Best Bike Tours and Rentals in NYC

This post lists several options for enjoying a New York bike tour, including our pay-what-you-like option. We’ve also listed options for bike rentals, self-guided tours, as well as discounts on guided tours. 

 

 


Calendar of New York Bike Tours
 

 

Use this link for more information or to find another Central Park bike tour.

 


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CENTRAL PARK BIKE TOURS

There are several different companies that offer bike tours in and around Central Park. Many of them have set up shop within a few blocks of the park, making it easy to drop in and take a ride throughout the day.

On these tours, you will see a variety of sites such as the Columbus Circle, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Belvedere Castle, Cleopatra’s Needle and more.

For additional details on these services, please read our full post on Central Park bike tours.

 


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BROOKLYN BIKE TOURS

If you’d rather see a different side of NYC, this section will provide all of the information you need to find the right Brooklyn bike tour. We will cover some of the more popular bike tour companies in the area and discuss your self-guided tour options. 

 

 


Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing

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. In addition to this, you can also take their own Brooklyn Bridge bike tour.

If you use promo code FTFB you will get a 20% discount.

Ticket Details (reflect discount)

This tour is also included for free with both the Explorer Pass and the New York Pass


Brooklyn Giro Bike Tours

Rather than just focusing on the Brooklyn Bridge, this company also offers bike tours of notable neighborhoods and the waterfront. Alternatively, you can also spend an entire day riding around Brooklyn and seeing all of the sights in this borough.

The advantage of choosing this company is that they offer a few different options to consider.

Ticket Details

Ride the Bridges Tour

  • $50 per rider
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Availability: Mon-Sat at 9 am, 10 am & 1 pm
  • Includes both Brooklyn Bridge & Manhattan Bridge

Brooklyn Tour

  • $60 per rider
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Availability: Daily at 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm
  • See several Brooklyn neighborhoods

Brooklyn Waterfront Tour

  • $30 per rider
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Availability: Mon-Sat at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 5 pm
  • A short and wonderful trip around the waterfront

A Day in Brooklyn

  • $80 per rider
  • Duration: 6+ hours
  • Availability: Mon-Sat at 9 am & 10 am
  • Includes most neighborhoods and breakfast/lunch stops

 

Additional Brooklyn Bike Tours

Whether you’re looking for a different kind of experience or you just want to find a better price, there are several different bike tours to consider in Brooklyn.

Some tours include neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Little Italy, allowing you to explore even more of New York City. Most are about 2-3 hours in length, but some can last up to 4 hours or more.

Alternatively, you can also rent a bike and take a GPS enabled audio tour of the Brooklyn Bridge for free.

Check here for more details and help to find a Brooklyn bike tour.

 


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MORE NYC BIKE TOURS

Even though the most popular New York bike tours take place in Central Park and Brooklyn, there are still a lot of services you can enjoy in other boroughs and areas such as Harlem, Manhattan, and the Bronx. This section will provide some information about bike tours you can enjoy in other neighborhoods of NYC. We will also discuss some of your self-guided tour options.

 


Central Park Sightseeing

In addition to both their Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge tours, this company also offers a Harlem Highlights bike tour which will take you through neighborhoods such as the Hamilton Heights district and includes sites like the Harriet Tubman statue and the Malcolm X Mosque.

They also offer a New York Highlights bike tour taking you through Manhattan, from midtown to downtown, ending just below the Brooklyn Bridge. During the tour, you’ll see Times Square, Lincoln Center, the High Line and other areas of Manhattan. 

NOTE:  Save 20% off either tour by using our exclusive promo code FTBF.

Ticket Details

  • Harlem Highlights
  • $36/Adults | $32/Children  (price is with the 20% discount above; tax not included)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Availability: Daily at 11 am
  • Purchase tickets or learn more
  • New York Highlights:
  • $44/Adults | $42/Children   (price is with the 20% discount above; tax not included)
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Availability: Daily at 11 am
  • Purchase tickets or learn more

TIP: You can also take the Harlem Highlights tour for free if you have a New York Pass. The New York Highlights tour is included for free in both the New York Pass or Explorer Pass.

 


Harlem + Bronx Giro Tour

This 5-hour tour covers Harlem, Upper Manhattan and some sections of the Bronx. The tour focuses on historical sights such as Columbia University, Grant’s Tomb, Harlem’s famed 125th Street and Apollo Theater.

Then it is onto the Bronx where you will ride through lovely Crotona Park, stop at Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo and much more. Along the way, you will have opportunities to see some breathtaking views from Upper New York City’s waterfronts.

Ticket Details

Harlem-Bronx Bike Tour

  • $80 per rider
  • Duration: 5 hours including a lunch stop
  • Daily at 11 am

 

Additional NYC Bike Tours

If you still can’t find a bike tour you want to take, rest assured that there are still many to consider. Whether you want a closer look at Harlem, Manhattan, the Hudson River or even Coney Island, you’ll find that there are several different opportunities when it comes to NYC bike tours. Some private tours with a specific focus may cost more than others, but you should be able to find an excursion that fits your itinerary.

Use this link to find an NYC bike tour that you will enjoy. 


Self-Guided Bike Tours

Whether you want to take matters into your own hands or you just want to save a little money, it is fairly easy to take a self-guided bike tour of New York City. All you would have to do is rent a bike or take advantage of a bike share program and use one of our free GPS enabled audio tours.

We estimate that this option could cost as little as $10 per person. If you plan on doing this, you will require a pair of headphones and a smartphone for the audio tour. In order to avoid any accidents, make sure that you can also hear everything that is going on around you.

Here are a few of the audio tours you can take while biking around the city:

  • Central Park
  • Lower Manhattan
  • The Brooklyn Bridge
  • The High Line
  • Midtown Manhattan
  • Harlem

For a full list, make sure to check our GPS enabled audio tour post. Check our bike rental/bike share section for more details about how to borrow a bike in NYC.

 


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BIKE RENTALS AND BIKE SHARES

If you’d rather just ride around NYC and get a little exercise while seeing the sights, you may want to consider either renting a bike or taking advantage of a bike share. This section will provide information about bike rental services and bike sharing options you may want to consider.

NOTE: Many of these companies offer their services for free with a tourist pass. Check our post about attraction passes in NYC for more information.

 

Bike Rentals in New York City

 


Central Park Sightseeing

This company operates out of a building on W 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue (map).  Open daily from 9 am – 7 pm (21:00)

We recommend this service because they have been very reliable for us and they actually 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))
  • Purchase or learn more

Taxes and fees are extra.

If you are considering one of the tourist discounts passes for your time in the Big Apple, then note that the New York PASS will give you 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 FTBF discount is also good for these items.
 

 


Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing

Pick up a 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))
  • Purchase or learn more

Taxes and fees are extra.

As with Central Park Sightseeing, the New York PASS offers a 4-hour free rental and the Explorer PASS will give you a full day free rental at Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing.

They also offer their own bike tours and walking tours across the bridge. The discount is also good for these items. 


Blazing Saddles

You’ll find this company near Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport (South Street and Fulton Street) or Pier 84 at Hudson River Park (12th Avenue and West 43rd Street). Blazing Saddles opens at 9 am daily.

Prices:

  • between $10-$30 per hour
  • $35-$69 for 24 hours

NOTE: Save 30% by purchasing your rental online. Alternatively, you can also get an all-day bike rental for free using the New York Sightseeing Pass


Bike Rent NYC

Located just one block from Central Park at 117 West 58th Street and 203 W 58th Street. They are open from 8 am – 8 pm every day. This company offers earlier rentals which are closer to Central Park.

Prices:

  • Between $8.40 – $30 per hour
  • Between $31.50 – $48.30 for 24 hours

*Save 30% by purchasing your rental online. Alternatively, you can also get an all-day bike rental for free using the New York Sightseeing Pass.


Hudson River Bike Rentals 

Pick up a bike at Pier 78 located at 455 12th Avenue. (212) 729-4142

Open daily from 9:00 am-7:00 pm April through September.

Prices:

  • 1 hour: $15
  • 2 hours: $20
  • 3 hours: $25
  • 4 hours: $30

If you need a bike for more than four hours you can rent a Day Pass for $40 and you get the bike from 9am-7pm. Includes a free helmet, lock & basket.

TIP: Free full day rental included in both the New York PASS and the Explorer PASS.


Hop-on, Hop-off Bike Share by Citibank 

Citibank offers a bike share program. They have a number of rental options geared towards visitors and tourists.

Short-Term Passes:

  • Day Pass (24 hours of Citi Bike access) $12 for unlimited 30-minute rides
  • 3-Day Pass (72 hours of Citi Bike access) $24 for unlimited 30-minute rides
  • More information here.

How it works:

With short-term rentals, you get unlimited 30-minute rides. Note: If you plan to use your bike for longer than a 30-minute ride, be sure to check the bike in at any Citibank Dock throughout the city and then you can take it back again almost immediately.

Allow at least 2 minutes for the docking system to process your return and then you can take a bike out for another 30 minutes. As long as you check into a dock every 30 minutes, you can bike for as long as your rental period allows. Just be sure to watch the clock.

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. 

 


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Discount Pass Options

Many of the companies we have mentioned in this post offer services through some of the more popular New York discount passes. This section will provide a breakdown of all the bike tour services provided by each tourist pass.

 

NYC Tourist Passes and Discounts

 

New York Pass

  • Central Park Bike Tours
  • Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tours
  • Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours
  • Harlem Bike Rentals & Tours
  • Hudson River Sightseeing Bike Rentals

The New York Sightseeing Pass

  • Bike & Roll Central Park Tours
  • Bike Rent NYC Central Park Tour or Rental
  • Bike Rent NYC Brooklyn Bridge Tour or Rental

New York Explorer Pass

  • Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tour or Rental
  • Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Bike Tour or Rental
  • Harlem Bike Tour or Rental
  • Hudson River Sightseeing Bike Rentals

For additional details on these bike tours and many other fun activities and attractions included with each of these services, please read our post about New York City Tourist Passes.

 


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