Why Rent a Bike in Amsterdam?

The city of Amsterdam is best experienced by bike.  There are bike paths everywhere, and it’s actually much easier to get around by bike than by car!  Biking allows you to experience the city like a local, and you get around to all the best attractions.  Almost everything is located in the City Centre, so it’s possible to navigate the city by foot, but it’s even easier and faster to get around if you rent a bike in Amsterdam.  Get the most out of your visit and rent a bike in Amsterdam!

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Rent a Bike in Amsterdam

 1. Don’t mess with the locals.

 Everywhere you go, you'll see Dutch people biking with a phone in one hand, an umbrella in the other, and balancing 4 grocery bags.  Don’t even try to ride as dangerously as the locals. They are more experienced than you, and they'll mutter "Tourists" under their breath, annoyed.  But the important thing is that you're safe.  So follow the bike traffic signs and laws!

 2. Lock your bike. 

Always.Seriously! Even if your bike isn't nice, lock it. Even if you're only going inside for two minutes, lock it! Twice! Especially when you're rentng a bike.  Most places where you rent a bike in Amsterdam will consider you liable for theft if you didn't lock the bike.

 3. Trams are Dangerous.

Be aware of the trams when you rent a bike in Amsterdam.  They expect bikers to take care of themselves and avoid the tram!  Stay alert and listen for the tram bells.  Also, stay clear of the tram tracks.  Your bike wheel can get stuck in there, and you might lose your bike to the tram!  If you rent a bike in Amsterdam, just be aware of the cars, trams, and buses!

 4. Don’t Stop in the Bike Lane.

Just don’t! Because people will definitely run into you.  Not only that, but locals might even get aggressive and yell at you.  If you're really lost, pull onto a sidewalk or an empty side street. 

 5. Don’t Ride in the Wrong Direction.

Riding in the wrong direction on a bike path is very dangerous.  Remember, motorcycles also take the bike path.  When you rent a bike in Amsterdam, stay on the bike path on the right side of the road, in general.

 6. Signal Your Turns!

So that others can see where you want to drive and avoid colliding with you. Just point your arm in the direction you're going and glance back to make sure the way is clear.

 7. Be Humble.

“The cleverer one gives in” is your motto on the bike. Reduce the possibility of an accident by being a cautious driver and letting other people go first.

8. Use Lights at Night.

When you rent a bike in Amsterdam, you really want to make sure your bike has lights. Then, other people can see you, and you won’t be pulled over by the police

 9. Walk Your Bike Around Pedestrians.

You're required to walk your bike on pedestrian paths and shopping streets.  Otherwise, you could really hurt someone.  Be respectful and kind.

 10. Have fun!!!

Okay, maybe we made renting a bike in Amsterdam sound a bit stressful, but - trust us - it's worth it!  Just be safe and careful. 

Fun Facts about Bikes in Amsterdam

  • There are more bikes than people!
  • 40% of all traffic movement is by bike.
  • About 25,000 bikes fall into the canal annually.
  • You can ride a bike and drink beer simultaneously on a special beer bike limo.
  • Amsterdammers drive their whole family around on bikes.
  • Nobody EVER wears a helmet! It's not required here.
  • In total, the bike lanes of Amsterdam are 400 km long.
  • Most of the time people don’t ride alone on their bikes, but they often carry someone on their back.

Where Can You Rent a Bike in Amsterdam?

It is a pleasure to discover Amsterdam in the traditional way on a bike and we can help you with that:

You can rent a bike in Amsterdam directly from our hostel and start your tour in front of our door.

Our offer to rent a bike in Amsterdam:

  • Insurance for the Bike
  • Bike Locks
  • Hand Brakes and Back Brakes
  • Bikes Stored at the Hostel          .
  • Quick and Easy Return


Prices to Rent a Bike in Amsterdam:     

Rent a Bike in the Shelter Jordan:

8 Euros for 3 hours
12,50 Euro for 24 hours
+ 11,50 Euro for 2 days
+ 10 Euro for 3 days

Rent a Bike in the Shelter City:

9 Euro to rent a bike till 7pm. If you pay 1,50 Euro more you can rent the bike for 24 hours.

How to Rent a Bike in Amsterdam?

Just tell our friendly receptionist: “I would like to rent a bike” ;) .

You get a contract to sign and you have to pay a 50 Euro deposit per bike which you get back when you return the bike. Take the keys and start an awesome tour!

Things to do once you rent a bike in Amsterdam

  • Bike to Haarlem. It’s a two hours ride, but at least it's flat.  The gorgeous landscape is more than worth it.
  • Grap your bike and take a ferry to Amsterdam Noord and discover the north of the city on two wheels! 



Stay at one of our hostels in the city centre of Amsterdam!

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Two hostels in the city centre of Amsterdam


Shelter city Hostel Amsterdam
   Close to Central Station and Dam square
   Charming historic building
   Great courtyard/garden with lounge
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  Shelter Jordan Hostel Amsterdam
   Friendly, welcoming hostel
   In the trendy Jordan area, in the old city centre
   Closest hostel to Anne Frank House
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Most populair Hostel Amsterdam