Bike rental in Vienna
You can rent a Donkey Bike for longer than just a single ride.
How it works
RENT A DONKEY
Open the Donkey Republic app
to see pick-up locations,
and rent it with your phone
UNLOCK WITH YOUR PHONE
Connect to the lock via Bluetooth
to lock and unlock your Donkey
whenever you make a stop
RIDE AND KEEP THE BIKE
Short or long rentals.
Lock and unlock your bike
as much as you like
RETURN AT THE END
When you are done riding, bring
the Donkey to an available drop-off
location, end your rental in the app
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Vienna cycling guide
Bike rental in Vienna
Often referred to as the city of music, Vienna is a stunningly beautiful capital that just lends itself to being explored by bike. It’s a city where the past meets the present, with some incredible architecture, masterpiece museums, astounding arts programs and cutting edge wining and dining you’ll want to indulge in after a long day on your rental bike in Vienna.
From cobblestone to bike lanes
Vienna has recently embraced cycling culture and is now dedicated to improving its infrastructure, so there’s no better time to get on your rental bike and see the city. This one is steeped in history, having been for centuries a seat of power for the Romans, after which came the Austrian and Austrian-Hungarian empires. As such, you can feel the realness in Vienna reflected in the imperial architecture, the multitude of baroque artwork and sculpture, and even the very manner of its citizens.
How to explore Vienna on a bike
Vienna (or Wien – as it’s more locally known) is a manageable capital of around 1.8 million people, and you can easily see the main attractions within half an hour with your rental bike. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry: there’s practically a non-stop festival of cultural events too, so you’re never going to be short of things to keep you occupied at any time of the year. But if we had to choose the best season to visit, cycling in Vienna in the summer is a real delight. The streets come alive with people and the parks blossom into vibrant, social hangouts.
Explore Vienna with eTramping
There’s nothing better than curious minds getting to discover beautiful places like Vienna on bikes and then sharing it with the whole world. That’s exactly what Agness and Cez from eTramping did! Follow the exploratory route they created through the Austrian capital on Donkey bikes here, then let them know if you recreate it – or improve it 🙂
Cycling in Prater
Our first port of call for your rental bike in Vienna is the popular Prater, which is a large park and green space in the 2nd district, housing a variety of attractions. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna’s iconic Ferris wheel, which is a symbol and landmark of the city, and a star in numerous Hollywood movies. It towers over another point of interest in the Wurstelprater, which is the oldest amusement park in the world, and a firm favourite with adults and children alike. Spend a day biking the park’s cycle tracks, and then stuff yourself with delicious specialities at Schweizerhaus – arguably Vienna’s most famous restaurant.
Cycling in the Inner Ring
The inner ring (or Ringstraße to give it its proper title) is a boulevard-style ring road that encircles the historic area of the city – which is incidentally also a UNESCO world heritage site. Take your Vienna rental bike on the purposely-built sightseeing cycle path, and experience some of the best architecture the city has to offer. Marvel at the imposing Hofburg Imperial Palace, and the Academy of Fine Arts nearby. Cycle past the stunning Rathaus, Vienna’s neo-gothic city hall, and stop a while in the museum quarter, one of the largest of its kind in the world.
And don’t forget the beautiful Vienna State Opera house where you can catch a performance – although you might want to bike home and change your cycling clothes first! There’s so much grandeur and spectacle on this boulevard, that they don’t call this “lord of the ring roads” for nothing!
Cycling on Donauinsel
If you prefer to get out of the city, head to the Donauinsel, which is a long, narrow island in the Danube. At 21 kilometres long, it’s a paradise for your bike rental in Vienna, boasting an abundance of cycle tracks to explore. It’s only a few minutes from the city centre on the U-Bahn too and has become something of a recreational retreat enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. There’s a wealth of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as popular beaches and bathing spots.
With such an exciting mix of sporting and drinking establishments, the Donauinsel becomes one big festival every summer; but our favourite has to be Danube Jumping – the largest trampoline centre in the world. Go on – you know you want to!
Austrian cycling rules
Bikes on trains
The OeBB Austrian Federal Railway has some awesome services for cyclists – use them!
It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while riding your rental bike in Vienna. Or any other bike for that matter – you’ll be fined €50
Wearing a bike helmet is required by law for children who are aged 12 or younger.