Cycling in and Around Paris

Find out about the cycle routes available in Paris and the Ile-de-France region...

Bicycling is a good way to get around the region, particularly following the smaller roads and forest trails. You will find pre-established routes in these areas:

  • Central Paris - there are disused railway lines which have been converted into bike paths and most major routes have cycle lanes.
  • Fontainbleau Forest - cycle tracks are marked
  • Chevreuse Valley - routes marked in the natural park
  • Versaille - cycle lanes and paths through the gardens
  • There is a pedestrian zone following the Atlantic TGV line, which heads towards the cycle friendly (flat) Loire Valley
  • Cycle tracks are also well marked in the St-Germain-en-Laye, Montmorency, Rambouillet and Dourdan Forests

Central Paris has over 200 Km of cycle lanes.

  • The comprehensive, personal website has suggested routes around the area, described in English, with pictorial guidelines: mayq.com

Paris free bike rental

Vélib' (free bike) is a bike rental system operating in Paris. Bicycles are available for rental 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from "bike dispensing" depots throughout the city. Bikes have protective mudguards, handlebar baskets and lights for night riding. Helmets are not provided.

Use the touch screen at a bike station (station Vélib') to pay for and release a bike. Return the bike to any depot across. Subscription cards are available for one day, seven days or a year; these provide a discount.