Want to take up cycling? Here is how using Dublin Bikes

Dublin Bikes - Photo: Robert Morrissey
Dublin Bikes - Photo: Robert Morrissey
Dublin Bikes - Photo: Robert Morrissey
Dublin Bikes – Photo: Robert Morrissey

If you fancy taking in some exercise on your commute or just enjoying the park by means of two wheels, cycling  is one of the easiest and most ecological ways of doing so.  However, owning a bike may not be an expense you can afford to have right now, but the Dublin Bikes scheme can offer you a city-wide solution to getting started.

You have probably seen many people using the scheme, from regular commuters to tourists, the idea of renting a bike for 40 minutes or 24 hours is just a swipe of a card away and won’t break the bank either.

Above, we have produced a video guide to run you through the process of renting a bike at the station.  You can read below on how to sign up or just pay as you use. A pricing structure and details on the bikes themselves are also there.


Dublin Bikes Pricing Structure 2016.
Dublin Bikes Pricing Structure 2016 – Photo: www.dublinbikes.ie/
Dublin Bikes allow you to take one bike at a time and return it within 24 hours to any station with available space. Every time you take bike, every first 30 minutes are free of charge. After that it steadily rises and after four hours it will work on a basis of €2 per hour.


Pricing for two type of tickets work by choosing a three day ticket, which you can purchase for €5 at any credit card enabled machine. Alternatively you could purchase a one year subscription for €20  by registering online here.

Leap Card Integration

A new feature of the scheme allows users with a Leap Card to register for Dublin Bikes through their exiting service with Leap Card.  This means you can register for Dublin Bikes and assign your Leap Card as your annual card to rent bikes from terminals.  You must register with Dublin Bikes first though, as you cannot pay for a single use.

The Bikes

The bikes are suitable for anyone aged 14 years and older, featuring three gears, an adjustable cushioned saddle, a basket, and some more design related extras.  There is also a kickstand to park your bike, front and rear lights, an anti-theft lock, and a bell for letting pedestrians know you are close.


You can find a interactive map of stations in the city here or if you download the Dublin Bikes app has a live map showcasing available spaces and bikes at each one.

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