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5 cycling safety tips for a perfect bike tour in Paris

Whether you're joining one of the many guided bike tours in Paris or planning your own route around the city, here are five tips to make sure it goes beautifully.

  • Wear a helmet

    1. Wear a helmet

    This is both the most important rule and the one you're least likely to adhere to. You might regret it transitioning between Paris' tranquil alleys and chaotic roundabouts!

  • Follow the rules of the road

    2. Follow the rules of the road

    Aside from the obvious ones like always stopping at red lights, make sure you're fully aware of French traffic laws and try to keep an eye out for Parisian driving quirks!

  • Bring a map

    3. Bring a map

    Paris is a wonderful city to explore, but that just makes it easier to get lost in! Whether it's on paper or your phone, make sure you always have the means to find your way.

  • Use your bell

    4. Use your bell

    Even if you don't generally use a bell, make sure the one on your rented bike is working and learn how to use it. With all the tourists, scooters, cars, and buses, you'll need it!

  • Don't get complacent in the early mornings

    5. Don't get complacent in the early mornings

    Want the streets to yourself? Get up before the rest of the city does. Sunday is especially good for it, but watch out for broken glass not yet cleared up from the night before!

Planning Your Visit

  • Is it safe?

    Just as it is to wander by foot, Paris is also a terrific place to cycle. Cycling accidents are relatively uncommon compared to other major cities, but we'd advise staying clear of the Arc de Triomphe for a stress-free ride!

  • Can I rent a bike?

    If you'd rather go your own way, why not take advantage of Vélib – the city's official bike rental system. It incorporates almost 20,000 bicycles across 1,200 stations. You'll need to pay a subscription – €1.70 a day or €8 for a week – and a rental fee on top of that. The first half-hour is free!

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What people are saying about Paris

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,010 reviews

So fun!! Our driver/guide Julien was funny, knowledgeable as well as professional. Somewhat chilly day, but Julien had nice blankets and even an extra coat if we needed. My teenager loved it... thought she would be embarrassed, but instead had a great time. Wonderful way to discover Paris! Thank you Julien we will definitely be booking again for a different area of Paris.

We had a great time on the tour with Cedric who was a fantastic guide. It was my first time riding with a child on my back (even though I have been a parent for 16 years) and I had my 2 younger children with me and Cedric was wonderful at adapting the tour to suit us and our situation. He was a wealth of knowledge about Paris and we enjoyed the tour with him.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Parisian e-bike tour. Pierre had lots of energy and was highly knowledgable, keeping us entertained with lots of fun historical stories. We covered lots of ground and were perfectly comfortable on the bikes on a very hot day. I’d recommend bringing a bottle of water all the same.

A fantastic and different way to see Paris. Our guide Julian was brilliant, learnt so much and saw parts we wouldn't have seen otherwise. Highly recommend, a must do tour!!

Highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide was suberb. He was engaging and funny and it’s a fantastic way to see and learn a bit more about Paris. Go!