Kaunas is the second largest town in Lithuania, located in the heart of Lithuania. With its museums, culture institutions, numerous universities, and art festivals it has always kept a profile of a vibrant cultural environment.
KAUNAS PHOTO festival 2010 events will be concentrated between September 8 and 11, although the official dates of the festival will be Sep 3 – Oct 3, 2010. Nevertheless, some exhibitions will be open for visitors until mid-October. Please follow our program on www.kaunasphoto.info
...by airplane to Kaunas:
If you are close to one of these cities - Berlin (SWX), Birmingham (BHX), Bremen (BRE), Bristol (BRS), Brussels Charleroi (CLR), Dublin (DUB), Dusseldorf Weeze (NRN), Edinburgh (EDI), Frankfurt Hahn (HNH), Girona - Barcelona (GRO), Liverpool (LPL), London-Gatwick (LGW), London (Lutton) (LTN), London-Stansted (STN), Milan (Bergamo) (BGY), Oslo Rygge (RYG), Paris Beauvais (BVA), Tampere (TMP) - consider cheaply flying Ryanair, which will bring you directly into Kaunas airport located just 15-20 minutes outside Kaunas centre.
The distance from the Kaunas Karmėlava airport to the city centre 20-25 minutes by bus No. 29
(2 LTL or 0.58 EUR) and 29E
By taxi, it takes 15-20 minutes (up to 35 LTL or 10 EUR).
Kaunas Airport is served also by AirBaltic airlines, which will connect flights from numerous European cities via Riga to Kaunas. It might be comfortable, but not always very cost-effective, since on AirBaltic the baggage fee is charged for every hop separately. If a price seems elevated, especially on late bookings, check out other options, among them, flying Ryanair to Kaunas or flying into Vilnius airport.
...by airplane to Vilnius + bus/train to Kaunas:
Most airlines from most European cities will take you to Vilnius airport and the connection from Vilnius to Kaunas is fast and easy.
At Vilnius airport, there is special train between the Airport and the Railway Station, across the street from which is located the Vilnius Bus station. Located close to the passenger terminal, a train stop have staircase and elevator for passengers, lighting as well as a video supervision system for security of passengers. The needs of disabled passengers and passengers with reduced mobility have also been considered. Sheltered pedestrian path leading to the Airport lightened during dark period of a day. The travel fee is 2.5 LTL or 0.77 EUR.
There are more options to reach the train station / bus station from Vilnius airport: city bus No.1 (3 LTL or 0.9 EUR) or minibus (4 LTL or 1.2 EUR), also you can take a taxi (20 LTL or 7 EUR).
Bus station is in front of train station. Trip by bus takes approx. 90-120 minutes and costs approx 25 LTL or 7 EUR (the distance between Vilnius and Kaunas is 104 km).
You can also take a train from Vilnius train station to Kaunas. Trip takes approx. 55-120 minutes and cost 15-20 LTL or 4.3-7 EUR (depends on train).
... by train:
Also you can reach Lithuania using train lines. It is most useful and cost-effecting if traveling from South-East.
Available routes from Russia and Poland are:
Moscow-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, St.Petersburg-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, Kijev-Vilnius
Kaliningrad-Vilnius, Kaliningrad-Vilnius-Kijev, Kaliningrad-Vilnius-Sevastopol,
Kaliningrad-Vilnius-Brest, Kaliningrad-Vilnius-Murmansk, Charkov-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, Simferopol-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, Cheliabinsk-Vilnius-Kaliningrad, Warsaw-Bialystok-Kaunas-Vilnius
Usually international trains are coming to Vilnius train station, where during most of the day every half an hour you can take a train going to Kaunas.
... by car:
Reaching Kaunas by car is very simple. Kaunas it is located in the heart of Lithuania, where most of the important transit roads cross, including the central Baltic road, Via Baltica. which goes from Warsaw to Helsinki.
Lithuanian national currency is the Litas (LTL) and all cash transactions are done in LTL, therefore it is useful to have cash for small purchases. In some commerce they not always accept card payments. ATM machines serving Visa, Master and other common cards are widely distributed in the central part of town.
1 EUR = 3.45 LTL (fixed rate to EURO)
1 USD = 2.6 LTL (approximate, not fixed)
1 GBP = 3.85 LTL (approximate, not fixed)
September is usually a time of beautiful and mild weather with temperatures between 13-25 degrees Centigrade (during the day), with occasional rains possible. Kaunas Photo exhibitions are located in the central part of town, which is possible to walk on foot.
Kaunas Regional Tourism Centre - http://visit.kaunas.lt/W3/titulinis?lang=en
Map of Kaunas - http://www.travel-lithuania.com/map/Kaunas/All
Kaunas Municipality - www.Kaunas.lt