Lithuania Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Lithuania

Lithuania drives on the right and you can use the photo licence of any country to drive here, providing it’s written in Roman alphabet. Drivers from other countries need their own licence plus an international driving permit. Speed limits range from 130kmh on motorways and 120kmh on expressways to 90kmh on other roads and 60kmh in urban areas. A warning triangle, first aid kit and fire extinguisher must be carried in all vehicles. If driving your own car, you must carry proof of insurance and ownership at all times.

Around 60% of the 21,000km of roads in Lithuania are paved. Lithuania’s main roads are prefixed with an ‘A’ and there are sections of certain routes which are classed as motorways and expressways . Motorway sections are-

A1 Kaunas – Klaipėda.

A2 Vilnius – Panevėžys.

A5 Mauručiai – Marijampolė.

Expressways sections are on the following main roads-

A1 Kaunas – Vilnius has two expressway sections: 55 km (Kaunas – Vievis) and 16 km (Vievis – Grigiškės).

A9 Radviliškis – Šiauliai. Total length of the stretch: 10 km.

Main roads in Lithuania are generally in a good condition, as are roads in towns. Minor routes may be gravel roads which can deteriorate in winter when you should expect ice on roads. Driving standards are generally okay, though you should expect some occasional reckless overtaking on single lane roads away from cities. On some roads there is a shared overtaking lane in the middle, and you should be aware of oncoming vehicles when using this.

The legal alcohol limit for drivers is 0.04% alcohol in the blood. For  drivers with less than 2 years experience the limit is 0.02% and the police are keen on vehicle checks which could result in a big fine or jail sentence of you’re over the limit. In my experience there tend to be a lot of police officers even on quiet roads in the country and they’re very good at concealing themselves!

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Lithuania Car Rental –
Sixt , Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget,Dollar,Thrifty, have outlets here.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Lithuania. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Lithuania Self Drive Rules –
You’ll generally be able to take the car to most mainland European countries including UK. There may be restrictions on taking the car to some Eastern European locations. One way rentals should be available to Estonia and Latvia for an additional charge.

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