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The electric current is 220 volts AC, 50 hz. European plugs are required.
A general rule applies to restaurants and cafes to leave 5-10 % tips if the service is not included. It is uncommon to leave tips for taxi drivers unless you are just rounding up to the nearest Litas and asking the taxi driver to keep the change.
There is a convenient public transport system in Vilnius consisting of buses, trolley-buses and minibuses. In Vilnius a single ticket for trolleybus or bus costs 2,00 Litas if you buy it in a kiosk or 2,50 Litas if you buy it at a bus or a trolleybus. Full-time students in Lithuania may use tickets with the discount. The single ticket price with the discount for the students is 1,00 Litas in a kiosk or 1,25 Litas at a bus or a trolleybus. A monthly ticket costs from 17,00 Litas (for bus or trolleybus) or 22,00 itas (combined ticket for bus and trolleybus). A trip by minibus costs 3 – 4 Litas. More information on public transport is available on http://www.vilniustransport.lt/en
Students may get discounts for the public transport with the Lithuanian student card. Neither International student card nor student card of home university is valid for the discounts in Lithuania. International students apply for Lithuanian student card when they arrive in Vilnius. The student card must be presented together with the ticket in case tickets are checked by authorities.
Public transport in Vilnius usually starts around 5 a.m. and continues until 11.00 p.m. The map of bus/trolleybus line network is available on http://www.vilniustransport.lt/images/mrweb_1.gif.
Museums, art galleries, business centers are usually open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Museums are usually closed on Mondays). Restaurants and cafés are usually open until 11 p.m. In Vilnius the majority of shopping centers are open on Saturdays and Sundays as well just their office hours might be shorter (until 2-3 p.m.).
It is worth mentioning that smoking in restaurants, cafés, bars, other catering establishments, clubs, discos, hotels, public transport, and educational establishments is prohibited, with the exception of special premises designated as smoking areas.