Highways in Lithuania

The length of the Lithuanian public road network is 21,238 km. Of which with a hard surface – 13,584 km.

Toll roads

In Lithuania, road tolls are only charged for trucks and buses. There is no charge for cars. Vehicles of categories N1 and M2 are classified as trucks!

The N1 category includes small delivery vans and pickups (e.g. the Pegault Boxer or the Nissan Navara) and the M2 category includes minibuses with a capacity of more than 8 seats (Mercedes Sprinter).

Lithuania toll road map

On the main highways of Lithuania, vehicles of categories N1 and M2 must have a valid vignette.

Lithuania toll road map

List of the main highways in Lithuania:

  • A1 Vilnius-Kaunas-Klaipeda (10.15 – 91.00 km; 102.93 – 303.74 km);
  • A2 Vilnius-Panevezys (12.00 – 132.70 km);
  • A3 Vilnius-Minsk (6.65 – 32.91 km);
  • A4 Vilnius-Varena-Grodno (15.51-133.96 km);
  • A5 Kaunas-Marijampole-Suwalki (7.60-97.06 km);
  • A6 Kaunas-Zarasai-Daugavpils (6.02-185.40 km);
  • A7 Marijampole-Kybartai-Kaliningrad (2.50 – 41.92 km);
  • A8 Panevezys-Aristava-Sitkunai (7.50-87.86 km);
  • A9 Panevezys-Siauliai (5.00-75.14 km);
  • A10 Panevezys-Pasvalis-Riga (4.57-66.10 km);
  • A11 Siauliai-Palanga (2.65-146.41 km);
  • A12 Riga-Siauliai-Taurage-Kaliningrad (0 – 49.70 km; 59.43 – 185.96 km);
  • A13 Klaipeda-Liepaja (11.00 – 24.77 km; 26.75 – 45.15 km);
  • A14 Vilnius-Utena (10.66-95.60 km);
  • A15 Vilnius-Lida (10.66-49.28 km);
  • A16 Vilnius-Prienai-Marijampole (15.55-135.48 km);
  • A17 Panevezys bypass (0-22.28 km);
  • A18 Siauliai bypass (0 – 17.08 km).

The amount of the fee depends on the vehicle category and the length of time the road is used. Roads on which driving without a vignette is prohibited are marked with the sign “Mautstraße”.

Vignette costs

Vignette costs (EUR) for vehicles of categories N1 and M2 for 2020:

vehicle1 day7 days1 month1 year
  6 €14 €28 €€ 304

A paper vignette can be bought from Statoil, Lukoil, Baltic Petroleum, ORLEN Lietuva, EMSI petrol stations as well as at border points and other places marked with a special sign.

Signs of vignette sales outlets in Lithuania

You can buy an electronic vignette to drive on the roads of Lithuania, and view the places where  this  paper vignettes sold  are 

The fine for the lack of a vignette for vehicles of categories M2 and N1 is between 170 and 350 euros.

Validity of the vignette

1-day vignette  – valid until midnight of the current day (if a receipt is provided that was issued on the same day as indicated on the vignette, it is valid for 24 hours from the date indicated on the receipt).

7-day vignette  – valid for 7 days (e.g. from January 20th, 2019 to January 26th, 2019 inclusive).

1-month vignette  – valid until the same day of the next month (e.g. from 20-01-2019 up to and including 19-02-2019).

1-year vignette  – valid for 1 year (e.g. from January 20th, 2019 up to and including January 19th, 2020).

Parking in Vilnius

Almost all parking spaces in the central part of Vilnius are chargeable. The parking spaces in the middle are divided into 4 paid zones: blue, red, yellow and green. The most expensive parking lot is in the blue zone and the cheapest in the green zone.

The period you have to pay for depends on the zone:

  • Blue Zone – on weekdays from 8 a.m. to midnight;
  • Red Zone – Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.;
  • Yellow Zone – Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Green Zone – Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parking card in Vilnius

Parking fees

ZoneTimevaluationCost of 1 hour
green20 minutes€ 0.100.30 €
yellow10 mins€ 0.10€ 0.60
Red12 minutes0.30 €1.50 €
blue12 minutes€ 0.503.00 €

After paying for parking in the green zone, the car can only be parked in the green zone. After paying for parking in the yellow zone, the car can be parked in both the yellow and green zones. If you pay to park in the red zone, you can park your car in the red, yellow and green zones. If you pay to park in the blue zone, the car can be parked in the blue, red, yellow and green zones.

Payment options

The minimum parking fee is 10 cents. To collect money, parking meters are used that accept coins of 10, 20, 50 cents and € 1 and € 2.

The operating principle of parking meters is no different from that in other countries. You reduce the number of coins required, take a coupon and put it under the windshield.

In addition, you can pay for parking with special parking cards or by SMS to the service number.

Violations of the parking rules will result in a fine of 23 to 40 euros. If you pay on site, the amount of the fine can be reduced to 11 euros.

More information about parking in Vilnius can be found on the Lithuanian website  www.parking.lt    .

Lithuanian road map

Lithuanian road map

Main traffic rules in Lithuania

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in Lithuania

Standard speed limits in Lithuania (unless otherwise stated on signs). Cars and Motorcycles:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on the road – 120 km / h  [  1  ]
  • on the motorway – 130 km / h   [  1  ]

Cars with trailers or mobile homes with a total weight of up to 3.5 t:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on the way – 90 km / h
  • on the highway – 90 km / h

[1]  In the period from November 1st to March 31st – 110 km / h.

Drivers with less than 2 years of experience are allowed to drive on motorways and motorways at a speed of no more than 90 km / h and on other roads at a speed of 70 km / h.

The minimum speed on motorways is 60 km / h.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.

alcohol

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.4 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level is more than 0.4 ‰ and less than 1.5 ‰, the fine is € 800 to € 1,100 and you are not allowed to drive for a period of 1 to 1.5 years. If an accident was committed at the same time, the fine is € 1,200 to € 1,500 and the driving ban for a period of 3 to 5 years.

For taxi drivers, motorcycles, mopeds, vehicles with a total weight of more than 3.5 tons or with more than 9 seats as well as for drivers whose driving experience does not exceed 2 years, the maximum permitted blood alcohol level is  0.0 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level of such drivers is between 0.01 and 0.4, the fine is between 150 and 300 euros and for young drivers between 230 and 300 euros.

The transfer of the right to drive a person who is drunk or under the influence of narcotics, psychotropic drugs or other psychoactive substances is punishable by a fine of 90 to 140 €.

Driving under the influence of narcotics, psychotropic drugs or other psychoactive substances is punishable by a fine of € 800 to € 1,100 and deprivation of driving rights for a period of 1 to 1.5 years.

If the blood alcohol level is more than 1.5 ‰ or the sobriety test is refused, drivers are liable under the Criminal Code.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

The low beam is required around the clock all year round.

The fine is € 30 to € 90.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

Children under 135 cm can only travel with appropriate child restraint systems that are suitable for their weight. Children under 3 years of age can only be transported in special child restraint systems.

It is forbidden to transport children in the front seat of a passenger car with child restraint systems suitable for the weight and height of the child, with the back facing towards the windshield of the vehicle, if the front seat has an airbag. This provision does not apply when the front airbag mechanism is deactivated.

The fine is € 30 to € 50.

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear passengers   .

The fine is € 30 to € 50 for each unpaved passenger.

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a telephone communication device that is not equipped with a technical device that allows negotiation without the use of hands while the vehicle is in motion.

The fine is between 60 and 90 euros.

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.

tint

The windshield must have a light transmission of at least 75% and the front side windows at least 70%.

The fine is € 30 to € 40.

Punish

Fines can be paid directly to the police officer at the site of the offense. Some fines can be paid at a local bank (depending on the traffic infringement clause). Table of speeding fines in Lithuania:

About speedPunish
less than 10 km / hA warning
from 11 km / h to 20 km / h€ 12 – € 30
from 21 km / h to 30 km / h30 € – 90 €
from 31 km / h to 40 km / h120 € – 170 €
from 41 km / h to 50 km / h170 € – 230 €
over 50 km / h450 € – 550 €

At a speed of more than 50 km / h, the right to drive a vehicle is withdrawn from 1 to 6 months. Table of penalties for traffic violations in Lithuania:

violationPunish
Failure to comply with sign requirements, violation of rules for stopping or parking vehicles30 € – 90 €
Turns at pedestrian crossings, in tunnels, on bridges, overpasses, overpasses and below30 € – 90 €
Passage on a prohibition signal, non-passage of a pedestrian at a pedestrian crossing€ 60 – € 90

or withdrawal of the right to drive a vehicle for 1-6 months
Overtaking in a forbidden place, sweeping in poor visibility, violation of the rules for stopping / parking on highways170 € – 230 €

or withdrawal of the right to drive a vehicle for 3-6 months
Non-compliance with the traffic rules by the person driving in order to ensure the unimpeded passage of the operational vehicle90 € – 140 €

or withdrawal of the right to drive a vehicle for 2-4 months
Operation of a vehicle on the road without the conclusion of an agreement by the owner on compulsory liability insurance for vehicle owners€ 50 – € 100
Illegal races170 € – 230 €

and withdrawal of the right to drive a vehicle for 3-6 months
Violations of traffic rules that created a dangerous situation that forced other vehicles to change speed, direction of movement or take other action170 € – 230 €

and withdrawal of the right to drive a vehicle for 3-6 months
Violation of the rules for driving a level crossing180 € – 280 €

and withdrawal of the right to drive a vehicle for 2-6 months
Driving a vehicle by a driver who does not have the right to drive a vehicle€ 300 – € 450
Hooligan driving (behavior on the road that forces the other driver to take extreme actions – hard braking, pulling away from the roadside)€ 450 – € 550

and deprivation of the right to drive a vehicle for 1-2 years
Failure to comply with a request from a police officer or customs authority to stop a vehicle€ 850 – € 1,200

and withdrawal of the right to drive a vehicle from 3 to 5 years of age

If the driver is in a state of alcohol or drug intoxication in the event of a violation, the fines will be higher.

Full Lithuanian Administrative Offenses Code  in Lithuanian (2.6 Mb).

Useful information

petrol

1.25 1.35 1.12 0.55 on May 22, 2021

Unleaded petrol (95 and 98) and diesel fuel are available in Lithuania. Not all gas stations have 92 gasoline. Gas filling stations (LPG) are available.

On the territory of the country, 10 liters of fuel in a can are allowed to be carried in a car.

Changes compared to the previous period are displayed. Update every two weeks.

Crossing borders

The procedure for crossing the border of the Republic of Lithuania is as follows:

  • Cross the barrier at the entrance to the control point and go to the desired corridor (red or green), depending on the availability of the items to be declared.
  • After approaching the checkpoint, turn off the engine and wait for the customs officer to inspect the car.
  • After the inspection everyone should go to the passport control window with their passports and get a stamp in the passport about crossing the border. In addition to their passport, the driver must also present the “registration certificate” for the car and the “green card” insurance.

Map of the checkpoints across the state border of the Republic of Lithuania

https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=13N4-3RBScQ2yuweI1Kc4ETjksfzkVRm5

“Marine – Nida”

The border crossing at the Morskoye – Nida border crossing has its own peculiarities. When you cross the border at this checkpoint, you will travel through the Curonian Spit National Park. You will have to pay an environmental fee when driving through this park. In addition, it must be paid in both Russia and Lithuania, i.e. H. twice on a trip.

In Russia, the payment for motorcycles is RUB 150, and for cars (up to 8 seats without a driver) it is RUB 300.

In Lithuania, the fare for a passenger car is € 5.

Please note that there is no fee for the ferry from the Curonian Spit to the mainland. The return journey by ferry is chargeable.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Fire Department – 101
  • Police – 102
  • Ambulance – 103

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit for cars
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Safety vest  – required when you leave a car that has been left standing on the road or on your shoulder at night or in poor visibility

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of winter tires in Lithuania is mandatory for vehicles with a total weight of up to 3.5 tons from November 10th to March 31st. The fine is € 30 to € 40.

spikes

Studded tires may be used from November 1st to April 9th ​​(a corresponding label must be attached to the rear). If winter conditions persist, this period can be extended by the Minister of Transport and Communications.

Anti-slip chains

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

A Lithuanian traffic police officer has the right to check the technical suitability of a vehicle.

Using Radar detectornot forbidden. UsingAnti-radar forbidden  . Fine of € 30 to € 50 and confiscation of the device itself.