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BIKE RENTAL IN BUDAPEST

Budapest is the raw diamond of the region: striking architecture, mild weather, vibrant nightlife, and mouthwatering food. With the city’s excellent cycling infrastructure, you have to rent a bike in Budapest for the most authentic experience.
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THE CITY

EXPLORE BUDAPEST ON A BIKE

Budapest is a city of contrasts. It’s a fast-paced capital, punctuated by serene oases. You are admiring gothic architecture one minute and looking for a bargain at a vintage the next. “Ruined bars” – and we’ll get to that part later – are a block away from posh New York-style restaurants. The Danube river divides the city into two parts, Buda and Pest. Until 1873 they used to be different cities and, in many ways, they still feel that way. Every alley has a hidden gem, be it a restaurant serving heavenly local cuisine or an artisanal shop. If you do not want to miss these authentic cultural and culinary spots, we recommend you get a rental bike in Budapest from one of our locations and immerse yourself in the local ambiance. There are 200 km of cycling routes in Budapest! Start your journey on the Buda side and make your way to the city centre on the Pest side with a stop in between on Margit Island. Explore everything the Pest downtown has to offer and make your way down Andrassy boulevard to the Heroes’ Square. Our bike rental locations in Budapest are scattered across the city.
 
Take a disco nap after your busy day of exploring and hit the town during night time. If you like clubbing, check out the night scene with the city’s countless bars and clubs. If, however, loud music does not fit into your idea of a “good time”, then take your rental bike along the Danube river. Budapest at night is nothing short of spectacular. 

CITY AREAS

CYCLING IN GELLERT HILL

Cycling in Budapest
Named after the Italian bishop Gellert, who came to help King St. Stephen convert the population to Christianity (although things didn’t go as planned as the bishop got thrown down this hill by pagans),Gellert Hill features a spectacular view of the city. Stop by the closest bike rental in Budapest and head for the hills. A world heritage site, it’s 235-m high, so getting there will be a bit of a workout, but, believe us, it’ll be worth it. The statue of bishop Gellert facesElizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet hid), one of the many bridges connecting Buda and Pest. 

CYCLING IN THE BUDA CASTLE DISTRICT

Cycling in Budapest
Continue your trip on the Buda side by heading north towards the Buda Castle, another world heritage site. The Castle District is a city within a city. There is so much to do. You have the wine tasting in the Faust Wine Cellar, the gorgeous Fisherman Bastion, numerous outdoor and indoor cafes and restaurants, Matthias Church, Hungarian National Gallery, and a dozen other things. The view of the Pest side is breathtaking. You won’t even need to apply any filters when posting images on Instagram. It’s that picturesque! If you rented a bike in one of our Budapest locations, you will get around quite easily, although certain areas will require you to park your rental bike and proceed without it.

CYCLING ON MARGITSZIGET

Cycling in Budapest
So you had a busy morning cycling on the Buda side ticking architectural landmarks off your list and are ready to enjoy some downtime. Good idea! Head for Margaret Island, or Margitsziget, located in the middle of the Danube River between Margaret Bridge and the Árpád Bridge. Budapesters come here for leisure and sports. It’s an escape into nature in the middle of the city. Think of it as the Hungarian version of Central Park. You will see people chilling on the grass, throwing a frisbee, walking their dogs, jogging, or drinking beer on one of the terraces while observing the hustle and bustle of the city on the other side. Take your rental bike for a spin before you relax in the shade of a tree and check out the island’s Japanese Garden, the Music Fountain, and the Water Tower.

CYCLING IN THE BUDAPEST PARLIAMENT AREA

Cycling in Budapest
After a leisurely afternoon on Margaret Island, make your way towards the Parliament area. If you want to skip the Buda side altogether or start your tour here, you will find a number of our Budapest bike rental locations nearby. Every tourist who comes to Budapest spends at least a couple of hours here and understandably so. However, you will need to try extra hard to get a perfect shot of yourself with the Parliament building or St.Stephen’s Basilica in the background. While the area is crowded with restaurants, they are extremely overpriced, so you’d better not come on an empty stomach. Cycle south along the Danube towards Vaci street, indulge yourself in some retail therapy and then take yourself and your rental bike towards the Gozsdu area.

CYCLING IN THE BUDAPEST DOWNTOWN

Cycling in Budapest
There is no one definition of the downtown area in Budapest and locals constantly argue about that. The Gozsdu neighbourhood is as close to an agreement as it gets. Located in the Jewish district, the area has a restaurant option for every taste: authentic Jewish cuisine, Hungarian dishes, Chinese buffets, Italian pasta, American burgers – you name it. In addition to numerous restaurants and bars, the Gozsdu courtyard features a section dedicated to arcade games, where you can let your inner child out. Satisfy your cravings and explore the Jewish district. Taking your rental bike to the Dohány Street Synagogue – the largest in Europe and second largest in the world – is an absolute must. You will also find a number of smaller synagogues in this neighbourhood, like the Orthodox Synagogue on Kazinczy utca and one on Rumbach Street.

CYCLING DOWN THE ANDRASSY BOULEVARD

Cycling in Budapest
Andrassy street will be heaven for you if you rent a bike in Budapest. It goes from the city centre, all the way to the Heroes’ Square.  Often compared to Champs-Élysées, Andrassy street features boutique stores, upscale restaurants, and the oldest subway line in the city. If you still have the energy, check out theHouse of Terror, a Museum dedicated to the victims of the fascist and communist regimes. Your rental bike will also take you by theHungarian State Opera House,Franz Liszt square, and other landmarks before you end up at theHeroes’ Square, which serves as the entrance to theCity Park. Here you will find the Széchenyi thermal bath, the Museum of Transport, the Museum of Fine Arts, and a dozen other.

BUDAPEST NIGHTLIFE

Cycling in Budapest
It is hard to decide what’s better – Budapest by day or Budapest by night. The city is full of cultural heritage sites, which are best explored in the daylight. However, it looks like a postcard at night, so if you decided on bike rental in Budapest we recommend to cycle along the Danube before you hit the bars. The lit-up Parliament building and the Chain Bridge are dazzling. After you take in the view, head back to the Jewish district. That’s where you will find numerous “ruined bars” – Szimpla, Ellátó Kert, Anker’t, Doboz, and a bit further out, Istant. These are abandoned downtown buildings turned into bars and decorated by what most people will call “junk” – old bicycle wheels, broken doors, grandma’s suitcases – which, in fact, create one of the most unique and engaging experiences in Budapest.

CYCLING RULES

Hungarian cycling rules

Cycling, as a mode of transportation, has been gaining ground in Budapest for the last few years. The bike infrastructure, while still not on par with cities like Amsterdam or Copenhagen, has developed significantly and, as a result, bike lanes can get quite busy. It is, therefore, important to familiarise yourself with Hungarian cycling rules to ensure your biking adventure is both pleasant and safe.

Hand signals for cycling in Hungary

Roads that have cycling lanes also have signs indicating your right of way. Keep in mind that even if you have a dedicated lane, it does not always mean you have priority, so stick to the signs.
 
STOPPING I While not mandatory, it is better to exercise caution and raise your arm, signalling your intention to stop.
 
TURNING LEFT I Extend the left arm perpendicular to the body.
 
TURNING RIGHT I Extend the right arm perpendicular to the body.

Bike requirements in Hungary

LIGHTS I Make sure your rental bike in Budapest comes with lights and you use them when it’s foggy or starts getting darker. You are required to have both a white light on the front and a red light on the back of your rental bike and they should be between 35 and 90 centimeters off the ground.
 
REFLECTORS I At least one white triangular reflector on the front wheel and one red reflector on the back wheel.
 
HELMETS I Not required inside the city, but strongly encouraged.
 
BELL I Mandatory.
 
BRAKES I At least two separate working brakes are a must.
 
SPEED LIMIT: 40 km/h on a dedicated bike lane; 10 km/h on a pedestrian street.

Travelling with a child

If your kid is under 12 years old, then he/she is not allowed to cycle on the road, even if there is a designated lane. However, you are then allowed on the pedestrian street, limiting your speed to 10 km/h and limiting your disturbance to pedestrians. You can also attach a second seat to your bicycle if your child is small.

Do’s and don’ts on a bike in Hungary

  • If a road has a designated cycling lane, you should stick to it.
  • If there is no cycle path, stay as close to the hard shoulder and/or the right side of the road as possible, while still maintaining a safe distance between yourself and the cars/pedestrian street on the side of the road.
  • While this will not happen often, if you don’t see a suitable way to cycle down the road, you are allowed on the pedestrian street. However, you can’t go at a speed higher than 10 km/h and should be very considerate of the pedestrians. We can’t stress the last point enough.
  • Pay attention to the vehicles parked on the side of a road to avoid accidents if a person is exiting a car.
  • While it is no longer illegal, cycling under the influence is not advised. Lock your rental bike in a safe area and come back for it in the morning.
  • While cycling is a growing culture in Budapest, don’t expect all car drivers as well as fellow cyclists to follow every rule. Be cautious.
  • Don’t talk on your phone on your rental bike, even if you are in what seems like a quiet area.
  • If you are on a busy junction and need to turn left, make sure to give way to oncoming vehicles first.
  • Do not ring your bell in a request for pedestrians to get out of your way. It’s just not cool.
  • Be mindful of one-way streets and don’t go against the grid!
  • If you ventured outside the urban area, you can’t turn left from the cycle lane or a main road. You will need to get off your rental bike and push it across the road as a pedestrian.