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The Best Rome Bike Tours

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This post covers the top-rated Bike Tour companies in Rome including review analysis, types of tours offered, and prices.

There are so many types of bike tours offered, you will surely find one that is perfect for you!

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OVERVIEW

Rome is the kind of city that isn't really built for cars, but it's pretty good for other forms of transportation such as the humble bicycle.

As such, it shouldn't be surprising that there are a lot of companies offering a variety of bike tours in Rome.

These outings typically cover the most notable and historic attractions in the city.

Here are a few of the most notable landmarks you can expect to see on a Rome bike tour:

  • Vatican City
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Circus Maximus
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Roman Forum
  • Appian Way
  • And more!

The most common type of service is a simple sightseeing tour which typically lasts for approximately 3 hours and takes place during the morning or afternoon hours.

In addition to this option, many companies also offer a night bike tour, and these excursions usually cover the same ground that would otherwise be covered on a standard sightseeing tour.

If you're concerned about whether or not you'll have enough energy for a 3-hour (or longer) bike ride, you might want to consider an e-bike tour instead.

E-bikes are designed to make riding a lot easier so that you don't have to push yourself to climb hills or steep inclines, making the trip much more enjoyable.

No matter what type of bike tour you want to take, there are a lot of ways to save money on this service. For more details, make sure to read our discounts section.


SIGHTSEEING BIKE TOURS

This section will provide information about Rome bike tours which cover information about the history of the ancient city and give travelers an opportunity to see some of the most notable sites.

While some of these sightseeing bike tours can cost €40 - €60 or more, others are as little as €30 – and some are even free to take.

These services typically include stops at historic landmarks such as the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Piazza Navona, and some even go out as far as Appian Way.

Most Rome sightseeing bike tours begin either early in the morning or later in the morning, with very few options in the afternoon.


Fat Tire Tours

This company is currently offering some of the most competitively priced bike tours in Rome, and they're well-known for providing excellent service across the world.

Over the course of 3 hours, you can expect to see a variety of notable landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain, Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, Vatican City, and more.

3-Hour Bike Tour

Much like their competitors, this company currently enjoys an excellent rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars (read reviews here).

Customers report that their guides are very knowledgeable and helpful, providing several stops to take pictures and tips on where to find the best pizza, gelato, and more.


Rome by Vespa

Although this company now focuses primarily on Vespa tours, they initially offered bike tours and they still have a few different options to choose from.

If you’re looking for a slightly longer outing, Rome by Vespa offers both a 3-hour and 4-hour bike tour, both of which cover a variety of subjects and locations such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and more.

3-Hour Rome Sightseeing Bike Tour

4-Hour Rome Sightseeing Bike Tour

  • €75 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 9:45 am & 3 pm
  • Not currently available as of August 2022.

Most guests give Rome by Vespa glowing reviews, and they have received an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars

The staff in the office, as well as the tour guides, were all extremely friendly.


1 City Tour

This is another popular company offering bike tours in Rome, and their prices are much more affordable than many other competitors.

Their two most interesting offerings are a traditional guided city bike tour and a tour of the Villa Borghese Gardens which offers an excellent opportunity to explore the most famous park in Rome.

3-Hour Rome Sightseeing Bike Tour

  • €39 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 10 am & 2 pm

3-Hour Villa Borghese Sightseeing Bike Tour

  • €39 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 10 am & 2 pm

Reviews for this company are quite excellent, and they currently have an overall rating of almost 5 out of 5 stars (read reviews here). 

Visitors frequently state that their guides are very knowledgeable and personable.


Rex Tours

This company specializes in small-group tours that hit all the major tourist sites in Rome and some sites that are still tourist-free zones.

Currently, they offer two bike tours – one covering the major landmarks in the city, and the other focusing on the historic Appian Way and all the archaeological wonders alongside the ancient road.

3 ½ Hour Rome City Bike Tour

  • €49 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 9:30 am & 3 pm
  • Max of 8 people per group.

4 ½ Hour Appian Way Bike Tour

  • €79 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 9:30 am
  • Max of 8 people per group.

With an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars, it’s safe to say that guests all loved Rex Tours. 

Reviews specifically mention that the tour guides are the stars of the tour and they make everyone feel included and comfortable.


Free Bike Tours

There is one company specializing in a behind-the-scenes tour of Rome at no upfront cost. 

You simply rent a bike through the company (€10) and pay the guide what you felt the tour was worth at the end. 

Bike rentals are good for 24 hours, so you can keep the bike if you want to keep cruising around Rome.

If you want to see some off-the-beaten-path sites at a low cost, this is an excellent option.

These tours have no set itinerary, as the path planned for your outing is decided by your guide right before your journey begins based on the preferences and skills of attendees.

Although you can set your own itinerary, most travelers choose to request stops at notable sites such as Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and other historic locations.

TripAdvisor reviewers gave this company glowing reviews and they have received an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars

Guests described the tour as very informative and felt as though they had learned a lot.


NIGHT BIKE TOURS

The following section will provide information about Rome bike tours you can take in the evening.

These tours typically start at 7 pm, so the sun may still be out when your outing begins, but by the time it’s over it will likely be dark outside.

Night tours can be a bit more expensive than other services, but ticket prices tend to range from €50 - €60 per person.

While they don’t all include food, some bike tours after dark will provide a meal in addition to the trip.


Fat Tire Tours

This company is fast becoming one of the most popular bike tour services around the world, and their offerings in Rome are quite comparable to competitors, including this night tour.

Over the course of 3 hours and 30 minutes, you'll see a variety of notable sites including St. Peter's Basilica and Trastevere.

In addition to all the landmarks you'll see, you can also expect to make a stop for a glass of wine (included at no extra cost).

This tour begins at 6:30 pm and runs until 10 pm.

Rome Night Bike Tour

Although they are one of the newer companies in Rome, Fat Tire is already receiving great ratings with an overall score of 5 out of 5 stars (read reviews here).

Customers describe their guides as friendly and informative, offering tips and tricks to help them get the most out of their trip to Rome.


Rex Tours

Aside from their daily bike tour options, this company also offers a night bike tour which provides a unique and interesting look at the city. 

Ulike their competitors, they do not have a private outing available.

That said, this tour includes stops at a variety of notable sites such as Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and many other historic locations.

Rome By Night: 3-Hour Bike Tour

  • €59 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 7 pm - 10 pm

Much like their other services, Rex Tours has also received a 5 out of 5-star rating for their night bike tours in Rome (read reviews here). 

Guests were pleased with their guide, indicating they were very friendly and informative.


E-BIKE TOURS

In this section, we will provide information about electronic bike tours you can take in Rome. 

E-bikes make it easier to travel longer distances, so you can expect a few services which take you further out of the city centre.

Some e-bike tours begin early in the morning, but there are also a few options that start in the evening as well.

Ticket prices range from €50 - €70 on average, and while some of these tours last for just 2 hours, others can range from 4-8 hours in length or more!


Top Bike Rentals & Tours

This company specializes in providing several different electronic bike tours, some which cover the city centre and others that will take you even further out to areas like Appian Way, Tiber Valley, and more.

If you’re looking to experience as much of Rome as possible, Top Bike Rentals & Tours offers quite a few excellent outings, most of which last for at least 4 hours!

4-Hour City Centre Highlights Tour

  • €75 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 8:45 am & 3:00 pm

4.5 Hour Appian Way & Aqueducts Tour

  • €79 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 9:45 am - 2:30 pm

4 Hour Panoramic Rome Tour

  • €75 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 3 pm - 7 pm

7-Hour Full-Day Tour of Rome

  • €120 per person
  • Availability: Wed - Mon
  • Hours: 9:45 am - 4:45 pm

6-Hour Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs Tour

  • €99 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 9:15 am - 3:15 pm

8-Hour Appian Way & Albano Lake Tour

  • €151.60 per person
  • Availability: Mon - Sat
  • Hours: 9 am - 5 pm

14-Hour Orvieto & Tiber Valley Private Tour

  • €216.60 per person
  • Availability: Mon - Sat
  • Hours: 8 am - 10 pm

This company has received an overall rating of around 5 out of 5 stars for pretty much all of their tours (read reviews here).

Most guests were impressed with not only their guides but also the well-maintained electric bikes which made it easier to get around the city.


Rex Tours

In addition to their traditional bike tours, this company also provides a few different electronic bike tours in Rome, including one that takes place at night!

As with their other services, they specialize in providing small group tours to a maximum of 8 participants.

During each outing, you can expect to see a variety of notable sites such as the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Circus Maximus, and many more.

3 ½ Hour Rome City Centre E-Bike Tour

  • €59 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 9:30 am & 3 pm

3-Hour Rome By Night E-Bike Tour

  • €69 per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 7 pm - 10 pm

As with their other tour options, these electronic bike tours typically receive a rating of around 5 out of 5 stars (read reviews here). 

Most visitors report that their guides provide a lot of useful information and even take you to places you might not know about.


Roma Starbike

This is another popular e-bike tour company in Rome, and they actually provide a few interesting outings that aren’t offered by their competitors, such as a street food tour and an early morning trip.

While on these electronic bike tours, you can expect to see several historic landmarks such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Colosseum, and more.

3-Hour Early Morning Rome Tour

  • €81/Adults | €44/Youth (6 - 10)
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 6:30 am & 10 am

3-Hour Roma by Night Tour

  • €75/Adults | €41/Youth (6-10)
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

4-Hour Rome Street Food Tour

  • €75/Adults | €41/Youth (6-10)
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

4-Hour Ancient Appian Way Tour

  • €81/Adults | €44/Youth (6-10)
  • Availability: Daily
  • Hours: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Roma Starbike routinely receives excellent ratings for their tours, and most people give them a score of 5 out of 5 stars (read reviews here). 

A majority of guests report that their tour guides are excellent and these outings are a great way to discover Rome.


DISCOUNTS

If you’re looking to save some money on Rome bike tours, there are a few different services you may want to consider before purchasing tickets, including both tourist passes and discount sites.


Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

Although most of the discount passes in Rome do not offer any deals on bike tours, the Rome Tourist Card could save you quite a bit of money off general admission prices.

This service includes skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica, a ticket for the Colosseum, audio guides for both, an airport transfer, and a hop on hop off bus tour.

In addition to those activities and attractions, the pass also provides an extra 10% discount on tickets for several museums, cruises, and even Rome bike tours!

Considering that some bike tours can cost over €50, it’s easy to see how even at 10% off you could save a decent amount on these services.

Here are a few more activities that are discounted with this pass:

  • Hop on Hop off Cruise
  • Borghese Gallery
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Venice Day Trip
  • Florence Day Trip
  • Rome Dinner Cruise
  • Underground Catacombs Tour
  • And more!

In addition to this pass, the Go City Rome Pass includes a free bike rental that you can use to take your own self-guided tour.

Depending on how you use these passes, you could easily save at least 20% - 50% off general admission for many popular attractions and activities.

For more details, please read our post covering Rome tourist attraction discount passes.


Discount Sites

If you’re not interested in paying for a tourist attraction pass just to save some money on a Rome bike tour, you may want to check sites such as Groupon to see if they are offering any deals.

In addition to providing discounts on a variety of bike tours, they also frequently offer additional coupon codes you can use to save an extra 10% - 20% off or more!

Before you purchase tickets using a discount site, make sure to check both the top and bottom of the page for any banners that may contain coupons you can use to save more money.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: August 9th, 2022
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