Become a real local: get on a bike and discover the city. For foreign visitors it might be hard to understand, but to locals, biking is the most practical and fastest way to get from A to B in the centre of the city. The 17th century centre of Amsterdam is not made for cars. The narrow streets and canals are usually fit for pedestrians, but also bikes. Biking is above all healthy, practical and fun!
Biking is also an attractive and adventurous way for tourists to explore the city. It is often faster and cheaper than public transport, and it allows you to combine different activities. When you rent a bike, be careful not to get the wheel stuck in a tram rail. You can then lose control of the bike and fall.
You can rent a bike everywhere in the city. Especially around the Central Station, Leidseplein and Dam are a lot of rental places. Renting a bike is usually possible from as little as three hours, and the average price per day is 8 euro.
Apart from the standard city bikes, there are many other types of bikes for rent: touring bikes, tandems, children's bicycles, cargo bikes and scooters. For longer distances, a moped or motorized scooter offers a solution. And of course you can explore the canals with a water cycle.
Free cycling and/or hiking trails
Below are three different routes for viewing the best and also free sight seeings on the canals of Amsterdam.
- Old city center route (1275 - 1600)
- Western canal route (1600 - 1660)
- Southern canal route (1660 - 1700)
Most bike rental services also offer bike tours. An experienced guide will tell you all about the city and shows the best sights. There are different themed tours, such as a historic city tour, Jordaan tour or a pick nick tour.
Maps and routes
Of course, you can also explore the city on your own. Many rental services offer bike routes and maps for sale for Amsterdam and the surrounding areas.
The Netherlands has created a network of over 4,500 kilometers of bicycle routes. Most routes are only available in the Dutch language. You can acquire local bike guides and bike routes at the local tourist information center, local bike rental shops or online.
Do you want to make a cycling-tour during your holiday or do you want to have a bicycle at your holiday residence? Than you can go to many places for a good rental bike. For bike rentals in Amsterdam, we recommend the following companies:
You can rent bikes from train stations and several companies in the city. There are special bike lanes throughout the city. Biking is an excellent way to avoid the chaotic traffic. A bike can be parked almost anywhere, but make sure to lock it well. Bike theft is very common in Amsterdam.
Bicycling in Amsterdam is a way of life for most Dutch and still the best way to get around. There are dedicated bike paths throughout the city and few hills to conquer. Most companies offer bicycle rentals per day with discounts for longer rentals.