Lithuania — Transportation
Lithuania Taxis and Car Rental
Taxis in Lithuania’s largest cities are convenient, but they can also be expensive, especially when flagging one down on the street or at night. Ordering one over the phone can cut the price almost in half. Two of the more reputable cab companies include Smugis (+370-37-333-333) and Taxi Kaunas (+370-60-441-114).
Car rental is a good way to travel in Lithuania, providing a sense of freedom for visitors. However, recent years have seen the country’s overall traffic congestion worsen. This makes driving downtown in cities like Vilnius and Kaunas tremendously difficult. The rural areas are fine, although winter snowfalls can make the roads somewhat dangerous. Companies like Avis, Budget, and Hertz are available in major airports and towns.
Lithuania Water Taxis
Traveling around Lithuania by water taxi is not possible; however, getting to the country can be done via water ferries. Companies such as Lisco and Scandlines provide services between port towns of Germany, Sweden and Denmark. Most of the water routes arrive into the coastal city of Klaipeda.
Lithuania Trains and Buses
Visitors will find that most large towns in Lithuania, including the three biggest, Kaunas, Klaipeda, and Vilnius, all boast convenient bus networks. These generally span the entire city, offering regular buses, trolleys, and even mini-vans for transportation.
Between cities there are also bus routes, but these are usually out-of-date and slow. Getting somewhere by car in 30 minutes would take well over an hour by bus. From Vilnius, Toks offers extensive inter-city routes, while Busturas operates from Siauliai.
Litrail is the main rail network in Lithuania. The train service connects much of the country, including Vilnius to Kaunas, Vilnius to Klaipeda and Sestokai to Kaunas, along with other European destinations such as Warsaw and Moscow.