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Money and Bank Cards in Lithuania

Since 2015 Lithuania adopted Euro (Lithuanian: Euras (singular), Eurai (plural)), symbol €. It is divided into 100 Eurocents (eurocentas, eurocentai). There are banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Eurocents and 1, 2 Euro. Euro is used in many European countries and the banknotes are similar everywhere, lacking any Lithuanian details. Some coins have Lithuanian coat of arms (Vytis) on them, but the coins with details of other European countries also circulate within Lithuania.

The original Lithuanian currency Litas (plural forms: Litai, Litų), abbreviation Lt, is no longer accepted but may be exchanged or added to the collection. It was subdivided into 100 Centas (Centai, Centų). Banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Litas existed, with 100 being the most common and 500 the rarest. 1, 2 and 5 Litas banknotes had been replaced by coins in 2000s meaning that they are also scarce. Additionally, there were coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centai. There were many special editions for 1 Litas coins commemorating various historical events.

Other currencies are not used but are possible to exchange at every bank (there are few other currency exchange offices). Bank wards in the major shopping malls are open longer and do not close on Sundays. It is easy to exchange US Dollars and British Pounds. Currencies of neighboring countries (Polish Zloty, Russian and Belarussian Roubles) are also exchanged.

Credit/debit cards are widely but not universally accepted in Lithuania. They are less popular in smaller towns and are never used in traditional marketplaces. Chain stores and restaurants are more likely to accept cards than independent alternatives. ATM machines are readily available, especially near main supermarkets. Visa and Master Card are the most common cards; acceptance of American Express is more limited.

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