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Driving in Lithuania.

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The country of woodland.

Lithuania is full of scenic lakes and forests. On the shore of the Baltic, the countryside is dotted with a multitude of hills and sand dunes. Its attractive capital, Vilnius, has a long and rich history, making it a great place to visit and explore.

Winter conditions can be severe in Lithuania, so it is essential that you’re well equipped when embarking on a long journey. Driving is a fantastic way to explore Lithuania, the mixture of castles and baroque architecture with breath-taking scenery will make this a holiday to remember.

Read our Lithuania travel guide. You may also like to view information about destinations in Lithuania.

Tips for driving in Lithuania

Which side of the road do they drive on?

Drive on the right, overtake on the left.

Seat belts

If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.

Driving with children

Children must be at least 12 years old to sit in the front seat.

Blood alcohol limit

The blood alcohol limit is 40mg alcohol per 100ml blood for normal drivers. A lower limit of 20mg per 100ml applies to drivers who’ve held their licence for less than 2 years.

Can I use a mobile?

It’s illegal to use a mobile unless you have a hands-free kit.

Reflective vests, triangles & other essentials

A reflective vest must be kept in the vehicle at all times. It is compulsory to carry a warning triangle, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher.

Do I need winter tyres?

Winter tyres are compulsory between November 10th and April 1st. Studded tyres may be used from November 1st to April 9th. Vehicles with studded tyres display a sticker on the rear. 


In towns, take care not to park on tram lines. Car theft and break-ins are common. It’s therefore advisable to use secure car parks whenever possible. You must not park within 15 metres of a bus stop or within 5 metres of a crossroads.

On the spot fines

The Lithuanian police are authorised to issue on the spot fines.

Horns and headlights

Dipped headlights must be used during daylight hours.

Variable speed limits

In summer some motorway speed limits are raised from 110 to 130kph.

What should I do if I breakdown?

If you breakdown, you must put on a reflective jacket and place the reflective triangle 25-50m behind the vehicle to warn other drivers. Call the supplier who will be able to advise you further.

It is recommended you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.

What should I do if I have an accident?

If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental supplier and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is recommended that you contact us at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.

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