign posted.  These may also be used by foreign disabled motorists provided they are in possession of the blue badge.

Traffic lights:

  • Traffic lights

    The international three-colour system of traffic lights is used in Lithuania.

Drink/drug driving:

  • Legal limit

    The legal limit for drivers is 0.04% alcohol in the blood.

  • Alcohol

    Breath tests are frequent in Lithuania.

Roads & fuel

Availability of fuel

The 3 main petrol station networks are operated by Lukoil (Russia), Statoil (Norway) and Neste. Some stations are automated and operate 24 hours a day.

A special winter diesel fuel with a very high congealing point is available in winter.

  • Price of fuel
    (April 2014)
Unleaded petrol (95 octane) 4.49 LTL per litre
Diesel 4.38 LTL per litre
LPG 2.29 LTL per litre
  • Means of payment

    Most service stations accept Visa, Mastercard and Diner's Club.

Download  a copy of our Travelling in Lithuania guide.

Download  a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.


Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

What RAC can do for you

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Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (August 2013).

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Petty crime is common. See Crime

Call 112 if you need to contact the emergency services.

Most visits to Lithuania are trouble free.  

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel

Office: British Embassy Vilnius
Street Address: 2 Antakalnio
ZIP Code: 10308
City: Vilnius
Country: Lithuania

Telephone: +370-5 2462900
Fax: +370-5 2462901

Email: be-vilnius@britain.lt

Website: http://www.britain.lt/


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