Touring cyclists will find Lithuania mercifully flat. In rural areas, some roads are unsealed but they’re usually kept in good condition (barring the occasional pothole). Bike hire is offered in all major cities, and often in small villages along the coast. Curonian Spit, the Baltic coast and Šiauliai's surrounds are scenic, unchallenging destinations for cyclists.
Bike-friendly services are increasing. Ferries to Curonian Spit allow passengers to bring their bicycle for free, while some Kautra (www.kautra.lt). intercity buses have bike racks (no extra charge; look for the bicycle symbol next to routes when booking a ticket on www.autobusubilietai.lt).
The national bus network is extensive, linking all major cities to each other and smaller towns to their regional hubs. Most services are summarised on the extremely handy bus tickets website Autobusų Bilietai (www.autobusubilietai.lt).
Car & Motorcycle
Car hire is offered in all the major cities and Lithuanian roads are generally very good. Driving in Lithuania is easy; parking in labyrinthine old towns is a little less so. Four-lane highways link the main cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda and the drive from Vilnius all the way to the Baltic coast is a fairly straight (and slightly dull) 330km, generally taking three to four hours.
To cope with snowy conditions, winter tyres are compulsory from mid-November through March; rental vehicles should have them. Major thoroughfares are well cleared of snow and ice but authorities are slower to clear rural roads.
Local services are operated by Lithuanian Rail (www.litrail.lt), with regional hubs in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. The Lithuanian Rail website is a model of user-friendliness and has routes, times and prices in English. Whether you take the bus or the train depends very much on the route. For common train journeys like Vilnius to Kaunas or to Klaipėda, the train is often more comfortable and better value than the bus. For other routes, such as Klaipėda to Kaunas or Šiauliai to Kaunas, the opposite is true.