5 of the Best European Motorcycle Routes

Whether you ride your motorcycle every single day, or you prefer to take it out on much longer routes, you can’t deny the pure, unadulterated thrill of hopping on the back of a bike and heading off into the horizon. While it might not always be as romantic as that, there are some motorcycle routes that are known to send shivers of pure awe down the rider’s spine. Here are the best European motorcycle routes to tick off your bucket list.

The Normandy Beaches, France

Beach in Normandy; European motorcycle routes

The Normandy Beaches motorcycle route is approximately 340 miles long and combines stunning scenery with an eerie historical journey.

It doesn’t feel too far from home if you’re traveling there from the UK, but it’ll still provide you with long, winding roads that you can soar across on your motorcycle. Stretching out from the city of Rouen all the way to the medieval monastery of Le Mont Saint-Michel, you’ll pass through Caen and cycle past the infamous D-Day Landings beaches.

It’s a route that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on you due to its sombre historical significance as well as its impressive beauty.

The Ring Road, Iceland

Iceland's Ring Road. European motorcycle routes

While getting to Iceland with your motorcycle might prove to be an arduous task, once you do arrive, it will have been worth the hassle.

Iceland’s Ring Road spans approximately 828 miles and encompasses a significant proportion of the Icelandic coastline. Despite the weather often being snowy, cold and sometimes even icy, the road conditions are surprisingly good. You won’t struggle too much to navigate your way around.

This route is a fun and unique way to see Iceland, especially if you’re not under any time constraints. It’ll allow you to see the fascinating country at your own pace.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy. European motorcycle routes

The Amalfi Coast motorcycle route tend to be teeming with cyclists during the summer months. During low season, however, it’s an absolute pleasure to experience.

You’ll pass along the stunning coastal towns of Sorrento, Ravello and Positano and you’ll also have to navigate what is known as the “Road of a Thousand Bends.” It’s one of the most epic European motorcycle routes.

The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland. European motorcycle routes

This mass expanse of road encompasses 1553 miles, and it’s officially known as the longest coastal route in the world. Start in Kinsale, Cork and complete your journey in Londonderry. You’ll pass through the most beautiful lakes, rivers and rolling hills in Ireland on this most picturesque of European motorcycle routes.

You don’t necessarily have to complete the Wild Atlantic Way in one go. Really savour the experience by splitting it into smaller sections to ride during different points in your life.

Whether you complete it all at once or in smaller sections, it makes one of the most amazing European motorcycle routes. It’s sure to leave a lasting impression on you.

The Transfăgărășan Highway, Romania

The Transfăgărășan Highway was brought to motorcyclists’ attention when it was featured on Top Gear several years ago. Jeremy Clarkson described it as the most amazing road he’d ever seen. You just know it’s going to make for an epic European motorcycle route.

The highway crosses the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. It features heavily romantic scenes and views of mountains, winding roads and snowy landscapes. The Transfăgărășan Highway can only be accessed between late June and early October; it’s closed during the winter due to heavy snowfall.

However, if you do get the chance to ride along this route in Europe, it’s sure to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.


Of course, any of the European motorcycle routes is sure to have its pros and cons, but the ones featured above really are some of the greatest expanses of road you’ll ever encounter.

When embarking on a motorcycle trip, however, there are a few safety points you need to bear in mind. Firstly, it’s imperative that you have the appropriate level of travel and motorcycle insurance. You must ensure you’re protected against any and all incidents that may occur while on the road. IF you do suffer an accident, get in touch with accident lawyers to see what kinds of claims you can file.

You should also ensure that you always have plenty of food and drink with you; in case of an emergency you might not be able to obtain any. Furthermore, your motorcycle should always be equipped with enough petrol to avoid potential breakdowns or mishaps in the middle of nowhere.

Taking good care of yourself and your motorcycle while on the road will ensure you have the most incredible experience of your life.

Whether you’re traversing the long and arduous Transfăgărășan Highway, or staying slightly closer to home with a trip along the Normandy beaches, any motorcycle route in Europe is sure to be a life-changing experience.

About Rebecca Brown

Rebecca is an avid traveler and tends to fall in love with every beach she visits. She has an ever-expanding list of places to visit, with Hawaii and Bora Bora at the top of her list.

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