Arriving in Kaunas is nowhere near the challenge that it used to be.
Close to the centre of the city, Kaunas’ bus station is a modern affair staffed by increasingly helpful employees. Inside are shops, ATMs, a supermarket and a handy Narvesen kiosk where it’s possible to buy and charge up a Kauno Kortelė for using public transport. Old Town can be reached on foot in around 30 minutes, or if you’re feeling brave buses and trolleybuses heading to the centre stop outside the main entrance. Taxis can be found parked round the back.
The small airport at Karmėlava is about 16km north of the city centre. Once formalities are out the way, find several information kiosks open for advice on reaching Kaunas and ATMs for cash. Bus Nº29 stops outside to the left. Give the driver €1 and you’ll be in the centre in less than 30 minutes. Taxis can be found parked outside the arrivals hall. Try to negotiate a fare before setting off, and expect to pay around €15 for a trip to the city centre.
Trains arrive in Kaunas from Vilnius, Białystok, Kaliningrad and a handful of other destinations. The imposing Socialist Realist building was completed in 1953, the year Stalin died, and is worth a quick look around. Getting to the city centre is far from easy. Follow the herd through the tunnel that leads to the bus stop on the other side of the road. Find taxis parked to the right of the main exit when you leave.