Biking Eurovelo 6: Along Europe’s Rivers

Eurovelo 6 is a 4,000km long bicycle route that runs from the Atlantic Ocean in France to the Black Sea and follows 3 of the largest rivers in Europe: the Loire, Rhine and Danube.

David Piper recently returned from a ride along part of Eurovelo 6. In this guest post, he describes the route and offers tips in case you want to cycle the same path.


Perhaps one of the most popular cycle routes in the world is that along the Danube river between Passau and Vienna. It’s so popular that the route now follows both sides of the river to ease the two-wheeled traffic congestion.

What isn’t always appreciated by the people cycling along the Danube is that this is just one section of the Eurovelo 6 (also known as EV6 or VR6) that stretches from the French Atlantic port of Nantes to Constanta on the Romanian Black Sea coast.

Eurovelo 6

Image courtesy of the Eurovelo 6 website

This Easter we rode a 1,000 km section of Eurovelo 6. We started in Basel, Switzerland and rode to Orleans in France. Here are a few key facts from our trip:

1. The route follows inland waterways. It runs along the Rhine-Rhone Canal, The Doubs, The Saone, The Canal du Centre and the River Loire. This means it’s easy to pick up the trail no matter what your starting point.

Continue Reading About Bike Touring Along Eurovelo 6

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  1. corsic
    11th May 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    I think it’s Romanian Black Sea coast, not Bulgarian.

    • friedel
      11th May 2011 at 8:07 pm #

      Absolutely right. I was talking to someone about Bulgaria at the time. Obviously my hands and my mind collided 😉 I’ve corrected it. Thanks.

    12th May 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    I’m convinced David has travelled every cycle trail the world has left to offer !

  3. David Piper
    14th May 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Dont worry Jason, the road never ends

  4. TogetherByBike
    24th May 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Hi David et al,

    S & I are currently on the Serbian side of the Danube heading upstream from the Bulgarian border. The route is certainly well sign-posted but I can’t help feeling that it’s a bit of overkill. How hard is it to lose track of a river the size of the Danube? 🙂

    The guest-houses and accommodation along the route are very much on-board with the whole EV6 thing. I guess they see the migratory cyclist as a good income stream.

    Perhaps we can encourage the EV6 planners to signpost the decent beers along the way?

    Cheers, T & S

  5. Clare
    18th October 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    It`s an impressive route for those who want to be impregnated with the ambiance of Eastern Europe. Even if this region is changing very fast -not really good -, we found some wild and beautiful places. For those who want a tour included all visit this website. Theu organized for us a 15-day tour along the Danube with accomodation, full board and luggage transfer each day. http://www.romania-active and

  6. teodora ivanova
    28th May 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Hello! 🙂
    Looking followers (crazy like me) 😉 in an adventurous journey from England to Bulgaria by bicycle.If you have ideas and suggestions related…. Please share it 🙂 start 15.06.2013

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