Experience Stockholm on City Bikes – rental bikes that you take and leave at your station of choice. The season is open from April to October and all you need to experience Stockholm on wheels is a bike-card. Here’s our guide on how to rent a bike, and more importantly, a lot of tips on wonderful summer destinations for your bike trip.
A three-day or seasonal card for limitless travel options
City Bikes started in 2006 and is a cooperation between The City of Stockholm and Clear Channel. You fetch your bike at one of the 140 bike stations around the city and return it to your station of choice within three hours. To rent a bike, you need a bike-card for three days or for the whole season. You can buy the bike-card on City Bikes’ webpage or at retailers (7-eleven, Pressbyrån, SL Center, Gallerian, Åhléns and in various hotels and tourist agencies).
A three-day card bought at one of the retailers costs 165 SEK. If you are staying in Stockholm for a longer time, you can buy a seasonal card valid from April 1 to October 31. They cost 300 SEK at partners and 250 SEK online. When you and your card are ready, you can ride a bike wherever you want within the county. On the other hand, it isn’t allowed to ride bikes in the forest.
Explore beautiful Stockholm on rental bikes – Photo credit: © Rolf_52/Shutterstock.com
This is how you rent and return a bike
You can rent bikes daily from 06 am to 10 pm, but you don’t have to return them until 1 am. Bring your card and use it as a key as described in the instructions on the screen at the bike station. Take out the bike that you’ve been assigned and start to cycle!
If you want to keep track of stations with available bikes, check out the real-time map on City Bikes’ website. Return the bike within three hours into a free lock at a bike station. The light has to switch from green to blinking red/green and finally to red. If the station is full, just ride to the next one with free spots and leave your bike there. If you return your bike after more than three hours, you get a dot and after three dots your card will be blocked.
Out and aimlessly cycling?
You don’t have to be an expert on Stockholm to cycle around. With the City Bike app, you have an overview of all the stations. And with our tips on the different districts in central Stockholm that you can find below, you’ll get to experience the best of the city during your bicycle ride.
One of Stockholm’s 140 bike stations – Photo credit: © EQRoy/Shutterstock.com
There are 15 stations on the beautiful Kungsholmen.
No. 50 Rålambsvägen/Gjörwellsgatan
This station is close to the wonderful park Rålambshovsparken, called ‘Rålis’ by Stockholmers. Here you can relax on the green grass, go for a swim or play boules.
Vasastan has 17 stations.
No. 57 Sveavägen 127 – Vanadislunden
Here you’ll find one of Stockholm’s biggest parks, a green oasis in the middle of the city.
No. 30 Torsgatan – Vasaparken
Challenge your bike buddies on mini golf in Vasaparken or have a Swedish fika.
There are 18 bike stations on Norrmalm.
No. 115 Sveavägen 1-2
Take a break from the summer and cool down inside the department store NK. It’s a treat whether you’re shopping or not.
No. 29 Norrmalmstorg
In Kungsträdgården you can take pictures of the blossoming cherry trees in early spring, eat an ice cream by the fountain or attend one of the fun events such as the food festival Smaka på Stockholm and free concerts.
There are 26 stations on the tony Östermalm.
No. 89 Engelbrektsplan
In the lush Humlegården lies the National Library of Sweden and many interesting statues. It’s also an amazing place for a soothing drink on one of the nearby outdoor terraces.
No. 73 Kaknästornet Tower
This field trip is for those with strong legs, but it’s worth it when you see Stockholm from 155 meters height.
You’ll find 25 bike stations on the hip Södermalm.
No. 3 Tjärhovsplan
Go to Fotografiska and take a break from the sun in the museum, or take pictures of Old Town (Gamla stan) from the other side of the water.
No. 24 Rinvgägen 45A
In the green park Tantolunden you can walk among cute garden houses, play on the frisbee course or work out in the outdoor gym.
No. 47 Ringvägen 138
Take a walk to Vitabergsparken and have a picnic, see a show at the outdoor theatre Parkteatern and admire the cute small houses.
There’s a total of 5 stations in Old Town (Gamla stan), on Skeppsholmen and Djurgården.
No. 12 Munkbroleden, Old Town
Walk around the historical streets of Old Town, eat ice cream by the water or walk over to Södermalm.
No. 96 Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen
Make a stop at The Modern Museum or cruise around the beautiful island Skeppsholmen.
We wish you a great time when you explore Stockholm on City Bikes!