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Go to a bike on rent shop if you want to explore Madrid pedaling. Biking is a healthy, sustainable and fun way to see the city.
But what if you had the chance to explore Madrid a bit differently?
Madrid may not be as bike friendly as Amsterdam, Seville or Barcelona, but the city’s newly constructed cycle lanes allow you to explore many of its remarkable sights on two wheels while also absorbing some history and culture along the way.
So, renting your own bike is a great alternative if you want to follow your own itinerary and stop for a photo, coffee, or a bite to eat whenever you want.
Actually you do have it: it’s fun, pleasant and you don’t need to worry about traffic or parking. Moreover, you will do some exercise (good for your health and to compensate for the dozens of tapas you’ll eat while you are here). Especially in some areas where you will need to go uphill!
Here are some very good bike on rent companies. All of them offer affordable rates and excellent bicycles.
Address: Calle de los Jardines, 12 (10 min walk from Plaza de Cibeles)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 20:00.
Trixi rents both regular and electric bikes. The later offer all the advantages of the traditional bikes and with a small engine allowing you to ride swiftly and effortless. Despite you may think electric bikes are only for lazy, they are extremely comfortable and easy to ride: you can pedal and stop doing so whenever you want.
Electric bikes are extremely easy to use (even for someone like me who isn’t a bike pro). The tour allows you to breeze through Madrid without being tired. I’ve tried them myself and they are surprisingly good!
Apart from the tours, you can also rent an electric bike and start immediately to explore the city on your own. The staff will provide all sorts of useful information and recommendations on where and when to go. If you are an independent traveller, this is definitely an option not to miss.
Address: Calle Felipe IV, 10 (2 min walk from El Retiro park)
Opening hours: Summer (Apr-Oct) Monday to Friday 10:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 to 21:00. Winter (Nov-Mar) Monday to Friday 10:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 to 20:00.
The bikes are great, equipped with gears and a basket. The prices are really good compared with other competitors. But probably the best thing about Rent & Roll is their service. Ask the staff to show you the less touristy areas on the map and gave you some insider tips.
In addition to this, they offer great bike tours around the city!
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30 to 18:00 and Sunday 10:00 to 16:00.
Rent a Bike Seville offers only several types of bikes: trek bikes, road bicycles, mountain bicycles and tandems. So you can choose the one that suits you best!
You can either rent a bicycle directly at the shop or you can do it online. If you do so, they will arrange everything to deliver and pick up the bicycles at your accommodation.
Tips: If you book online you get better rates.
Address: Calle Santiago, 18 (2 min walk from Plaza de Oriente)
Opening hours: Summer (Apr-Sep) Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 20:00. Winter (Oct-Mar) Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 19:00.
You can rent urban bicycles and electric bikes (adults, folding and tandem!), as. The company has a very convenient location in the city center and the prices are very competitive. Ask for advice on routes, what to do and where to go (the staff is very nice).
This article is part of a complete tutorial about exploring Madrid on bike where you can read all the information you need to enjoy the city on a bicycle.
Here is a complete summary of all the guide:
1. Cycling in Madrid: should you walk instead?
2. Riding a bike: Madrid rules and recommendations
3. 7 cycling tips to safely ride around Madrid
4. BiciMAD: Madrid’s municipal bike rental
5. The best bike on rent shops
6. The best Madrid bike tours