Country Information


Location: Europe
Capital: Vilnius
Population: 2.8 Million
Currency: Euro
Language: Lithuanian
Main Religion: Roman Catholic

Hello: Sveiki
Thank you: Dekoju

Dates in the country

End of August 2017


Winters (November to March) are particularly long, with temperatures rarely rising above 0°C. January is the coldest month with maximum daily temperatures of -3 to -4°C. In stark contrast, summer (June to August) can be very hot, with temperature sometimes reaching in excess of 30°C. July is the hottest month with average daily highs of over 22°C

Public Holidays

  • January 1st New Year’s day
  • February 16th Restoration of the state Day
  • March 11th Restoration of Independence Day
  • March/April Easter
  • May 1st Labour day
  • June 24th St Johns Day
  • July 6th Coronation of King Mindaugas
  • August 15th Assumption Day
  • November 1st All Saint’s Day
  • December 24th Christmas eve
  • December 25th Christmas Day
  • December 26th Boxing Day


Australian and New Zealand passport holders planning a visit to any of the 28 Member States of the EU do not require a visa if their stay is no longer than 90 days in a six month period within the EU.


Vaccines advised:

  • Tetanus
  • Rabies
  • Tick-borne encephalitis
  • Malaria: No

Rules of the Road

  • The minimum driving age is 18 years.
  • Seatbelts are mandatory for the driver and passengers in front and rear seats.
  • Studded tires are not permitted from 10 April to 31 October.
  • Dipped headlights must be switched on at all times while driving.
  • The Liability Insurance policy is obligatory; it can be purchased at the border to Lithuania.
  • Speed limits are: in towns and settlements – 60 km/h, on country roads – 90 km/h; on highways from 1 October to 1 May – 110 km/h; on highways from 1 May to 1 October – 130 km/h.
  • The blood-alcohol limit is 0.04%.
  • First aid kit, fire extinguisher, and warning triangle are obligatory.
  • Using cell phones without hands-free system is not permitted when driving.Use of radar detectors is not permitted.
  • European emergency number is 112; local police number is 02.
  • Carnet not usually required however may be needed for Australian registered car.
  • Drive on the right side.

Places to Visit

  • Vilnius
  • Kaunas


A detailed route showing where we went overlanding and exploring. We jotted down the routes we travelled on a physical map which travelled with us from Australia to the UK, then transferred this to a digital form using Google Maps (KML and GeoRSS Layers)

These are exact appropriations, maps differ between brands and converting from paper to digital may lose some details in translation. This should still show in great detail our route.