• Kaunas - Essential Information

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Airport

Airport

Kaunas Airport – Karmelava – is located 13 km north east of Kaunas City. Bus no. 29 regularly departs for the centre from the front of the airport terminal. City bus No. 29 connects Kaunas Airport and Kaunas city. If you arrive to Kaunas on a late night flight, City bus No. 29E is for your convenience. Every day the bus leaves the Airport for the city centre only after the last flight has arrived. Useful information: Please buy a ticket from the driver immediately after boarding the vehicle. Please note that for security reasons drivers do not carry cash with them, so please be prepared to pay the exact amount of money - one euro. Paper tickets purchased from the driver must not be validated using ticket punchers. Taxis are available and the price to the city centre is about 12 -15 EUR. The “Žaibiškas greitis“ taxi firm serves the airport and can be called on +370 37 333 111. Taxis can be also found and hired directly from outside the airport terminal building.
Public transport

Public transport

Kaunas is proud of its well developed infrastructure of public transport: buses, trolleybuses. Trolleybuses and buses run from 4.30 a.m. until 10.30 p.m. Payments for Kaunas city public transport are made with the help of non-contact electronic ticket (CARD) system. You may transfer different sums of money from your e-purse onto the CARD and/or pay for certain kinds of e-ticket (of 3, 7, 30 and 92 days) periodically. You may use the CARD on the buses, in the places marked by the special sign “Kauno Viešasis Transportas” (KVT) (Kaunas Public Transport). You must always have your card when getting on the means of transport. Useful information: if you do not have an e-card with payment for e-ticket, you may buy a single-use ticket from the driver. Please buy the single-use ticket from the driver immediately after getting on the means of transport. Please note that drivers do not have cash due to safety issues; thus, be prepared to pay the exact sum of money for the ticket (0,7 EUR). The tickets purchased from the driver do not have to be validated by a ticket puncher. Passengers must get on the bus through the front door and validate e-tickets or buy a single-use ticket from the driver. If there is a possibility, you should get off the bus through the back/middle door.
Pointer

Pointer

Tipping is not a necessity, but it’s always nice to reward good service by about 10%. The ground floor in Lithuania is known as the first floor. A smoking is forbidden in cafes, restaurants, public buildings. A drinking is forbidden in public places (streets, parks, public transport). Enjoy your drink in a bar, café or restaurant. Keep in mind the law that came into effect from January 2009 that prohibits selling alcohol in shops between 10.00 P.M. and 8.00 A.M. (bars, cafes, restaurants etc. are exempt from this).
Understand Lithuanian

Understand Lithuanian

Lithuanian is the state language of Lithuania and an official language of the European Union. Lithuanian Language, language spoken by most of the inhabitants of Lithuania Lithuanian is written in the Latin alphabet, with additional diacritical marks. PLEASANTRIES Hello (informally): labas, (formally): laba diena. Goodbye (informally): iki!, (formally): viso gero. Please: prašau. Thank you: ačiū. Yes: taip. No: ne. Sorry: atsiprašau. Cheers: į sveikatą! Nice to meet you: malonu susipažinti. NUMBERS 1 - vienas; 2 - du; 3 - trys; 4 - keturi; 5 - penki; 6 - šeši; 7 - septyni; 8 - aštuoni; 9 - devyni; 10 - dešimt 20 - dvidešimt; 30 - trisdešimt; 40 - keturiasdešimt; 50 - penkiasdešimt; 100 – šimtas. PRACTICAL Do you speak English?: Ar kalbate angliškai? I don't understand: nesuprantu. How much (does it cost)?: kiek (kainuoja)? What's Your Name?: Koks tavo vardas? Where is ...?: Kur yra ...? Shop: parduotuvė. Tea: arbata. Coffee: kava. Beer – alus.
Essential Information

Taste it!

Black bread is the pride of Lithuanian cuisine. It was highly valued and even called “sacred”; from old times Lithuanians related it with magic and superstitious beliefs. Beer is valued for its special taste not only in Lithuania but also abroad. There are two breweries “Kauno alus” (Kaunas Beer) and “Volfas Engelman” in Kaunas and we recommend you taste their products. Cold beetroot soup is traditional pink cold soup made of beetroots and served with boiled potatoes. This dish is especially popular in summer. Potato dumplings (Lith. cepelinai) is dish made of grated and/or mashed boiled potatoes with meat, curds or other fillings, also called “big dumplings”; it is an inseparable part of traditional cuisine. Baroque tree cake known as Šakotis. This high branchy hollow baked product which resembles a fir is one of the most popular confectionery products in Lithuanian cuisine; Lithuanian monasteries started to bake Šakotis in 20th century. It’s a great dessert!
Take it home!

Take it home!

Stumbras production. Stumbras is the biggest and most popular producer of spirits in Lithuania. You may buy Stumbras production both in the shop of Stumbras Museum and specialized shops. (Consuming alcohol, you risk your health, welfare of your family and society.) “Volfas Engelman” production. “Volfas Engelman” is one of the most modern breweries in Lithuania, producing beer, cider and kvass which you may buy in the shopping centres. Production of brewery “Kauno alus” (Kaunas Beer). It is the only larger company which performs open fermentation of beer. The brewery “Kauno alus” constantly ferments 13 kinds of beer which you may buy in the biggest shopping centres of Kaunas. Black bread is Lithuanians’ special pride which was the main meal in Lithuanian villages up to the 20th century. The types of traditional Lithuanian bread are the following: rye bread, wheat bread and triticale bread. Amber is called “Lithuanian gold”. Amber is used to create unique jewellery and unusual art works; it is distinguished for its stimulating and strengthening properties. Therefore, from old times it has been used not only for decoration but also for treatment. Lithuanians’ ancestors protected themselves from the dark powers by wearing amber amulets. Amber therapy is becoming more and more popular: amber spirits and preparations with amber acid, oil or powder are made, healing and strengthening amber tea is drunk. Flax, also called “North silk”. Through the centuries Lithuanians have cherished traditions of flax growing and processing which are valued not only in Lithuania. We suggest that you buy flax textile products of high quality in specialized shops. Wood. You may buy unique wooden craftwork the stock of which is really large: from housewares up to jewellery.
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