Montreal bike rentals come in more than one shape and size. Yet BIXI alone appears to be getting all the glory. But user beware.
BIXI is ideal for quick trips, the best Montreal bike rental deal for getting from Point A to Point B, and that's provided Point A and Point B are a short bike ride from each other. The problem with using BIXI for sightseeing and otherwise extended periods of time is that you have to exchange your BIXI bike every 30 minutes to prevent getting nailed with surcharges. So you're basically on a timer, which turns what was supposed to be a carefree day exploring the city turns into a stressful BIXI docking station hunt.
A traveler intent on meandering through Montreal at his or her own pace without worrying about exchanging bicycles every few minutes would be well-advised to consider opting for one of the flat fee Montreal bike rental services listed below, which all offer a variety of rental plans, from hourly to monthly. You'll know exactly what you're paying for and can simply return the bike where you picked it up. No surprise surcharges, just hours—or days, or weeks—of affordable pedaling.
By the way, for those new to the city, here's a nifty primer to some of Montreal's best parks to cycle through.
Note that rental prices, packages and other details are subject change without notice.
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Ça Roule Montréal on Wheels boasts the most complete bike rental service in the city with over 150 different bike models available on location and a flexible rental service featuring not only by-the-hour rates, but daily, weekly and monthly rates as well. Need a quick bike lesson too? No problem. Ça Roule offers one-hour crash courses for ages 14 and up.
Bike rental rates include helmet, lock, bike trail map and repair kit, with 24-hour rentals in the $60 range (less for kid-sized bikes). Ça Roule is a choice starting point for people looking to explore Old Montreal, the Old Port and Parc Jean-Drapeau. Customers can also sign up for guided city bike tours.
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La Bicycletterie J.R. is tailor-made for your circumstances. Not only is the shop itself located on a direct path leading up to the mountain and its fun, challenging trails, but the shop, which has been around since 1987, has a reputation for repairing what competitors think is irreparable.
In turn, bike rental mechanical breakdowns and what-not are are extremely unlikely, given the team's passion and track record for excellence. Mind you, every spring they refresh their rental with a brand new fleet, but you get the point.
Rates are also fantastic, if unbeatable, with 24-hour rentals starting at $30. Weekly rentals start at $75. Rentals include lock and helmet.
La Bicycletterie J.R. is located at 2012 Rachel on the Plateau (map).
Insider tip: when you're done with your bike, walk down to L'Express for one of the best restaurant experiences you could possibly have in the city. It's one of Montreal's flagship dining institutions, at most a five-minute walk from La Bicycletterie J.R.
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Interested in exploring Montreal's Lachine Canal and Atwater Market? Get thee to Ma Bicyclette Montréal. From there, you could either go east heading toward Old Montreal or west for a lengthy hour-long ride through different neighborhoods located by the canal's water. Or you could spend the day trying out both directions. On a beautiful day, the canal is idyllic.
Rates include helmet, lock, saddlebag and map with 24-hour rentals starting at $30 (less for kid-sized bikes).
My Bicyclette Montréal is located at 2985 St. Patrick (map).
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Rather explore Montreal by electric scooter? Or on an electric bicycle? Not a problem. Located on the lower Plateau, Dyad Cycles rents out scooters, electric bikes and standard bicycles. And no driver's license is required for any of them, according to Dyad. You could even book a guided scooter tour of the city.
Scooter 24-hour rentals start at $65 and standard bicycle rentals start at the killer daily rate of $25. Hourly, weekly and monthly rates also available.
Dyad Cycles is located at 80 Prince Arthur East (map).