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Get To And From Kaunas

Being the major city closest to the center of Lithuania, Kaunas is easily accessible by car and bus. Major four-lane highways directly connect it to Vilnius and Klaipėda. Via Baltica road (mostly two-lane) go southwards to Poland and northwards to Latvia via Panevėžys.

Direct rail connections to the west of Lithuania have never been built, however, therefore the rail is only convenient to go from Kaunas to Vilnius and certain towns in Sudovia region (Marijampolė, Kybartai).

Both the Kaunas train station and Kaunas bus station are located in the New Town next to each other.

Double decker Vilnius-bound train at Kaunas station. These are the top passenger service in the otherwise rather outdated Lithuanian railroads, and the only one which is faster than buses. ©Augustinas Žemaitis.

Kaunas International Airport is the 4th largest in the Baltic States after the three capital airports. It became Eastern Europe's first Ryanair hub in the year 2010. Ryanair dominates its passenger flights offering high-frequency flights to the United Kingdom as well as scarcer routes to places like Germany or certain Southern European resorts. Unlike its Vilnius counterpart, the Kaunas airport is outside the city limits although it is still frequented both by city buses and more expensive private vans. Direct intercity buses link the Kaunas airport to Vilnius and Klaipėda but it is cheaper although time-intensive to transfer at Kaunas city.

Kaunas Airport is located next to Karmėlava suburb north of the city. The suburb is best known for its extra-large cepelinai national meal eagerly gouged by emigrants returning for holidays. These are served at multiple restaurants; authentic cepelinai are smaller, however.

Article written by Augustinas Žemaitis

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