How to rent a bike in Valencia
How to rent a bike in Valencia
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Unless you are a bike aficionado, you won’t have your own bike when you come to Valencia. This means you will have two main options to rent a bike during your stay. One is public rental services, and the other is private bike rental shops. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and in this section, we will help you choose the one that works best for you.
Valenbisi is a public bike rental service with 275 bike stations in Valencia. The bikes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is overall of great quality and affordable, with a good spread of the bikes throughout the city. This means that no matter which station you’re at, you are likely to find a bike available. In case you don’t, there are plenty of other bike stations in the immediate vicinity.
To use this service, you pay a fixed cost, either per year or per week. A weekly ticket (valid for 7 days) costs €13.30, while an annual card costs €29.21. If you are a MIBISI user, it will cost €26.00. MIBISI is another bike rental service that covers areas and towns outside Valencia’s urban core. As such it isn’t relevant at all for tourists.
Either subscription option can be activated and used on the Valenbisi app. Alternatively, if you don’t like relying on your phone, you can get a ticket at a Valenbisi station (for a weekly pass) or load your pass on a Móbilis card (for the annual ticket). With your card, ticket, or app you will be able to approach a terminal post and take out a bike.
When taking a bike, you will be able to use it at no additional cost for 30 minutes. After this time, you will have to return the bike to any parking station, or pay extra. If you want, after returning the bike, you can immediately take out another one to continue riding for free. You can find more details about the fees in our Valenbisi article.
While Valenbisi is an excellent service, their bikes are best fitted for short rides, as they are on the heavier side and are not very fast. This is probably your go-to option if you plan on using the bike as much as other means of transport. If you are interested in cycling for longer periods and you plan on using a bike as your main method of transport to move around in Valencia, we recommend renting a bike from one of the many shops available in the city.
Also, remember that the minimum age to get a Valenbisi is 14 years of age. That said, if you are under 18, you will need to provide an approval document from your legal tutor or parent.
You can get specific info and instructions on using Valenbisi, including video guides, in our Valenbisi article.
Shops where you can rent a bicycle
In Valencia, there are numerous rental shops where you can rent a bike either for a few hours or for a few days. Although a bit more expensive, this option has several advantages.
For one, you won’t have a limit on how many minutes at a time you can use your bike. You also won’t need to worry about bike station availability and location, instead just make sure you are parking your bike responsibly.
Another one of the advantages you will find when renting a bike in a shop is the quality of the vehicle. While Valenbisi bikes tend to be heavier and a bit harder to manoeuvre, bikes in shops are lighter, with bigger wheels and improved comfort. You will also be able to find bicycles fitted for men or women. Many shops also offer electric bikes, mountain bikes, as well as bikes for kids, and tandem bicycles.
Average prices per day for a city bike go anywhere between €8.00 and €15.00. Discounts for multiple-day rentals generally apply, with prices going under €10.00 per day. Additional services generally offered include insurance or rental extension by phone, without having to go back to the shop.
As mentioned before, a private bike rental is best for those days in which you plan on using the bike as your main method of transport. You can still take your bike with you on the metro, but this can be tricky and uncomfortable in busy metro stations. Similarly, if you have children, a private rental allows you to get a bike that suits their needs.
Here is a comparison table of some of the most common options.
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