Swiss Bike Hire - Including Local Transport
Cycling along the path
This bike route is, like so many Swiss things, very well signposted and indicated. Generally flat, it follows rivers, lakes and the odd canal. Due to the popularity of the route do keep an eye out for other bicyclists, some of whom will be travelling fast. It is no bad thing to ring your bell at blind corners.
For your self-guided tour you may need a bike hire shop. Bike hire is available in larger towns and some cities (eg Geneva) have their own "Boris Bikes" (city bikes for rent by the half hour). Where rental companies' websites exist, we have shown them. Depending on bicycle quality you should expect to pay from €10 per day although where there is no competition prices can be a lot higher. There are some national bike companies that focus on the American market and charge up to €35 per day. For that price you should expect the very best bike, delivery to wherever you are and a set-up that is tailored to your body and riding style.
Before you approach a hire shop have a look at the advice in our Bike Guide. Remember that the area of this route is mostly flat so you won't need too many gears. It is not a legal requirement to wear a helmet but you will see roughly 50% of riders in Switzerland wearing them. You will find good quality electric bikes and charging points, although we don't know what the prices are for charging. Electric bikes are allowed on Swiss trains just like ordinary bikes. You may find "pedal backwards to brake" bikes - just take care while getting used to them.
Geneva and environs
Re-Cycle, Place du Lignon 8, 1219
Genève, +41 22 796 78 87
Cycles Dotti, Avenue de Riond-Bosson
10, 1110 Morges, +41 21 801 73 51
Froidevaux, Rue des Fossés 47, 1110 Morges, 021 802 62 25
ZüRI ROLLT, Zurich, 043 288 34 45
Swiss Rail and other national companies
Baggage transport and tours
During your tour we hope you will not need this, but if you do the bike retailers in each large town will provide a maintenance service (at a fee) and due to the flatness there are a good number of bike shops about. 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.
Airports and railway stations are the best places to leave luggage.
Train and bike
Swiss Railways are very bicycle friendly but you would be wise to book a space as lots of people use the trains, in particular to get up mountains. There will be much more space on the route down!