Bike Touring by Country

Explore our articles on bicycle touring around the world with the map. Just click on the points to see what we’ve written about that area!

You can also browse the list below or jump straight ahead to pages on Central Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Our first few kilometers on the Molesworth RoadAustralasia

  • Australia – To do it all you’d need a year or more. How about focusing on the best bits? More…
  • New Zealand – It’s small but packed with things to see and do. Just watch that weather. More…

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Mathieu and Sandrine cycling awayCentral Asia – This is for the adventurous cyclist. Think rough roads, few tourists and wild camping paradise.

  • Kazakhstan – The biggest of the Central Asian states, this is a relatively flat route between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan with a few highlights along the way. More…
  • Kyrgyzstan – Some of the most beautiful cycling that Central Asia has to offer. Camp with nomads. Soak in the mountain views. Wash up in a traditional bathhouse.More…
  • Turkmenistan – It’s run by a government with an iron fist but if you can move quickly (you only get a 5-day visa) this is one option for going between Iran and Uzbekistan without taking a ferry across the Caspian Sea.More…
  • Uzbekistan – You can’t miss the gorgeous silk road cities of Bukhara and Samarqand. What you could do without are the registration hassles. More…

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Europe – Great food, diverse cultures and comfort if you want it but plenty of camping opportunities if you don’t. Europe is home to some of the greatest cycling nations on earth. More…

  • France – Bakeries around every corner, the Tour de France and wonderful municipal campsites. What more could you want? More…
  • Germany – No one does bike paths quite like the Germans. More…
  • Greece – Classic history in the south and mountains to make your thighs burn in the north. More…
  • Hungary – It’s not just goulash and the free wi-fi is prolific. More…
  • Italy – Northern Italy is a gem with the Dolomite Mountains but there’s also the south, with treats like the hills of Le Marche. More…
  • Netherlands – Our current home, and the most bike-friendly country in the world. More…
  • Portugal – Go for the interior, where you’ll find charming villages and few tourists. More…
  • Slovenia – Gorgeous scenery and so many English speakers! More…
  • Spain – Drink sherry and have lunch on the beach. More…

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The shrine in SaghandMiddle East – It’s not nearly as scary as you think. In fact, the hospitality here outstrips anywhere else we’ve been. Drink a cup of tea with the locals and enjoy. More…

  • Iran Undoubtedly our favourite country so far. You can’t beat the kind people, the hospitality, the landscapes and the history. More…
  • Morocco – Geographically it’s not in the Middle East but culturally it is and what a culture to explore with souks, forts, palaces, deserts and nomads. More…
  • Syria – Bike to some of the world’s oldest cities and camp amongst ruins and olive groves. And despite what they say, you can get a visa at the border.More…
  • Turkey – A great introduction to the Middle East with its mix of Eastern and Western culture, plus incredible interior landscapes and high mountains in the far east. More…

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Chilling in the shadeNorth America – For sheer diversity of landscape on one continent, this is hard to beat. And there’s no shortage of space to get lost in. More…

  • Canada – The ‘great white north’ offers mountains, prairies and seascapes but not so many roads. More…
  • United States – From north to south, you can cycle here year-round. Just watch the bureaucracy if you’re coming for a long time! More…

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Bicycle next to a rice fieldSoutheast Asia – A nice taste of the exotic, mixed with plenty of home comforts if you want them. More…

  • Cambodia – Relatively poor, with fewer facilities than other nations in the region, but some stunning ruins and friendly people. More…
  • Laos – Flat plains of rice fields in the south and misty mountains in the north. It’s a cyclist’s dream. More…
  • Malaysia – Bustling cities, spicy curries, cool tea plantations and a mix of cultures not seen in nearby Thailand. More…
  • Singapore – This tiny nation is a key hub for getting in and out of Southeast Asia. More…
  • Thailand – It’s hard not to love Thailand and on a bike you can get away from the well-beaten tourist trail. More…

Comments

  1. Emma + Justin
    2nd November 2010 at 8:57 am #

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  2. Ben
    10th November 2010 at 5:38 am #

    So cool! Thanks!

  3. Jen Fleming
    14th April 2011 at 1:39 am #

    Love your site. Can’t wait to get into it more. I am 56 and my husband 64 and we want to tour. We are regular riders. Oh what freedom! Thanks heaps!

    • friedel
      15th April 2011 at 7:41 am #

      Hi Jen, glad you’re enjoying it. Let us know how your first touring experiences work out!

  4. Ignaz-Philip Dama HNAL
    3rd October 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    What about bicycle touring in Java and Bali Island in Indonesia? When will you give it a try?

    Denpasar city is also an important hub for getting in and out of Southeast Asia, but much much more beautiful than Singapore, IMHO.

    If you’re interested, I’m willing to host you bed and shower in Surabaya. Check out my profile in warmshowers(dot)org, username: dama.

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  6. Pc
    16th November 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Great guide. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Pc
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    What about Africa?

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