ROUVY vs. Zwift: Which App is the Right for You? (2023)

ROUVY in-app screen on the left vs. Zwift in-app screen on the right

This ROUVY vs. Zwift comparison will help you decide which app is right for you based on your personality and fitness goals. I used them both to find their pros, cons, and differences.

ROUVY is more suitable for those who want to explore real-world locations as it augments footage with virtual objects and those who don’t mind riding alone.
Zwift features a virtual world and many gamification elements that will motivate you to exercise more. It also has a larger user base, more events, and is more socially oriented.

ROUVY and Zwift Summary

The biggest distinction between these indoor cycling apps is the environment you ride in.

Zwift’s team created a completely virtual world, while ROUVY uses real-world footage from various worldwide locations and adds virtual elements such as avatars.

I summarized the essential features in the following table.

In-game ChatNoYes
Races & EventsYesYes
Workouts BuilderYes¹Yes
Platforms AvailabilityAndroid, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TVAndroid, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV
Free Trial14 days7 days
Price15 USD / month
144 USD / year
14.99 USD / month
In-Depth ReviewROUVY ReviewZwift Review
Comparison of the main features of ROUVY and Zwift
¹Workouts builder is available in the ROUVY web app only.
Updated on the 13th of September, 2023.

Features Comparison

Let’s now dive deeper into the individual features.


For many people, graphics are one of the most crucial aspects when choosing an indoor cycling app, and I am no exception.

ROUVY offers thousands of real-life routes from famous and lesser-known places, augmented with virtual objects like avatars.

Their library is easy to filter based on name, distance, duration, ascent, etc. You’ll always find the route that suits you best.

ROUVY’s diversity of routes is one of its greatest strengths. There are so many to choose from that you probably won’t have time to try them all!

Plus, you can compare your times with pro athletes on routes from events like La Vuelta, IRONMAN, and more.

In contrast, Zwift has multiple virtual worlds, such as Watopia, London, Paris, Richmond, and more.

However, only three worlds are available simultaneously, with Watopia permanently open and the other two rotating on a schedule.

As a result, the number of routes available in each world is limited, and Zwift’s routes can become repetitive.

The visual experience is entirely different from ROUVY, as you can see for yourself:

Winner: ROUVY

Multiplayer & Social Interactivity

Both apps offer multiplayer, allowing you to connect with other riders and organize group rides.

Zwift routes thrive thanks to a larger community and fewer routes. You always meet somebody.

In contrast, while ROUVY is also popular, you won’t encounter as many people on the routes, except on the most popular ones. You may feel lonely.

BONUS TIP: Are you tired of your static indoor training? Check out my article on cycling rocker plates that can make your indoor cycling experience more comfortable and engaging.

Unfortunately, ROUVY lacks in-game chat, and you have to use third-party apps to communicate, which is a downside compared to Zwift.

Additionally, ROUVY has no gestures like waving, so you cannot greet your in-game friends.

Zwift, on the other hand, has a dedicated mobile app for this purpose called Zwift Companion that extends Zwift’s functionality even further.

Winner: Zwift

Races & Events

Both Zwift and ROUVY allow racing and hosting events. However, Zwift races are more popular due to its larger community. Dozens of races are held daily.

My avatar in a bunch in Zwift race.
Screenshot from Zwift race

On the other hand, ROUVY offers a diverse selection of official and unofficial races and events that cater to a wide range of preferences.

ROUVY promotes its official races and events more actively, which results in more participants. Unofficial races, however, are usually less crowded.

Winner: Zwift


Both ROUVY and Zwift are suitable apps for structured training.

ROUVY merged its two apps (ROUVY AR and ROUVY Workouts), so you can browse workouts in one app.

However, there is no workout builder in the ROUVY app. You can create a workout on their website or upload your own from other apps like TrainingPeaks.

Zwift has a more comprehensive selection of structured workouts and plans. You can create your own workouts using their workout builder or upload them.

In addition, Zwift offers pace partners that can help you maintain a constant tempo during your workout.

Zwift is the clear winner for structured training due to its larger selection of workouts and plans.

Winner: Zwift

PRO TIP: Use a fan while training indoors to stay cool and comfortable during your workouts.


One area that distinguishes Zwift from ROUVY is their approach to gamification.

Zwift is a game that utilizes numerous gamification elements, such as collecting drops, achieving goals, finishing routes, and building equipment. These elements provide extra motivation for indoor training.

ROUVY was pretty much gamification-free (not counting the poorly designed challenges) until the end of 2021. However, they launched a new ROUVY Career at the beginning of 2022.

The new career consists of 80 levels that you complete by collecting coins. You get them by riding (regardless of the type of ride you do).

You can then spend these coins on new gear and customize your avatar just like in Zwift.

By completing levels, you also get extra rewards from ROUVY’s partners like TrainingPeaks (30 days premium account for free), Elite (discount on nutrition related-products), etc.

ROUVY rewards from partners like TrainingPeaks, Elite, etc.
ROUVY rewards

Although ROUVY’s career is not as comprehensive as Zwift’s yet, this update is a giant leap forward that makes ROUVY more attractive to a wide range of people.

Another difference worth pointing out is the lack of power-ups in ROUVY. Zwift’s power-ups are a clever way to make your in-app experience more entertaining.

Winner: Zwift

User Friendliness

The user-friendliness, or how easy the apps are to use, is pretty similar for ROUVY and Zwift. However, I don’t like either user interface.

ROUVY feels a bit outdated and gloomy due to its dark color scheme.

ROUVY in-app dashboard (routes, events, etc.)
ROUVY Dashboard

In contrast, Zwift underwent a complete redesign in 2022. It’s no longer full of confusing buttons, and its user-friendliness has improved.

Zwift Dashboard screen (available worlds, events, etc.)
Zwift Old Dashboard
Zwift Dashboard 2022
Zwift New Dashboard

ROUVY went through a redesign in 2023, but honestly, I don’t like it, and the number of real improvements is low.

Zwift feels more intuitive and doesn’t take as long to load routes as ROUVY.

Winner: Zwift

ROUVY TIP: I recommend downloading ROUVY routes in advance if you have a slow internet connection (under 20 MBit/s) for an uninterrupted experience.

Platforms Availability

ROUVY and Zwift are available on all major platforms, including iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, and Apple TV.

ROUVY platform availability (Windows, macOS, iOS, etc.)
ROUVY platform availability
Zwift platform availability (iOS, macOS, Windows, Android, etc.)
Zwift platform availability

Winner: It’s a draw

Total Score: ROUVY (1), Zwift (5), It’s a draw (1)


For those looking for indoor cycling apps similar to ROUVY, FulGaz is the closest option. It also uses real-world footage from different locations worldwide.

However, unlike ROUVY, it doesn’t use augmented reality, providing an uninterrupted view of the footage.

If you prefer an alternative to Zwift, Wahoo RGT is a good option. It also offers a virtual world, but its graphics and physics are more realistic than Zwift’s.

On the other hand, RGT Cycling doesn’t have the same level of sophisticated motivation mechanisms to keep you motivated during your rides.

ROUVY vs. Zwift: FAQ

The Winner

Price-wise, both apps are similar. And despite Zwift winning most direct feature comparisons with ROUVY, I can’t claim it’s a better app for everybody.

Both of these apps are different and target slightly different types of users. While Zwift is more of a “game” you play with friends where you challenge each other, ROUVY allows you to explore beautiful places worldwide that you wouldn’t be able to visit otherwise.

Therefore, I recommend trying both apps during the trial version and deciding which suits you better.

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2 thoughts on “ROUVY vs. Zwift: Which App is the Right for You? (2023)”

    1. Profile picture of Petr Minarik - the founder of

      I couldn’t find the in-app workout builder in ROUVY, but it is possible to create them in the ROUVY web app. So I’ve updated the info.
      Thank you for letting me know. 🙂
      – Petr

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