Champagne Bike Hire - Including Local Transport
For your self-guided tour you may need a bike hire shop to rent a bike from. Bike hire is available in most of the large towns in the area. Where bike rental shops' websites exist we have shown them below - look for a tab marked "location" (hire). Depending on bicycle quality you should expect to pay €7-10 per day if booked for a week, but bookings for just a day can be as high as €25. You may even want to use this holiday to try renting a tandem.
There are a good number of bike hire shops in the Champagne-Ardenne area and along the route. Nearly all of them also offer maps and tour booking. Telephone 00 33 and delete the (0) from abroad, from within the country start 03 keeping the (0) (so Bulleo is 03 26 53 35 60 from within France).
If you need to look at other towns, then go to Google maps, put the town in the centre of the map and type "location de velo" into the search box, then check out the dots that appear.
- Bulleo, Parc
Roger Menu, 51200 Épernay, 00 33 (0)3 26 53 35 60
- ADA Location,1 rue Pré dimanche,
51200 Épernay, 00 33 (0)3 26 56 37 20
- Location de vélo chez
Manu, Boulevard du Docteur
Henri Henrot, 51100 Reims
- ADA Location, Cour de la Gare, 51100
Reims 00 33 (0)3 26 82 57 81
- Cape Adventures, rue
de la Maladrerie, 51270
Montmort-Lucy, 00 33 (0)6 82 37 24 84
- Location de deux roues - ADA, 39 Avenue Philippoteaux, 08200 Sedan, 00 33 (0)3 24 27 03 31
- Ada Holiday Bikes, 59 avenue Charles de Gaulle, 08000 Charleville Mezieres, 00 33 (0)3 24 37 15 54
- Location vélo et VTT (Capitainerie de Fumay), Quai du port au Blé, 08170Fumay, 00 33 (0)3 24 41 10 34
- Location vélo et VTT, 34 rue Gambetta, 08320 Vireux Molhain, 00 33 (0)3 24 41 82 73
- Relais VTT de Monthermé, Place JB Clément, 08800 Montherme, 00 33 (0)3 24 54 46 73
- Cycles Alan, 12 rue des Ecoles, 08600 Givet, 00 33 (0)3 24 41 64 53
- Relais accueil VTT - Domaine Mon Bijou, Domaine Mon Bijou, 08600 Givet
During your tour we hope you will not need this, but if you do various bike shops will provide a maintenance service. Check our puncture repair video at MyBikeGuide before you go. We also recommend a couple of guides on how to repair a bike, one of which is light enough to take with you.
- Heathrow and Paris has relatively expensive luggage storage.
- Schipol has luggage lockers.
- Brussels has no left luggage.
Major French railway stations have left luggage lockers. You can find out information about left luggage (and other services) from SNCF's stations web site, by selecting the station, clicking on "Practical information" and then the "Services" tab. (The site is slow so don't keep clicking, just wait). Look for "consignes automatiques" (luggage lockers).
The situation at Epernay, Reims and Charleville is as follows:
Train and bike
The website of the French national railway company, SNCF, is a little difficult to use but the company has developed a separate regional train mini-site under the brand TER SNCF.
though they are in French. There are a number of options for cyclists and bikes can be carried on regional trains. SNCF will even ship your bike ahead for you.
Buses are unlikely to carry bikes and each bus company tends to operate just in its local area, making bus travel impractical for anything other than short, bike-free hops.