komoot
  • Discover
  • Route planner
  • Features
Discover

Alps

Cycling in the Alps

Bike Touring

in

Photo: Jarek

Our Tour recommendations are based on thousands of activities completed by other people on komoot.

Learn More

Spanning eight countries in Western Europe, cycling in the Alps is fantastically varied with a guarantee of spectacular views. When you ride in this beautiful mountain range, you can explore lush, green valleys with chocolate-box towns or climb steady switchbacks to gain great heights. 

You’ll enjoy a slightly different experience in each region and each alpine nation, from the extraordinary lakes in the Italian Alps to the sound of cowbells ringing in the Swiss Alps. Cycle routes in the Alps can be as strenuous as you like, ranging from morning circular rides to multi-day linear routes. 

Exceptionally well set up with accommodation and eateries throughout the year, no matter where you pedal in the Alps, you’ll be well taken care of. So what will it be? Hearty pastas in Italy’s northern mountains, schnitzel for lunch in Austria’s verdant valleys or hot chocolate stops in Switzerland.


Top 20 cycling routes in the Alps

    Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
    1
    1
    Difficult
    05:23
    52.3 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
    View
    2
    Intermediate
    03:14
    34.4 mi
    10.6 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
  • Sign Up To Discover Places Like This

    Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.

  • 3
    Difficult
    05:50
    57.9 mi
    9.9 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    4
    Difficult
    06:20
    63.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    5
    Difficult
    03:21
    32.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    6
    Intermediate
    03:36
    36.2 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    7
    Intermediate
    02:53
    28.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    8
    Difficult
    03:18
    23.9 mi
    7.2 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    View
    9
    Difficult
    03:01
    20.3 mi
    6.7 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    View
    10
    Intermediate
    01:40
    15.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    11
    Intermediate
    03:05
    31.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    12
    Difficult
    02:49
    18.4 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,125 ft
    3,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    View
    13
    Intermediate
    02:26
    25.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    14
    Intermediate
    02:03
    20.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    15
    Difficult
    04:32
    41.3 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
    View
    16
    Difficult
    04:26
    43.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    17
    Intermediate
    02:34
    26.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    18
    Intermediate
    04:04
    34.9 mi
    8.6 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    19
    Difficult
    05:18
    39.9 mi
    7.5 mph
    6,525 ft
    6,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    20
    Intermediate
    02:54
    29.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View

Discover More Tours around Alps

More Information

The heady highs and lovely lows 

Cycle routes in the Alps have a reputation for some of the most fantastic views in the world, complete with unbelievable sweeping bends, switchbacks and exquisite lunch spots. Of course, there are no descents without their opposites. When you go riding in the Alps though, the climbs are just as beautiful and skilled riders will get so much reward for the effort. 

To balance out the stunning high trails found on bike rides in the Alps, you can cycle through glorious valleys, filled with grazing animals, wildflowers and rushing mountain rivers. The lakes throughout the Alps are spectacular and circular routes around them make for perfect day rides. There’s nothing better than dipping your toes in a glacial lake while you take a well-earned break. 

Refreshments and accommodation 

One of the reasons cycling in the Alps is so cherished is its sheer accessibility. In each country you’ll find innumerable settlements from sleepy villages to thriving towns, all welcoming of cyclists. 

Inns, lodges, mountain huts, B&Bs, hotels and campsites can all be found easily throughout the Alps. You can choose from a large price range too, allowing you to plan an adventure that suits you on every level. 

Cycling here is hungry work but there’s no shortage of food stops in the valleys and even higher up. From isolated mountain cafes with breathtaking views to villages chock full of restaurants, your stomach won’t suffer here. If anything, the food from France to Slovenia is so incredible that it might slow you down as you dawdle in front of bakeries. 

Riding in alpine weather

Well-equipped with everything from public toilets to mountaintop cafes, cycling in the Alps is an absolute dream. The weather throughout the range is highly changeable though, with extraordinary sunshine liable to change at the click of a finger. As a result, planning for everything from hot sun to freezing rain is sensible in the shoulder seasons at least and expect occasional wet weather in the summer. 

The higher you climb, the cooler and more changeable weather but don’t disregard the UV levels, which can be harsh. Descents can also lead to significant cooling after a climb so be careful to add layers when necessary. 

Alps's best cycling routes on the map

loading
Discover More Tours around Alps

Popular around Alps

  • VGN presents 8 cycling day trips around Nuremberg

    Bike Touring Collection by VERKEHRSVERBUND GROSSRAUM NÜRNBERG

  • Bike tours in Franconia and Upper Palatinate — VGN leisure tips

    Bike Touring Collection by VERKEHRSVERBUND GROSSRAUM NÜRNBERG

  • Hiking in the Alps

    Hiking Collection by komoot

  • MTB Trails in the Alps

    Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

  • Road Cycling Routes in the Alps

    Road Cycling Collection by komoot

  • Mountain Hikes in the Alps

    Mountain Climbing Collection by komoot

  • Running Trails in the Alps

    Running Collection by komoot

Find the perfect Tour

in
Discover

Alps

What We Offer

Discover
Terms of ServicePrivacy PolicyPrivacy SettingsCommunity GuidelinesSecurity vulnerability reward programImprint