By train or by bike, join ViaRhôna
Getting around by train with your bike along the route
French regional (TER) trains, and other rail services, are useful for reaching points of departure or return on your cycle trip, for organizing weekend trips, or simply for shortening a stage.
- Most French regional (TER) trains have specially dedicated spaces for cyclists carrying their bikes.
- Certain French high-speed (TGV) and intercity trains have a few spaces for bicycles, but you generally have to book these well in advance (paid service)
- Mediterranean TGVs and Lyria trains between France and Switzerland do not accept bicycles that have not been dismantled.
- On our website, you can see where train stations are located on the route maps, while you can get practical information on train stations under the ‘In detail’ paragraphs in the stage descriptions.
- Do check carefully before you set out that the trains you want to use do accept bikes.
- Transport tandems, tricycles, scooters bikes, recumbent bikes and three-wheel trailer attached to the back of a bicycle is not allowed.
- Warning bikes are not allowed in the TER buses
You can find in-depth details on train lines and train times on the websites for the regional TER train services concerned:
For your own comfort and that of other passengers:
- avoid travelling with your bike at rush hours, prefer to travel between 9:30 and 16h
- locate the relevant coaches that take bikes using the helpful pictograms
- arrive in plenty of time for your train, at least 20 minutes before the train departure
- don’t cycle in train stations, but steer your bike by hand
- travel light!
The main TER lines along the ViaRhôna route:
- Lyon - Geneva
- Lyon - Avignon - Marseille
- Genève - Chambéry - Grenoble - Valence
- Avignon - Montpellier
you can find out specific information on travelling with your bike on French trains on www.sncf.com
A cycle route connected to other routes
ViaRhôna is connected with several other cycle routes. This allows you to join the itinerary by bike or continue the adventure on another route.
Here are the main connecting routes from North to South:
- In Switzerland: continue the itinerary to the source of the Rhône
- In Culoz or Chanaz it is possible to reach the Bourget lake and then Chambéry where it is then possible to follow the Isère valley by bike to Valence
- In Ardèche la Dolce Via from La Voulte-sur-Rhône to Le Cheylard
- In Beaucaire with La Méditerranée à vélo towards Nice
- Between Sète and Beaucaire the itinerary is common with La Méditerranée à vélo
- In Sète, at the end of ViaRhôna, it is possible to continue the adventure on Le Canal des 2 mers by bike to the Atlantic Ocean