Waytypes of the cycle route
Surface of the cycle route
435km by bike following the Allier River from Nevers to Langogne
Signposting and layout along the Via Allier
The Via Allier cycle route is mainly laid out along quiet country roads with little traffic. Between Billy and Saint-Yorre, a greenway has been put in place.
The cycle route is signposted with green and white signs, sometimes featuring the route’s logo.
Levels of difficulty and terrain
Between Nevers and Pont-du-Château, the Via Allier cycle route doesn’t present any particular difficulties. On the final third of the route, between Pont-du-Château and Langogne, there are much steeper sections only suitable for seasoned cyclists or those on electric bikes.
Trains and train stations (gares in French) to use to reach this cycle route
The Via Allier cycle route is pretty well served by SNCF (French National Railways) train stations. These stations lie close to the route, allowing you to join or leave it with ease by train.
Most of the train lines in these parts are served by TER regional trains, for which you’re not required to reserve a space in advance to board with your bike. Note, though, the exception of the Intercités trains serving the Clermont-Ferrand > Paris line via Vichy, Moulins and Nevers, for which you need to reserve both a seat for yourself and a space for your bike (at time of writing, the cost was €10€ per bike).
Some lines connected to the main towns of the Via Allier
- Paris > Moulins > Vichy > Clermont-Ferrand
- Nantes > Tours > Nevers > Moulins > Vichy > Lyon
- Béziers > Issoire > Clermont-Ferrand
- Clermont-Ferrand > Vichy > Lyon
To return to Nevers by train from Langogne
From Langogne, change at Clermont-Ferrand to reach Nevers.
TER Langogne > Clermont-Ferrand (3h15) then TER or Intercités Clermont-Ferrand > Nevers (1h30)