Cycling in Bochum

Bochum can be conveniently explored by bicycle. You can also go on nice bike rides throughout the Ruhr Area to get to know the surroundings. There is a network of nice cycle tracks around Bochum and cycling in the city itself is a treat thanks to the integration of cycle tracks into the public transport system. You can easily reach Ruhr-Universität Bochum by bicycle, find your way around the campus using the campus map for cyclists or simply explore the area around it.

Rent a bicycle

You can now find many rental terminals for bicycles from metropolradruhr/nextbike on RUB's campus and nearby.
Everyone who has a RUB email address and is therefore a member of the university has the opportunity to use this service at a reduced cost. To make use of the advantages of the cooperation, you can register online at

Buy a bicycle

If you are going to be staying in Bochum for a longer period of time you can consider buying a new or used bicycle.
Various possibilities exist in town. You can decide whether you would like to purchase a used, refurbished or new bicycle. There is a bicycle workshop, some flea markets, classified ads, sports shops, online stores or online auction platforms to choose from.

Bicycle Tours

Bochum and the Ruhr Area offer an extensive network of cycle tracks. Often you can see the highlights of industrial culture along the way so sight seeing is also made possible on two wheels. The following cycle tours in and around Bochum are highly recommended:

Erzbahntrasse: Connects Jahrhunderthalle Bochum - Zoom Erlebniswelt
Route der Industriekultur: Connects Jahrhunderthalle Bochum - Zeche Zollverein
Ruhrtal Radweg: Connects Zeche Nachtigall - Eisenbahnmuseum Bochum Dahlhausen as well as Henrichshütte Hattingen - Villa Hügel Essen / Baldeneysee

Detailed information about the cycle tracks in the Ruhr Area and a route planner can be found on the right-hand side.

Please also find further information in chapter 11 of our guide:

Guide for International Researchers (PDF)   (9.7 MB)