Valencia is nearly always sunny, and smaller than other major cities in Spain. It is also flatter, with few hills and ascents. These characteristics, together with the many bike lanes, make it a bike-friendly city, even for the less experienced.
Getting around with a bike is faster than going on foot, but it will still allow you to see and appreciate everything the city has to offer. Of course, as with any private means of transport, it also means you can independently decide when and where to go.
There are many options for getting a bike in Valencia. The most common is the public bike rental (Valenbisi) or private bike rentals (per hour or per day). The latter occasionally offer biking guided tours. With both options come factors that you need to consider, for example, time limits and where to park your bike.
Another important aspect to consider is your familiarity with the city. On one hand, not knowing exactly where you are going will let you discover new areas and alleys in Valencia. On the other hand, if you are on a bike, this could slow you down considerably. Therefore, if you decide to take a bike and you have to be somewhere by a certain time, is it useful to map out the route beforehand or use a navigation tool or app.
Valenbisi is a public bike rental service that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be able to take out a Valenbisi bike in any of the 275 bike stations around Valencia. After taking the bike, you can use it 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. However, Valenbisi bikes are best fitted for short rides, as they are on the heavier side and are not very fast.
There are various ticket options, like annual cards and weekly tickets, and they are all very affordable. 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 outside Valencia’s city centre.
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.
For more detailed information about this bike rental service, check out our Valenbisi article.
Rent a bicycle
Numerous shops all over Valencia offer bike rentals, either for a few hours or for a few days. Although a bit more expensive, this option has the advantage of not having a time 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.
Average prices per day are between €8.00 and €15.00. Discounts for multiple-day rental generally apply, with prices going under €10.00 per day.
In a shop, you will be able to choose the bike you prefer, as well as any insurance you might want to add. If needed, most businesses will also allow you to extend your rental on the phone, without having to go back to the shop. 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 less comfortable, 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.
Some shops, in addition to their bike rental service, will also offer bike tours. The guided tours are great to get introduced to the city, its history, and monuments. The tours are generally offered in several languages and will give you lots of insights and useful information about Valencia. Average bike tour prices are between €25.00 and €35.00.
If you want to know more, we have an in-depth article about exploring Valencia by bike.
Getting around by bike is the best option if…
- You want to experience the city as you go.
- You like physical activity and enjoy biking.
- You don’t want to rely on public transportation.
- You want to be spontaneous while you visit the city, stopping wherever you like.