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Kaunas is a city in Lithuania.
when coming from Poland (or actually everywhere), ask your driver to let you out at the "Mega" supermarket next to the motorway in the north of town. There seems to be a free bus to the city center :)
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East towards Vilnius
When going to Vilnius you take a bus to the motorway. There is a bus stop (look below) on the motorway where it's possible to get rides, but it might also be a good idea to not deal with the hitchhiking competition and place yourself at the entrance of the motorway. Buses 10 16 28 and trolleybuses 3 16 24 can take you to Partizanu street which is very close to motorway.
South towards Poland
- The best way to get to Poland is to take mini bus 105 from the train station and to get off right after Garliava when you will see a petrol station. The hitchhiking conditions are fantastic: there is plenty of space for cars to stop in front of that petrol station and cars are not driving that fast. You might want to have a PL sign in hand. You can ask your driver to let you off right at border. If you walk back towards Lithuania from the border and make a left, you will get to a very large parking where loads of trucks are parked there. You may be able to get a ride to close to any country in Western Europe.
- Alternatively get a bus from the center to IX Fortas (I think its bus 23 or 35 buses), this is the main road where the motorway to Vilnius joins up with the E67 (Via Baltica north and south) - with a PL sign you should easily get a lift from a truck to the Budzisko-Kalvarija border checkpoint or further. Be aware that the border is now virtually non-existent, except for an occasional random check, so try to get a ride to at least Suwalki or Augustow.
- Heading for Latvia you want to get on the Klaipeda road (the A1) and then turn onto the Via Baltica (the A8). You can accept rides going to where the roads split (20 km) and then hitch past that point. From there it should not take you more than 10 minutes to get a ride. Whatever you do, try not to get dropped off on the Panevėžys ring. Garthelgard got stuck there for more than 4 hours.
There is a great petrol station a few hundred meters north from the northern junction of the Panevėžys ring and a lot of space on the side of the road. I was heading towards Riga. I took the bus number 35 to the stop called ojo forto muziejus and then walked back the same way the bus had come towards the big road E67. Go up the ramp going to E67 and you'll be on the bus stop. There is a lot of space for cars to pull over and many many trucks are going on this road to Riga. Chances of getting a ride are super.