Preparing Your Cycle Trip
Where to go cycling in France?
France now offers very many well-laid-out cycling trails on top of the thousands of small country roads that it’s also a pleasure to cycle along. Local and regional bodies around France have made a big effort to put in place good cycle routes.
To help you choose a suitable cycling trip, on this website you’ll find information on:
- The major official cycle routes across France
- The areas around France that have set up cycle routes
- Themes you might like to pursue
- The length, in kilometres, of the routes and their various sections and stages
- Detailed descriptions of the different sections and stages
- Details on the different types of track or surface you’ll encounter
- Variations in altitude
- Accredited Accueil Vélo (Cyclists Welcome) accommodation and services available on the routes.
For information on the official cycle routes consult the section >> Cycling in France
When is a good time to go cycling in France?
- France generally has a temperate climate, even if significant differences exist between north and south.
- The west benefits from a mild Atlantic climate most of the year.
- France’s central and eastern regions have a continental climate, with more marked seasonal differences.
- Down south, winters are mild, summers hot.
- You can enjoy good conditions for cycling in most of France from the start of April to the end of October.
- If possible, it’s best to avoid the French holiday high season (15 July – 15 August) as accommodation is more expensive and can be hard to find then in more touristy areas.
The periods just before and after the main tourist season are great times to visit France by bike
How much should I budget for ?
- If organizing your trip yourself, then the major budget consideration, once in France, is the type of accommodation to go for.
- Calculate on paying an average of €60 per night, mid-season, for a double room in a mid-range (2-star) provincial hotel.
In Paris, count at least 30% more.
- Chambres d’hôtes are the French equivalent of B&Bs. On average, they cost roughly the same as hotels, but breakfast is included.
They also often give you a good opportunity of meeting some French people.
- The cheapest accommodation options are camp sites and youth hostels (Auberges de Jeunesse).
- As regards restaurant meals, average prices go from €10 to €25 for a classic French menu (at lunch, prices are often cheaper).
Opting for a picnic allows you to make great savings, as well as choosing a spot with a view.
Consider stocking up on delicious regional produce at local markets.
By way of a guideline, the average budget for cycling tourists is €70 per person per day, but there are of course wide variations depending on people’s financial means.
Have you thought of a package cycling holiday?
If you wish to avoid all the hassle of organizing your trip yourself, consider the travel agencies affiliated to France Vélo Tourisme that can take care of all your needs:
- Choosing the most suitable routes for you
- Booking accommodation at the best rate
- Hiring good-quality bikes
- Transporting your luggage from one stop to the next
- Offering advice and assistance.