Arrival

Arrival

Chocolate hostel

Chocolate hostel is set in Kaunas, 400 m from Body of Christ Church. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

All rooms have a shared bathroom. You will find dry cleaning services at the property. There is a chocolate factory in the building and guests can attend excursions there.

The hostel also offers bike hire. Historical Presidential Palace of the Republic of Lithuania in Kaunas is 400 m from Chocolate hostel, while Kaunas Cathedral Basilica of apostles St. Peter and St. Paul is 400 m away. The nearest airport is Kaunas Airport, 14 km from Chocolate hostel.

Price: 12 euros per night

More information here.

Booking:  write that you are a participant of IHSC'18 to egleilgauskaite@gmail.com

Kaunas hotel

This 4-star Superior hotel is located in the center of Kaunas. It features an indoor pool and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and mineral water. Free private parking is available.

The rooms of the Hotel Kaunas are spacious and feature a classic interior design. All rooms have a work desk, satellite TV, minibar and a refrigerator. Most of the rooms also have a balcony.

The Old Town is 800 m from the hotel. The Kaunas State Musical Theater is 450 m away, and the Museum of Zoology is within 300 m.

The large fitness center at the Kaunas hotel features Technogym equipment. A sauna is available for guests to relax in. There is also a safe box, and a conference room.

Lithuanian and international cuisine is served at the restaurant 55. A coffee bar and 24-hour room service are also available.

Booking: send the registration form to sales@kaunashotel.lt

More information here.

Kaunas airport

City bus No. 29 connects Kaunas Airport and Kaunas city. City bus line route going to City Center: Kaunas Airport – Savanorių ave. – E. Ožeškienės ave. – K. Donelaičio ave.– Vytauto ave. (Kaunas Bus Station) – M.K.Čiurlionio str. (Kaunas Train Station). When the bus arrives you can see the direction “Geležinkelio stotis” (Kaunas Train Station). All the timetables of city bus No. 29 are here Passengers may pay for the tickets on the buses No. 29, the route of which connects Kaunas Airport with Kaunas city. The price of a single-use ticket is € 1, ISIC card holders pay half price – € 0,5.

Vilnius airport

First of all, you need to reach Vilnius railway or bus station. How to do that you can see here. Also, you can check the public transport schedules here. Second, the most convenient way to travel from Vilnius to Kaunas is by bus or by train.
  • If you choose to travel by train, you can check the timetable here.
  • If you choose to travel by bus, you can check the timetable here.
After arriving to Kaunas, you can use public transport to reach your final destination. The easiest way to do it is to use the app “trafi” which shows you the best routes. You can use it without downloading here.
Trolleybus & Bus

There are 2 main types of the Kaunas public transport tickets:

1. Single ride paper tickets.
They can only be bought from the bus/trolleybus driver (Does not need to be validated on board).
Price € 1.
ISIC card holders pay half price – € 0,5

2. Periodic electronic tickets (E. tickets).
E. tickets can be bought online or in the newspaper kiosks that are located all around the city, most often next to the bus stops ( „Lietuvos spauda“ , „Kauno spauda“, „Narvessen“ ).
All the locations can be found here.

It is mandatory to activate E-ticket during the first ride. Whenever activated it will be valid for the fixed number of days. At the moment there are 3 days, 7 days, 1 month, 3 months and 1 year validity.
Activation:
1. Keep a card away from the composter and press 2
2. Whenever the composter shows a sign „BILIETO AKTYVAVIMAS“ touch the card to the area bellow the electronic screen.

Minibus

Very comfortable mean of transport, can be stopped just in the street by a hand raise. The driver will stop in any place you need if you ask him in advance. Tickets are bought on minibus for one ride no matter how far you ride. Price € 1,3.

Taxi

Can be available in the streets or by a phone call. Average price for km. € 0,6.
N.B. Legal taxi has yellow car numbers!
List of taxi in Kaunas here.
Or download an app for taxi in Kaunas here

More information here
Who requires a visa?

List of countries whose citizens do not require short-stay* visas to enter or travel on transit through the Republic of Lithuania can be found here. 
What documents will be required if I do not need a visa?
  • Valid passport
  • Valid Personal Identity Card (for citizens of European Union)
Participants who require a visa: 
There are two types of visa:
1. Schengen visa:
– airport transit visa (A) – a visa valid for transit through the international transit areas of one or more airports of the Schengen Member States;
– short-stay visa (C) – a visa valid for transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen Member States of a duration of no more than three months in any six-month period from the date of first entry in the territory of the Schengen Member States.
2. National visa (D) –  a visa allowing to enter the Republic of Lithuania and stay in it for a period longer than 90 days. A single entry national visa shall be issued to an alien who has been granted a temporary or permanent residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania. A multiple entry national visa shall be issued to an alien whose purpose of entry into the Republic of Lithuania is long term stay in the Republic of Lithuania.
If you arriving only to the conference, so you are going to need a short-stay visa (C)
What documents will be required?

An alien applying for a Schengen visa shall submit:
  1. A completed and signed application form;
  2. A valid travel document. Its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States. A travel document shall contain at least two blank pages and it shall have been issued within the previous ten years
  3. A colour photo corresponding to the age of an applicant (Photograph Guidelines);
  4. A visa fee;
  5. Supporting documents:
    1. Documents indicating the purpose of the journey;
    2. Documents in relation to accommodation, or proof of sufficient means to cover his accommodation;
    3. Documents indicating that the applicant possesses sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to his country of origin or residence, or for the transit to a third country into which he is certain to be admitted, or that he is in a position to acquire such means lawfully, in accordance with Article5(1)(c) and (3) of the Schengen Borders Code;
    4. Information enabling an assessment of the applicant’s intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for;
    5. A document, proving the possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance during the stay(s) on the territory of the Member States with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000. When applying for a multiple entries visa, a document proving the possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of the first intended visit shall be submitted. In addition, an applicant shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that he/she is aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.
An alien applying for airport transit visa shall submit:
  1. A completed and signed application form;
  2. A valid travel document. Its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States.
  3. A colour photo corresponding to the age of an applicant (Photograph Guidelines);
  4. A visa fee;
  5. Supporting documents:
    1. Documents in relation to the onward journey to the final destination after the intended airport transit;
    2. Information enabling an assessment of the applicant’s intention not to enter the territory of the Member States
Time required to issue a visa:
Applications can be lodged no more than 3 months before the start of the intended trip. It is advisable to lodge an application at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit, taking into account also the national holidays in Lithuania.
How long is the Visa valid for?

A Lithuanian visa is valid for up to 90 days within half a year.
The Schengen visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to the travel document. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of “90 days in any 180 days period“. This means that the total duration of stays is maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days.
Embassy contact information:

Please contact the nearest Lithuanian embassy for information on what documentation you may require to enter Lithuania. Lithuania Embassies Worldwide.
More information: Ministry of Foreign affairs of Lithuania –> Entry to Lithuania –> Visas
Welcome to Kaunas, the city which has preserved the national character of the country, it offers plenty of activities for everyone. Visit the heart of Lithuania and experience it‘s unique atmosphere!



Feast here!
Kaunas is home to a variety of festivals and events, including the famous Kaunas Jazz festival, Hanza days, Operetta, Pažaislis Classical Music festival, Bike show, Kaunas city days, Songs festival (listed by UNESCO), International Modern Dance Festival and much more.

Visit!The remarkable Old Town which is a collection of ancient architectural monuments: the remnants of the 14th century with remains of Kaunas castle, the buildings of the Middle Ages in the Gothic and the Art Déco styles. The Kaunas Fortress is a valuable military heritage composed of a number of constructions that used to be a military complex. There are nine Forts around the city and the IXth Fort serves a museum. The macabre collection of nearly 3,000 devils at the Devils’ Museum and the exhibitions showing the unique artistic styles of composer and painter M. K. Ciurlionis, as well as J. Maciunas initiator of the avant-garde Fluxus art movement.

Taste it! The centrepiece of Lithuanian cuisine is dark rye bread. It is well respected and even called “holy”. A great national delicacy is soup in a bread bowl. Also try traditional fried bread with cheese and garlic.  Cepelinai, potato dumplings stuffed with meat, curd cheese or mushrooms, are the most famous national dishes. It is popular among Lithuanians all over the world. Other national foods include cold beet soup (šaltibarščiai), and kugelis (a baked potato pudding). Make sure to try at least one of this list.

See it! The whole Lithuania in one place is in the open air museum in Rumšiškės, which is the biggest open air museum in Eastern Europe. The museum with its collection of authentic wooden villages represents different regions of Lithuania: Zemaitija, Aukstaitija, Dzukija, Suvalkija and Lithuania Minor.

The hearth of Lithuanian culture, tradition and history is just waiting to be discovered.More information can be found here