Bikesharing in Prague

Even though the city of Prague does not have its own public bikesharing system, there are other easy ways how to rent a bicycle in the capital of Czechia. There are two main rental services: Rekola with 1000 bikes and Nextbike with another 1000 bicycles (as of summer 2022). Furthermore, e-bikesharing is provided by companies Lime and Bolt, they have several dozen bikes in Prague.

With some exceptions, these companies are mainly focusing on serving the broader city center and the densest areas of the city. In winter, bikesharing options are considerably limited compared to summer, spring and autumn.

Since autumn 2021, bikesharing is connected with Prague public transport system. If you have long-term subscription of a Lítačka public transport card, you get 4 15 minutes rides per day for free.

Rekola Bikesharing

If you want to ride a bicycle in the city center occasionally and not worry about maintenance, try Rekola. It’s a Czech bikesharing company, providing more circa 1000 pink bicycles spread around the city (as of 2021). The shortest subscription is for half hour and costs 24 CZK (~1 EUR). You can also choose one month subscription which costs 195 CZK, that is slightly less than 8 EUR.

The only thing you need is a smartphone with iOS or Android and a credit/debit card. Rekola system does not have classical docking stations – you need an internet connection to see the bikes on a map and to be able to rent them. In the city center, you don’t have to return them to special stations – but just in the pink zone, which is marked on the map.

How does it work?

  1. Download an app „Rekola“, sign up and choose your subscription plan.
  2. Locate the nearest bike on the map.
  3. Scan the QR code with your phone
  4. The bike will unlock itself
  5. When you are finished, return the bike anywhere within the zone. Park the bike near a bicycle stand or somewhere where it doesn’t hinder other pedestrians or cyclists.
  6. Then, pull the lock down and take a photo of the bike through the app.

Nextbike

Nextbike bikesharing started operation in Prague in 2020. 1000 blue bikes are spread in the city center and even some outer parts of the city. They all have derailleur, small storage space and even a GPS. They’re heavier than Rekola bikes. First 20 minutes of the ride cost 24 CZK (~1 EUR).

How does it work?

  1. You need to download the Nextbike app first.
  2. Then you need to find the bike and and scan its QR code. The bike automatically opens and you can enjoy the ride.
  3. You need to return the bike to a virtual station, if not, you’ll be charged extra money.
  4. In the end of the ride, make sure you parked the bike correctly (it does not hinder other pedestrians or cyclists) and pull the lock down.

Lime

American bikesharing company Lime is operating fleet of aroud 1000 electric bikes and more than 500 e-scooters in Prague. They are available in the broader center of Prague since autumn 2018. Company charges 25 CZK (1 €) for unlocking and then 4 CZK (15 cents) per minute. To rent a scooter or an e-bike, you need to download Lime app. Most of the scooters don’t have suspension system, so they are not a good choice for cobbled roads or crossing the tram tracks.

The bikes are really comfortable, however, it’s not the cheapest option.

Bolt

Company Bolt is operating fleet of more than hundred e-bikes in Prague since summer 2022. They’re not ideal for the cobble streets in the city center.

Regular rental services

Do you need to rent a bicycle for a longer period? Or a special kind of bicycle, not the bikesharing-kind-of citybike? There are many regular rental services where you can rent a bike and/or cycling equipment. Just few examples:

How and where to ride?

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