Bike rental in Madrid
Check the average price to rent a bike in Madrid.
How it works
Rent a bike in a few clicks
Get the Donkey Republic app to rent a bike from many locations in the city. 24/7 pick-up available!
Unlock your rental bike
Once you find your bike at the pick-up location, tap “Unlock” and the app will open the bike’s electronic lock.
Ride, take breaks, explore
Keep the bike with you and lock it when you take breaks. Extend your rental if you’re having too much fun.
Return to the drop-off location
Return the rental bike to the drop-off location, lock it and end your rental with the app.
Madrid cycling guide
Bike rental in Madrid
Madrid is one of those cities whose spirit you’ll discover if you go among the locals, at street level, where only a bike can take you. So you can’t possibly miss on renting a bike in Madrid and doing some proper exploration.
Madrid cycling on the rise
What makes Madrid such an interesting place to explore is that it’s constantly changing. This is particularly good news for bike lovers because the city is actually in the process of changing and updating its cycle network. Cycling is still challenging in Madrid due to its hilly appearance, but what’s more exciting than rising to a challenge?
How to explore Madrid on a rental bike
You wouldn’t want to see the sights of Madrid in any other way than by bike. Whether you’re heading for the popular Retiro Park of Madrid, the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor or Santiago Bernabéu, your rental bike will take you to every hidden corner of the city with probably the most bars per capita in Europe – so plan a lot of stops on the way! Get inspired by our explorations of Madrid by bike and start your adventure from one of the many bike rental locations you’ll find in the app.
Cycling to Plaza Mayor
This symmetrical and rectangular-shaped main square in the centre of Madrid is located close to another famous city square – Puerta del Sol. You might want to take a turn with your hired bike to notice a bronze statue representing King Philip III of Spain and Portugal. His reign in the 17th century, unfortunately, brought negative notoriety to Spain, the country has had to face serious economic decline and failure to show evolvement through political reforms. Pedal your bike across the north side of Plaza Mayor and you will come across the Casa de la Panadería, a municipal and cultural building comprising of four floors. This beautiful piece of architecture was initially used as a bakery (the lower levels), later becoming the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, then Royal Academy of History and today becoming the headquarters of the Madrid Tourist Board and Madrid Tourist Centre. In case this is your first tourist stop, park your bike and pop into the office to find out more information about what to visit in Madrid.
Cycling in Casa de Campo
In case you’re visiting Madrid during summer, don’t hesitate to leave your rented bike on the side and cool down in one of the city’s most popular public swimming pools – Centro Deportivo Municipal Casa de Campo. You can also grab a bite around one of the restaurants nearby and enjoy the holiday ambience, but just make sure you hit these last two spots before lunch, as it usually gets very crowded around that time.
Cycling around Paseo del Prado - Paseo de Recoletos
Cycling in Buen Retiro Park
Cycling in Malasaña
Think it’s time to shift a bit from museums and parks and get the taste of the city’s streets: Malasaña is a perfect illustration of this – after all, it’s renowned for being the most creative and counter-cultural district of Madrid, reflected through independently run boutiques and eccentric cafes. Saddle up and bike around this area to discover iconic façades, buzzing local markets and cool bars that host a variety of cultural events. Looking for a place to grab a bite? Depends on what you’re looking for: Instagrammers love La Tasquita de Enfrente, a restaurant that serves organic and freshly made dishes. If you’re looking for something less sophisticated and more socially buzzing, there’s always a party at Ojalá.
Cycling in and around Madrid Rio
Manzanares River is the perfect example of how the bike network in Madrid has improved in recent years. Madrid Rio Park holds the perfect bike trails to cycle across an extensive waterside, spot cultural activities that are happening year-round, or stumble across playgrounds designed for cyclists. I know you might feel tempted to ride your rental bike all around the different paths of the park, but pedal a little longer down the path and you’ll come across a renowned cultural hub that has caught tourists’ attention and won locals’ hearts: El Matadero Madrid. Previously a slaughterhouse, this now creative hub hosts a series of public and private events and cultural performances, a lot of them free to the public. This modern landmark of Madrid is a statement of how tradition meets innovation in a modern city. If you’re a bit tired after your Madrid bike tour, freshen up with a drink and a delicious local dish at La cantina.
Spanish cycling rules
Wearing a bike helmet is mandatory outside urban areas (you can get arrested if you don’t!).
Parking the rental bike
You must park your rental bike in designated bike racks, and never chain it around trees, traffic lights, wastepaper baskets etc. Don’t park more than 2 bikes on each side of a bike rack.
Cycling + all that Cava = not a good idea
You cannot cycle with an alcohol level exceeding 0.5 grammes/liter in the blood (0.25 milligrammes/liter exhaled). The fine for drunk riding can go up to €500.