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Introduction

Kaunas castle

Kaunas castle

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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.

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-2.6 °C-1.4 °C3.5 °C10.7 °C17.9 °C21 °C22.2 °C21.9 °C16.7 °C10.8 °C4 °C0 °C
Avg Min-8.5 °C-7.6 °C-3.6 °C1.8 °C7.3 °C10.9 °C12.4 °C11.8 °C8.1 °C4 °C-0.5 °C-4.9 °C
Rainfall39 mm31 mm35 mm42 mm55 mm69 mm80 mm78 mm56 mm45 mm53 mm47 mm
Rain Days181414131313141315151719

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Getting There

By Plane

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

  • Bus: To Kaunas city centre, take bus #29, which operates from 5:00am to 0:30am. There are also buses to Vilnius and Klaipeda and even to Riga and Riga International Airport, with the FlyBus, stopping on the route in Bauska, Riga city centre and Riga International Airport. A one-way ticket costs €15.
  • Car: taxis and rental cars are both available at the airport. If travelling by yourself, the airport can conveniently be reached by taking the A6 highway.

By Bus

Kautra Buses has services to Riga (3.5 hours), Tallinn (12 hours), Vilnius (1.5-2 hours) and most of the main cities in the country, and to Drushkininkai, famous for its castle.

By Boat

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.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AlantaAlanta street 33Hotel-
Best Western Santakos HotelJ.Gruodzio g. 21, LT-3000Hotel-
Centre HotelSavanoriu pr 66Hotel-
Guest House-Restaurant Satiju DvarasSatijai,Lapes TownshipGuesthouse-
Hotel MetropolisS.Daukanto str. 21Hotel88
Kaunas ApartmentsLaisves al. 50-4 Vasario 16-os str. 4 -3Apartment88
Litinterp GuesthouseGedimino str. 28-7Guesthouse88
Namu Viesbutis HotelGaiziunu str. 80 ZaliakalnioHotel91
Solo B&BDysnos 10Guesthouse92
Sveciu Namai LtSavanoriu Street 122AGuesthouse-
Vila Senjora HotelZalioji 19bHotel-
Hotel DanielaMickeviciaus g. 28Hotel-
4* hotel KAUNASLaisves ave.79Hotel-
Apple Economy HotelM.Valanciaus St., 19Hotel-
Nemunas Tour GuesthouseGeliu street 50Guesthouse-
Klaipeda Hotel KaunasRotuses sq.5/ Kuzmos str.8Hotel-
Hotel BabilonRaseiniu str.. 25Hotel-
Anele's B&BLauko g. 3 Karmelava, Kaunas regionGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel MagnusVytauto av. 25Hotel-
Hostel 10Neries kr. 16Hostel-
The Monk's Bunk KaunasLaisvės al. 48-2HOSTEL92
Hotel SFINKSASAukštaičių/V. Kudirkos 55/19aHotel-
R HostelVytauto pr 83Hostel89
Hostel 2liveS. Daukanto g. 8 / Kestucio g. 52HOSTEL-
Family HotelBenediktinių g. 22Hostel-
City HostelKestucio str. 91, KaunasHostel89
Super ApartmentA. Juozapavičiaus pr. 21A-52APARTMENT-
Hostel LuxLaisves al. 46GUESTHOUSE88
Perfect apartmentsVytauto pr. 83 KaunasApartment-
R HostelVytauto pr. 83HOSTEL-
Nemunas Tour GuesthouseGeliu str. 50 RingaudaiGUESTHOUSE-
Solo B&BDysnos 10GUESTHOUSE-
Litinterp GuesthouseGedimino str. 28-7GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel MetropolisS.Daukanto str. 21HOTEL-
Namu Viesbutis HotelGaiziunu str. 80 ZaliakalnioHOTEL-
Hotel SfinksasV. Kudirkos/Aukstaiciu g. 19a/55HOTEL-
Apple Economy HotelM. Valanciaus g.19HOTEL-
Daniela-KaunasA.Mickeviciaus St. 28HOTEL-
Family HotelBenediktiniu g.22, KaunasAPARTMENT-
Perfect ApartmentsVilniaus g. 15-18APARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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