Cycling routes in Poland
Cycling in Poland – Updated 23 August 2022
Cycling has become a very popular pastime over the past few years boosted by a significant investment in biking infrastructure, such as new cycling lanes in the cities and purpose built trails in the countryside. Today, almost every region in Poland provides good amenities and facilities to cyclists such as well signposted routes and easy to use automated bike rental stations.
There are large swathes of flat land in Poland; which makes cycling easy; however if you enjoy the challenge of hills, there are many places where you can enjoy great scenery and give yourself a good work-out at the same time.
There are currently in excess of 1,200 cycle routes around Poland with many options for outdoor enthusiasts including over 600 mountain biking trails. Poland is also part of the European cycle routes, the EuroVelo, which are financed from the EU budget.
Białowieża Forest is one of the most popular places to cycle. The favoured route is the northern part of the forest and also the areas to the west and north of Białowieża National Park.
Cycling in Masuria can be very pleasant, the terrain is as flat as a pancake and the scenery can be very rewarding. There are 18 marked cycle routes with ranges to suit all abilities, you’ll find information in any of the tourist information offices.
Other great cycling areas include the Augustów Forest, Suwałki, the Bieszczady ranges and Szczawnica in the Pieniny.
Mountain bikers usually head to the Sudetes Mountains, in particular the area around the town of Szklarska Poręba. Karkonosze National Park provides many mountain-biking trails and is very popular with Polish extreme-sports enthusiasts.
A word of caution: drinking alcohol and cycling in Poland is a crime and the penalties are severe. The permissible level is 0.2 ml alcohol in 1 litre blood; which is lower than the UK.