Leaving Vilnius: 2 ways from the city centre to Lentvaris
Now there are two main versions to go from Vilnius to Trakai:
There is no doubt about the first part:
Start from Cathedral square via Gediminas Prospektas Boulevard and the Žvėrynas (District of Wooden Houses) to Vingis Park
When you come to the round about at the Main road Savanorių prospektas it’s time for a decision:
The “traditional route” leads along Savanorių prospektas, then turn right at Titnagio St. use the very scenic “Old road” up the hill, cross the bridge over the motorway, turn right and then ride on the the OId road (Lentvario St.) towards Trakai.
The new version recommends you to cross the river and then find the small road “Šiltnamio g.) that leads along the river and up to the “Ambulance hospital”.
From the hospital there is a bike path to Gariūnai market. There you have to cross the road and ride until you pass the motorway. Here the bike path ends. Then you turn right towards the Supermarket / Storage “Maxima Bazė” close to the motorway another bike path begins along side the motorway to Grigškės. Pass Grigiškės town and find the road that turns left to Lentvaris
Advantage of route 2 : More bicycles paths
Disadvantages: More hills (ups and downs), most parts along some mayor roads/
Both versions meet each other at the railway crossing in Lentvaris.
From Lentvaris to Trakai there is a roadside bicycle path. But before you come to Trakai you can turn right and cycle to the Old Trakai Yacht club. From the parking infront of it two bridges bring you directly to the centre of Trakai (you’ll see the castle on the right)
The two main versions how to cycle from Vilnius to Trakai:
Standard route / Maršrutas Vilnius-Trakai
Start: Cathedral square in Vilnius.
Follow the main road “Geminino prospektas” to it’s end. You will come to the Parliament (right hand side) with the monument for the barricades of 1991.
Cross river Neris via the Old bridge and follow Mickevičiaus street to it’s end. Then turn right onto Birute street. You will see the pedestrian bridge over river Neris in front of you. Cross it turning left and go straight through the park, passing the huge Open air stage to the left. And the end of the road you will come to an main road. Turn right here, cycling on the sidewalk and after some 100 meter you will come to a roundabout. Cross it straight and you come on Savanorių prospektas. Here you have to go straight for almost 7km. Then you will pass a railway bridge. After it turn right and after a few dozen meters look left for a green sign.
(ATTENTION! If you went straight after the bridge you will get on the motorway to Kaunas, which is no fun cycling…)
This is an Old road from the 18th century, which goes 1 1/2 km always upwards. At the end you will come to a small village (left hand a church). Ahead you will meet the street and a petrol station. Turn right and cross the bridge over the motorway. Next road turn right and you are already on the Old road to Trakai.
After the next traffic light you might face some more traffic because there is the technical control for cars. You will pass the ruins of the watermill at Murinė Vokė and come to Lentvaris. Here you turn left via the railways and afterwards right to the direction of Trakai.
For Lentvaris I can recommend a trip to Lentvaris manor house (in English red brick style) which is 2 km to the right. Anyhow I recommend to come back to the railways, because the road behind the Manor is really sh***
Later you might see the sign “Varnikų piliakalnis” to the right. By follow this road to the right you avoid to enter Trakai on the main (traffic) road.
At the end of the road you come to an parking place, on the right hand you see the never finished Soviet Yachting club.
To the left there is a small bridge bringing you over the first bay.
Then follow the coast line to the next bridge: This i a ponton bridge – a swimming bridge which will bring you to the ruins of one of the fortifications of Trakai. On the bridge you will already see the impressive water castle of Trakai. After the bridge turn right and follow the promenade at the lake towards the castle.
Map with different versions of how to cycle between Vilnius and Trakai
Bicycling to Trakai, a former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, for visiting the insular castle of the 14th century, erected on a small island in Lake Galve.
Vilnius City is not cyclists’ friendly and exit by bicycle from the city towards Trakai is not easy but possible. If you don’t feel safe cycling in common traffic with cars through Vilnius city, you could take a train from Vilnius Central train station to Lentvaris, and then cycle 10 km to Trakai. If you choose cycling from Vilnius:
0.0 Start from the Cathedral and cycle along Gedimino str.
2.0 Passing by the Lithuanian Parliament (R hand side) go STRAIGHT and cross a bridge over the Neris River
3.0 Cross another bridge (pedestrian) over the Neris River and goSTRAIGHT through Vingis park, the largest city park in Vilnius famous for its huge open air concert stage.
5.5 At traffic light turn RIGHT to the main street leading to a roundabout.
6.0 After you enter the roundabout turn RIGHT to the 2nd exit to Savanoriu str.
9.5 After passing a railway viaduct, before the street going steep uphill, turn RIGHT to Titnago str.
10.0 After 500 m. turn to the Old Road (18th c.) leading uphill.
11.5 Back to the street and after crossing viaduct over the highway A1/E85 turn RIGHT to Lentvario str. and cycle 2 km STRAIGHT
13.5 At BRIDGE , passing technical car control centre on R hand side.
20.5 Keep cyclingSTRAIGHT for 7 km, en route cross the River Voke. Arrive to T-form junction in Lentvaris (if turned RIGHT and cycled 2 km, you could see Lentvaris Manor House). Turn LEFT for going to Trakai and cross the railway. Turn RIGHT to Gelezinkelio str. right after crossing the railway.
26.5 Cycle STRAIGHT 6 km in the direction of Trakai and before entering the main road A16/E28 turn RIGHT to Zemaites str.
30.0 After crossing a few lakeside bridges arrive to the very heart of Trakai City