“Loire à Vélo” in figures
“Loire à Vélo” is a unique, already much-travelled itinerary and one that is accessible and makes for easy cycle holidays.
It forms one of the finest cycle routes in France. “Loire à Vélo” is:
- an 800km “freewheeling cruise” (in 2012),
- a discovery of 2 regions (Centre and Pays de la Loire), 6 departments (Cher, Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique) and 6 cities (Orléans, Blois, Tours, Saumur, Angers, Nantes).
The idea of this inter-regional itinerary originated in 1995 with the Centre and Pays de la Loire regions. The gigantic project has required €52 million to develop and signpost the whole of the route.
A much-travelled cycle route
“Loire à Vélo” represents some of the biggest visitor potential of all the French cycle routes. Over 800,000 cyclists take the Loire à Vélo each year!
It attracts huge numbers of tourists, including about one-third from abroad, mainly from Europe (Dutch, German, Belgian, British…) but also from further afield (Americans, Canadians, Australians…). And the Japanese are starting to give it a try, too! It also remains very much the “favourite” of French tourists.
SNCF railways stations to start or stop wherever you want
You can start your Loire cycle tour wherever you want, and leave the route at will. There is a regional train line (TER) along the river from Orléans, so you can simply head for the nearest station to the route (some 20 stations have cycle access) and get on the next train with your bike, of course. There are also countless car parks dotted along the way.
TRAIN VELO LOIRE : "La Loire à Vélo" from train station to train station
This summer you have the chance to take your bike right with you in our Interloire-trains! This service is free. Booking in advance is not required.
*valid between Orléans and Le Croisic.
Discover one of France’s most beautiful landscapes and enjoy “La Loire à Vélo” to the greatest possible extent and in complete calmness thanks to the unique offer of Interloire-train!
Loire à Vélo alternates between quiet roads with little traffic (37%), green ways (27%), no-thoroughfare roads (24%), cycle tracks and lanes (12%). Two-thirds of the itinerary runs along the Loire. There are 300 stopping places for cycle tourists.
See the definitions of the different types of cycle routes
As the figures show, Loire à Vélo is the “in-fashion” way to get out and about.