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Biking in Nice, France

France has a well-documented tradition of embracing cycling as an integral part of life. The area around Nice is a cycling paradise, with a climate that allows for cycling nearly all year round, routes suitable for all levels of expertise, and protected bike lanes throughout the city. Nice and its surrounds showcases the country’s many terrains and stunning scenery, ranging from towering mountains to sprawling fields and winding country roads. And, of course, the Mediterranean coast is never far away. The region is a perfect area to cycle, no matter your skill level.

Bike Tours

While biking around the city is a great way to explore the sights and sounds of Nice at your own pace, if you prefer a guided tour Nice has plenty of options with standard or electric bicycles.

There are a variety of tours to choose from, ranging in length, difficulty, and included specials. Guided bike tours are great if you don’t have much experience cycling around the city or prefer a more leisurely pace. For the more experienced bicyclist, there are longer routes that can take you around the region and even out into the nearby countryside.

  • Secret Organic Vineyard E-Bike Tour and Wine Tasting
    • Available through e-Bike the Riviera
    • 5 hours
    • Available picnic lunch
    • Explore the vineyard and learn from the winemaker, who has decades of experience
  • The Nice City Cycle E-Bike Tour
    • Available through Nice Cycle Tours
    • 3-5 hours
    • Explore the city’s hidden gems, including gardens, churches, and palaces
Biking rentals

Bike Rentals

Renting a bike in Nice is a simple process, with many bike rental shops located conveniently around town. The shops offer both traditional bike or e-bike rentals by hour, day, or week. Some of the bike shops are also cafes, functioning as meeting points and hangouts for local biking aficionados!

Each shop operates differently, so I would recommend planning at least a week ahead!

Café du Cyclist
  • Guided rides and meet-ups
  • Founded in Nice
  • Specialty high-end bicycles
  • For the more experienced bicyclist
  • Loft-style café, with drinks and snacks
Service Course Nice
  • Special events and group rides
  • Premium bicycles and bike accessories
  • Savings on multi-day rentals
  • Modern café, with drinks, snacks, and tapas
  • Closed on weekends
  • Specializes in more “unique” bike accessories
  • Retro, sport, and e-bikes
Roller station
  • Bike and beach rentals
  • Offers hourly rentals
  • Provides padlocks
Booking Bikes
  • Bicycle, e-bikes, and motor scooter rentals
  • Helmet and lock included
Velo Bleu
  • Unlike a typical bike shop, Velo Bleu is a bike-sharing system. There are bike stations throughout the city, though many bikes are left where the last rider left them. With the Velo Bleu app, you can find and reserve any of their bicycles.
  • Bicycles and E-Bikes available

With your rental bike in hand, you are now ready to explore Nice and beyond. If you are looking for a more leisurely ride, some of the best routes can be found along the Promenade des Anglais. This picturesque stretch of pedestrian road gives riders incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea, while passing some great nearby restaurants and cafes to enjoy when taking a break.

For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, there are plenty of trails both off-road and on-road that will take you through the beautiful hills around Nice. The Gorges du Loup is one option, winding its way through lush green forests and stunning rocky canyons – perfect for nature lovers!

Offering a variety of options including electric bikes and vintage bicycles, Nice has something for everyone. Ride your way through some of the oldest neighborhoods in town or experience an evening wine tour. No matter your preference, bicycling while visiting Nice is an excellent way to get acquainted with all it has to offer while engaging in some light exercise!