The Best Running Tours in Europe

January 19, 2011 by


If you are a runner traveling abroad, you often don’t know where to go to enjoy a safe run and have a first glance at the new city. Once popular only in the United States, running tours are getting more and more popular in Europe: from Berlin to Paris, Rome to Istanbul, you can run a couple of miles or a few hours with someone who knows the best routes and all the popular landmarks of the city.

Running Tour in Istanbul

Running Tour in Istanbul

Here are four very special ones that runners of particularly enjoyed.

Running in Paris

Brian is an athlete. A serious one, with Ironman triathlons and marathons experience everywhere in the world. But in Paris he is a slower runner and a knowledgeable guide who can help you explorie the city in a truly unique and healthy way. offers a variety of tours including the most famous landmarks of Paris as the Tour Eiffel and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. From 50€/hour for solo runs, less for shared tours.

Running in Istanbul

The Goldern Horn is not the most popular tourist area in Istanbul. But it is flat and offers an interesting view on the more authentic life in the beautiful Turkish city. The Istanbul Golden Horn Walk-Jog & Sightseeing Tour is perfectly run by Osman, an enthusiastic and dedicated runner who has run many marathons and is a leading figure of the Turkish running world. I ran with Osman last May around the Golden Horn passing interesting landmarks, such as the Atatürk bridge and the Eyüp Sultan mosque. I ended up with a customized medal too. Price from €10 a runner.

Running in Berlin

Mike’s SightRunning offers sightseeing tours around the German capital. The feedback from Lynne on says more than a thousand words: “My favourite run would definitely be the one I did in Berlin (…) I enjoyed this so much that I will be doing a running tour in every city I visit from now on”. If you are in Berlin next October don’t miss the Light-SightRunning, evening special tours during the Festival of Lights, running around the illuminated city at a relaxed speed. Four runners pay €20 each a hour, €60 euro for solo runs.

City Jogging Tours in London

A video from the BBC News will give you a good idea of a jogging tour in crazy London, where everyone is in a rush, but the tourists are taking running tours. With six choices offered daily, from Iconic London to Royal London Parks and Palaces, you can run through quieter Hyde Park or jog through the busy streets of London. Price from £26 per person at City Jogging Tours.

Next time you plan your vacations or business trips, don’t forget your running shoes: from Sightjogging in Rome to Tourist Run Amsterdam, from Basel Running Tours to Running Tours Copenhagen there are many other capitals where you can enjoy a sightseeing tour on the run. For more options, check Global Running Tours, the most exhaustive directory of the running tours around the world.

Renato Losio

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6 Responses to “The Best Running Tours in Europe”

  1. Raoul Says:

    Congratulations to these big cities!

    But when you really want to enjoy a relaxed running tour without too much traffic in compact town, come to Maastricht.

    A former Roman town with nice parcs, beautiful old streets, nice riverside, old bridges and ancient city walls.

    See you in the most charmng town of the Netherlands!

  2. Renato Says:

    Thanks Raoul for the tip. I hope to visit and run in Maastricht one day!

  3. Alex Rascanu Says:

    Interesting business idea.

  4. Theresa Says:

    My fiance and I are planning a trip to Italy and Switzerland for our honeymoon. We would love to go on a running tour in either (or both) of these countries! Any recommendations?

  5. Lena Says:

    Fantastic to see how the running tour concept is spreading and its definitely the best way to see a city. If you are visiting Copenhagen during July, then Running Copenhagen ( is doing special Jazz Running Tours during the Copenhagen Jazz festival (July 1-10).

  6. Radim Says:

    I agree with Lena, though with a tiny objection: sight jogging / running tours MAY be the best way PROVIDED overwhelmed by the impressive monuments all aouund you DO NOT forget to watch your steps carefully. The surface may not be as flat as one would expected, for instance in my cobblestoned medieval streets of Prague.
    I may also be that you prefer to stroll the unknown town just on your own or you’re already familiar with the place. Then you may just need a sparring partner or someone to motivated to take a regular workout from. Frequently, the sightseeing operators offer these services as well.
    See you in the street, then!