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National currency is Euro.
Foreign currencies can be easily exchanged in banks. ATMs can be found in all parts of the city. Cash withdrawals may be made using your credit card. The logos of accepted cards are shown besides the machine. Most internationally recognised bank credit cards are accepted and widely used in all hotels, restaurants and shopping malls where such methods of payment are indicated by the entrance.
The voltage in Lithuania is 220V AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are of the European two–pin variety.
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
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
- 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))
- April 16 -17, 2017 (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 (Christmas Eve)
- December 25-26 (Christmas)
Vilnius has an effective and cheap network of trolleybuses, buses and minibuses. They start running at around five in the morning and stop at midnight.
The Vilnius Citizens Card (Vilniečio Kortelė) is a form of electronic ticketing used on public transport in Vilnius. It is valid on trolleybuses and buses and can hold single 30 or 60 min. tickets, tickets valid for 1, 3 or 10 days as well as monthly passes, which must be added to the card prior to travel. The card is available at press kiosks and costs 1,50 Eur. Single tickets for trolleybuses or buses cost 0,64 Eur – 30 minutes and 0,93 Eur – 60 minutes. The card may be recharged at press kiosks. Passengers should touch the card onto electronic reader after boarding the trolleybus or bus in order to validate the ticket. Single paper tickets can be bought from a driver for 1 Eur and it will be valid for the whole journey, till the last stop of the itinerary. More information at vilniustransport.lt
Numerous taxis operate in Vilnius. When getting to the city from Vilnius International Airport we strongly recommend to take a taxi booking service at Vilnius Tourist Information Centre at the Arrival Hall of the International Vilnius Airport. You will get the customer-friendly fares without booking fee. Taxis can also be hailed in the street or found at ranks at strategic spots in the Old Town and city centre. They can also be ordered at a cheaper rate by telephone. Taxis hailed in the street can be expensive and not always of the best quality. 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 Eur. It is recommended to ask for the reciept in advance. We recommend "Smart Taxi" by short number 1820 (when using Lithuanian mobile service provider) or +370 5 200 0820. Other taxi numbers can be found here.
In an international survey Vilnius is rated as the safest capital in the Baltic States and also safer than many European capitals. Take care of your money and other valuable things and remember that not all people you meet are what they pretend to be.