5 Awesome Bike Rides In Paris
July 21, 2015
Bikes are trending at the moment and whilst these beautiful summer days last, it does good to get out for some exercise. We do not ask that you follow in the footsteps of the professionals of the Tour de France who will do their final leg of the race in Paris on Sunday 26th July 2015. Quite the contrary, it is not about sweat and sharp curves, but more about relaxation, discovery and pleasure. For this experience, simply hire a Vélib (large-scale public bicycle sharing system, the grey bikes often seen parked at hire stations along the road), and follow 1 or more of our 5 awesome bike rides in Paris.
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Monuments of Paris
This easy and pleasant ride will let you discover some of the most beautiful monuments in Paris.
Places of interest: Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars, the Invalides, the Grand and Petit Palais, the Champs-Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries, the Louvre, Hôtel de Ville, the Nôtre-Dame cathedral, the Panthéon and the Jardin de Luxembourg.
Starting point Vélib station: 2 Avenue des Portuguais, 75016 (Metro 6 - Kléber)
Finishing point Vélib station: 174 Rue Saint Jacques, 75005 (RER B – Luxembourg)
Distance: around 10km / 6.2 miles
Take a look at the Discover the Monuments of Paris bike ride on our detailed map.
Parks and Canals
A bike ride that will let you discover some of the most charming and interesting (as well as generally lesser known) areas of Paris.
Places of interest: the Parc de la Villette, the Canal de l’Ourcq, le Bassin de la Villette, the Buttes Chaumont, the Canal Saint-Martin and the magnificent Père Lachaise cemetery.
Starting point Vélib station: 1 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019 (Métro Ligne 7 – Porte de la Villette)
Finishing point Vélib station: 41 rue du Repos, 75020 (Metro 2 - Philippe Auguste)
Distance: around 9km / 5.60 miles
Take a look at the Parks and Canals of Paris bike ride on a detailed map
Along the River
It is always nice to go along the Seine, especially now that the quays are pedestrian and cycle friendly.
Places of interest: the Bibliothèque François Mitterand, the Jardin des Plantes, the Cathédrale Notre Dame, the Pont des Arts, the Musée d’Orsay, the Berges de Seine, the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower.
Starting point Vélib station: 1 rue Pau Casals, 75013 (Metro 14 – Bibliothèque François Mitterrand)
Finishing point Vélib station: 6 Boulevard de Grenelle (Métro 6 – Bir Hakeim)
Distance: around 9km / 5.60 miles
Take a look at the Along the River Seine Bike Ride on a detailed map.
Bois de Boulogne
The Bois de Boulogne is one of the capital’s main green spaces. An outing through the green is always pleasant!
Points of interest: The Jardin d’acclimatiation, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Jardin Bagatelle, the hippodrome de Longchamp, the Inférieur and Supérieur lakes and finally the magnificent Foch avenue overlooking the Arc de Triomphe.
Starting point Vélib station: 99 Avenue Charles de Gaulle, Neuilly 92200 (Metro 1 - Sablon)
Finishing point Vélib station: 3 Rue Traktir, 75016 (Metro 1/2/6)
Distance: around 12km / 7.46 miles
Take a look at the In the Bois de Boulogne bike ride on a detailed map.
Bois de Vincennes
The other main green space of the capital is home to many beautiful secret areas that you will be able to discover through this bike ride.
Points of interest: Bastille, the Coulée Verte, the Daumesnil lake, the Parc Zoologique de Paris, the Château de Vincennes, the Parc Floral, the Hippodrome de Vincennes, and the ferme pédagogique.
Starting point Vélib station: Boulevard Bourdon, 75004 (Metro 1/5/8 – Bastille)
Finishing point Vélib station: 2 Avenue de la Porte de Charenton, 75012
Distance: around 15km / 9.32 miles
Take a look at the In the Bois de Vincennes bike ride on a detailed map.
If you don’t feel like adventurously hiring a Vélib bike yourself, but would prefer being led in a group, here are some agents which offer some excellent guided bike tours :
Fat Tire Tours: 24 Rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)1 82 88 80 97
Paris Bike Tours: 13 Rue Brantôme, 75003 Paris, Tel : +33 (0)1 42 74 22 14
Bike About Tours: Vinci Parking, Rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris. Tel : +33 (0)6 18 80 84 92
Blue Bike Tours: +33 (0)6 49 32 36 49