The best quick transfer destinations for your short break cycling holiday 

Going for a quick getaway? Here are some suggestions...

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Time, time, time. Time is precious. Time away on the bike is doubly precious. At Bikecation (opens in new tab), we understand that. People just don’t get two weeks off to go and ride. That is why we’re massive fans of short break cycling holidays (opens in new tab); and why we work so hard to get our clients the maximum saddle time on those precious days, riding switchbacks under blue skies down to the sea.

Making the most of a short break cycling holiday starts with you being able to choose when you go, where you go, how long you go for, who you go with and at what budget: with our new search engine (opens in new tab) you can make these choices, and book, in the time it takes to drink a coffee with your mates post-ride on Sunday morning. You can book in the knowledge that everything on our site – flights, airport transfers, accommodation – are all bike-friendly.

To give you a little food for thought, we’ve come up with a hot list of destinations with the shortest airport transfer times. They all have a ‘plane seat to saddle time’ of under an hour.

Costa Dorada

Fly to Reus and you’ll be riding the quiet roads of the Costa Dorada (opens in new tab) out of Cambrils in just 20 minutes. The riding is high calibre. Bahrain Merida and Team UAE head to this little-known part of Spain for their training camps. 3 nights in the Costa Dorada starts from £100pp


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With its own airport, you practically fall off the plane into the beautiful old town of Girona (opens in new tab). Leave the UK on the first flight in the morning and you can be climbing the Rocacorba (opens in new tab) and rubbing shoulders with the local pros for lunch. 3 nights in Girona starts from £120pp (opens in new tab)


The plane to Nice (opens in new tab) virtually lands on the beach, on the edge of the city centre. A quick hop down the Promenade des Anglais in a taxi, and you can be climbing the Col d'Eze (opens in new tab) straight out of town. 3 nights in Nice start from £295pp (opens in new tab)


Just 45 minutes transfer from Geneva, Annecy (opens in new tab) is a gateway to the Alps, with great access to some of the fabled cols of the Tour de France, like the mighty Semnoz (opens in new tab). 3 nights in Annecy starts from £335pp (opens in new tab)

Adriatic Coast

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Fly to Rimini and 30 minutes later, you’re exploring Marco Pantani country. Home to the Novi Coli (opens in new tab), theAdriatic Coast (opens in new tab) area of Italy is still a hidden gem. The climbs, such as the Monte Pugliano (opens in new tab), are short but steep, while the food and wine of the area are first class. 3 nights on the Adriatic Coast starts from £185pp (opens in new tab)


If you stay near Palma, you can step off the plane and be pedalling in the hills of Mallorca (opens in new tab) quicker than you can change a puncture. From here, ride the beautiful, including classics like Sa Calobra (opens in new tab) and Puig Major (opens in new tab). 3 nights in Mallorca starts from £175pp (opens in new tab)

Our cycling guides and experts are happy to discuss and advise on everything to do with your short break cycling holiday - from the ideal destination through all the elements of the trip you would like to include.

Contact us when you’re ready but don’t leave it too long. Time is precious.

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