Which NYC Bike Tours are Best?

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

The following section will provide details about bike tours that you can take in Central Park. In addition to discussing pay-what-you-like and self-guided options, we will also cover information about some of the paid tours in this area that have received positive ratings.  Refer to our bike tour calendar for an up to date schedule. 

 


Free Tours By Foot

We’ve included a calendar of bike tours, including our tours plus the tours of partner tour operators who offer our visitors discounts or are included in one of the tourist passes.

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.  

NOTE: Our pay-what-you-wish bike tours run on a limited basis (see schedule below). We also offer GPS-enabled audio tours throughout NYC, including Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge. Why not rent a bike and tour on your own? 

Free Central Park Bike Tour

 

Like our other tours, our expert, licensed guides work on the name-your-own-price basis. Our tours are BYOB (bring your own bike), but you could also easily rent a bike through us.

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).  

 


Central Park Sightseeing (Our Choice) 

This is one of the highest rated bike tour companies in NYC. They offer tours in 5 different languages. 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 for this discount.

New York City Bike ToursTicket Details

  • Price: $36/Adults | $32/Children (with FTBF code)
  • Availability: Daily at 9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm
  • Duration: 2 hours

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


Bike and Roll NYC

Their Central Park Loop is 2 hours long and offered daily at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Pros: Two departure times daily. Best price for a family with young children under 12 years old. For 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. 

This tour is included for free with the New York Sightseeing Pass


Blazing Saddles

This Central Park tour is 3 hours long and offered daily at 10 am. If you’re looking for a slightly longer tour than usual, this is an excellent option.

  • $60/Adults | $45/Kids

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 you want to bike more after the tour. Even then, you might find bike sharing more affordable. 


Get Up and Ride

This company offers tours with a max of 10 people per group. Their guided bike rides are also much longer than those offered by competitors. Each bike tour includes in-ear headsets to make sure you won’t miss a thing while riding around Central Park. This trip will also take you to a few other locations in Uptown Manhattan.

Although it’s more expensive, some customers may prefer the smaller group sizes. This is also one of the longest bike tours available in and around Central Park. 


Additional Central Park Bike Tours

There are several additional bike tours you can take in Central Park. Some tours focus specifically on the park, but others will also take you into downtown or uptown Manhattan. Most services are about 2 hours long, but some can last up to 4 hours.

Alternatively, you can also rent a bike and go on your own personal tour with our GPS enabled audio 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

  • $100 per rider
  • Duration: 6+ hours
  • Availability: Mon-Sat at 9 am & 10 am
  • Includes most neighborhoods and breakfast/lunch stops

Get Up and Ride

Although their Brooklyn tour is focused on the waterfront, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit neighborhoods such as DUMBO, Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights. Group sizes are limited to 10 people in order to provide a less crowded experience. They also include in-ear headsets to make sure that you won’t miss anything. Tours run April- November.

  • Brooklyn Tour
  • Duration: 4 hours (w/ 3 20-minute breaks).
  • Availability: Daily at 10 am from March – November.
  • Price: $79 per person
  • Purchase tickets or learn more

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. 


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 and Manhattan. 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.

This company also offers a Manhattan bike tour. During the tour, you’ll make stops at locations such as Times Square, Lincoln Center, and the Highline. This trip will take you from midtown to downtown, ending just below the Brooklyn Bridge. You can get an extra 20% off both tours by using the code FTBF.

Ticket Details (including discount)

  • Harlem Highlights: $36/Adults | $32/Children
  • Manhattan Tour: $44/Adults | $41.60/Children
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Availability: Daily at 11 am
  • Purchase tickets or learn more

You can also take the Harlem Highlights tour for free with either the Explorer Pass or the New York Pass


Get Up and Ride

Along with their Brooklyn and Central Park tours, this company also offers a guided bike ride through Manhattan. Tour groups are kept to a maximum of 8 people and in-ear headsets are included to ensure you can hear the commentary from your guide.

This may be a bit more expensive than other options, but smaller group sizes make it easier to get personal attention from your tour guide. This tour is also a bit longer than most, so you may still want to consider this for a more special experience. 


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 (212) 729-4142

Pick up a bike at Pier 78 located at 455 12th Avenue. 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

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 | CitibikeOne day membership is $9.95 plus tax
  • Weekly membership is $25 plus tax
  • 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 to enjoy the New York bike share program, it can be done!

 


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