Cycling on Texel: routes and renting
Texel is a beautiful island in the Northwestern part of the Netherlands. It’s a favorite vacation destination for people from the Netherlands and Germany. We’ve visited a few times over the years, just the two of us, but also as a family vacation. Cycling is the easiest way to explore Texel. The island is 463,2 km² (178,9 square miles), so cycling around Texel is easy. It’s our favorite way to spend our time on the island as a family.
Cycling on Texel: How to get there
Texel is an island, you have to take a ferry from Den Helder. There’s no bridge, the ferry from Den Helder is the only way to reach the island. From Den Helder the ferry takes you to the town of Het Horntje on the island. Den Helder is in the province of Noord-Holland. The ferry is accessible by car, bike or on foot. Each has its own rate. Prices and timetables can be found here.
Den Helder is reachable by train, car, bike and on foot. There are no trains running on Texel. But you can take the bus. If driving an electrical car, there are several charging points scattered around the island.
Where to stay
We stayed at Appartementencomplex Bosch en Zee at De Koog twice. Simple, small and great appartments. Suited for couples and families. You have a kitchen which makes it easy as a family. The first time on Texel, Paul and I stayed at Stayokay Hostel Texel at Den Burg. Other great options are staying in a yurt on Texel, Hotel de Lindenboom at Den Burg or at one of the 3 Landal resorts on the island.
Cycle routes Texel
We cycled every time we visited Texel, here’s our list of biking routes on Texel. All suited for couples and families.
- Starting at De Koog.
- Bike towards the beach at Paal 20. Get some coffee at the beachclub, go for a walk on the beach or build a sandcastle, which is what we did.
- Bike on the Boodtlaan, Ruigendijk to the Postweg. On the Postweg is Texel Airport. Stop here to visit the museum and watch skydivers.
- Continue on the Postweg and stop at Ijsboerderij Labora, for some delicious ice cream.
- Go back a little on the Postweg and take the Oorsprongweg and then take the biking path through National Park Duinen van Texel to De Koog. Enjoy the dunes and their changing colors. De Koog is the end of the biking route.
- Starting at De Koog.
- Bike through a wilderness area (natuurgebied), several biking paths to De Waal.
- From De Waal bike on the Laagwaalderweg to Oudeschild. You’re on the other side of the island now. Visit De Texelse Visspecialist for some fresh fish. Try the kibbeling, a traditional Dutch food.
- Bike to the Texelse bierbrouwerij on the Schilderweg, a brewery with delicious beer. Kids are welcome on tastings. (They get a non-alcoholic beverage.) This isn’t the only Dutch brewery you can visit with kids in tow in the Netherlands, there’s also the Hertog Jan Brewery in Arcen.
- From here go further to Den Burg. A beautiful, quaint town with beautiful old buildings. Have a stroll through the picturesque old town.
- Via the Pontweg bike back to De Koog. The end of the route.
- Starting at De Koog.
- Via Pijpersdijk, Nieuwlanderweg and the Kogerweg to Den Burg.
- From Den Burg take the Hallerweg and the Schilderweg to the harbor in Oudeschild.
- Go shrimp fishing, which is lots of fun. You get some background on shrimp fishing in this area and can taste cooked shrimp. Our son loved this trip.
- Bike back via Bolwerk, Redoute and then the Pontweg, to De Koog.
- Start at De Koog.
- Bike through National Park Duinen van Texel North to the top of the island, where the lighthouse is. Visit the lighthouse, it has quit some history and on a clear day you can see the island Vlieland. Take a stroll on the beach.
- Visit De Cocksdorp, the northern most town on Texel.
- Then make your way to Klimmen enzo at Vakantiepark De Krim. Get climbing and have lunch here.
- Then sit down at Ijsboerderij Labora, have their homemade ice cream, let your kids play at the playground and admire the cows that provide the milk for the delicious ice cream.
- Take the Postweg home to De Koog. Watch the skydivers on Texel Airport on your way back.
- Start at De Koog.
- Bike the Pontweg to Juttersmuseum Flora and visit it. Kids can do a scavenger hunt. But just walking among all the finds is a scavenger hunt on its own. It’s all the finds from the beachcombers and the history of it on the island, what’s on display.
- Bike further on the Pontweg towards the schapenboerderij Texel. Visit this and cuddle with the animals, play in the playground and enjoy a cookie or some cake.
- Bike back to De Koog.
- Starting at Den Burg.
- Follow the Kogerweg and then the Pontweg to the Maritiem- en Juttersmuseum Flora.
- Take the Californiëweg and then follow the Ruijslaan until you reach Ecomare. A nature museum and animal shelter. They rescue seals, porpoises and birds.
- Bike back to Den Burg.
Other routes for biking on Texel
There are many more routes for cycling in Texel, here are a few of them:
- Cycling route Thijsseroute from the VVV (tourist office). Downloadable here. A route through the southern part of Texel.
- A ‘rondje Texel’, a whole round of biking around Texel.
- The dunes between De Koog and Den Hoorn.
- The biking path following the coast on the Waddenzee.
Renting bikes is possible on the whole island. We can recommend Fiets Inn Texel, we rented bikes here twice. A tandem bike for Paul and Yuri and a regular woman’s bike for me. They also rent out e-bikes and e-scooters. On our first time on the island we hired bikes from the hostel.
Where to eat
Cycling on Texel De Koog makes you hungry. We can recommend Ijsboerderij Labora, restaurant De Krim and beachclub Faro 2 at De Cocksdorp. Viswinkel De Texelse Visspecialist and De Oude Vismarkt van Texel at Oudeschild. At De Koog: Echte Bakker Timmer, Brasserie Wuinty’s, Beachclub Bries20 and Restaurant La Casserole.
Cycling on Texel is fun!
You can experience that yourself with any of these biking routes. Texel is perfect to include on your road trips.
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I would love to explore more of the Netherlands! Texel looks beautiful, and a great place to cycle!
Yes, Texel is beautiful and a beautiful area to cycle and to pick for when you want to see more of the Netherlands.
These all look like great cycling routes. I used to love going cycling all over the place with my family, and this post has made me want to get back into it again!
Hope you get back into cycling again. It’s really great.
Cycling is a great way to explore a new place. Off late we have started biking with our kids and enjoying it.
Biking is a perfect activity to do with your kids. We’ve done it with our son since he was little.
This looks like such a fun time. I love exploring new areas by bike!
Yes, it’s a perfect way to explore new areas.
It sounds like there are so many great options for cycling around Texel. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, Texel is perfect to explore by bike.
I love all these routes, and cycling while exploring a new place is one of the best ways, as we slow down and enjoy the little things. I love this guide and I cannot wait to go back to the Netherlands.
Hope you can come back to the Netherlands soon. Exploring a new place by bike is perfect.
I love renting bikes while traveling! They all look like great routes!
Yes, it’s a perfect way to explore a new place.
Cycling is always a fun way to see a place. It’s helpful how you provided a few different routes to follow in Texel.
Great that the routes are helpful!
Oh so nice I did that a few years ago in August! It was really pleasant and the landscapes are really beautiful!
August would also be perfect for cycling on Texel. We did it in October and May.
These photographs are beautiful – you’ve really captured it!! I would love to visit once this whole pandemic is over.
Thank you! Hope you get to visit Texel.
I’m a big fan of renting bikes on a trip. There is nothing like exploring an island by bicycle.
These looks like wonderful routes.
Yes, islands are usually perfect to explore by bike.
I love doing bike tours of new places – it’s a great way to get exercise and see more in less time. I love how descriptive this post was – thank you!
Certainly a great way to get exercise and see more.
I’ve just gotten into to cycling and needed new travel ideas with it in mind. Love this! I will definitely be looking into it when I go to Norway
Could indeed be a good in between stop on your way to Norway.
My husband would love to do something like this! Cycling on Texel routes looks so cool. I wish we had something like this in the United States.
The USA has so much other fantastic things. Hope you and your husband get to bike on Texel someday.
This is awesome! I love how you provide different routes. I definitely want to bike around here when I return back to the Netherlands in the future. 🙂
Definitely something for your next visit to the Netherlands, it’s such a beautiful island.
Texel looks like a great family getaway. I like the bicycling routes you chose as they pass thru some pretty interesting sites.
Yes, we have to add sites, because we love them, but also since our son would find it boring otherwise.
Rob + Ann @TravelLatte
This sounds like a fun destination! The pathways look great – we’d love to have more destinations with such good bike lanes near us. Lucky you to be able to get away and enjoy!
Those bike lanes are luckily all over the Netherlands.
Looks incredible. We’d love to do this with our kids!
Hope you get to do this in the future with your kids. Our son loved it.
Amazing bike tour. It’s so helpful that you offer different routes to take. Definitely believe your sentiment, travel doesn’t have to stop when you have kids!
Indeed just continue traveling with kids.
Cycling is such a great way to see places – this looks like a wonderful itinerary!
Yes, cycling is an excellent way to see a place.
This looks amazing. My husband and I did a bike trip on some of the islands in Denmark before we had kids. I loved it. I think it would be great to do with our kids! I just need to get my husband on board! LOL
Biking on the island of Denmark must also be lovely.
What a pretty area! I have never taken my kids to the Netherlands. I can’t wait to check out this area!
Hope you get to take your kids to the Netherlands in the near future.
The Netherlands is on our family travel bucket list and cycling Texel sounds like a must-do. Thanks for the information!
Hope you get to visit soon and cycling on Texel is a must when visiting with kids.
This looks like such a unique experience! I would have never known about doing something like this – thanks for sharing!
Your welcome. Hope you get to bike around Texel.
That seems like a fantastic spot to go biking and I love all of the route tips. I’m going to have to explore the Netherlands!
Have fun exploring the Netherlands. There’s lots to see and do.
Sounds like a fun place to visit by bike! I love how all your routes involve other activities and refreshments. Choosing between ice cream and beer is hard!
Yes, I can understand that choosing between beer and ice cream can be hard. The combination of all those things makes it fun to do.
Snap and Saunter
My friend goes to Texel every year for holidays. I love the Netherlands. We have friends there, so I will make sure we will visit Texel next time! Thanks for sharing.
Have fun visiting Texel the next time you’re in the Netherlands.
Linda (LD Holland)
I love the idea of visiting an island like Texel in the Netherlands and exploring by bike. Stops for beaches and ice cream are my kind of bike trip. A great way to see the quaint villages and great outdoor spots.
Yes, ice cream and beaches should be part of a bike ride.