3x Cycling routes in and around Utrecht

Hopping on a bike is certainly the most enjoyable way to discover and experience the cities of the Netherlands and especially Utrecht!

With such a developed network of cycling routes, there are bike paths literally everywhere, making it easy for you to enjoy the most beautiful spots and to experience the Dutch cities at their best.

To help you choose the best route in Utrecht, we compiled a list of three routes based on three different difficulty levels.

#1 Easy

Loop from Breukelen along the Vecht
Distance: 25.4 km
Time: 1 h 07 min

This route gives you the opportunity to discover the northern outskirts of Utrecht in the area of the Loosdrechtse Plassen lake. It is a simple and easy ride where you get to discover beautiful sight-seeing spots and you can take a ferry crossing. You can have a look at the entire route here.

#2 Intermediate

Oudegracht - Fort Jutphaas
Distance: 61 km
Time: 3 h 29 min

Ready for a longer ride? This intermediate route will take you to the southeastern outskirts of Utrecht and far beyond. You will get to ride along De Lek, on the Achterdijk, see the Jutphaas Fort and you will even get to see another city, Nieuwegein. You need to be in good shape and a bit more experienced for this bike route, but it is sure worth it! You can have a look at the entire route here.

#3 Expert

Austerlitz Loop
Distance: 32 km
Time: 1 h 33 min

Located at east of Utrecht, the Austerlitz Loop is a so-called forest route, placed right in the National park De Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Though it might seem to be easier because it's shorter than the other routes, the Austerlitz Loop is actually the most difficult and most challenging of the three. This is mainly because of the elevation of 110 meters and the fact that almost 9 km are unpaved ground. During this ride, you will get to experience beautiful natural sights and the great national park. You can have a look at the entire route here.

Want to learn more about cycling routes in Utrecht?

View a full list here, together with more details such as the elevation profiles, tips, and pictures.


written by Ana

I'm a cheerful and curious person, passionate about photography and everything that comes with it. As a fellow international, I moved to The Netherlands to study and decided to stay here after falling deeply in love with the culture, people and the beautiful Dutch cities and their canals!