Travel Guide Europe Lithuania Kaunas



Kaunas castle

Kaunas castle

© Natja

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. The city has been designated European Capital of Culture for 2022 together with Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg.




The city grew up in an obvious strategic position, at the confluence of the country's two main rivers. There's been settlement here for at least 2500 years but what we now call the Old Town dates from the 14th century when the castle was built. Kaunas prospered as part of the Hanseatic League into the 16th century. Medieval Lithuania had united with Poland to control a huge swathe of Europe, right down to the Black Sea, but Sweden and Russia grew and fought for regional control, and in the 17th and 18th centuries they attacked and wrecked Kaunas several times. Russia won the power struggle and took over Lithuania in 1795, while Poland was carved up between Russia, Prussia and Austria.

The Grand Army of Napoleon marched through Kaunas to occupy Moscow in 1812, and then retreated, and devastated the city both times. It had all been too easy to invade, and there were ominous local uprisings, so in the 19th century Russia tightened its grip by building up the local garrison. This culminated in the colossal military complex of "Fortress Kaunas" encircling the city; but it proved of limited value in 20th century warfare, and nowadays only the "Ninth Fort" (of ten) is standing.

Lithuania proclaimed its independence in 1918, the "First Republic". Vilnius had always been the chief city, but it was seized first by the Russian Bolsheviks then by Poland; so instead Kaunas became the provisional capital. This greatly stimulated its urban and cultural development, with handsome buildings in neoclassical, functional and Art Deco design, dubbed "Little Paris". It was a diverse city: a quarter of the population were Jewish, engaged in commercial, artisan, professional life, and religious learning.

The First Republic was crushed in 1940 when the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania. But Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 and yet again the Russians fled, choosing not to make a stand so far from Moscow. The Germans set about liquidating the Jewish population: over 30,000 perished. The Red Army retook the Baltic states in 1944, and post-war Lithuania became part of the USSR. Not until 1990 was it again independent.



Sights and Activities

Old Town

The city's top attraction for visitors is its Old Town, built around City Hall Square (Rotušės aikštė) between the 14th and 17th centuries in Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque style.

Kaunas Castle, Papilio g. 17. Sept-May Tu-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-17:00; Jun-Aug Tu-Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 10:00-16:00. The castle was built mid-14th century at the confluence of the rivers Nemunas and Neris, and is the oldest building in Kaunas. Today the round tower houses an art gallery. The castle hosts occasional festivals. The tip of the confluence is Santakos Park. Adult €2.50.
Kaunas City Hall, Rotuses sq. 15. Tu-Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 10:00-16:00. Built in renaissance style in the mid-16th century, when Kaunas was a flourishing city of merchants, and nowadays dubbed The White Swan. In 1836 it was reconstructed as a residence for Russian czars. The Wedding Hall (marriage registration office) was opened on the ground and first floors in 1973. The cellars house the Kaunas Ceramics museum. The museum collection consists of archaeological findings from the Old Town and surroundings of Kaunas. The collection contains craftsmen-made crockery, tile stove ornaments, and roof tiles of impressive size. The exposition also reflects the lifestyle of the townsmen of the time. Adult €2.50.
Kaunas Medicine and Pharmacy Museum, Rotuses sq. 28. Tu-Sa 10:00-19:00. Houses a huge collection of skulls, herbs, medicine articles, and other items of older times. Tickets: Adult €2, child €1, tours in English €9.
Kaunas Arch-cathedral Basilica, Vilniaus g. 1. Being 84 m long and 34 m wide is the largest Gothic (with Renaissance and Baroque elements inside) church in Lithuania. It was first mentioned in writing sources in 1413. The tomb of poet Maironis was constructed in the southern wall of the cathedral in 1930s.
Kaunas Picture Gallery, K. Donelaicio g.16, ☏ +370 37 321789. Tu-Su 11:00-17:00 (Th until 19:00). Gallery houses 20th century Lithuanian and Lithuanian émigrés art, and a collection of North American Indian art donated by Juozas Kaributas (the USA). There is also Jurgis Mačiūnas FLUXUS cabinet and Art Collection of prof. Algimantas Miskinis. €2.
Church of Holy Trinity, Rotuses sq. 22. The Bernardine convent's church was built in 1624-1634. It is of late Renaissance style with a Gothic tradition. It is now used for needs of Kaunas Priest Seminary.
St. George Church and Bernardine Monastery, Papilio g. 7. Near Kaunas Castle, the church's Gothic walls have survived despite frequent fires. The church and a monastery built in the 15th century are a Gothic monument with unique façades. The interior features a number of valuable Renaissance and Gothic elements. The complex is being renovated.
Maironis Museum of Lithuania Literature, Rotuses sq. 13. Tu-Sa 09:00-17:00. Located in Baroque palace. Has been arranged as a memorial home of famous Lithuanian poet and priest Maironis. The museum houses huge collection of books, manuscripts, art works, and memorial items. Adult €2, child €1, photo permit €3, English or Russian guided tour €2.90.
St. Francis Xavier Church, Rotuses sq. 9. The construction of late baroque Jesuit church was begun in the second half of the 17th century but finished only in 1720. At the same time Jesuits' residence served as the central school of the Kaunas region. Famous Lithuanian and Polish poet Adomas Mickevičius (Adam Mickiewicz) worked as a teacher there between 1819 and 1823. The church was transferred to the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky’s Cathedral in 1843. The church and school were returned to Jesuits in 1923. The church was closed during the Soviet occupation and reopened in 1990. Sacral music concerts are organised in the church.
Perkunas' House, Aleksoto g. 6. One of the most beautiful secular so called "flaming" Gothic building (House of Thunder) in Lithuania. The building belongs to the Jesuit order, and a small museum of Lithuanian and Polish poet Adomas Mickevicius (Adam Mickewicz) is opened inside.
Vytautas' Church (Church of the Assumption of Holy Virgin Mary), Aleksoto g.3. Gothic brick church built in 1400 for the Franciscan monks. It's suffered repeatedly from river floods, occupying armies and religious upheavals, but since 1919 has been Roman Catholic.
Vytautas the Great Bridge (Aleksotas Bridge). This connects the Old Town and Aleksotas district. The present bridge was built in 1930, wrecked in the war and rebuilt in 1948, with reconstruction in 2005. The previous bridge was a wooden affair, built in 1812 and used by Napoleon’s Army retreating from Russia. It was said in those days that it must be very long since it took 13 days to cross: the Old Town was part of Russia and used the Julian or Slavic calendar, whilst Aleksotas district on the south bank was in Poland and used the Gregorian or Catholic calendar. So you arrived 13 days after you set off.
Aleksotas Funicular. Closed. At the south end of Vytautas bridge is this funicular, built in 1935 to connect the Old Town with Aleksotas district up the hill. Alas it's closed.
Evangelic Lutheran Church, Karaliaus Mindaugo av. 3. A small church located on the right bank of the Nemunas river in so-called Germans quarter of the Old Town is in Baroque and Romanticism styles. The church was built in 1682-83.
Napoleon's House is next to the Lutheran Church on Muitines g. 8. This 16th century brick building is named for Napoleon Bonaparte, who stayed here in June 1812. Its eastern annexe has a beautiful staircase, an example of Fachverk, a German architectural style rare in Lithuania. But it's nowadays part of the University Faculty of Humanities and you can't routinely visit.
St. Michael Church and Benedictine Convent, Benediktiniu g. 8. The church is a fine example of 15th-century Gothic sacral building that is only with asymmetric layout in Lithuania. The church and convent complex are on Benediktiniu g. at the north-east part of Kaunas Old Town. It is reachable on foot by crossing busy Saukliu g. from Kaunas castle side.
Jewellery (Gemmology) Museum (Brangakmenių muziejus), L. Zamenhofo g. / Kurpių g. 13 (Old Town between Nemunas river and Vilnius Street), ☏ +370 37 227 780. M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-16:00. Small private museum with rare minerals & precious stones from around the world. €2.

Central / New Town

The Old Town ends at the boulevard of Gimnazijos gatvė. East of there, Laisvės alėja is the pedestrianised boulevard that stretches for 2 km forming the spine of the New Town. (In early 2019 much of it is one big mess, with excavations and construction barriers.) It's lined by linden trees, seating and flower beds, and dotted with shops, banks, supermarkets, restaurants, a cinema, casinos, nightclubs, museums, places to stay and a central post office. It is kept clean, and in winter free of snow, and is a great place to spend time. In the late morning and afternoon various stalls sell foods, souvenirs, and so on. The pedestrian strip ends at the Church of St Michael the Archangel.

The Historical Presidential Palace, Vilniaus g. 33. Tu W & F–Su 11:00-17:00, Th 11:00-19:00. Lithuania was first independent from 1918 until 1940, when the Soviets crushed the "First Republic". This neo-baroque palace was home to its presidents. It houses furniture, artwork and other material from the period. €5, €2.50 for ISIC card holders.
St. Gertrude Church, Laisves aleja 101A. The church was built in the late 15th century. It is a small sacral building in the outskirts of the Old Town in one of the courtyards, a national architectural monument of Gothic style.
The Field of Victims. The memorial in Laisvės alėja near the garden of the Musical theatre was unveiled on 14 May 2002. It was dedicated to Romas Kalanta, who self-immolated himself protesting the Soviet oppression on 14 May 1972.
Vytautas' Monument. 24 hours daily. Located on Laisvės alėja, near the Kaunas city municipality building. The monument to Vytautas the Great - the most famous ruler of medieval Lithuania was erected in 1930. It was demolished by the Soviets and then re-erected in 1990.
The Synagogue, E. Ožeskienes g. 13. Kaunas Choral Synagogue, located near the western end of Laisvės aleja, is one of two remaining Jewish houses of prayer in Lithuania. It was built in 1872 in reformist decorative style of synagogues of that time. The façade of the synagogue is reminiscent of a neobaroque church. Its dome was rebuilt some years ago. There is an exposition of rabbis' paintings on the second floor of the Synagogue.
Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum, Laisves aleja, 106. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Houses a collection of thousands of stuffed and preserved animals. In winter make use of the cloakroom to the left of the main hall on the ground floor as the museum is well heated. Arranged over several floors the collection ranges from full grown giraffes and wisents to butterflies and is well worth an hour or two of your time. Adult €3, child €1, English tour €20.
Church of St Michael the Archangel (Garrison Church; Soboras). This beautiful domed building closes off the prospect down Laisves Aleja. Opened in 1895, it was built in neo-Byzantine style for Russian soldiers based here - and to remind the townsfolk who was in charge. However the main reason to visit is the Catacombs (accessible M-F 08:00-15:00). You descend a spiral staircase into total darkness then feel your way through an underground obstacle course, eventually re-ascending a similar staircase into the light. It started out as an art installation but is now run by the Museum for the Blind, donations welcome. Not for the fainthearted, small children or anyone with difficulty moving around.
Kaunas M. Žilinskas Picture Gallery, Nepriklausomybes sq.12. Tu-Su 10:00-17:00 (Th until 19:00). Contemporary building at the eastern end of Laisves Aleja, near the Church of St. Michael the Archangel. Gallery houses collection of fine and applied art from around the globe. One exposition is dedicated to Man and Woman. There are Ancient Egyptian amulets, Roman glassware, Ming vases, old tapestries, 17th-20th century European Works of Applied Art donated by collector Mykolas Žilinskas. The gallery houses the Contemporary Art Information Center, and the best movies are shown on a large screen at the Galerijos Kinas. Right outside the gallery stands a statue of naked man - a place for youth meetings and artistic performances. €3.
Kaunas Officers' Club, A. Mickevičiaus g. 19. One of the finest examples of Kaunas Interbellum architecture (Karininkų Ramovė in Lithuanian), especially from the inside, built in 1937. The main façade is adorned by the granite sculpture Three Giants that became a symbol of the Club. On the main - second floor of the building the Grand Hall, as well as Hall of Vytautas, so called Hall of Dukes, and Hall of the President are located. Each hall is decorated in different styles (Gothic, classic, and national style respectively) with unique chandeliers, paintings, frescoes, furniture, and stained glass. Good quality cuisine pizzeria is situated on the first floor of the club.
Vytautas the Great War Museum, K. Donelaicio g. 64. Tu-Su 11:00-17:00. An interactive exposition of history of Kaunas from prehistoric times to the present day. It houses an immense collection of weapons through the ages from medieval arbalests and suits of armor to guns of World War II. The highlight is the complete, but tragic, remains of the plane Lituanica in which S. Darius and S. Girenas crossed the Atlantic in 1933 (see the 10 Litas note) are displayed. The crypt For Those Who Died for the Freedom of Lithuania is available to visit beneath the floor of the museum. Adult €2, child or student €1.
In the square just outside the War Museum, see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Eternal flame. The Carillon or campanile first rang out in 1937; it was restored in 2006 and now has 49 bells. It plays the Lithuanian folk melody of wartime each noon, and there are Carillon concerts on Saturday and Sunday at 16:00 in the adjacent Gardens.
The Bank of Lithuania, Maironio g.25. The branch of Lithuania National Bank in Kaunas. It was built in 1928 as a new Central Bank building. There is a small exhibition of Lithuanian banknotes and coins of the First Republic time inside. Very impressive architecture of neoclassicism style. One may purchase Lithuanian collector coins there.
M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum, V. Putvinskio g. 55. Tu–Su 11:00-17:00 (Th until 19:00), closed holidays. Museum collects, keeps, investigates and popularizes the creative works of Lithuania's most famous artist and composers, M.K. Čiurlionis' (1875–1911), and the cultural heritage of Lithuania and the world. Some art critics call M.K. Ciurlionis the pioneer of abstract art. His creations combine symbolism, secessio, abstractionism and romanticism. €4.
Devils' Museum, V. Putvinskio g.64, ☏ +370 37 221 587. Tu-Su 11:00-17:00 (Th until 19:00). Contains the Lithuanian artist' A. Zmuidzinavicius collection of sculptures and carvings of devils, and a unique collection of devils from the whole world. €3.
Žaliakalnis Funicular, V. Putvinskio street. M-F 07:00-19:00; Sa Su 09:00-19:00.. Is an electrically operated funicular railway. The oldest funicular in Lithuania and one of the oldest in Europe. It was constructed by AEG and began operating on 5 August 1931. The funicular has wood panelled coachwork and is serviced by an English speaking operator in uniform. It climbs the 75 m up from behind the Vytautas the Great War Museum to the Church of the Resurrection for some of the best views in Kaunas. €0.50-0.58.
Church of the Resurrection. Follow V. Putvinskio street from the Devil Museum or walk up behind the War Museum and turn right to find the Žaliakalnis Funicular Railway. This takes you up to the Church of the Resurrection. The door on the right hand side of the church (as you face it) takes you in and from 12:00 you can climb the stairs or take the lift to the terrace at the top. One of the attendants at least will insist on selling you only the stairs tickets but then let you use the lift! Spectacular views of Kaunas and beyond. The church is also open to visitors. If you arrive too early and the terrace is not open then carry on north-west along Žemaičiu street and at the junction you'll find an IKI supermarket that has a coffee bar/restaurant upstairs.
Nemunas Island Park (Nemunos salos parkas). Accessed across a footbridge at the southern end of S. Daukanto pedestrian street. A huge open space minutes from the bustle of Laisvės Alėja. A great place to sledge when there is snow and of course the place to leave your padlocks. The largest indoor arena in the Baltic states, Žalgirio Arena (see separate listing in the "Do" section), is on the eastern part of the island. Since its opening in August 2011, it has hosted numerous sports events and concerts.
Kaunas Orthodox Cathedral, Vytauto av. 38. The Orthodox the Annunciation Cathedral as well as smaller Orthodox church located nearby, forms unanimous complex in the southern part of Ramybes park near Vytauto avenue. The new Orthodox Cathedral was built in 1935 and represents the variety of consequences of traditional forms of Russian Orthodox churches. Smaller - Holy Resurrection Orthodox church was constructed in 1862 on the area of the local Orthodox cemetery and since 1923 till 1935 acted as Lithuanian Orthodox Cathedral. free.
Stumbras Museum, K. Bugos g. 7. M-F 12:00-16:00. The largest producer of strong drinks in Lithuania Stumbras (Wisent) at the end of 2009 have opened a museum at the premise of the factory that introduces company's history and development of consumption in Lithuania. Only prearranged guided tours are available, please call +370 686 94388 to register. Guided tours in English, Russian and Lithuanian are available. Groups from 5 to 23 people are accepted. Visitors must be older than 18 years.
The Mosque, Totoriu g.3. The only style building and in Lithuania Eastern, a mosque of bricks located in the northern corner of the Ramybes park of Kaunas downtown. It was rebuilt in bricks in 1930, in commemoration of Vytautas the Great 500th anniversary of his death.
Museum of Deportation and Resistance, Vytauto av. 46, ☏ +370 37 323 179. Tu-F 10:00-16:00. The museum is sacred to the memory of victims of Soviet regime and Forest Brothers who fought for Freedom of Lithuania. Museum is set on the western part of Ramybes park. Entrance and excursion guide are free of charge..



Events and Festivals

Kaunas Jazz

Since Lithuania’s first independence from communist Russia in 1991, the Kaunas Jazz Festival has lured thousands of jazz lovers from around the world.




The best time to visit Kaunas is May to August. Summers are cool - July is the warmest with an average 16 °C - and there are frequent showers.

Winter is icy, bitter cold, and the days are short. Nevertheless it can be a good time to visit, because the city is well adapted to the cold. The streets get snow-plowed and the transport keeps running. Museums and similar facilities remain open. Buildings are well-heated, with cloakrooms and other storage for all your clobber. You'll need ten mins to shuck off your layers of clothing every time you enter a building, and ten mins to wrap up again before you venture out, but this is all part of the winter routine. It's companionable, everyone feels in league together against the winter, and it's as much a part of experiencing the country as church incense, vodka and potatoes. And outside you can lark about with sledges and snowmen. Choose carefully who you snowball - the locals have far greater skills than you have.

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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
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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 short distance flights as to/from Warsaw by LOT Polish Airlines and 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 Train

There are two trains between Bialystok in Poland and Kaunas on Saturday & Sunday; Friday has just one eastbound train to Kaunas, Monday has one westbound train to Bialystok. The schedule means you can leave Warsaw Centralna around 13:00, change at Białystok for the onward train at 15:40 to reach Kaunas by 21:30 (with a one hour time switch at the border, but no change of gauge or train); and there you could catch a train to Vilnius arriving 23:00. Westbound, be on the 10:00 train from Kaunas to reach Białystok for 13:45 and change to reach Warsaw for 17:00. The other weekend train necessitates an overnight stay in Białystok. These trains do not enter Belarus.

Trains between Russia and its exclave of Kaliningrad cross Lithuania but don't run through Kaunas. Travel via Vilnius for trains from Minsk, Moscow, St Petersburg and beyond.

Trains shuttle between Kaunas and Vilnius hourly, daily 04:30-22:30, taking 1 hour 40 min. Adult fares are about €6. The trains are usually Czech double-deckers.

Between Kaunas and Klaipeda you usually have to change at Kaišiadorys, and there can be a very long wait between trains.

Kaunas railway station (Kauno geležinkelio stotis) is at M.K. Čiurlionio g. 16 in the southeast corner of the city, 2 km from Old Town: you can follow a pleasant footpath along the river bank. There are lockers next to the ticket office, a tourist office, an ATM and a small café.

About 500 m northeast of the station, a splendid old steam locomotive stands at the entrance to a 1.3 km railway tunnel, built in 1861 and still in use. But the road along here (Tunelio gatve) is busy with traffic and it's taking you away from the other city sights; you can see it just fine on Google street view.

By Car

The dual-carriageway motorways and main highways are in good condition and are kept open in winter. The motorway speed limit is 130 km/h, but 110 km/h in winter, and 100 km/h on the Vilnius-Kaunas sector.

The main international highway is Via Baltica E67 connecting Warsaw via Lithuania to Tallinn. It runs north from Augustow in Poland to become A5 at the border; from there it runs northeast past Marijampolė to Kaunas, continuing as A8 / A10 north to Riga then Tallinn.

Highway A1 / E85 runs west from Kaunas to Klaipėda on the coast, and east to Vilnius. From Vilnius A3 / E28 runs southeast into Belarus, towards Minsk.

Highway A6 / E262 runs northeast from Kaunas to Jonava, Ukmerge, Utena and Daugavpils in Latvia.

By Bus

National: Between Kaunas and Vilnius, the main bus line is Kautra, with departures every 15 min taking 90 mins, fare €7. Toks buses also run this line hourly, same travel time and fare. Between Kaunas and Klaipeda, various lines run hourly taking 3 hours, fare €15.

International: Eurolines run buses to Kaunas from Riga in Latvia (4 per day, 4 hr, €20), Tallinn in Estonia (2 per day, 11 hr, €30), Minsk in Belarus (3 direct per day, 7 hr, €17; more by changing in Vilnius), and Warsaw in Poland (2 per day, 7 hr, €20).

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.



Getting Around

By Car

Driving a car in Kaunas is easy, as long as you comply with traffic regulations. Admittedly, the central part of Kaunas city is heavily affected by intensive traffic flows. It is notable, that some main central streets, i.e. K. Donelaicio/Kestucio are the part of a one-way system. It facilitates a smoother flow of traffic through the Kaunas city centre grid. Drivers must have a valid driving license and vehicle registration document, insurance (green card is valid in Lithuania). Renting a car for at least 24 hours in Kaunas is effortless. There are some companies renting cars in Kaunas, including Rentacar.lt, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, AviaEuropa, NeoRent, Autonuoma Kaune and Carent. All of these companies have offices at Kaunas airport. The vehicles are provided with a full tank. The car must be returned with a full tank, otherwise, €1 per litre is charged. To rent a car without a driver a deposit must be paid. The speed limit in Kaunas is 50 km/h, except for some bigger streets which have a speed limit of 60, 70 or even 80 km/h.

Parking in central Kaunas, as well as in the Old Town area, is paid. Central Kaunas is divided into three zones with different parking fees - red (most expensive), blue and green (least expensive). All parking ticket machines are equipped with card readers for city chip cards, and some of them accept coins. Also one may pay for parking with a special 1 or 2 hour parking card or by sending special SMS to number 1332 if one has a local mobile provider - Omnitel, Bite or Tele2 card. A special sticker on the windscreen of the car to indicate that SMS payment can be used is required. The parking ticket or parking card must be clearly visible to be valid. Chip cards or parking cards are available in news-stands, in the Parking in Kaunas company office, Gedimino g.45, or at dressed in green parking controllers. Everyone is liable to an excess charge if they park beyond selected parking period. The excess period is 15 minutes.

By Public Transport

Some 47 bus and 16 trolleybus routes criss-cross the city, running from about 05:00 to 23:00. Buy tickets at newspaper kiosks or on board; a single (paper) ticket is €1 - validate pre-bought tickets on boarding. You can also buy e-tickets (swipe cards) for pay as you go (€0.70 per journey), 3 days (€5.50), 7 days (€10), 1 month (€28 for M-F, €31 for 7-day use), 3 months, or a year. Buy from kiosks and top up online.

By Boat

Regular water tourism routes: Kaunas - Kruonis Pumped Storage Plant - Kaunas (duration: 3 hours) and Kaunas - Rumšiškės - Kaunas (duration: 6 hours;) are available on Saturdays and Sundays from Kaunas Pažaislis pier. Each route start from Kaunas Reservoir pier at 11:00 Another water tourism route Kaunas - Zapyškis - Kulautuva small resort town (duration: 2 hours) starts from Kaunas Vytautas' church pier in the Old Town on Sundays at 12:00. Tickets are also available in advance at Kaunas region tourism information center, Laisves aleja, 36.

By Bike

There are more than 50 km of cycleways in Kaunas and this is increasing, see online chart. The Eurovelo international route goes through the city.
Rent bikes from 2 2RIDE, Laisves aleja, 36, ☏ +370 37323436, fax: +370 37423 678, ✉ [email protected]. M-F 09:00-18:00; Sa Su 10:00-18:30. Helmets also available. There's another service point at the Old Town tourist office, Rotuses square 29.




Lithuanian dishes aren't that easy to find around the world so why not try some of them now when you have the opportunity? Of course, European, Asian, French, Italian, Russian and other cuisines are available at Kaunas' restaurants.

Spurginė, Laisvės aleja, 84. M-Sa 08:30-20:00, Su 10:00-19:00. One of the last places in Kaunas making the traditional Lithuanian doughnut, known as a spurga.
Sushi Express, Laisves aleja, 12A (west end, near park). Daily 10:00-22:00. Japanese fast food restaurant offers more than 30 sushi, maki, sashimi dishes, vegetarians as well.
Radharanė, Laisvės aleja, 40. Daily 11:00-21:00. Restaurant in the city centre, offering vegetarian Indian food at very reasonable prices. (updated Apr 2019 | edit)
Arena Pizza, Savanoriu av. 363. Offers a huge range of pizzas and side dishes at good prices.
Hesburger, Laisves aleja 48; also at Mega shopping mall, Vilniaus g.43, and Pramones avenue, 6A; (the last one - with Drive-in).. Finnish chain with several outlets, a bit like McDonald's.
Arbatinė (Vilties vaistinės Arbatinė), Laisves aleja, 99A. M-F 08:00-20:00, Sa Su 10:00-18:00. Vegan cafe in front of Vytautas monument.
Kavos Kerai, Vilniaus str 60. M-F 08:00-21:00, Sa Su 10:00-18:00. Pleasant place for coffee & cakes, next to gardens of Former Presidential Palace. Expresso €1.20 a shot.
Bernelių Užeiga, M. Valančiaus g. 9. Traditional Lithuanian fare, soup in bowls made of bread and home brewed beer. Cosy and atmospheric and very convenient for Old Town. Another branch at K. Donelaičio g. 11.
Alkava, A. Mickeviciaus g.40, Varniu g. 24 and other outlets in shopping malls.. Chain confectioneries with wide arrangement of patisserie and coffee.
Miesto Sodas (City Garden), Laisves aleja, 93. Su-Tu 11:00-22:00, W Th 11:00-23:00, Sa Su 11:00-00:00. Good restaurant offering European cuisine.
Bella Italia (formerly Bella Toscana), S. Daukanto g.14, Vilniaus g. 74. Su-Th 09:00-00:00, F Sa 09:00-01:00. A cup of nice latte, pizzas and pasta.
Milano, A. Mickeviciaus g. 19. Su-Th 09:00-00:00, F Sa 09:00-01:00. Quality Italian pizzeria close to Laisves aleja.
55°, Laisves alėja, 79 (within Hotel Kaunas, see Sleep). M-F 11:00-23:00, Sa Su 11:00-23:00. 55° refers to the proof spirit of samane - moonshine vodka. The restaurant walls illustrate the process, but it doesn't look like any illicit distilling is going on, as reviewers use terms like "quiet" and "good for kids". Good selection of local and European cuisine.
Yakata, M. Valanciaus g. 14 (near castle). Su-Th 11:00-22:00, F Sa 11:00-23:00. Japanese restaurant that also offers vegetarian and European dishes. Room and dishes often too cold, so are the reviews.
Chocolaterie CH, Rotuses sq. 26. M-Th 08:00-21:00, F Sa 08:00-23:00, Su 10:00-22:00. Chocolate restaurant that offers marvelous snacks, nice coffee, and a beautiful atmosphere in the heart of Old Town.
Pas Stanley, Vilniaus g. 24 (Old Town). Su-W 10:00-00:00, Th 10:00-02:00, F Sa 10:00-04:00. Good food, reasonable prices in a family-run restaurant with a 1960s atmosphere.
Moksha, Vasario 16-osios g. 6 (New Town), ☏ +370 676 71649, ✉ [email protected]. M-F 11:00-21:00, Sa 12:00-21:00. Small cozy Indian cafe. Fresh food with vegan options, great service. €10-15.
Bokštas (Bajorkiemis City), Kestucio g. 86 (corner of Kanto). Su-Tu 10:00-22:00, W-F 10:00-00:00, Sa 11:00-01:00. "Bokštas" means tower, ie on the city wall; it's near the Musical Theatre. European cuisine.
Gralis (The Grail), Trumpoji g. 10 (300 m north of Old Town). Daily 12:00-22:00. Four banqueting halls doing upscale Italian and other European cuisine,often booked out for events. Great views from the terrace over the river.
Medžiotojų užeiga (Hunter's Inn), Rotuses sq. 10. Daily 11:00-00:00. High quality game dishes in 4 sub-street halls, often booked out for events. Are the staff vegetarian? Because they're kinda miserable here.
Pompėja, V. Putvinskio g. 38 (University quarter north of centre). M-Th 10:00-22:00, F 10:00 thru Sa 00:00, Su 12:00-21:00. Named for Pompeii, it does Med cuisine, but has little vegetarian choice.
Senieji rūsiai (The Old Cellars), Vilniaus g. 34. Daily 11:00-00:00. Upscale restaurant in three old storage cellars: "Napoleon's Hall", "Nobles' Hall" and "Hall of Guns". Live music on weekends, wide-ranging menu, and extensive wine-list.




Beer (Alus in Lithuanian). Utenos, Švyturys and Horn are brands worth trying. Expect to pay around €1.50 per 0.5 l in tourist bars and restaurants, or around €1 in local bars.

rePUBlic No 1, Laisves av. 57 (Near the center fountain), ☏ +370 61443444, ✉ [email protected]. Su-Th 11:00-02:00, F Sa 11:00-06:00. RePUBlic is Kaunas' answer to the traditional London pub. More than 20 varieties of beer on tap and more than 40 varieties of bottled beer from Lithuania and across Europe; plus 30 whiskeys and various Lithuanian liquors.
rePUBlic No.3, Vilniaus g. 10, ☏ +370 61213111, ✉ [email protected]. M-Th 16:00-02:00, F 16:00-05:00, Sa 12:00-05:00, Su 12:00-02:00. In Old Town RePUBlic No.2 has closed, but its clone RePUBlic No 3 continues nearby, a smaller version of No 1.
Avilys, Vilniaus g. 34. Su-Th 12:00-00:00, F Sa 12:00-02:00. A great place to get a beer - all home brewed - but does not allow children in. The restaurant serves beer-based dishes such as soups and desserts.
B.O. (Blue Orange), Muitines g. 9. Daily 17:00-02:00. Very popular bar among local students. Tender friendly atmosphere, good beer, and rock music on 2 floors in 8 halls.
Kauno alus, Savanoriu av.7. M-F 09:00-18:00. Branded pub of local brewery. Very fresh stock, brewery tours available.
Buon giorno, Vilniaus g.34 / L. Zamenhofo g. 13. Daily 09:00-21:00. Italian food and wine bar in Old Town.
W 1640, Kurpiu g.29 (corner of Birštono g). Th 19:00-02:00, F Sa 19:00-05:00. Whisky bar and shop with more than 150 varieties from 60 distilleries.




The number of places to stay grows every year. Also the choice of distinct types of accommodation increases as well. Despite that, in the summer it's recommended to book in advance.

Kaunas Camping, Jonavos g. 51A (North edge of town by motorway & Neris River), ☏ +370 618 09 407, fax: +370 37 321 648, ✉ [email protected]. The site has places for 50 motor homes and an area to pitch tents. Electricity, laundry facilities are available. Reach Kaunas Old Town by Bus #20. Camping €5 per adult, €2 per child, €4.50 per pet; €19 for a cottage that sleeps up to 5 people.
The Monks' Bunk, Laisvės al. 48 (New Town), ☏ +370 620 99695, ✉ [email protected]. Cheap, friendly, clean hostel in central Kaunas. No breakfast or meals included, but you can cook in a fully equipped kitchen. From €12 ppn.
Baltosios Bures, M. Gimbutienes g. 35 (6 km east of city), ☏ +370 37 370 467, fax: +370 37 370 415, ✉ [email protected]. Cheap motel beside Kaunas Yacht Club on the shore of Kaunas Reservoir in Pazaislis. Motel offers 35 double rooms with TV, Wi-Fi and showers. But no catering, nearby facilities or public transport, so come with supplies or eat en route. Satnav will misdirect you to the back gate, no entrance here. Double room only €40.
Kaunas City Hotel, Laisvės al. 90, ☏ +370 37 220 220, ✉ [email protected]. Budget hotel offers 44 large rooms, a cafe, grocery store, Wifi & 24-hour reception. Good New Town location. B&B double from €45.
Guesthouse LT, Savanoriu av. 122A, ☏ +370 686 31 934, +370 37 335 014, ✉ [email protected]. 4-roomed guesthouse in north of city. B&B double from €40.
Musu Dvaras, Jonavos g. 43B (north edge of city by motorway), ☏ +370 37 422 728, +370 614 41 631, fax: +370 37 389 461. Edge-of-town hotel with 6 double rooms, restaurant, banquet hall and conference hall. No internet booking, phone & negotiate.
Apple Economy Hotel, M. Valančiaus g. 19, fax: +370 37321 404, ✉ [email protected]. Basic hotel in Old Town with 14 double rooms. No lift to upper floors. No catering bar sachets of instant coffee, head out to the many nearby cafes. Room only double €42.
Metropolis, S. Daukanto g. 21, ☏ +370 37 205 992, fax: +370 3720 6269, ✉ [email protected]. Charming old builing, now a good budget option very central in New Town. 74 rooms all en suite with TV & free Wifi. B&B double from €50.
Kaunas Archdiocese' Guesthouse, Rotuses sq.21, ☏ +370 37 322 597, fax: +370 37 320 090, ✉ [email protected]. At the heart of the Old Town, the guesthouse offers 21 clean and modern room with Internet access. From €23.
Solo B&B, Dysnos 10 (1 km northeast of railway station), ☏ +370 687 54443, +370 37 743 839, ✉ [email protected]. Apartment accommodation in eastern edge of city in spacious private garden, friendly helpful landlord. B&B double from €40.
Babilonas Hotel, Žalioji g. 38A (Žaliakalnis district northeast of Old Town), ☏ +370 37 202 545, +370 37 209 156, ✉ [email protected]. Renovated hotel in quiet area, with 24 modern arranged rooms, a conference hall and a restaurant. Does bike rental and tours. B&B double from €50.
Regina Hotel, Strazdo g.62, ☏ +370 37 262 020, fax: +370 37 268 855, ✉ [email protected]. Small hotel located in quiet residential district of Vilijampole offers 10 comfortable rooms. B&B double from €45.
Sandija Motel, Jonavos g. 45 (north edge of city off Vilnius-Klaipėda motorway), ☏ +370 37 332 487, +370 616 48525, fax: +370 37 363 392, ✉ [email protected]. With 26 modern rooms with wifi internet access and a lot of amenities. Handy for passing motorists. B&B double from €45. (updated Apr 2019 | edit)
Hotel Magnus, Vytauto pr. 25, ☏ +370 37 340 000, fax: +370 37 240 804, ✉ [email protected]. 3-star hotel near main railway station, 82 rooms. Hotel has parking for 30 cars and at least 3 buses. B&B double from €50.
Ibis Kaunas Centre Hotel, Vytauto pr. 28, ☏ +370 37 265 600, fax: +370 37 265 666, ✉ [email protected]. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Part of Accor chain, it offers 125 air-conditioned rooms with free Internet access, conference facilities and a restaurant. B&B double from €50.
Pažaislis Park Hotel, T.Masiulio g. 18E (6 km east of centre), ☏ +370 614 63664, fax: +370 37 351554, ✉ [email protected]. 3-star hotel with 10 rooms in Pažaislis entertainment & retail park near reservoir. With Svarstyklės European and Chinese restaurant. B&B double from €80.
Centre Hotel Nuova, Savanoriu pr. 66/Zemaiciu g. 31, ☏ +370 37 321 418, ✉ [email protected]. Three-star hotel 500 m north of main boulevard of New Town. In quiet surroundings on Žaliakalnis hill yet just off Savanoriu Avenue. 28 rooms. B&B double from €50.
Perkūno Namai Hotel, Perkuno av. 61 (east of centre, 500 m NE of railway station), ☏ +370 37 320 230, fax: +370 37 323 678, ✉ [email protected]. 4 star hotel with 29 rooms, edge of town near extensive forest park. B&B double from €50.
Hotel Kaunas, Laisves Avenue 79, ☏ +370 37 750 850, fax: +370 37 750 851. 4 star central in New Town, 36 standard rooms (pay €10 to use fitness centre) and 40 de luxe. B&B double from €90.
Europa Royale Kaunas Hotel, Misko g. 11 (west of centre near railway & bus stations), ☏ +370 37 407 500, fax: +370 37 407 501, ✉ [email protected]. 4-star hotel with 91 rooms near Akropolis shopping mall with lots of shops and restaurants. Free parking. It's often booked out for conferences. B&B double from €80.
Best Western Santakos Hotel, J. Gruodžio g. 21 (near Presidential Palace), ☏ +370 37 302 702, fax: +370 37 302 700, ✉ [email protected]. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Chain 4-star with 92 rooms, gets generally good reviews. Free parking. Nightclub and restaurant Europa is adjacent to the hotel. B&B double from €110.
Best Baltic Hotel (Daniela), A. Mickevičiaus g. 28 (central, near corner of Kestucio), ☏ +370 37 321 505, fax: +370 37 321 632, ✉ [email protected]. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Central 4-star hotel with 39 standard, 24 superior, 7 suites and 2 junior suites, 2 apartments and 1 VIP apartment. With Daniela Restaurant. B&B double from €70.
Park Inn by Radisson, K. Donelaicio g. 27, ☏ +370 37 306 100, fax: +370 37 306 200, ✉ [email protected]. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Kaunas’ largest hotel, 4 star in New Town with 208 rooms. Gets positive reviews for service and room comfort. Free Wifi, no pets. B&B double €80.
Daugirdas Hotel, T.Daugirdo g. 4, ☏ +370 37 301 561, fax: +370 37 301 562, ✉ [email protected]. 4 star hotel, very central in Old Town in a restored 16th-19th C building, 48 rooms. No hotel parking. B&B double from €80.
Amberton Cozy Hotel, Rotušes sq. 5 / V. Kuzmos g. 8, ☏ +370 37 229 981, fax: +370 37 220 355, ✉ [email protected]. 4-star hotel with 28 rooms very central in Old Town. 4 floors but no lifts, and top floor rooms cramped by pitch of the roof. Cleanliness & service quality variable, but breakfast is consistently bad. B&B double from €80.
Hermis Hotel, Savanoriu av. 404 (NE edge of city near A1 / A6 jcn), ☏ +370 37 490 300, fax: +370 37 490 301, ✉ [email protected]. 4-star hotel, 4 km from centre but on bus routes, handy for motorists.Seven rooms with Italian restaurant Portofino, wellness center, conference hall, free parking. B&B double from €80.

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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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