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Cycle In Paris:

What you need to know about renting bikes in Paris; bicycling in Paris; subways, trains, and the RER; where to put your bike overnight; and cycling out of Paris.

Cycle to and from the Paris Airports:

How to transport or ride your bike from the Paris airports to Paris or elsewhere.

Cycle Out of Paris on Bicycle Paths and Low Traffic Roads:

Low traffic bike route along the Seine River in Paris with Notre Dame in distance:

Notre Dame from bicycle route

Seven bicycle routes from central Paris into the countryside, mainly free of traffic, amply photographed, and with precise directions.

For a good day's tour, the two most enjoyable are:

Route #2, returning by Route #1 (about 75 kilometers - 45 miles).
Route #4, returning by train (about 60 kilometers - 48 miles).

Route #1

How to Bicycle Northeast from Paris towards Meaux or Chantilly along the Canal de l'Ourcq.

Calm, pleasant, flat, canal-side route without traffic,
15 miles (25 kilometers) one-way, return possible by train.

This is the best route to begin a long distance trip to the northeast or east.

Route #2 Lane along Marne River

How to Bicycle East from Paris, along the Marne River, with a return possible by Route #1 or by Route #3.

Beautiful route with flowers and woods, then riverside, flat and without traffic, ending at large lake, 18 miles (30 kilometers) one-way.

A loop continuation with one big hill leads to the return by Route #1, about 45 miles (75 kilometers) in total.

Route #3 Bike path along Marne meander

How to Bicycle Southeast from Paris — The Marne River Meander circuit.

Calm, pleasant, nearly flat, loop route in the Paris suburbs along the lower Marne, 24 miles (39 kilometers) in total.

Route #4 Cycle path south along Seine

How to Bicycle South from Paris, along the Seine River, to Barbizon and Fontainbleau.

Complex, varied route — often along the Seine — through industrial areas, residential cityscapes, suburbs, exurbs, villages, forests, and farmland. Most of the route is on bike paths or quiet lanes, but 2 miles (4 kilometers) is on roads with light to moderate traffic. Total one-way ride is 45 - 48 miles (75 to 80 kilometers), with a return possible by train. Though mostly flat, there are two big hills.

This is the best route to begin a long distance trip to the southeast or south.

Route #5 Bike path along TGV line

How to Bicycle Southwest from Paris in parkland, with return loops, or to head towards the Loire château

Amusing, pretty, mainly traffic-free, rolling, slow ramble on bike paths and in parkland, along and over the Atlantic TGV tracks. Several extensions and return loops are possible, for rides totaling 12, 16, 19, or 30 miles (20, 26, 32 and 49 kilometers).

This may be the best route to begin a long distance trip to the southwest--Rambouillet, Chartres, Tours & Orleans..

Route #6 Bike path in Versailles

How to Bicycle West from Paris to Versailles and beyond

In 10 miles (16 kilometers), ride through woods, parkland, and some quiet suburban streets from the edge of Paris to the Château of Versailles and beyond. There is one short, steep hill and one long, not very steep hill.

This is the best route to begin a long distance trip to the west or northwest, including Giverny, Rouen and La Havre. It is arguably better than Route 5 to reach the southwest--Rambouillet, Chartres, Tours & Orleans.

Route #7 Porte de Clichy

How to Bicycle Northwest from Paris to Auvers-sur-Oise

A rapid, easy, safe 31 kilometer route to the home of Van Gogh and Cezanne, often on bicycle paths or in bicycle lanes, and then on a highway with only light traffic. Mostly flat. Some interesting or beautiful sights on the way.

This is the best bike route to reach Beauvais, and Dieppe on the English Channel, with a continuation on to London. Alternative routes in this direction are discussed, including the official Paris-London route.

Airports   How to transport a bicycle to or from a Paris airport
C D Gaulle Low traffic and bike path route form Charles De Gaulle Airport to Paris.
Orly Airport leaving Orly Low traffic and bike path route from Orly Airport to Paris .

French pronunciation; French bicycle types and repair vocabulary; Road signs and their observance; helmets.

How to get regional maps, lodging, and tourist sight information

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