How to Rent a Bike in Dublin

If you’re visiting Dublin and want an easy way to get around the city, then renting a bike for a few days can be a great option.

Dublin Bikes

dublinbikesgardinerstreetFor short trips around the city centre, you can hire a Dublin Bikes from any one of the 100+ different bike stations. Visitors can buy a 3-day membership for just €5, and for that you can take an unlimited number of journeys, as long as they last under 30 minutes. For any journeys over 30 minutes, there’s a service charge based on the amount of time. Just look out for one of the credit card enabled bike stations, to buy your 3-day ticket.

The Dublin Bikes are 3-geared utility bikes. They have built-in lights, step-through frames, and are tough enough to survive just about any punishment – which in turn makes them quite heavy. And to avoid the per-journey service charges, you need to be able to plan your route so that you know where your drop-off bike station will be.

It’s worth pointing out that Dublin Bikes are pretty popular amongst Dublin commuters, and so the bike stations on the edge of the city can empty quite quickly at the start of morning rush hour – and similarly, the central stations can empty on an evening. The bike station map, however, gives an indication of the number of bikes (and free spaces) available at each bike station.

Bike Rental

For longer rides you might want to consider one of the Bike Rental companies that operate in the city. You can rent bikes for just a few hours, or for a few days or weeks, and prices vary based on duration of hire.

  • Phoenix Park Bikes – located just inside the entrance to Phoenix Park, this is an ideal place to hire a bike to use for exploring the 20km of cycle paths in the park. However, the bikes are not limited for use just in the park, as you’re free to take them out into the city to explore further.
  • Neill’s Wheels – have bikes available to hire, and also run guided bike tours through the city. The hire bikes are available in three locations in the city centre.
  • BIKE2U – a bike rental company that delivers and collects bikes to/from your hotel or guest house.
  • Bike Hire Dublin – open 7 days a week for bike hire. Situated on Bachelors Walk just next to O’Connell Street, and the Generator Hostel in Smithfield.
  • CycleBike – Situated next to the Red Line Luas in the city centre, this large bike shop also do bike rentals.
  • Belfield Bike Shop – located in UCD (University College Dublin) on the south side of the city, they offer a range of sales and servicing options for bike, mainly targeted at students. They also offer bike rental for 3 days, a week or a month.
  • Irish Centre for Cycling – rentals available from Malahide Castle in north county Dublin, and Sutton Cross in Howth.
  • Dutch Bike Shop – offer rentals of dutch bikes, cargo bikes and tandems from their shop in Goatstown
  • Electric Bicycles from Greenaer can be hired, for those who need a bit of power-assist for their pedalling.
  • The Bike Hub are based in Howth, which can easily be reached by train, for onward exploration of north of the city.

Do you know of any other bike rental locations? If so, let me know, and I’ll add to the list.

[Updated: July 2016]

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog richardbloomfield.ie.

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