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.

When calling Lithuania from abroad, the country code is 370; next dial the area code and telephone number.

Mobile numbers comprise a three-digit code and a five-digit number. Many a hotel and restaurant – especially in more rural parts – lists a mobile telephone as its main 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.

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

Mobile Phones

Mobile companies Bitė (www.bite.lt), Telia (www.telia.lt) and Tele2 (www.tele2.lt) sell prepaid SIM cards; Tele2 offers free roaming with its prepaid cards, making it the best choice for those also travelling in Estonia, Latvia and Poland.