There are currently 60 rider levels in Zwift. Everyone begins at level 1, and you move to higher levels by accumulating XP (experience) points.
When riding, you can see your current level just below your center console which shows speed, distance, elevation, and ride time. Below those numbers there is a progress bar with your current level on the left:
When you level up you will receive a notice in-game:
Why Level Up?
The higher your level, the higher your Zwift street cred.
Also, most bike frames and wheelsets have level requirements, so if you want a fast or cool setup, you’ll want to level up:
Lastly, some areas in Zwift have level requirements, which means certain routes are level-locked as well:
Here is what you unlock at each level, and the number of accumulated XP points needed to level up.
- Zwift Kit
- Basic Kit 1 @ 1,000 XP
- Black Helmet @ 2,000 XP
- Zwift Glasses #1 @ 3,000 XP
- Black Shoes @ 4,000 XP
- Gloves @ 5,000 XP
- Solid Socks @ 7,000 XP
- Vintage Kit pack @ 10,000 XP
- Camo Jersey pack @ 13,000 XP
- Zwift Glasses #2 (Oakleys) @ 16,000 XP
- Digital Camo Jersey pack @ 19,000 XP
- Basic Kit 2 @ 23,000 XP
- Dot Socks @ 28,000 XP
- Glove Pack Pattern @ 33,000 XP
- Level 15 jersey @ 38,000 XP
- Glasses Zwift #1 @ 44,000 XP
- Striped Socks @ 50,000 XP
- Classy Kits @ 56,000 XP
- Glasses Zwift #2 @ 62,000 XP
- Level 20 Jersey @ 70,000 XP
- Flouro Kits @ 78,000 XP
- Pattern Socks @ 88,000 XP
- Glove Pack Solid @ 94,000 XP
- Skater/Bowl Helmet @ 100,000 XP
- Level 25 Kit @ 110,000 XP
- Zwift Oversize Glasses @ 121,000 XP
- S-Works Shoes @ 130,000 XP
- Dots Socks @ 140,000 XP
- S-Works Helmet @ 150,000 XP
- Level 30 Kit @ 170,000 XP
- Retro 80s Sunglasses (Oakley Eyeshades) @ 180,000 XP
- Newsy (Paperboy) Cap @ 190,000 XP
- Fluoro Gloves + Limar Air Speed White Helmet @ 200,000 XP
- Monochrome Kit @ 220,000 XP
- Mavic Shoes @ 230,000 XP
- Calories To Burn (Food) Socks @ 250,000 XP
- Bell Javelin Helmet @ 260,000 XP
- Vintage Gloves @ 280,000 XP
- Vintage Leather Shoes @ 290,000 XP
- Level 40 Kit @ 310,000 XP
- Zwift Rockstar Glasses @ 330,000 XP
- La Z Claire Kit @340,000 XP
- Retro 80s Helmet @ 360,000 XP
- Alpine Slopes (Ski) Kits @ 380,000 XP
- Giro Synthe Helmet @ 400,000 XP
- Prism Kits @ 420,000 XP
- Zwift Vintage Riding Goggles @ 440,000 XP
- Bont Shoes @ 460,000 XP
- Giro Vanquish Helmet @ 480,000 XP
- Level 50 kit + Fire Socks @ 500,000 XP
- Junk Food Kit Pack @ 520,000 XP
- April Fools 80’s Kit @ 540,000 XP
- Fun Shaped Glasses @ 560,000 XP
- April Fools 80s Paint Job @ 580,000 XP
- Rear View Mirror Glasses @ 600,000 XP
- Animal Print Pack @ 630,000 XP
- Cute Socks @ 660,000 XP
- April Fools 80s Socks @ 690,000 XP
- Backwards Hat @ 720,000 XP
- Level 60 Kit @ 750,000 XP
You can see previews of some of the kits mentioned above on our kits page.
Different bikes and wheelsets do affect your speed in-game. See our speed charts for frames and wheels for details.
How Do I Get XP (Points)?
Most of your XP will be received based on distance ridden or workout blocks completed.
Points are added for every km (20 XP) or mile (30 XP) you ride unless you are in workout mode where points are based on interval type, length, and completion accuracy. (See How Zwift Calculates XP for Cycling Workouts for details.)
Sorry, Imperials: you will accumulate XP 7.3% faster if you ride in metric units. (100km=2,000 XP, while the equivalent mileage, 62.13=1864 XP.)
You also get additional XP for the Large or Small Bonus power-ups, 10 points when you ride through a banner on a TT bike, and points for some achievements including route achievement badges and the spinner atop Alpe du Zwift.
Where Do I See My XP?
While in game, click “Menu”. Your current XP progress is shown on the main screen.
If you hit the highest possible level, you’ll continue to earn XP without leveling up. If Zwift then adds new levels, you’ll level up at an accelerated rate. Learn how this works >
XP for Runners
Runners also receive XP points, but on a different scale and at different intervals. Learn about Zwift Run points, levels, and unlocks >
What About “Drops”?
Drops are Zwift’s virtual currency, used to purchase equipment for your garage. They are totally different than XP, and are earned in different ways. Learn all about how they work >
Are these XP off? Reason I ask is I have 700,000 XP but am no where near level 50
700,000 is probably your drops amount rather than your XP
Hi – – I haven’t gotten anything for level 21 or now, level 22. Have the rewards for levelling up changed?
Ben, are you looking at XP or drops? Entirely different and not related.
Just hit level 22 and didn’t get the pattern socks or anything else.
Eric can you tell me how to unlock the Zwift headband?!
It’s a level 3 runner unlock! https://zwiftinsider.com/run-points-levels-unlocks/
I’ve seen a few riders wearing what appear to be blue shoes or shoe covers. Are those the Bont shoes or a special unlock?
Yes, the Bont shoes are blue. I believe the Tour of New York kit also had blue shoes…
Eric, your posts are great. By way of update, I just completed level 23 and received a pair of “basic” black gloves in my garage. The had a badge indicating that they were new, although I have a suspicion that they were already there. I confirmed with support that a pair of black gloves is it for level 23. You might consider designating this when you next revise your list.
I’m just want to know what is the best bike, how can I compare followers and people I follow. Just the simple things
Hi I don’t find the Mavic Cosmic Ultimate wheel on the garage how many xp should i NNEED ?
Go to the Drop Shop and you’ll see a price. They’re also listed here: https://zwiftinsider.com/wheels
Eric, sorry, I can’t see it here but how many XP points does it take to complete a Zwift Level?
As per the listing above, the numbers after the @ show the number of XP points you need to get to that level. For example, you will be on level one until you get 1,000 XP when you will become level 2. The difference between the next level and the level you are on is how many you need to progress.
Does anyone know how to unlock that blue cap with confetti on it?
Looks a bit like the bont shoes.
Will Zwift be offering double xp for specifics rides anytime soon? Leveling up is a grind:)
Zwift had a couple of weeks of double XP back in March I believe. No news is if is going to return this year. I can’t remember whether it applied to event rides or any rides.
Tour of Watopia right now (March 29 – April 29)! There are 5 stages and we’re on the last stage right now (April 18-22). There are makeup rides between April 23-29 for you to ride any stages that you’ve missed.
I unlocked dot socks @ 28,000 xp but zwift crashed on me and so I didn’t get them in my garage. I have told support uploading the files but nothing has appeared. Is there a way of getting these socks?
Hit level 10 today and unlocked the Italy challenge. No Oakleys. Sound about right?
You should have the Oakleys as well.
Hmm, nope. I’ll contact someone. Thanks!
Eric – new(ish) to Zwift, so really use your site; thanks for all the great information. Can you point me to a section that actually says how to get a new frame or wheel set. I am level 21, but when I go in my garage, there are only two wheel sets and two frames to pick from. Where do I go if I want to, for instance, add Zipp 808 wheels to my Allez Sprint?
Never mind, I figured it out (I’m a dumbass – it was right in front of me).
hi i want to cycle Alpe d huez on zwift but cant find out how any ideas??
Choose the Watopia map, then the Road to Sky or Tour of Fire and Ice routes. Those are the most direct ways to get there.
Route Badges give XP according to the length of the route. So by completing a route you’ll effectively get 2x the XP for it.
i got level 11 in my ride yesterday and unlocked digital camo kit. It’s all logged in my ride details. But in my profile today i am still stuck on level 10 and the kit isn’t available to me. What’s going on?
That’s super weird! No idea what’s going on. You can contact Zwift support ([email protected]) though.
Does anybody know what “Neon Kits” are and where to look for them in the garage or in the drop shop (under which equipment category)?? I have unlocked such an item on level 21 but cannot find it. Thanks.
They are clothing so you’ll find them under “Jersey”. Also, whenever you unlock new items, next time you go to your garage, you’ll see that the categories containing the new items will have a small orange button “new”, and all new items in that category will be labeled “new” as well. Congrats on reaching level 21!
Is there a set distance to move up each level?
It’s 20 points per km or 30 per mile (not both) so it’s calculable. However there are a lot of bonus route completion points when you first start up that will significantly boost your level rise. It eventually plateaus off once you do them all (or most of them) so distance becomes more or less your variable.
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Which is the multi-color, “rainbow” wheel that I see on some bikes????
It could be the Zipp 858/Super9 wheels (1,508,800 Drops, available as from level 45 [!]), which are the #1 fastest wheels.
Check out this excellent Zwift Insider page: https://zwiftinsider.com/what-to-buy-at-each-zwift-level/ => Sure to help anyone spend their Drops wisely and get motivated for the long road ahead!
@Eric Schlange When did the helmet get added to the gloves at Level 33. It’s been appearing in people’s rides for a little over a day, but there’s been no mention of it by Zwift, AFAIK.
It was added in this latest minor update, 1.16.1. Odd that Zwift didn’t mention it, huh?
Does anyone know how to get the backwards baseball cap?
If I recall correctly, it’s part of a one-off MAAP ride series from earlier in 2021. Don’t think there’s currently a way of getting it.
you are right Roule … it was only for one event series
Anyone have an idea what the rhyme or reason is behind why some levels require 10k XP and others require 20k XP to move up?
Eventually they are all 20,000XP. I am currently L41, and getting to 42 will be the last level that only takes 10,000XP. I am guessing that it is to create a gentler progression rather than suddenly going from 10k to 20k … you move from 10k per level to alternating between 10 and 20, and then finally the last 8 levels are all 20k each.
Me and my friend are both level 7, but I got double the distance (300km to 150km) and have done more work outs than him, what could be the reason of this?
The XP bonus at archs and router badge bonus could be a part difference.
Level 7 is 7,000XP, which isn’t all that much in context. If you friend has been completing route badges, that effectively gives double XP for the ride (the first time you complete the route).
Are there any plans to add levels past 50? The unlock of cool in-game kit really motivates me to keep Zwifting as stupid as it sounds lol.
I want a cap! How do I get a cap?
Join the Wahoo Climbing Mission and complete 15,000 feet before 2/6/2022 for a Wahoo Cap. I got mine today. It’s black. I like it.
Using the tiny loop and hitting the banner rapidly with a TT bike can get you XP fast. Is there any better way than what is shown in the video?
Yes! Go uphill on AdZ in workout mode! You will get apr 720 points for an hour workout and bonus on the top (250-1000XP) and free XP going downhill (240XP)
Why do annoying banners pop up while visiting the site that I can’t get rid of since only this year? You can’t click close or remember my choice etc from my iPad on latest iOS. They move up and down the screen while trying to view the xp level information
I reached level 50 today and the kit showed up in my garage but not the socks. Do I need to do something more? They are not in my sock options
Hello I had about 580000 xp points. I am on level 50 for a while.
Now I see I’m still on level 50 with 500000 xp points. Where are the 80.000 xp points?
probably you all know the truth now 🙂 After adding more lvls to 60 all 50+ riders have double points utill they get their previuos amount of points. Ride on!
Zwift is great thanks for everything you do
do you unlock a kit when you ride a hundred miles and a hundred meters or just one and not the other
They have separate achievement badges, but I think there’s only a kit for the metric century.