Renting a bike in New York

Bike rental in New York

Renting a bike in New York is a cheap, active way to see a large part of Manhattan. Discover Central Park, Downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge or cycle along the Hudson River. You can also bike to other places, as there are bicycle paths all over New York. Renting a bike online is easy and saves you money. The bike rentals in New York below are from companies that I’ve personally tested. Renting a bike won’t cost you more than a few pounds. If you’d rather not cycle alone, read more about bike tours in New York.

Bike rentals in Central Park

Why not rent a bike to discover Central Park? This bike rental in is situated only two blocks from the park’s entrance so you can pick up your bike and start cycling right away. There are special bicycle lanes in Central Park. You’re allowed to bike on the main recreation road. All traffic is one-way which means you can only cycle anticlockwise. The park is closed for cars between 10:00 and 15:00, after 19:00 and during weekends. If you want to stop to explore the park you can always continue walking with your bike in hand. This way you can see Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Fountain, Jackie Onassis Reservoir and Belvedere Castle. Cycling in Central Park is especially good if you’re a less experienced biker or family with young children.

Rent a bike to discover Central Park here

Practical Information

After purchasing, you’ll receive a voucher that you can print out or show on your smartphone to pick up the bike.

  • Departure point: Two blocks from Central Park
  • Price: from £3.53 per hour (£6.62 per hour when you rent a bike for just 1 hour)
  • Opening times:
    • 1 October – 30 April: 09:00 – 17:00
    • 1 May – 30 September: 09:00 – 19:00
  • Minimum age: suitable for all ages
  • Bike helmet, lock and basket are included in the price. Children’s seats and bike trailers can be rented on the spot.
Eric’s Tip: If you are planning to rent a bike, make sure to book online before you travel. Bike rentals in New York are much cheaper online (up to 60% less!) than renting on the spot and you can even do it the day before. Rent the bikes for at least 2 hours so you’ll have plenty of time to see the park. Of course, you’ll also pay less per hour the longer you rent.

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Bike Rentals for the Brooklyn Bridge

Cycling is also a great way to discover Lower Manhattan. You can cycle through Downtown Manhattan, over the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn. In Brooklyn you can ride around the nice streets of this borough, towards Brooklyn Bridge. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge on your bike and head back to Manhattan while enjoying the views of the skyline. Brooklyn Bridge has separate bike and walking lanes but be aware of the pedestrians as they don’t always stay in their lane. For a bike ride through Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn pick up your bike at South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan. This is just two blocks away from the Brooklyn Bridge.

Book your bike rental for the Brooklyn Bridge here

Practical Information

After purchasing, you’ll receive a voucher that you can print out or show on your smartphone to pick up the bike.

  • Departure point: Two blocks from Brooklyn Bridge
  • Price: from £3.53 per hour (£6.62 per hour when you rent a bike for 1 hour)
  • Opening times:
    • 1 October – 30 April: 09:00 – 17:00
    • 1 May – 30 September: 09:00 – 19:00
  • Minimum age: suitable for all ages
  • Bike helmet, lock and basket are included in the price. Children’s seats and bike trailers can be rented on the spot.

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Renting a bike for multiple days

Renting a bike in New York for multiple days is also possible. You can rent a bike for one, two, three or seven days affordably and really take your time to explore all of Manhattan and its neighbourhoods. You’ll pick up the bike in Central Park but you’re free to bike wherever you’d like. There are bike paths everywhere in New York but do be careful, especially in the traffic. When your time’s up, return the bike to it’s original location.

Rent a bike for multiple days here

Practical Information

After purchasing, you’ll receive a voucher that you can exchange for the bike.

  • Departure point: Two blocks from Central Park and Columbus Circle
  • Opening times:
    • 1 October – 30 April: 09:00 – 17:00
    • 1 May – 30 September: 09:00 – 19:00
  • Minimum age: suitable for all ages
  • Bike helmet, lock and basket are included in the price. Children’s seats and bike trailers can be rented on the spot.
  • These rental options are seasonal

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