Vilnius to Kaunas: An Easy Train

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Vilnius Kaunas Train Review is part of the Iraq Homecoming Trip Report.


I have been trying to battle my train anxiety by being more prepared (see “Tickets, Please, Tickets”: Train Anxiety). Going from Vilnius to Kaunas, I proactively booked online to avoid having to use a mysterious machine at the train station, going to the station to discover the train is sold out, or having to wait in an endless line to buy a ticket from a live human. This time, I arrived early and readily found the platform. I was nervous because the display read ‘Kauna’ and not ‘Kaunas.’ I Googled to double-check that these were not two distinct places. Apart from a quick photo, I boarded as soon as the train arrived.

I was seated in car 1 seat 1 and was reassured when the monitor in the train said Kaunas with an “s.” Moments later, the moment I always dread arrived – “Ticket please.”

I had my tickets ready. He scanned them. It went through and then he said, “You actually booked a first-class ticket, that’s upstairs.” Stunned, I asked if it was nicer upstairs. He said yes. Even when I think I do it right, I still do not.

Upstairs

The express train to Kaunas is only an hour-long, giving me plenty of time to write this review but fortunately not enough time to take a nap, preventing me from failing to get off at the correct stop.

Arrived.

Vilnius Kaunas Train Review is part of the Iraq Homecoming Trip Report.

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