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Kaunas is a city in the central west of Lithuania and is the second city in the country, after the capital Vilnius, which is a few hours by car or train. Recently Kaunas has become one of the Ryanair hub cities, with Kaunas airport now servicing flights all across Europe. The effect will be a growth in tourism and activities in the coming years. The old town of Kaunas is well worth the visit on any Baltic tour.
Since Lithuania’s first independence from communist Russia in 1991, the Kaunas Jazz Festival has lured thousands of jazz lovers from around the world.
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Kaunas International Airport (KUN) is a small airport about 15 kilometres from the centre of the city. Although Vilnius has many more flights, Kaunas is gaining importance with low-cost airline Ryanair which has a wide range of flights, like the one to/from Alicante, Paris, Bergamo, Berlin, Bristol, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Frankfurt, Liverpool, London Gatwick Airport, London Luton Airport, London Stansted Airport, Oslo-Rygge, Stockholm-Skavsta Airport, Tampere, Airport Weeze and seasonal to/from Birmingham, Girona, Kos and Rhodes. Air Baltic flies to Riga.
To/from the airport
Boats travel between Kaunas and Rusne, and Kaunas and Nida (Curonian Spit). To the latter there are early morning and late afternoon boats taking 4 hours one-way.
|Alanta||Alanta street 33||Hotel||-|
|Best Western Santakos Hotel||J.Gruodzio g. 21, LT-3000||Hotel||-|
|Centre Hotel||Savanoriu pr 66||Hotel||-|
|Guest House-Restaurant Satiju Dvaras||Satijai,Lapes Township||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Metropolis||S.Daukanto str. 21||Hotel||92|
|Kaunas Apartments||Laisves al. 50-4 Vasario 16-os str. 4 -3||Apartment||86|
|Litinterp Guesthouse||Gedimino str. 28-7||Guesthouse||-|
|Namu Viesbutis Hotel||Gaiziunu str. 80 Zaliakalnio||Hotel||-|
|Solo B&B||Dysnos 10||Guesthouse||-|
|Sveciu Namai Lt||Savanoriu Street 122A||Guesthouse||-|
|Vila Senjora Hotel||Zalioji 19b||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Daniela||Mickeviciaus g. 28||Hotel||-|
|4* hotel KAUNAS||Laisves ave.79||Hotel||-|
|Apple Economy Hotel||M.Valanciaus St., 19||Hotel||-|
|Nemunas Tour Guesthouse||Geliu street 50||Guesthouse||-|
|Klaipeda Hotel Kaunas||Rotuses sq.5/ Kuzmos str.8||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Babilon||Raseiniu str.. 25||Hotel||-|
|Anele's B&B||Lauko g. 3 Karmelava, Kaunas region||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Magnus||Vytauto av. 25||Hotel||-|
|Hostel 10||Neries kr. 16||Hostel||-|
|The Monk's Bunk Kaunas||Laisvės al. 48-2||HOSTEL||93|
|Hotel SFINKSAS||Aukštaičių/V. Kudirkos 55/19a||Hotel||-|
|R Hostel||Vytauto pr 83||Hostel||-|
|Hostel 2live||S. Daukanto g. 8 / Kestucio g. 52||HOSTEL||-|
|Family Hotel||Benediktinių g. 22||Hostel||-|
|City Hostel||Kestucio str. 91, Kaunas||Hostel||-|
|Super Apartment||A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 21A-52||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Lux||Laisves al. 46||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Perfect apartments||Vytauto pr. 83 Kaunas||Apartment||-|
|R Hostel||Vytauto pr. 83||HOSTEL||-|
|Nemunas Tour Guesthouse||Geliu str. 50 Ringaudai||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Solo B&B||Dysnos 10||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Litinterp Guesthouse||Gedimino str. 28-7||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Metropolis||S.Daukanto str. 21||HOTEL||-|
|Namu Viesbutis Hotel||Gaiziunu str. 80 Zaliakalnio||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Sfinksas||V. Kudirkos/Aukstaiciu g. 19a/55||HOTEL||-|
|Apple Economy Hotel||M. Valanciaus g.19||HOTEL||-|
|Daniela-Kaunas||A.Mickeviciaus St. 28||HOTEL||-|
|Family Hotel||Benediktiniu g.22, Kaunas||APARTMENT||-|
|Perfect Apartments||Vilniaus g. 15-18||APARTMENT||-|
For those who need to connect at an Internet cafes, major cities do have internet cafes. If you're bringing a laptop or smartphone, Wireless LAN Hot-Spots are available in distinct places (mostly "Zebra" from - TEO), sometimes free, otherwise not very cheap. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls, universities, various places. You can ask in your hotel, but don't count on wifi being free all the time, especially at more upscale places.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Lithuania's international phone code is 370. Emergency numbers include 101 (fire), 102 (police) and 103 (ambulance), but you can connect to all of them by calling 112, the general emergency number.
There is a monopoly operator for land line phones by TEO. Land line phones are easy to find throughout the country. Phones are used with cards, which you can find in kiosks, "TEO" or newspaper stands.
There are three major mobile phone operators in Lithuania: Omnitel, BITE and TELE 2. About 97% of the country's surface is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network. If you bring your own cell phone, make sure to switch off roaming to avoid high costs especially for internet. Instead, buy a local SIM card, which is much cheaper.
Lietuvos Paštas is the national postal service of Lithuania. Postal services are generally not very fast, but fairly reliable. That is, most of the postcards and letters will eventually arrive on the foreign adress, albeit after some days or even weeks. If you want it to be sent the fastest possible, go for courier instead of ordinary (domestic post) or for airmail instead of surface (international mail).
Post offices are usually open from 8:00am to 6:00pm on Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 2:00pm on Saturdays, although these opening hours may vary depending on the office, with big central offices keeping longer hours, while small villages might have shorter opening times. Stamped mail (both national and international) can be dropped in the yellow post boxes for collection. Stamps are available at post offices and kiosks.
To send parcels to other countries, you might better use international courier companies like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx.
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