Whether you’re looking for a private, group, or self-guided bike tour, there is a bike-friendly city waiting on you.
We don’t operate tours, but our well-traveled team always finds the best of the best. As usual, their focus is on quality, value, and of course, experience.
The first of our bike-friendly cities is the beautiful flower-paradise, Amsterdam. Called the bicycle capital of the world, it is almost a must to include a bike tour in some or other form while in Amsterdam. The Netherlands has more bicycles than people. Like, 20 plus million bicycles compared to a population of around 17 million.
The forest sits on the city’s edge and here you can shed all the stress. Surrounded by tall trees, evergreens, and glistening lakes it is an amazing bike and photographic experience.
The best time to go cycling in Amsterdam is around autumn and in the European summer. This is when you will get picture-perfect scenes like above and below.
It can be quite overwhelming in the city’s fast pace bike lanes where cyclists are used to passing rather close to each other. If you’re not used to city cycling, then Amsterdamse Bos is your solution.
Our team picked a small variety of the best bike tours in the respective cities. In addition, we’ll also link you up with a larger selection to choose from.
Amsterdam has bike tours that vary from under an hour up to 9 hours plus. They have more than 400 different bike tours you can pick from, privately guided or group guided.
This cycle route of about 160 km, is simply beautiful. To the north, you have the Hennigsdorf – Hohen Neuendorf – Hermsdorf section. It’ll take you along the Tegeler Fließ stream and Lübars back to Berlin Mitte.
Then to the south, you have the Sonnenallee – Lichtenrade section via Schönefeld. Riding along the Teltow Canal is sheer bliss.
One of Berlin’s most colorful neighborhoods is the very beautiful Kreuzberg. Kreuzberg has plenty of cycle routes through parks and by the water. Like the River Spree and the Landwehr canal.
The Lake Wannsee cycle route will take you towards Potsdam, around 30 km (20 miles) from Kreuzberg, thus connecting the former East Berlin with the western part of Berlin. It’s not only one of Berlin’s longest cycle paths but also full of intriguing sightseeing and beautiful landscapes. In a nutshell, this is what you can expect to see…
Another one of our ten best bike-friendly cities is the magnificent Budapest on the banks of the Danube River. When it comes to Budapest, the very beautiful and lush Margaret Island immediately comes to mind. From conventional bicycles to tandems, and more. You can hire them right there and then.
Whether you’re fit or not, you can easily bike to picturesque Szentendre (photos below) – a lovely spot on the Danube, and back. The cycle route was upgraded in 2020, now making for a great bike experience with rest stops and lighting. You could always cycle to Szentendre and take a sunset cruise on the Danube back to Budapest!
This beautiful and vibrant city is one of the safest places to cycle. What’s more, Copenhagen has an amazing goal. Namely, to become “the world’s best bicycle city by 2025”.
Some scenic cycle routes in Copenhagen are:
Mallorca is known to be one of the top bike-friendly cities in the world. The majority of days in the year are filled with sunshine, like around 300 days! The climate is perfect for cycling all year through.
What’s more, in the Serra de Tramuntana area cycling is a pleasure with little traffic and a dedicated route for cyclists.
For the more experienced cyclists, the Deia to Pollenca bike route of about 68 km has stunning scenic views along the coast. You’ll also cycle through the beautiful olive region of Caimari and Campanuet.
Montréal has over 700 kilometers (435 miles) of bike paths and plenty of bike-friendly activities, especially during the summer. And even if there is no activity there is always an opportunity to pack a picnic basket for the road and head on over to a city park. Cycle routes such as Mount Royal Park, Parc La Fontaine in the Plateau, Parc Laurier, and Parc Jarry (both have outdoor swimming pools).
In 2019 New York City had no less than 2,170 km (1,350 miles) of cycling lanes citywide. That makes for some serious cycling enjoyment.
And then there is Rio de Janeiro, another one in our choice of bike-friendly cities. Rio de Janeiro is a bucket list experience amongst cyclists across the globe.
Beautiful Strasbourg is known for its towering Gothic cathedral and for being the formal seat to the European parliament. Strasbourg has some scenic bike routes, including mountain biking trails. There are bike routes everywhere, and almost everyone is on bikes.
One of the most memorable bike tours was the one from Strasbourg across the River Rhine to the German town of Kehl. The route will take about 3 to 4 hours to complete. Two countries in one day!
Our final choice (in alphabetical order) of the best bike-friendly cities, is vibrant Tokyo. You definitely want to avoid traffic jams, so one of the best options is the river banks. And Tokyo has plenty of them.