4 day cycle routes

Four days & three nights London to Paris bike ride routes

Cycling from London to Paris in 4 days is a popular option. The challenge here is coupled with the chance to take your time a little more and see the sights along the way.

You will still need to train hard for your trip but the emphasis is on your ability to cycle medium distances over consecutive days rather long distances in fewer days. This option really is achievable to everyone, including those who are new to long distance cycling.

It is generally a good idea to get yourself down to the coast and rest there for the night before taking the ferry over first thing on day two. As for cycling in France, depending on your preferences, you may wish to complete 2 longer days in the saddle to allow you the opportunity to arrive into Paris in good time the fourth day. Keep in mind the time it takes you on the ferry and the one hour time difference on day 2.

One thing to be careful of is the ferry times. Different routes have varying timetables. It is recommended by most ferry companies that you arrive 45 minutes before the planned departure time. Best to double check with the ferry company you choose.

All of the following routes have been kindly submitted by our users for your reference.

4 day London to Paris bike ride route via Portsmouth, Le Havre, Le Neubourg & Mantes-la-Jolie

  • Route Plan & Distance
  • Day 1 : London to Portsmouth – 121 km / 75 miles
  • Day 2 : Portsmouth to Le Havre – Ferry (Departs around 23:00)
  • Day 2 : Le Havre to Le Neubourg – 87 km / 54 miles
  • Day 3 : Le Neubourg to Mantes-la-Jolie – 70 km / 43 miles
  • Day 4 : Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris – 49 km / 31 miles
  • Total cycling distance = 327 km / 203 miles


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4 day London to Paris bike ride route via Newhaven, Dieppe, Forges-Les-Eaux & Pontiose

  • Route Plan & Distance
  • Day 1 : London to Newhaven – 90 km / 56 miles
  • Day 2 : Newhaven to Dieppe – Ferry
  • Day 2 : Dieppe to Forges-Les-Eaux – 55 km / 35 miles
  • Day 3 : Forges-Les-Eaux to Pontiose – 84 km / 52 miles
  • Day 4 : Pontiose to Paris – 30 km / 18 miles
  • Total cycling distance = 265 km / 164 miles


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4 day London to Paris bike ride route via Dover, Calais, Arras & Compiègne

  • Route Plan & Distance
  • Day 1 : London to Dover – 120 km / 75 miles
  • Day 2 : Dover to Calais – Ferry
  • Day 2 : Calais to Arras – 110 km / 68 miles
  • Day 3 : Arras to Compiègne – 108 km / 67 miles
  • Day 4 : Compiègne to Paris – 80 km / 50 miles
  • Total cycling distance = 418 km / 260 miles


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