Train: Lithuanian Railways 878
Route: Kaunas Railway Station to Vilnius Railway Station
Time: 8:10- 9:49
Seat& Class: Coach 1, Seat 11 (1st Class)
The price of commodities in Lithuania is relatively cheap in the Euro currency area. For example, the second class from Kaunas to Vilnius costs only 3.6 Euro (the same for vice versa); you just need to add 1.8 Euros if you want the higher First class ticket. The inside of the new train is well kept clean and the train operates on time, which made me have a good impression on Lithuanian Railways. The buildings of the Lithuanian cities were very chic.
The city and the people of Kaunas have experienced a lot of things at the mercy of global history. On the wall is the memorial of the Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who saved thousands of lives here in Kaunas during World War II. He issued Visas for those who flee the holocaust, seemingly from Poland and westward of Europe; thus he has also been called ‘Japanese Schindler’.
The train used for the express service between Kaunas and Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is double-decker. The express service was operated with three coaches when I travelled. The upper deck of Coach 1 was reserved for First class; the lower deck was for Second class. The other two carriages (both the upper deck and the lower deck) were for Second class passengers.
First class seats were occupied by approximately 70% (in other words two out of three seats were booked, apparently). You cannot tell exactly whether the throne seat or the double seats are forward-looking, because the railway company does not provide any information on it. So please use my journey as a reference; in my case, the double seats were forward-looking from Kaunas to Vilnius (which means the throne seat would be forward-looking from Vilnius to Kaunas, probably). You can search for fares and timetables here (English, Lithuanian and Russian languages are available).