How to get there:

The nearest airports to Šiauliai: Riga (Latvia), Kaunas, Palanga and Vilnius.

Vilnius International Airport – Distance from Šiauliai to Vilnius (capital of Lithuania) is 214 km. The most convenient way to get from Vilnius Airport to Vilnius railway station is to take a train (http://www.litrail.lt/wps/portal). The price for the ticket is 0,75 EUR. Tickets are sold in the train. Vilnius railway station and Vilnius bus station are in front of each other. Bus station is on the opposite side of street. The price of bus or train ticket to Šiauliai is up to 15 EUR. Information about bus connections in Lithuania: http://www.autobusubilietai.lt/; train connection: http://www.litrail.lt/wps/portal.

Riga International Airport – Distance from Šiauliai to Riga (capital of Latvia) – 128 km. Information on bus lines and schedules „Riga Airport-Riga City Centre“ available at www.rigassatiksme.lv and www.airbaltic.lv Information on bus lines and schedules „Riga city-Šiauliai city“ www.eurolines.lv and www.luxexpress.eu. There is no train connection with Šiauliai city.

Distance from Šiauliai to other Lithuanian cities:

Kaunas – 142 km

Klaipeda – 161 km

Palanga – 149 km

Climate

Weather in Lithuania can be compared with the climate of Great Britain or Sweden with a lot of fog and a great number of cloudy days for a year. We recommend to take an umbrella. In winter it is not very cold but sometimes frosts are strong and at the same time it is wet. In spring and autumn the average temperature is about 15C. The weather in summer is mild and rather warm, the average temperature is 17-25C.

More information about weather conditions you can find below

http://uk.weather.com/weather/today-Vilnius-LHXX0005?fromSearch=true

Time

Eastern Europe Summer time 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Safety

Lithuania is a regular European country. You can feel quite safe here but, as in all other countries, you should exercise common sense and know how and where to take care of yourself. In case of emergency, you should call 112, which is the emergency phone number for ambulance, police and fire brigades.

Šiauliai University students can use medical services, offered by the University Medical Centre as well as private providers. Foreigners are requested to make their own arrangements in respect of health and travel insurance.

Water and electricity: water is taken from deep underground in Lithuania, and is fresh and clean. Electricity is 220 Vs.

If you are a disabled person, do not worry, our University, most shops and public places are adapted for you. In addition, Lithuanians are friendly and ready to help in case of anything.

Currency

The official currency in Lithuania is Euro (since January 1, 2015).

Shopping

Small shops are open 10:00-19:00 on weekdays and 9:00-17:00 on Saturdays. Most major shopping centres and supermarkets are open 8:00-22:00 daily.

Credit Cards

Visa and Master Cards are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants. Many banks and cash machines are available near the faculties and all around the city.