How to use Komoot: Everything you need to know about the route planning app

How to use Komoot: Everything you need to know about the route planning app

Komoot is a community-based route planning platform designed to help users plan and follow routes. It offers routes for multiple cycling disciplines such as road, gravel, touring, MTB and enduro MTB, plus an e-bike option.  

One of the most popular ride route-planning apps on the market, Komoot has extensive cycling friendly features like Trail View and highlights plus a ‘Komoot community’ which helps provide ride recommendations.  

The platform is available on mobile or desktop. 

Komoot key features  

  • Supports multiple cycling disciplines: road, gravel, touring, MTB, enduro MTB, plus an e-bike option  
  • Highlights: Komoot community’s favourite places
  • Trail View: like Street View for trails
  • Collections: Users’ curated selection of Highlights and routes

How does Komoot work?  

Komoot

Komoot uses the open-source OpenStreetMap database for its base mapping and then uses its own data and user data to plan a route depending on the user’s requests.  

It creates routes using heat maps of where people ride to provide smart routing, and these include recommendations from other users for things like cafes, a nice road or bit of gravel and viewpoints. 

Komoot also has several different map overlays including for national cycleways and a Google satellite map. 

Komoot also has a discover section which shows popular routes for various disciplines around specified locations as well as collections of routes for an area.  

Users can also upload GPX or FIT route files to Komoot too.  

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Komoot

Using a start and endpoint, users can plot a route and Komoot will show the distance, elevation profile, road surface, fitness level required, difficulty and estimated time needed to complete the route. 

Komoot then generates routes based on riding type, surface and rider ability. Users can also add waypoints to the map and adjust the route as they wish, and waypoints can also be reordered.  

Routes can then be sent to a GPS cycling computer or watch and the app will update and change routes on the go if you decide to change your plan.  

Once a ride is finished, users can upload it to their Komoot profile (or set it to automatically if synced with Garmin or Wahoo) and add photos and comments.  

Key features explained  

What are Highlights?  

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Komoot

Komoot Highlights are the Komoot community’s favourite places which show up as little red dots on the map. There are thousands to choose from in hundreds of countries and users can add to these with their own Highlights recommendations.  

What is Trail View?  

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Komoot

Using AI-powered image recognition technology, Trail View is designed to let users preview the terrain ahead and better visualise their adventure – it’s essentially Street View for trails.  

Komoot says this allows users to better plan their adventure as they can check whether the trail is suitable for their sport or experience level. Trail View is available for all Komoot users via the Komoot web platform by selecting the Trail View map layer. 

What are Collections?  

Komoot Collections are a feature in the Premium product which allows users to add Tours and Highlights into one Collection and view them all at the same time.  

This can be useful for a multi-day trip and Collections can be shared publicly too for others to enjoy.  

Free version vs. subscription  

Komoot

The Komoot app and the web version can be used for free or users can upgrade to a Premium subscription which has more features.  

The Premium offering includes:  

  • Worldwide maps and navigation which can also be saved offline 
  • Sport-specific maps  
  • Live tracking  
  • Multi-day planning  
  • Personal Collections  
  • 3D Maps  
Komoot

The premium subscription service costs £59.99 / €59.99 annually.

Komoot also has pricing based on regions. You can plan routes for free, but you will need to purchase a region to sync it with your GPS device.  

Region bundles have an £8.99 one off fee, eg, North Yorkshire or Surrey/Sussex, or get all regions in all countries for £29.99. 

Sign up to Komoot

Alternatives to Komoot  

RideWithGPS 

RideWithGPS

Another popular route planning platform, RideWithGPS focuses on detailed route planning so is more suited to those who want to spend hours carefully planning each aspect of a ride. It works best on desktop.  

It has a free version, and then basic and premium with additional features. 

Sign up to RideWithGPS

Strava  

Strava

The social network for athletes, Strava keeps on developing its route planning capabilities but these are now only available for paid users. 

Strava subscribers can get personalized route suggestions in the app, as well as full routing options.  Users can include specific segments and climbs, which is especially useful for hunting down a KOM/QOM.  

The app will also suggest routes on other local rider’s routes.  

Sign up to Strava

10 ways to get the best out of Komoot  

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  1. Explore the Discover section to get some inspiration 
  1. Check out the Highlights and Tour recommendations to make the most of your local area and where you want to explore  
  1. Add waypoints to divide up your route and give you places to aim for  
  1. Use Trail View to discover and scout out new off-road routes before setting off 
  1. Use desktop for more detailed routes. Trail View and 3D Maps are available exclusively on desktop so plugging into a computer can help create more detailed routes if you need.  
  1. Try out keyboard shortcuts for fast route planning 
  1. Use the multi-day route planner for longer adventures 
  1. Try out the sport-specific maps to show the most relevant map for your sport  
  1. Sync routes to your Garmin device. Users can send a Tour directly to a Garmin / Wahoo / Hammerhead (literally any) device by using the ‘send to device’ option 
  1. Check out the Komoot adventure hub for inspiration, advice and ride stories  

Planning to get adventurous? Read our guide to the best gravel bikes.

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