As the second biggest city in Lithuania, Kaunas is a place which has plenty to offer to visitors far and wide. Having been a city for over 800 years, there’s a lot of history here, as evident from its amazing cityscape. Kaunas is known for being a major university city, while there are plenty of landmarks hinting at how it looked through the ages. Today, Kaunas is known as being a major regional destination for business travellers, although many people come here for the culture. The city is often at its most picturesque during winter, when the roofs, streets and surrounding countryside are all coated in a thick blanket of snow, but it’s also great to visit in summer if you want to visit Lithuania without having to go to Vilnius first.
A smaller family car would suffice for driving in the busy centre of Kaunas, while it would also be handy for going along the highways which connect the suburbs and outlying towns and villages.
Driving in Kaunas
Road Driving Side
Urban Speed Limit
Rural Speed Limit
Motorway Speed Limit
Important things to note
Some of the main streets in the city centre are one-way to help improve traffic flow. Keep an eye out for the signs to make sure you know.
Traffic in the city centre can be at a complete standstill during early weekday mornings and evenings. Be sure to plan your journey around morning and evening rush hours.
There are three different parking zones in central Kaunas – red, blue and green. The red zone is the most expensive, while the green zone is the cheapest.
Highlights & Hotspots
Kaunas Castle is the city’s oldest building, having stood here since the 14th century. Today, the castle’s round tower is home to an art gallery, while the rest of the building is open to visitors most days and hosts a few festivals.
The Maironis Museum of Lithuania Literature mainly pays homage to many famous Lithuanian writers, none more so than the former poet and priest Maironis. Books, manuscripts, artworks and other artefacts are routinely on show here.
Kaunas Jazz, which usually takes place at the end of April or the beginning of May, is one of the Baltic region’s biggest jazz festivals. Artists from all over the world as well as a few local performers make their way to the city to play in front of thousands of fans in numerous venues.
Another festival for your consideration is Pažaislis Music Festival. Taking place every summer, a variety of acts descend on Kaunas, playing on stages, in theatres and bars to give visitors a choice of who they can see.
Kaunas International Airport is almost nine miles northeast of the city centre. It has one main terminal building for passengers and handles flights from all three Baltic States as well as from other parts of Europe, east and west.
The airport is just to the south of the A6 motorway, which goes south towards the outer ring road. Continue along this road and you‚Äôll reach central Kaunas.