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    Discover the world's most affordable cycling cities

    Marinus Dobler
    Marinus Dobler
    Jun 11, 2024 5 min
    Discover the world's most affordable cycling cities

    Amidst soaring living costs, with inflation at a 40-year high, finding budget-friendly holiday spots is more important than ever. In a recent study, buycycle the leading marketplace for premium pre-owned bikes, analyzed more than 400 cities worldwide to find the top budget-friendly cycling destinations, where the cost of living is up to 30% lower than major metro areas.

    Whether you're planning a long getaway, a quick city break, or a cycling expedition, these destinations offer the perfect mix of affordability, quality of life, and extensive cycling routes. Discover these hidden gems and plan your next adventure.

    This study highlights: 

    • Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, tops the list as the most affordable cycling city, boasting an impressive combination of low costs for meals and accommodation, a high quality of life, and an extensive network of 12,038 bike routes.
    • Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, offers an enticing blend of affordability, historical charm, and extensive cycling routes, making it a prime destination for cyclists.
    • Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, stands out with its affordable dining and lodging options, high quality of life, and a scenic cycling experience along 3,715 bike routes.
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    1. Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Ljubljana tops the list as the most affordable cycling city in the world. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful city by using affordable public transport and a comfortable hotel room for only €27.59 per night. With an impressive quality of life score of 171.00 and 12,038 bike routes, Ljubljana is a haven for cyclists. The city's rich history, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant cultural scene make it a must-visit destination for those who love to explore on two wheels.

    Ljubljana cycling, bike, Slovenia
    Photo by Eugene Kuznetsov

    2. Prague, Czech Republic

    Coming in second, Prague offers a delightful blend of affordability and charm. A meal costs around €8.92, and accommodation is available for €32.74 per night. Prague's quality of life score stands at 158.70, and cyclists can enjoy 8,542 bike routes throughout the city. Known for its stunning architecture, historic sites, and bustling markets, Prague provides an unforgettable experience for visitors, especially those exploring by bike.

    Prague, Czech Republic, cycling, bike
    Photo by Lachlan Gowen

    3. Porto, Portugal

    Porto, ranked third, is a gem for budget-conscious cyclists. A fast-food meal is priced at €10.00, and a night's stay costs approximately €32.69. With a high quality of life score of 182.00 and 3,715 bike routes, Porto offers a unique blend of coastal beauty, historic charm, and modern amenities. The city's scenic riverfront, wine cellars, and vibrant arts scene make it an ideal destination for cycling enthusiasts.

    Porto, Portugal, cycling, bike
    Photo by Matt Roskovec

    4. Valencia, Spain

    Valencia secures the fourth spot with its attractive affordability and extensive bike infrastructure. Visitors can enjoy a meal for €13.25 and find accommodation for €32.70 per night. Boasting a quality of life score of 199.20 and 4,995 bike routes, Valencia is perfect for those who love to cycle through urban landscapes and along beautiful beaches. The city's rich history, lively festivals, and delicious cuisine offer plenty to explore and enjoy.

    Valencia, Spain, cycling, bike
    Photo by Jonny James
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    5. Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Cluj-Napoca ranks fifth, offering an excellent balance of cost and cycling opportunities. A meal costs around €10.05, and a hotel room is available for just €17.75 per night. With a quality of life score of 151.60 and 6,302 bike routes, Cluj-Napoca is an emerging destination for cyclists. The city's dynamic cultural scene, historic landmarks, and stunning natural surroundings provide a diverse and enriching experience for visitors.

    Cluj-Napoca, Romania, cycling, bike
    Photo by Tamas Pap

    These top five cities highlight the global trend of making urban areas more accessible and enjoyable for cyclists. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider, these destinations offer incredible opportunities to explore and enjoy, all while being easy on the wallet.

    Who rounds off the top 10?

    6. Vilnius, Lithuania

    7. Essen, Germany

    8. Vienna, Austria

    9. Madrid, Spain

    10. Medellin, Colombia

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    Top 20: Most affordable cycling cities


    The study assessed over 400 cities worldwide to identify the most affordable destinations for cycling enthusiasts. Key factors considered included the cost of a fast food meal, average hotel room price per night, and bike maintenance costs. Additionally, the quality of life was evaluated using a composite score, and the number of available bike routes was taken into account. Including cost of living data from Numbeo, ensured a comprehensive and accurate analysis of each city's affordability. This multi-faceted approach allowed for a robust ranking of cities based on their overall attractiveness and accessibility for cyclists.