Imagine riding your bike next to the Seine on a lovely summer day. It does not get any better than that!
We designed this Paris bike tour so that you can enjoy the sight of 20 and more Parisian landmarks in a 12 km tour for almost free, at any time of the day, all year long.
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A short overview of the tour
Km 0 – Bercy district
The closest metro station to the start point is Cour Saint Emilion on line 14.
From this point you have 12 km of gorgeousness and beautiful Parisian landmarks to enjoy!
Until the next point you will be able to observe a more recent neighbourhood that contains a lot of offices.
Imagine tall buildings with lots of business people during the day and trendy nightclub when the sun goes down.
Km 2.5 – Le jardin des Plantes
If you chose to park your bike at this stop, you can now walk around a beautiful garden, the museum of natural history or a zoo.
It is the second oldest zoological garden in the world.
Km 3.9 – Ile Saint Louis
Ile Saint Louis is one of two islands that are located in the center of Paris.
It is weirdly extremely calm compared to the rest of the buzzing city which you can observe from the quay of the island.
The island can be perfect for a romantic or relaxing moment as well if you are interested in the history of the city.
As you’re browsing through the island why not try the famous Bertillon’s ice-creams.
Km 4.7 – Ile de la Cité
This Island is said as the center of the city, where the earliest settlements were found in Paris.
It is also where the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral can be explored.
There are many places to admire on this island but our favourite would be this less known small park (Square du Vert-Galant) after the Pont Neuf at the tip of the eye-shaped island.
You are surrounded by water and you can almost imagine yourself in a boat riding the Seine.
Km 5.8 – Musée du Louvre
You are now arriving to a point where there are many things to see and visit, maybe pick some or see all of them if you have the time.
Once you put your bike down you can go to the Louvre, the pyramids of the Louvre, the Palais Royal with its garden and the Daniel Buren’s striped columns in the courtyard, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musée d’Orsay, the Pont des Arts, the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Place Vendôme.
You may want to walk a bit around for that part to enjoy the gardens and take it slow so that you can enjoy your surroundings.
Km 7 – Concorde
The place de la Concorde is a large and beautiful place. There is a Ferris wheel and a perspective on the Champs-Élysées Avenue that goes up to the Arc de Triomphe.
Keep on the Avenue for 500 meters and turn left on the Winston Churchill Avenue to catch a sight of the Grand and Petit Palais.
As their names indicate there is a Big and little (not so little!) buildings from the early 20th century. Continuing down that avenue, you will arrive on the Pont Alexandre III.
It has beautiful gold decoration and it is worth stopping to take a quick picture for a stunning shot. Once you’ve crossed the bridge, cycle on the side of the Seine.
It has recently been closed to cars and then converted in an awesome place where Parisians can go enjoy the sight of the Seine, workout, or just simply have a drink on a peniche.
Find also the floating gardens which are relaxing and very interesting to explore.
Km 9.8 – Musée du quai Branly
You now arrive to the musée du Quai Branly in which you can find the indigenous art and culture of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
You can stop there and park your velib or keep going to the next stop. The museum has a stunning vegetal wall and a modern architecture worth the sight.
Km 10.1 – Eiffel Tower
No need to say what the Eiffel Tower is but, it is anyway always a stunning sight around this beautiful Iron Lady.
With its beautiful fountains and garden, the Trocadéro if you feel like climbing up to in-between the two buildings will offer you an amazing view on the Eiffel Tower and the surroundings.
The effort is worth it! Continue your journey to the last stop of the tour.
Km 11.6 – Bir-Hakeim
From this iconic 2 level bridge you will have a stunning view on the Eiffel Tower. On top of it run the metro, on the 1st level you can find cars and in the middle of it, a bicycle path.
So why not stop there for the last stop of this tour and enjoy the sunset over the beautiful panorama that the bridge is offering you before heading home…
We hope you enjoy our biking tour in Paris and if you do follow this route, post a picture on Instagram and use #waytostay to tell us. It would make us very happy!
Where to bike in Paris?
Visiting Paris via foot or bikes allows you to truly understand the city’s character and you will get a much more complete experience from it. While biking through the capital you can stop or go anytime and anywhere you want!
There are 700 km of cycle path in Paris so get on your bike and explore!
Our favourite route to follow is along the Seine as you will find the most famous places to visit by just following the river course. Stop in Berthillon on Ile Saint Louis for the best ice-cream in Paris or in a barge along the seine on Quai d’Orsay for a well-deserved beverage. You could also stop in one of the many Parisian museums such as musée d’Orsay, musée du Louvres, musée de l’Orangerie …
As you may have observed, if you’ve been walking around Paris, there are many bike stations around the capital, those are Velibs bike.
We recommend you to rent one for a day and follow the route on the map we created. It only cost 1,70€ to rent a velib’ for 24h! You can use them for up to 30’min free of charge.
We planned out the parkour so that you cannot overdue the 30’ min in between each Velib stations. Therefore, it is a very cheap way to go around the city while admiring the beautiful buildings.
You can stop at any station and 5’ min later take a bike again. So don’t worry and enjoy your day cruising in the most beautiful city of the World!
Here you can find a map of every Velib stations in Paris: http://en.velib.paris.fr/Stations-in-Paris
Here you can find more information about the subscriptions and fees when renting a Velib: http://en.velib.paris.fr/Subscriptions-and-fees (the short-term subscriptions can be found at the bottom of the page).