Practical Information

Visas
Lithuania is a member of the European Union and the Schengen area. Visitors from the EU as well as from 30 or so other countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States don't require a visa to stay for up to 90 days within a six month period. A visa issued for any Schengen country is also valid in Lithuania. For more information look at www.urm.lt

Arrival
Vilnius is easily accessible by air from all major European cities. It’s 1-3 hours to fly from many European cities and "hubs" including Barcelona, Paris, Copenhagen, London, Frankfurt, Oslo, Stockholm. Vilnius International Airport is located just outside the centre of Vilnius just 7 km/15 min driving distance from the centre of the city. Kaunas airport 100 km/app 1 hour from Vilnius.

Vilnius - the capital city of Lithuania
Area: 402 km2 (155 mi2)
Population in Lithuania: 3.230.000
Population in Vilnius: 542.000
Language: Lithuanian, one of the oldest languages in Europe.
Currency: Litas (LTL) 1 Euro = 3.45 LTL
Time zone: UTC/GMT + 2 hours (EET), UTC/GMT + 3 hours (summer time EEST)
City covered 20,2% buildings, 43,9% greenery and 2,1% water.
Climate: humid continental. In Winter time temperatures might drop down to -30°C, while in Summer it can get as high as 30°C.

Safety
In an international survey Vilnius is rated as the safest capital in the Baltic States and also safer than many European capitals. As in all major cities around the world it is still advised to take care of your money and other valuable things.

Currency
National currency is Lithuanian Litas (LTL) which comes in denominations of 10 Lt, 20 Lt, 50 Lt, 100 Lt, 200 Lt and 500 Lt notes, 1 Lt, 2 Lt and 5 Lt coins and centas (ct) coins (1 Litas is 100 ct). Litas is pegged to Euro with exchange rate €1 = 3.45 LTL. Foreign currencies can be easily exchanged in banks. ATMs can be found in all parts of the city. Most internationally recognised bank credit cards are accepted and widely used in all hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.

Electricity
The voltage in Lithuania is 220V AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are of the European two–pin variety.

Working hours
Governmental institutions work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Shops are usually open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on weekdays and until 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. on Saturdays. All shopping malls and some of smaller stores are open on Sundays as well. Some supermarkets are open around the clock.

Country Code and Important Telephone Numbers
Country Code: +370, Emergency Services: 112, Information Hotline: 118

Public Holidays

January 1 (New Year’s Day)
February 16 (Restoration of the State Day (Independence Day, 1918))
March 11 (Restoration of Independence Day (from the Soviet Union, 1990))
March 31 - April 1, 2013 (Easter)
May 1 (International Labour Day)
June 24 (St. John‘s Day)
July 6 (Day of Statehood (Crowning of Lithuanian King Mindaugas))
August 15 (Assumption)
November 1 (All Saints‘ Day)
December 24-26 (Christmas)

Public transport
Vilnius has an effective and cheap network of trolleybuses, buses and minibuses. Vilnius Citizens Card is an electronic ticketing used on public transport in Vilnius.

Taxi
Numerous taxis operate and can be hailed in the street or found at spots in the Old Town and city centre. Lower price when ordered by telephone. Fares are displayed on meters and include service. Tips are paid at the passenger’s discretion. The average cost within the city is up to €15. It is recommended to ask for the receipt in advance. More information at www.etaxi.lt
 

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