The unique charm of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius will fascinate you. Explore the architecturally diverse eastern European metropolis in a hire car. The centre of the town is characterised by rustic medieval streets, which form the backdrop for small art and handicraft markets as well as for traditional restaurants. The latter are often found in the basement vaults and serve local specialities such as Cepelinai, meat-filled potato dumplings.
In Vilnius the best place to park your hire your car is front of the neoclassical, dazzling-white cathedral. From here you can stroll along the extensive boulevard Gediminas-Prospektas and shop for trendy clothing and more in the local boutiques. A hire car allows you to explore the surrounding countryside. In Trakai, just 30 kilometres away, you can immerse yourself deeply in the history of the Lithuanian Principality by visiting the old castle. Keep in mind that parking spaces are not always easy to find and should be researched in advance. Some local inhabitants of the small town have cottoned on and offer tourists relatively cheap private parking spaces.
Explore Vilnius in a hire car
There are two options for flying to Vilnius: either Vilnius Airport just six kilometres south of the city centre or Kaunas Airport, 100 kilometres away. You can pick up your hire car booked in advance via TUI Cars at the office of a local car rental partner. A hire car gives you the flexibility to visit the sights of Vilnius at your leisure, for example, St Anne's Church. This church was built at the end of the 15th century and is considered a masterpiece of Lithuanian Gothic. 33 different types of brick were used to create the façade. The interior, on the other hand, is bathed in mystic light by the stained-glass windows. The entire Old Town of Vilnius including the church is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can easily park your car at the nearby underground car park under Gedimino Avenue 9A.
Traffic regulations and breakdown assistance in Lithuania
If you are traveling in and around Vilnius in a hire car, you should pay attention to the local traffic regulations. In principle, there is a speed limit of 50 km/h in built-up areas and 90 km/km on country roads. On some highways you can drive at a maximum speed of 130 km/h. In winter the speed limit is reduced by 20 km/h. The alcohol limit is 0.4 mg/ml in Lithuania and is strictly enforced.
Should you have a breakdown or an accident, you are automatically covered by TUI Cars inclusive fully comprehensive insurance and excess waiver insurance, unless the breakdown or an accident were caused by gross negligence. The Automobile Club LAS provides the breakdown assistance in Lithuania, the number is 880000000. Even holidaymakers are given free road-side breakdown assistance, but towing is chargeable. In the event of an accident it is crucial to inform the local police and car rental office.