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EuroVelo 6 in France

Yes, EuroVelo 6 is a cycle route that crosses the whole of Europe from east to west, notably following the course of the Danube, Rhine and Loire Rivers. This website presents the EuroVelo 6 route through France. It’s a regal route you can follow from the Rhine to the Atlantic.

EuroVelo 6 route covers 1,280km in France

Crossing France via EuroVelo 6 enables you to explore southern Alsace and Franche-Comté, French regions close to Switzerland, first by cycling alongside the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, then by following the magnificent Doubs Valley. Next, you arrive in Burgundy and its world-famous vineyards.

Then you join the royal route of La Loire à Vélo, following one of Europe’s last-remaining major wild rivers up to its estuary. This portion is dotted with splendid châteaux, offering a unique, world-renowned historical and cultural heritage. This part of the route is a must for cyclists in France and is wonderfully well geared to their needs. 

The French part of the EuroVelo 6 route covers 1,280km in total, of which 800km are along La Loire à Vélo. This is one of the easiest cycle routes in the country, fully set up for cyclists, well sign-posted and safe, so accessible to all, including novices.


Heading out along EuroVelo 6 through France, you can be sure of enjoying plenty of wonderful surprises as you cycle along, and you should enjoy some unforgettable encounters too. 

Services and accommodation along the route

You will find a wide choice of bike-hire firms, specialist cycling services, good accommodation and tourist offices within close proximity of the route.

The Accueil Vélo quality mark guarantees that cyclists will get a special welcome. Many providers of accommodation and services have already been awarded the mark.

Our website enables you to look up and pinpoint suitable service providers along the length of the EuroVelo 6 route through France.

Getting to and along the EuroVelo 6 route by train with your bike

train station in france by bikeIn France, the SNCF, the French national train operator, is working towards making it easier for cyclists to carry their bikes on trains. The possibilities are gradually expanding. With many high-speed TGV trains, regional TER trains and Intercités trains, it is now possible to carry on bikes as hand-luggage. TER regional trains and certain Intercités trains have areas specifically designed for bikes

You will find many railway lines and train stations close to the EuroVelo 6 route along its length through France, allowing you to pick and choose at leisure the stretches you might wish to reach.

Note that from June to September, a special carriage for bikes is included on Interloire trains operating between Orléans and Saint-Nazaire.

Signposting along the EuroVelo 6 route through France.

eurovelo 6 signpostingIn France, the route is easy to follow thanks to the EuroVelo 6 logo clearly marked on the relevant signposts placed along the route.

Signposting has been put in place all along the route through France.

From Cuffy, where the Loire à Vélo cycle route begins, the Loire à Vélo and EuroVelo 6 logos feature alongside each other.