Lithuania’s digitised telephone network, run by TEO (www.teo.lt), is quick and efficient, although knowing what code to dial can be confusing.

To call other cities from a landline within Lithuania, dial 8, wait for the tone, then dial the area code and telephone number.

To make an international call from Lithuania, dial 00 followed by the country code.

To call Lithuania from abroad, dial Lithuania’s country code (370), the area code and telephone number.

Then of course there are mobile telephones. No self-respecting Lithuanian would be seen without a mobile surgically attached to their ear, and indeed, many a hotel and restaurant – especially in more rural parts – lists a mobile telephone as its main number. Mobile numbers comprise a three-digit code and a five-digit number.

To call a mobile within Lithuania, dial 8 followed by the eight-digit mobile number. To call a mobile from abroad, dial 370 followed by the eight-digit mobile number.

Mobile companies Bitė (www.bite.lt), Omnitel (www.omnitel.lt) and Tele 2 (www.tele2.lt) sell prepaid SIM cards; Tele2 offers free roaming with its prepaid cards, making it the best choice for those travelling in Estonia, Latvia and Poland too. It also offers the cheapest rates.

Public telephones – increasingly rare given the widespread use of mobiles – are blue and only accept phone cards, sold at newspaper kiosks.