Ride Like a Local - Bike Rental in Amsterdam

The city is perfect to be explored with the bike. Enjoy the unique experience of feeling like a real Amsterdam citizen when you fly over the canals with your Dutch bike.

This is what a real Dutch bike (fiets) looks like

Amsterdam is extremely bike friendly. You will find the cult Dutch bikes of Amsterdam on every street corner. No wonder – the narrow lanes of the center are a lot better suited for bikes than for cars. Amsterdam counts an estimated half a million bikes and more than 400 km cycling paths.

Renting a bike costs between 5 and 15€ per day. Usually you have to leave a deposit of 50€ as well as your ID or drivers license. You can book a diverse range of guided bike tours for a fair price via getyourguide.de.

Tip

Usually, the most simple model with back pedal break is sufficient. You will not really need a gear change in Amsterdam, as the whole city is quite flat. Bikes with handbrakes in the front and rear are safer, but also more expensive.

Mac Bike – Red and Cheap

The classic bike rental service in Amsterdam. You can barely walk a hundred meters in the city without coming across one of the shining red bikes.

At Mac Bike you can even rent cargo bikes - Photo: Mac Bike

Mac Bike has several stores. The largest one is directly at the central station and can hardly be overlooked. The selection of different models is large – you can get everything from standard models with back pedal break to tandems. Of course, there are also bikes with child seats and e-bikes.

Additionally, Mac Bike offers guided bike tours (2 – 3 hours, 20 – 25€).

Mac Bike

Address:

Stationsplein 5
1012 AB Amsterdam

Opening hours:

Daily: 9:00 – 17:45

Prices:

3 hours: 7,50 € (+ 1,50 € insurance)
1 day: 9,75 € (+ 3 € insurance)

Internet:

www.macbike.nl

Position:

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Normally there are always enough bikes available If you come with a group of more than 8 people, it is recommendable to make a prior online reservation on the website of Mac Bike.

Other stores: Weteringschans 2, Waterlooplein 199, Oosterdokskade 149, Overtoom 45 (see map).

Yellow Bike – The same in yellow

The lemon-colored bikes of Yellow Bike have also become an integral part of Amsterdam. The well-equipped bikes are offered for a good price.

Yellow Bike - Photo: Yellow Bike

Yellow Bike has 3 bike rental stores. All are in walking distance of the central station (Nieuwezijds Kolk 29, Oudezijds Armsteeg 22 and Wijde Kapelsteeg 1A).

Yellow Bike

Address:

Nieuwezijds Kolk 29
1012 PV Amsterdam

Opening hours:

Daily: 9:30 – 18:00

Prices:

2 hours: 6€
3 hours: 8€
1 day: 12€
2 days: 20€

Internet:

www.yellowbike.nl

Position:

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In addition to the rental price, you will be asked to leave a deposit of 50€ and your ID when you rent a bike.

Yellow Bike also offers guided tours for fair prices. The "Small City Bike" tour, for instance, takes two hours and explores the most beautiful attractions of the city.

Black Bikes – Our favorite

Black Bikes has 10 stores throughout the city. The exceptional feature of Black Bikes is the classic black style of the bikes. Their construction form is over 100 years old – so why change anything?

The black classics of Black Bikes - Photo: Black Bikes

The large number of bike rental stations and the long opening hours make Black Bikes our favorite – and you will not immediately be identified as a tourist with the black bikes ;-)

Black Bikes

Address:

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 146
1012 SJ Amsterdam

Opening hours:

Mo - Fr.: 8:00 – 20:00
Weekends: 9:00 - 19:00

Prices:

3 hours: 6€
1 day: 8,5€
2-4 days: 6€
> 5 days: 4€

Internet:

www.black-bikes.com

Position:

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Another advantage is that you can pick up and return the Black Bikes on each bike rental station – unfortunately, that is not always the case. Some rental services require you to bring your bike back to where you got it – not very practical!

Besides the classic back pedal break bikes, they also feature men’s bicycles, tandems, cargo bikes, e-bikes and kids’ bikes etc.

To rent a bike, you need your ID, a credit card and a deposit of 50€. They also offer an additional insurance for 4,50€, which covers theft and damages on the bike.

Ride Like a Local - Tips for Safe Cycling

Some 60 percent of the city’s traffic is made up of cyclists. With such a high traffic volume, smaller collisions do sometimes happen. That does not mean you should be scared. With the well constructed cycling paths, accidents only happen rarely.

On a dutch bike the most important thing is to look awesome

Our tips for safe cycling in Amsterdam:

  • Always lock your bike well. Theft is a serious and frequent issue.
  • Never park on pavements or in no parking areas. Wrongly parked bikes are taken away by the police.
  • If possible, always drive on the cycling paths and on the right side. Stop at red traffic lights.
  • Always give way for traffic coming from the right.
  • Never unexpectedly stop or change the direction. Indicate changes in direction with hand signs.
  • Be careful with trams and taxis. They have right of the way in certain streets.
  • The thin tires tend to get stuck in tram rails. It is best to cross the rails diagonally or in a right angle.
Tip

Finally, we would like to recommend you the great Instagram of Amsterdam Cycle Chic. The account is fully packed with the most fashionable cycling pics from Amsterdam – so much inspiration!

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