Lithuania is a Baltic state, together with Estonia and Latvia. They are often associated with permanent winter (aka it being cold all the time), but that is certainly not the case… at least for a short period during the year.
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is the most modern city in Lithuania. However, you can also visit the Old Town with its medieval past. The same can be found in Kaunas together with the Kaunus Castle.
Trakai is known for the Trakai Island Castle on Lake Galvé, while Nida has beaches and lagoons. You will not be bored when visiting Lithuania.
What also should not bore you is buying a SIM card in Lithuania. Sure, that may not be the most exciting thing in the world (although it is to me), having to deal with an expensive roaming bill from your provider will not bore you. Instead, it will stress you out.
Data prices in Lithuania are one of the lowest in Europe, which is why you should get a Lithuanian SIM card if you do not have an EU/EEA SIM card.
In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Lithuania. Let's do this.
Telecom Providers in Lithuania
Lithuania has 3 telecom providers: Telia Lithuania, Tele2 Lithuania, and Bite Lithuania. All operators have 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks.
Each Lithuanian operator sells its prepaid product under a different brand. Telia Lithuania has 2: Ezys and Telia Extra. For Tele2 Lithuania, it is Pildyk, and Bite sells its prepaid products as Labas.
What SIM card should you buy when visiting Lithuania? If you want to buy a SIM card in Lithuania, then I would recommend going with either Telia or Tele2 because both operators have the best coverage throughout the country.
Like some countries in Europe, and like all Baltic states, you do not have to show your passport when buying a Lithuanian SIM card.
You will notice that data rates in Lithuania are low (like all Baltic states and some countries in Eastern Europe). Lithuania is part of the European Union. As of June 2017, a new regulation has been enforced, which is known as roam at like home, meaning that those with a European Union (or EEA) SIM card should be allowed to use (some) of their data allowance in other EU/EEA countries without a surcharge.
Because domestic data rates are so low in Lithuania, the Lithuanian operators have opted-out from this regulation, meaning that they are not required to give those with a Lithuanian SIM card free roaming allowance. Instead, some operators have a Fair-use data roaming policy, sell roaming packages, or allow you to roam for relatively low rates.
With that said, let’s see what Lithuania has to offer to us.
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Tele2 Lithuania (Pildyk)
Tele2 Lithuania, just Tele2, has excellent coverage throughout Lithuania, just like Telia, covering 99% of the population. It is also the largest operator in the country, but Telia is on Tele2’s heels all the time. Tele2 prepaid SIM cards are marketed at Pildyk.
If you have been to Estonia, or have read my Buying a SIM Card in Estonia guide, then you will recognize the Pildyk logo because Tele2 Estonia uses the same design for its prepaid brand called Brand. Only the words are different. How creative.
Pildyk SIM cards are sold for €2 in Tele2 stores and various supermarkets. They come with €2 in credit. Pildyk recharge cards come in €3 and €5. You can check your balance by dialing *245# (for €0.05 per SMS) or the Pildyk app for free.
Unless you have a Lithuanian bank account, you cannot top-up online. You can choose to use a 3rd party service, for a fee, instead.
Pildyk has several monthly combo packs to choose from. They all come with unlimited SMS:
- €5: 4 GB and 199 minutes. Activation: text 199MIN4GB to 1556
- €7: 7 GB and 199 minutes. Activation: text 199MIN7GB to 1556
- €7.50: 4 GB and unlimited calls. Activation: text NMIN4GB to 1556
- €9.50: 7 GB and unlimited calls. Activation: text NMIN7GB to 1556
- €13.50: unlimited data and 199 minutes. Activation: text 199MINNGB to 1556
- €15: unlimited data and minutes. Activation: text NMINNGB to 1556
If you only want data, then the following Pildyk monthly data packs may be interesting:
- €3.50: 3 GB. Activation: text 3GB to 1556
- €6: 6 GB. Activation: text 6GB to 1556
- €13: unlimited data. Activation: text NGB to 1556
There is also a weekly plan that gets you 1.5 GB for 7 days for €1.50 (activation code: N7).
Do note that activating a package through SMS will cost you €0.05 per SMS. You can also activate a plan online or with the Pildyk app without a fee.
Additionally, all plans auto-renew if there is enough credit. To stop a plan, text STOP to 1556 for combo packs and STOPDATA to 1556 for data packs. As to be expected, you will be charged €0.05 for this SMS.
Finally, none of the mentioned packages can be used outside of Lithuania. Pildyk sells EU roaming packages. If you are staying in the Baltics, Eastern Europe, or Finland, you may want to buy local SIM cards there. If not, then these roaming packages may be interesting:
- €1: 50 MB, 10 minutes, and 10 SMS for 24 hours. Activation: text EU1 to 1556
- €4: 300 MB, 50 minutes, and 50 SMS for 7 days. Activation: text EU7 to 1556
- €15: 1 GB, 120 minutes, and 120 SMS for 30 days. Activation: text EU30 to 1556
- €30: 3 GB, 300 minutes, and 300 SMS for 30 days. Activation: text EU3GB to 1556
Again, you can also activate packs online or on the Pildyk app.
Telia Lithuania (Telia Extra & Ezys)
The Telia company is quite active in Scandinavia and the Baltics states, including Lithuania. In Lithuania, they have the best coverage, together with Tele2 covering 99% of the population.
The main difference between Extra and Ezys is the data packs each brand offers. Other than that, there is no difference between the two. As both brands are directly owned by Telia, none of them can be classified as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), which means that coverage and speeds will be the same with both Extra and Ezys.
Telia Extra SIM cards can be bought for €2 with €2 in credit in Telia stores, kiosks, and several supermarkets throughout Telia. Top-up vouchers start from €2 and can be bought in the places as mentioned earlier too.
Once you have bought your Telia Extra SIM card, you do not have to activate it. You will find your phone number on the SIM card holder.
You can check your Telia Extra credit balance by texting SL to 1301 (for free), but you can also check it online.
Telia Extra has several monthly combo packs you can buy:
- €2.90: 100 MB, 200 local minutes, 200 minutes to Telia numbers, and 100 SMS. Activation: text AKC KLASIKA to 1301
- €3: 50 MB, 150 minutes, and 3000 SMS. Activation: text PLANAS MANO to 1301
- €5.50: 1 GB, 150 minutes, and 12 000 SMS. Activation: text PLANAS MANO1 to 1301
- €7: 50 MB, unlimited calls, and 12 000 SMS. Activation: text PLANAS NERIBOTAI to 1301
- €9.50: 1 GB, unlimited calls, and 12 000 SMS. Activation: text PLANAS NERIBOTAI1 to 1301
All Telia Extra combo plans auto-renew if there is enough credit. To deactivate auto-renew, text -PLANAS to 1301.
If you only want data, then these monthly Telia Extra data packs will be interesting:
- €2.45: 1 GB. Activation: text NARSYK X1 to 1301
- €3.55: 2 GB. Activation: text NARSYK X2 to 1301
- €6: 4 GB. Activation: text NARSYK X4 to 1301
- €9: 8 GB. Activation: text NARSYK X8 to 1301
- €13: 16 GB. Activation: text NARSYK X16 to 1301
Do note that none of the Telia Extra pack allowances can be used outside of Lithuania. In fact, roaming is not available with Telia.
Ezys SIM cards are sold for €2 in Telia stores, various supermarkets, and kiosks. They come with €2 in credit as well. In the same establishments, you can find reload cards in these stores starting from €2.
If the sales agent does not activate your SIM card for you, then you have to activate it yourself. To activate an Ezys SIM card, you have to call 1544 and listen to the menu. Press 9 to change the menu to English. After that, you have to press 1 to activate your SIM card. You will also hear your phone number, which you should note down.
To check your credit balance, use the Ezys app to see your balance for free. Otherwise, you can dial 1544 and select option 2. If you select the latter method, then you will be charged €0.09 per request. You can also check your balance online.
You can get one of the following monthly Ezys combo plans called Superplanai (Super Plans):
- €4.80: 2 GB, 200 minutes, and 200 SMS per day. Activation: text +PLANAS RAMU
- €6.98: 3 GB, unlimited calls, and 400 SMS per day. Activation: text +PLANAS VERTA
- €9: 4 GB, unlimited calls, and 400 SMS per day. Activation: text +PLANAS VISKAS
The combo plans also come with unlimited data for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Spotify, and Tidal.
All Ezys combo plans auto-renew if there is enough credit. To cancel a plan, text -PLANAS to 1566. Each text sent to 1566 will cost you €0.05 per text. If you have any data or minutes left, the leftover allowance will carry over to the next month (only if you keep the same plan and let it auto-renew).
The following monthly Ezys data packs, called Narsyk, can be bought:
- €2.60: 2 GB. Activation: text +NARSYK 2 to 1566
- €4.80: 3 GB. Activation: text +NARSYK 4 to 1566
- €7: 6 GB. Activation: text +NARSYK 6 to 1566
- €12: unlimited data. Activation: text +NARSYK NERIBOTIGB to 1566
Do note that if you manage to use more than 150 GB with the unlimited data plan, Telia will investigate your usage.
All data plans will renew if you have enough credit. To stop a plan, text NARSKY to 1566.
Finally, you have Ezys additional services, which are other plans that do not fit in other categories:
- €0.90: 1 TB (1024 GB) for 30 nights from 12 AM until 6 AM. Activation: text +AKC NAKTYS to 1566 (auto-renews)
- €1: 1 TB (1024 GB) for 24 hours. Activation: +AKR NERIBOK to 1566
- €1.50: 1.5 GB for 7 days. Activation: +AKR DAR to 1566
You can combine Super Plans, Narsyk Plans, and Additional plans. You cannot activate multiple Super Plans or Narsyk plans at the same time (e.g., 2 Super plans or 2 Narsyk plans).
Do note that none of the Ezys pack allowances can be used outside of Lithuania. In fact, roaming is not available with Telia.
Bite Lithuania (Labas)
Bite Lithuania, just Bite, is the smallest operator in Lithuania and also has the “worst” coverage, covering 97% of the population. Not bad, I would say.
Bite sells its prepaid SIM card under the Labas brand. Labas SIM cards are sold from €1 in Bite stores or in various supermarkets. You can also find starter packs in other denominations, which will give you the same in credit as well. Top-up cards are sold from €2, and you can also recharge online with a card. You can check your Labas balance by dialing *245# (for €0.05).
Labas has several “unlimited” data packs to choose from, although they all have a Fair-use policy:
- €1: 10 GB for 24 hours. Activation: text PARA to 1550
- €1.50: 5 GB per day during the weekend from Saturday until Monday for 30 days. Activation: text ISEIGINES to 1550
- €3.50: 5 GB every evening from 6 PM until 11 PM for 30 days. Activation: text VAKARAI to 1550
- €3.60: 100 GB for 7 days. Activation: text SBERIBE to 1550
- €13: 100 GB for 30 days. Activation: text MBERIBIS to 1550
If you go over your data allowance, your speed will be reduced to 256 Kbps.
Every Labas unlimited data pack, except for the one lasting for 24 hours, auto-renew if there is enough credit. To deactivate the evening or weekend plan, add a – behind the activation code. For example, VAKARAI- to 1550. For the 100 GB plans, text INTERNETAS- to 1550
Want regular data packs instead? Then these Labas data plans may be interesting:
- €1.90: 2 GB for 7 days. Activation: text SDAUGIAU to 1550
- €2.45: 1 GB for 30 days. Activation: text SSTIPRIAU to 1550
- €2.90: 4 GB for 7 days. Activation: text MENUO1GB to 1550
- €5: 2.5 GB for 30 days. Activation: text MDAUGIAU to 1550
- €9: 6 GB for 30 days. Activation: text MSTIPRIAU to 1550
All Labas data plans auto-renew when there is enough credit. To cancel a plan, text INTERNETAS- to 1550 (for free, surprisingly). Activating a pack through text will cost you €0.05. You can do it for free online.
Do note that none of the mentioned data packs work outside Latvia. Labas has 2 EU roaming packages that may be interesting:
- €4: 400 MB, 20 minutes, and 20 SMS for 7 days. Activation: text HEYEU to 1550
- €10: 1 GB, 60 minutes, and 60 SMS for 30 days. Activation: text HEYEU to 1550
All Labas EU roaming plans come with unlimited Waze data.
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Lithuania
Now you know everything about buying a SIM card in Lithuania, but what are your other options? Although buying a local SIM card is almost always the cheapest option, the cheapest option would be using free WIFI connections in Lithuania, but you can also roam with your provider in Lithuania, use an international SIM card inLithuania, or use a mobile hotspot in Lithuania. Let’s see what our options are.
Using Free WIFI hotspots in Lithuania
Using something free is always better than paying for something. However, sometimes, free stuff may be of bad quality. Sure, you do not have to pay anything for using a free hotspot (unless you are required to purchase a beverage or meal at an establishment), but it may be a challenge to find a free hotspot. Moreover, the connection may be so slow that it is practically useless.
In the case of Lithuania, you can find a lot of hotspots throughout the country.
Do note that public hotspots are unsecure. Hackers love to steal sensitive information on unprotected connections because it is apparently easy to do so. That is why I use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when using a public hotspot, and I would encourage you to do so too.
What a VPN does is creating an encrypted tunnel between your device and the hotspot so that your data will stay private. I use NordVPN, and you can get up to 70% off when you get a NordVPN subscription. Get your NordVPN subscription now!
Roaming with Your Provider in Lithuania
Roaming is a term used in wireless telecommunication that indicates a mobile device is outside the range of its home network and has connected to a different, available cell network. Let’s say your provider is Bite Latvia, then you would be roaming with Bite Latvia in Lithuania.
Roaming may be the most convenient way of using your phone abroad. You do not have to buy a new SIM card, which, in turn, means you do not have to swap SIM cards. As a result, your friends and family from home can easily reach you on your cell. With many providers, the only thing you need to do is to turn on the data roaming setting on your phone, and you are good to go.
No idea how roaming works? I made this comprehensive guide about what roaming is and how it works. It is worth the read – promised!
Although roaming with your provider may be the most convenient way of staying connected in Lithuania, it can also be the most expensive option. There have been many horror stories where people have racked up roaming bills up in the thousands and even more than ten thousand.
Luckily, many providers have affordable roaming plans, allow you to roam for free in some destinations like Lithuania, or allow you to use your plan’s allowance in Lithuania. For example, with Virgin Mobile Canada, you can use your plan’s allowance for 12 Canadian dollars per day. This may be affordable in some destinations for a small number of days, but it will be expensive for prolonged periods.
If you are unsure about the roaming options of your provider, I have written many articles about roaming with various operators around the world. I analyze them in-depth and give you my advice on whether you should roam with your provider or not. If yes, I also state for how long you should roam to take the most advantage of the offer.
One thing that should be avoided at all costs is to Pay As You Go roaming where you pay per minute, SMS, or MB. This is how many people get expensive roaming bills because the roaming prices for data are usually extremely high.
If you want to roam, make sure to get a roaming plan. Unless your provider offers extremely low Pay As You Go roaming rates, which is only a handful of providers, then you can consider doing so. Furthermore, if your provider lets you roam for free in Lithuania, then you should go for it. Just note that your speeds will be lower as a roamer than if you were to buy a Lithuanian SIM card.
Using an International SIM Card in Lithuania
International SIM cards are SIM cards that work internationally. Most SIM cards do work abroad, but then you have to roam with your provider. International SIM cards, however, let’s you use one SIM card in many destinations around the world for, often, the same price. This way, your friends and families can still reach out to you while traveling.
International SIM cards are, however, much more expensive than buying a local SIM card in many cases, but they are often cheaper than to roam with your provider. There are many international SIM card providers out there, but a few providers I can recommend are OneSimCard, SimOptions, Surfroam, BNESIM, and SimCorner.
International SIM cards are useful for those who frequently travel for leisure or for business. That way, everyone can reach you on one number instead of a handful of local numbers scattered around the world.
Moreover, many destinations in the world require you to register yourself before you can buy a local SIM card. In some countries, the process is quick, while others require much more of your time. Furthermore, the registration process may be cumbersome in countries.
Finally, the language barrier may be off-putting to some. It can be a challenge dealing with a salesperson who does not understand you. They may try and sell you the most expensive option out there. Luckily, you know the prices of SIM cards and packs in Lithuania, so you cannot be taken advantage of.
My recommendation, however, is to get a local SIM card if you are only visiting one destination. If you are visiting multiple destinations in one trip, an international SIM card could be handy. If you want to learn more about international SIM cards, check out my international SIM card comparison article, where I analyze 10 international SIM card providers so that you do not have to.
Using a Mobile Hotspot in Lithuania
A mobile hotspot is a portable, battery-powered wireless router that allows you to connect your phone, laptop, or tablet without needing multiple SIM cards for those devices to be connected to the internet. They are compact and lightweight so that you take them along with you whenever you need internet access on the go.
Many companies have created mobile hotspots (just have a quick search on Amazon, for example, you will find many). Skyroam and Vision Global Wireless are reputable pocket WIFI providers I know. You can get a discount if you rent a router through Skyroam by using coupon code PHONETRAVELWIZ. Cellular access with Skyroam starts at $8 a day while using a Vision Global device starts at $2 a day. Both services cover more than 130 destinations around the world.
I often recommend mobile hotspots to those who are traveling in groups or with families. They can save groups a lot of money if they are visiting destinations where buying multiple SIM cards would become an expensive endeavor.
I recently wrote an article analyzing the 7 Best Mobile Hotspots for Travelers like yourself, which should be an interesting read if pocket WIFI is something you are considering. I do reviews of individual devices every now and then, so check out my mobile hotspot category to stay up to date.
The Best Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Lithuania
Getting a SIM card from Tele2 or Telia would do you well when considering a Lithuanian SIM card. Be sure to explore the roaming options your provider offers you, as they may offer free or cheap roaming bundles.
You could also consider getting an international SIM card or using a portable hotspot. International SIM cards are attractive for those visiting multiple destinations at once or within a year. Portable hotspots will be useful when traveling with multiple people so that not each individual has to get a SIM card but can use the hotspot.
What about other places in Europe? My Europe SIM card buying guide covers all destinations in Europe, including those not part of the European Union/EEA, such as Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations around the world.
What is next?
Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! Save money on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation. Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!
Book Your Flight for Lithuania
It is time to book your flight. Find cheap flights with AirWander so that you can add free or cheap stopovers in destinations you have not considered yet before going to Lithuania. If you are not ready to take off yet, set up flight alerts with Airfarewatchdog, and they will notify you once ticket prices to Lithuania drop.
Travel by Train within Europe with InterRail or EURail
Although low-cost carriers are a big thing in Europe, they are not the best way to experience Europe. Everyone knows that the European railway system is awesome. InterRail/EURail makes it much easier to explore Europe by train by having one ticket for participating countries instead of having to buy multiple tickets per country. InterRail is for European citizens and EURail is for non-European citizens.
Book Your Accommodation for Lithuania
I am a huge fan of Airbnb because it allows me to live with a local or get a local place for myself. Staying in someone’s house or apartment feels much different than being in a ho(s)tel, especially in Lithuania. At least, that is how I see it. Moreover, Airbnb can often be much cheaper than staying in a Lithuanian hotel.
Get Your Travel Insurance for Lithuania
You will regret not having travel insurance once you actually need it and “forgot” to get it. Nowadays, travel insurance is cheap and comprehensive unlike back in the days. World Nomads is by far the best travel insurance for adventurous travelers like yourself. You can even get insured WHILE already traveling in Lithuania, which is not something many insurance companies allow you to do.
Get a Travel Debit Card
Travel Cheques are outdated. Paying with your credit card or debit card can be expensive because of all the exchange commissions banks charge you. TransferWise allows you to convert your main currency to Euros for a small fee (up to 8 times less than with your bank!) Getting a Transferwise Borderless account is FREE, so you will get an instant return on your investment.
Enjoy your trip!