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Grande Traversée du Jura by bike

Mountains
375 Km
Montbéliard
Culoz
A cycling adventure to explore the Jura Range. Wend your way across its vast open spaces, its charming villages and its mountains, enjoying splendid views. La Grande Traversée du Jura à Vélo (or GTJ à Vélo) starts from Montbéliard and ends in Culoz, taking you riding along over 370km on minor roads. It links the Doubs and Rhône Rivers. The way is accessible to all types of cyclist, running through the heart of verdant, mid-altitude mountains. As well as all the discoveries to make along this route, alternative offshoots allow you to tackle mythic ascents, notably of the Col de la Faucille and Le Grand Colombier.

Grande Traversée du Jura by bike - GTJ by bike

Signposting and layout of the GTJ by bike

The Grande Traversée du Jura à Vélo route is signposted in both directions. The signs appear on the normal road signs.

Along certain stretches in the county (département) of the Doubs, the signposting was still in the process of being finalized at time of writing. We recommend that you download the route’s GPX tracks or invest in the paper topo-guide (in French).

Trains and stations to use to reach the route 

  • Montbéliard: the closest train station to the departure point at Mandeure.
    Regional TER line Lyon - Montbéliard - Belfort
  • Culoz: Regional TER line at the southern end of the route
    Regional TER line Lyon - Culoz - Genève

Consult possibilities for taking your bike on trains in France.  

Cycle routes that connect with the Grande Traversée du Jura à Vélo

33,49 Km
Montbéliard / Saint-Hyppolite
Nature & small heritage
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Montbéliard / Saint-Hyppolite

Before starting out on your Grande Traversée du Jura à Vélo adventure, take the time to admire the historic City of [...]

31,78 Km
Saint-Hyppolite / Goumois
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Saint-Hyppolite / Goumois

Saint-Hippolyte, designated a Petite Cité Comtoise de Caractère, is a delightful village to explore before a new [...]

43,76 Km
Goumois / Villers-Le-Lac
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Goumois / Villers-Le-Lac

The River Doubs is 453km long in total. Acting as part of the Franco-Swiss border, it has given its name to a whole [...]

40,92 Km
Villers-Le-Lac / Pontarlier
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Villers-Le-Lac / Pontarlier

All along this stage of the Grande Traversée du Jura à Vélo, admire the architectural heritage of the Haut-Doubs, [...]

31,31 Km
Pontarlier / Mouthe
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Pontarlier / Mouthe

Leaving Pontarlier, the Fort de Joux, perched high on its rocky outcrop, looks down on your progress for several [...]

28,36 Km
Mouthe / Saint-Laurent-En-Grandvaux
Canals & intimate rivers
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Mouthe / Saint-Laurent-En-Grandvaux

After the calm River Doubs, you now cycle beside livelier rivers. Limestone, the main component in Jurassic geology, is [...]

30,19 Km
Saint-Laurent-En-Grandvaux / Morez
Nature & small heritage
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Saint-Laurent-En-Grandvaux / Morez

Saint Laurent en Grandvaux is in the area known as the Pays des Rouliers, after the 19th-century travelling salesmen [...]

35,78 Km
Morez / Mijoux
Nature & small heritage
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Morez / Mijoux

A stage of the Grande Traversée du Jura à Vélo offering varied landscapes, with high combes, which you can cycle [...]

36,84 Km
Mijoux / Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine
Canals & intimate rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Mijoux / Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine

At the stopover town of Mijoux, you enter the département, or French county, of the Ain, but you remain in the Jura [...]

33,09 Km
Le-Grand-Abergement / Culoz
French rivers, Nature & small heritage
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Le-Grand-Abergement / Culoz

The final stage of the Grande Traversée du Jura à Vélo allows you to enjoy cycling downhill in the main. There are [...]

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