Despite snowy Easter spring is already out there and one of its main advantages is the possibility to bike your way around town. There’s a handful of aficionados in Kaunas that bike in December and January, too, but let’s focus on regular crowd this time.
So, if you would like to see more in Kaunas than just the centre are generally into bikes, renting one is a good option. It’s true that the centre and old town are situated in the valley and the hills surrounding it might look like an exercise, but there’s a solution for that. You can take the bike with you when riding the cool-looking vintage funicular up the hill - both Žaliakalnis and Aleksotas.
Of course, you need a bike first. We recommend four bike rental services that are all conveniently in central locations. Here goes:
I. Kanto 19-1
Mon-Fri 11:00 -19:00
Sat 11:00 -16:00
A new rental shop offering high quality red bikes made in Lithuania has just been opened on I. Kanto street (near the Central Post Office). If you want to rent a bike outside working hours, call +370-611-55748. The price of the service is €5.
€5 for three hours
€9 for five hours
€12 for one day
€10 for each additional day
10% group discount for 10 bikes or more
Car and bike sharing service
There are several ways to make use of the orange bikes you have probably already spotted around Kaunas. It’s a super convenient service because they have a whole lot of 20 bike stops.
Head to citybee.lt and register online if you have a Lithuanian bank account. If you don’t, you should pay a visit to the Tourism Information Centre at the Town Hall or the company office on Veiverių g. 150 and sign a contract there.
€2.9 for a 3-day pass
€3.9 for a 30-day pass
€19.9 for a season pass
All of the passes allow you to use the bikes for free for the first 30 minutes. Every extra 30 minutes cost €0.3. There’s no limit for the trips you make.
Bike shop and repair service
Miško g. 30
€5 for the first two hours, €1/h later on
€10 for the day (10AM-7PM)
€12 for 24 hours
Ecotourism centre and hotel
Žalioji g. 38A
€5.8 for the first hour
€8.7 for the first two hour
€2.3/h later on
€14.5 for 24 hours
Photo by Dainius Ščiuka
All set? For starters, we recommend you use the fast bike lane on Laisvės alėja. You can also conveniently bike on the riversides of Nemunas and Neris and all the way to Kačerginė, a cozy resort on the bank of Nemunas just outside Kaunas.
Here’s a 2016 version of existing and planned bike routes in Kaunas. Click the image to enlarge it. More routes are on their way, as bicycles are slowly but surely becoming more and more popular in Kaunas.
P.S. Here are a few links if you’re a scooter or a motorcycle person.