May 29, 2013 at 13:24  •  Posted in Cycling Routes by  •  2 Comments

Google has just launched cycling directions for a number of new countries in Europe, including Luxembourg, France and Germany, which is great news for everyone who likes to cycle in the region!

These directions, available as part of Google Maps, were first launched in 2012 for a limited number of countries. Due to their popularity, Google has now extended them to a large part of Europe.

How do they work? Go to Google Maps and Get Directions, then choose the icon of the cyclist above. This will show you directions that use existing bike lanes and streets with less traffic, making it easy to choose a route through the city, or even across the country!
Cycling directions

Based on a few tests, the directions are pretty accurate, and any bike lanes missing can be added by users through GoogleMapMaker.

Here’s a comparison between walking and cycling directions from Luxembourg Gare Centrale to Place d’Armes in the centre of town:
walking cycling

It also works for longer rides, and will be perfect for weekend rides through the countryside for both residents and visitors!

Here’s directions from Luxembourg Gare Centrale to Wasserbillig, on the German border.

By car:
Car to wasserbillig

And by bike, using national cycle paths:
by bike to wasserbillig
And it only takes 2 hours and 48 minutes 🙂

I look forward to using this new tool and I’m sure it will prove to be very useful!


  1. Tatiana-san / May 29, 2013 at 13:42 / Reply

    Doesn’t work perfectly yet, but it’s only beta version.
    I wished it so much!!! Dreams become true))

  2. Pingback: Testing out Google Maps’ new cycling directions - Cycle Luxembourg

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