New York Bike Tours + Rentals

This post lists several options for enjoying a New York bike tour.  If you do your research, you will find that there are many companies (including us, Free Tours by Foot) offering New York bike tours and rentals, some with names that appear to be identical.  Prices and quality will vary, so it helps to do your research.  Some tours are already included in the the New York tourist discount passes.  We have simplified the options to help you make the best decision for you and your travel-mates.  We start with our pay-what-you-wish tours of Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge. Use the hyperlinks to be taken to other sections.


Other Paid Bike Tours

Bike Share Program

Combo Packages

Pay-What-You-Wish Tours

Bike Rentals

Discounts


Calendar of New York Bike Tours


NOTE: Our pay what you wish bike tours run on a very limited basis.  We’ve included a calendar of bike tours below with out tours plus the tours of partner tour operators who offer our visitors discounts or are included in one of the tourist passes.

Free Tours by Foot is proud to offer various New York bike tours, including tours of Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Central Park and Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.  Our most popular tour is our Central Park Bike Tour, a 6 mile (10 km) ride through the entire park, with many stops for memorable photographs and to learn about this remarkable oasis.  Returning in spring 2015 is our Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour, which will take you through the Financial District, Brooklyn Heights, and of course, over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Like our other tours, our expert, licensed guides work on the name-your-own-price basis. Our tours are BYOB (bring your own bike). Most bike tours cost $40/person and up for a 2 hour bike tour. With bike rentals as low as $10 for 2 hours, you could be paying $30/person and higher for a 2 hour bike tour (+tip!). Additionally, if you want to rent your bike by the day, you usually won’t get a discount on the tour.  We offer an affordable, pressure free tour experience.

Don’t have a bike?  No worries. Our tours begin from partner bike shops throughout the city and renting a bike is easy and inexpensive.  Don’t forget, some hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts offer free or inexpensive bike rentals.  Also, if you have the New York Pass, you could obtain a bike at no additional cost (this is not a rental from our partner bike shop).  Check out our Facebook page for photos of our New York bike tours.

 

OTHER PAID BIKE TOURS 

 

  • CENTRAL PARK SIGHTSEEING (Our Choice) – (212) 975-0785

If you can’t make one of our pay-what-you-like tours, our guests are entitled to 20% off on all of our partner shop’s Central Park bike tour and their Brooklyn Bridge bike tour.  Just use promo code FTBF.

New York City Bike ToursPrices
Adult – $36 with promo code FTBF
Child – $32 with promo code FTBF

Included for free with the purchase of the Explorer Pass or The New York Pass.

Tour Times

  • Central Park Bike Tour – 10 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm, 4 pm
  • Brooklyn Bridge + Lower Manhattan – 10 am + 4 pm

 

  • BIKE & ROLL NYC

Central Park Loop 2 hours, daily at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Adults $40.00, Kids $25.00 (12 and under).

Pros: Two departure times daily. Best price for a family with young children under 12 years old. Example: a family of 4 with young kids would cost $130 total.

Cons: Not the best price available for adults and teens. Other companies will cost less.

 

  • BLAZING SADDLES 

Brooklyn Bridge 3 hours. Daily at 11am. Price $60 adult/$45 child

Central Park 3 hours. Daily 10am. Price $60 adult/$45 child

Pros: The tours are 3 hours (rather than the standard 2 hour tour) AND you can keep the bike for the rest of the day after the tour and wander the city and explore!  Included for free with a purchase of the NY PASS.

Cons: Tours offered only once a day. Only worth if it you will want to bike more after the tour.

 

  • Get Up and Ride

Tours are more extensive but also more expensive than other tours. The higher price includes bike, helmet, Walkie-Talkie and Headset to hear the guide more easily and a boat ride aboard the East River Ferry when required for tour route. Tours run April- November.

  • Brooklyn Vibe Tour 3.5 hours through some of Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods. (1.5 hours of riding with 3 20-minute breaks). Thurs, Sun at 10 am, 6 pm. Price $79
  • Brooklyn Classic 5 hours (3 hours of riding with 4 30-minute breaks). Schedule: April- November. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat at 11 am. Price $99
  • Manhattan Classic 5 Hours (3 hours of riding with 4 30-minute breaks). Schedule: April- November. Mon, Wed and Fri at 9am. Price: $99

Pros: Tours are longer and take you to places beyond the average tourist spots. Last minute discounts offered on their website.

Cons: Not for those on a budget. Not offered year round.

 

  • BIKE THE BIG APPLE

A wide variety of unique bike tours, including night tours, ethnic tours, and more, as well as custom tours. Tours are generally 4-7 hours long and range in price from $75-99 per person. All tours include bike rental and helmet and you get a $10 discount if you have your own bike. The tours are easy-paced and include stops for lunch, snacks, photo opportunities etc.  Some of their tours are: Ethnic Apple Tour; Delights of Brooklyn; The Sensational Park and Soul Tour; Dutch Roots and More; From High Finance to Hidden Chinatown; Central Park At Night; Bronx Bicycle Tour; Friday Night Lights and The Brooklyn Bridge at Twilight .

Pros:  Unusual thematic tours that will get you out of Manhattan and see the outer boroughs.

Cons: Not for every budget, will take up your whole day. Not for those who tire easily!

 

 

Best Bike Rentals in NYC

Here is our list of what we think are the best bike rentals in New York City with reasonable prices in convenient locations. In addition, most of these rental shops accept tourist discount passes, either the New York PASS or Explorer PASS or both. If you don’t know about these money-saving tourist passes, check our post New York City passes: Which one is the right one for you?  

Bike Rentals in New York CityA – Central Park Sightseeing  (212) 975-0785

56 West 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue (map).  Open daily from 9 am – 7 pm (21:00)

We recommend this outfit.  They provide the bikes for our Central Park Bike Tours.  If you use promo code FTFB you will get a 20% discount.

Prices (reflect discount):

  • 1 hour = $12
  • 2 hour = $16
  • 3 hour = $20
  • hour = $24.
  • Day Pass = $32  (9 am until 5 pm (17:00))

If you are considering one of the tourist discount passes for your time in the Big Apple, then note that the New York PASS, you get a 4 hour free rental and the Explorer PASS gets you a full day free rental at Central Park Sightseeing. They also offer their own bike tours, walking tours, pedicab as well as horse and carriage tours of Central Park.  The discount is also good for these items.

Pick up bike at 110 South Street near the South Street Seaport (map). Open daily from 9 am – 7 pm.  This is the sister company to Central Park Sightseeing and we recommend them as well.  They provide the bikes for our Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Bike Tours.  If you use promo code FTFB you will get a 20% discount.

Prices (reflect discount):

  • 1 hour = $12
  • 2 hour = $16
  • 3 hour = $20
  • hour = $24.
  • Day Pass = $32  (9 am until 5 pm (17:00))

If you are considering one of the tourist discount passes for your time in the Big Apple, then note that the New York PASS, you get a 4 hour free rental and the Explorer PASS gets you a full day free rental at Central Park Sightseeing. They also offer their own bike tours, walking tours, pedicab as well as horse and carriage tours of Central Park.  The discount is also good for these items.

 

  • C – BLAZING SADDLES 

Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport (South Street and Fulton Street) or Pier 84 at Hudson River Park at (12th Avenue and West 43rd Street).  Open 9 am daily.

Prices:

  • between $14-16 per hour
  • $44-$69 for 24 hours

Prices vary depending on the type of bike you choose.  Locks, helmets, and detailed map come included.  Free 24-hour rental of a Beach Cruiser style-bike with a New York PASS.

 

  • D – Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tours 

203 West 58th Street at 7th Avenue

Prices:

  • 1 hour = $20
  • 2 hours = $28
  • 3 Hours = $36
  • 5 Hours = $44
  • All Day = $56

*Save 50% by purchasing your rental online.  A New York PASS gets you a free 3 hour rental.

 

Pick up bike at Pier 78 located at 455 12th Avenue. Open daily from 9:00am-7:00pm April through September.

Prices: 1 hour $15, 2 hour $20, 3 hour $25, 4 hour $30. If you need a bike for more than four hours you rent a Day Pass for $40 and you get the bike from 9am-7pm. Includes a free helmet, lock & basket.  *Book online to save 50%* Free full day rental included in the Explorer PASS.

 

HOP-ON, HOP-OFF BIKE SHARE

New York City is increasingly becoming a bike-friendly city and new bike lanes are popping up everywhere.  But if you don’t own a bicycle how can you take advantage of this pleasurable mode of transportation?  Citibank, in collaboration with New York City has created a bike share program.  We are happy to tell you about it.

The New York bike rental program offers 3 membership options:

  • New York Bike Rental | Citibikea one day membership is $9.95 plus tax
  • a weekly membership is $25 plus tax
  • a yearly membership is $95 plus tax

Members are allowed an unlimited number of 30 minute rides.  The 30 minute time limit per ride exists because the program encourages people to use bicycles for short local trips such as commuting or running errands. However, you can take as many 30 minute rides as you would like during your membership period. Bikes are available in Manhattan and Brooklyn. To find a dock near you, visit the Citibike Dock Location map.

Here is how it works:

Let’s say you want to bike from one neighborhood to another.  You go to the nearest bike dock and pick up a bike. You then have 30 minutes to complete your trip and return the bike to any dock location. You do not need to return the bike from where you picked it up.  During your membership period, you can take an unlimited amount of 30-minute rides. 

Here is the catch.

If you go over the 30 minutes, you will be charged an additional fee per half-hour.  Overtime fees are $4 for the first ½ hour beyond your initial 30 minutes, then $13 for the second ½ hour, and then every ½ hour after that, you will be charged $12.00.  What this means is – get your bike back to a dock in 30 minutes! Once docked, the time counter on a bike resets. Allow at least 2 minutes for the docking system to process your return and you can take a bike out for another 30 minutes. And so on….

What if the dock is full when I return my bike?

If you arrive at a dock and there are no spots available to re-dock, you get a 15 minute grace period to return the bike to a different dock. However, you MUST check in at the fully occupied dock before heading to another dock with available spaces.  You will be directed to the nearest dock that has spots. Also, bikes are equipped with GPS to help you locate docks.  

If you are a tourist and want of enjoy the New York bike share program, it can be done!

 

DISCOUNTS ON BIKE TOURS +

  • Discount Sites – several discount sites, such as Groupon and Viator offer discounts as much as 50% off on organized bike tours.  Click the link to be taken to our budget guide.
  • Governors Island – free bike rentals from 10 am till 12 pm Mondays through Fridays from May 24th till Sept 28th.

Combo Packages