Bike Hire

If you arrive in Portugal without a bicycle then, unless you plan on buying a bike, you’ve got two basic choices: sign up with a tour company or hire a bike and head off on your own.

There are quite a lot of outfits doing organised tours (see Guided Tours for more info) and lots of bike hire companies in the Algarve but not so many in other parts of Portugal. (If you want to do your own Google search, put in ‘aluguer de bicicletas’ and the name of the town or region)

*WARNING: Except for where there are comments in italics, I am not recommending any of the companies below. The information below is simply my research –  please let me know of any other personal experience or recommendations you’re willing to share.

These companies offer bike hire in Portugal:

National

Bike Iberia – based in Lisbon but offer to deliver bikes anywhere in Portugal and come with a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence (although some reviews on the same website are more mixed). For information on the bicycles they offer, see here.

Cycling Rentals – also with a TripAdvisor certificate. Offers road/mountain/touring bikes delivered anywhere within Portugal or Spain. This is the company I use for all my guided tours and recommend to anyone wanting a bike delivered/collected anywhere in Portugal. Good bikes, fair prices and excellent customer service. We’ve now had dozens of their bikes and have nothing but praise for the company.
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Europcar – no this entry is not a mistake! The car hire firm has now moved into offering ‘two wheels’ hires at a number of location. The firm has a wide range of bikes (although not all are available at every depot). Bike hire is now available at locations across the Algarve, plus in Cascais, Lisbon and Porto.

Go Cycling Portugal – newcomer to the market. Promises road, hybrid and mountain bike hire, delivered anywhere in Portugal.

Northern Portugal

PORTO

Fold’n’Visit – on the northern side of the city centre. Offer bike hire – including folding and city/hybrid models – as well as one-day tours of surrounding cities and longer tours of northern Portugal.

Vieguini – in the centre of Porto, only a stone’s throw from the Douro and historic waterside area. Offers tandems, mountain bikes and city bikes, plus child seats, locks and helmets – as well as scooters (mopeds).

See also entries under National companies above.

Lisbon & Central

Belem Bike – also known as Biclas.com – right on the waterfront on the way out towards Belém. Various bikes to rent. 

Funbike – based in Sintra, just outside Lisbon. Despite the name, they have ‘serious’ mountain bikes and road bikes for hire. Also have a shop at Boliqueime in the Algarve that’s been recommended by a couple of fellow cyclists.

Lisbon Bike Rentals – right in the centre of town near Cais do Sodre and the Time Out Market. Has a selection of road and mountain bikes (for some reason the Boardman Comp is in with the fat wheel MTBs!). Also run Lisbon bike tours and offer a bike-packing service, including transport to the airport.

Portugal Rent Bike – is based in Cascais, just to the west of Lisbon and handy for the Sintra hills. Has road, city and mountain bikes to hire, including models for women.

See also entries under National companies above.

Alentejo

Sunny Cycling – based in Évora, has Dutch hybrid bikes and kids bikes. Also offers tours (mostly self-guided) of Évora, the Alentejo and other parts of Portugal.

See also entries under National companies above.

Algarve

Abilio Bikes – based in Tavira in the eastern Algarve. Has a range of machines to rent by the day or month.

Algarve Adventure – mountain bikes only but includes delivery.

Algarve Bike Hire – based in Armacao de Pera, a small town to the west of Albufeira. Has road bikes and tourers as well as hybrids, mountain and city bikes for hire. Offers a delivery and collection service for the whole of the Algarve (free for immediate area, charge for wider area).

Avalanche – bike shop at São Brás de Alportel (north of Faro) that also offers bike hire and free delivery in a 25km radius of the town. Has mountain bikes or a choice of carbon or aluminium frame road bikes. Recommended by rider Richard O, who said: “Excellent service and range of bikes offered by the team at Avalanche.

“Drop off and collection times were as arranged. Full support kit provided – tube, levers, pump. LP Sensium in perfect condition (it was actually a new bike). Perfect gearing for the hilly terrain of the Algarve. Rui’s advice on the best/safest roads was very much appreciated. I would highly recommend hiring your bike through Avalanche.”

Bikeland – is a Trek and Scott dealer right on the N125, about 8km SW of Loulé (closer to the town’s railway station). Has a range of bikes to hire. Close to S-Bikes (see below).

Bike Sul – has outlets in both Guia and Sao Bartolomeu de Messines. Stocks KTM hybrid, road and mountain bikes. One, three and seven-day rates.

Easy Go Electric Bikes – a new company based in Lagos, free delivery of electric bikes within a 10km radius. 

See also Europcar entry under National companies above.

Funbike – based at Boliqueime, north-east of Albufeira. Despite the name, they have ‘serious’ mountain bikes and road bikes for hire. Also have a shop at Sintra near Lisbon. Scots cyclist Ian Mitchell said: “Not particularly cheap, but you get a quality Trek road bike and the service is personal and engaging.  Good value for money.”

Lisa Bikesbased in Estoi (north of Faro) and has road, MTB and ‘touring’ (hybrid) bikes to rent (including children’s bikes). Also has electric bikes. The company also offers a range of cycle tours, both based based from one location or touring the region.

Martin’s E-bike – is in Almancil, due south of Loulé. Despite the name, the shop sells and rents both e-bikes and normal bikes. Has a range of machines, including MTB, road and hybrid/trekking bikes.

MegaSport – based near Loulé (north of Faro) offers Giant road and town/hybrid bikes – plus tandems (although these are more ‘fun’ rides than serious machines). Delivers free within the Algarve. I used the company in Jan 2015, renting two hybrid bikes that were perfectly adequate for a 65km ride into the hills. The staff were also very friendly and helpful (English-speaking). The depot isn’t that convenient – about 4km out of town on an industrial estate (not the location currently marked on Google) but we were given a lift to the station.

Musette Bike – has opened a new base (June 2017) at Salema (between Lagos and Sagres) in addition to running bike rentals at Martinhal. Offers road and hybrid/trekking bikes, plus children’s models. Also offer regular one-day guided tours of the local area.

S-Bikes – another one near Loulé (close to Bikeland),  just off the N125 – has a range of road, MTB and ‘city’ bikes.

Swift Momentum Sports – based near Carvoeiro and run by former pro rider Tomás Swift Metcalfe. SMS rents aluminium race bikes by Portuguese brand Jorbi and carbon bikes from Spanish companies CBK and Coleur. Recommended by other riders, including Kat, who said: “I used them while staying in Sagres and the bike was in tip-top condition. The company is owned by a ex-pro cyclist and he helped me with some routes.”

45 thoughts on “Bike Hire

  1. Hi there, I am planning a cycling trip from Porto to Lisbon in late August and will be needing to rent two road touring bikes. I have contacted a few of your recommended bike hire companies and have run into a common issue: they only deliver/collect the bikes from hotels. We are planning to stay in Airbnbs in the main cities (Porto and Lisbon) and camp along the route. Do you have any recommendations for how to get around this issue?

    • Hi Mai. Sorry I don’t – all the companies I know of need somewhere a courier will go to. I’ve only worked with Cycling Rentals but if that’t their policy I don’t know of alternatives. There are plenty of cheap guesthouses and hotels that are perfectly decent – can you not use them for the start and finish? At the end, if using Cycling Rentals you might be able to deliver the bike direct back to their base at Sintra. Also, do you realise how hot and busy the coast will be in August?!

      • Hi Huw – I spoke too soon! Cycling Rentals responded to us and were very accommodating about finding an alternative solution (i.e., dropping them off with a business partner.) AND yes, we have taken the heat into consideration – we have done tours in similarly warm climates before and found that as long as you start earlier in the day it’s manageable. Cheers and thanks!

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      • Huw I find October very reasonable, of course getting onto the M class roads better and there are plenty that follow the N classified roads …. Example being the road from Lagos – Luz – Burgau along coast. The N268 up to Carrapatiera well worth a trip along from Vila DO Bispo also.

  3. Hi Giles.
    Suggest you contact one of the national hire firms or one based in Porto or Lisbon. I can recommend Cycling Rentals for bike hire but I don’t know about support vehicle and driver – best to ask them direct.
    Best of luck, Huw

  4. Hi You also have swiftmomentumsports based in Carvoeiro. I used them while staying in Sagres last year and the bike was in tip top conditions. The company is owned by a ex-pro cyclist and he helped me with some routes.

  5. Hello,
    I’m trying to find a rental bike store close to Carrapateira but I can not find any. Do you know if i could rent a bike in that area? Thanks in advance!,

  6. hello I would like to know if we can rent bikes from porto and return them in lisbon and how much does it cost on average ?

  7. Excellent service and range of bikes offered by the team at Avalanche. Drop off and collection times were as arranged. Full support kit provided – tube, levers, pump. LP Sensium in perfect condition (it was actually a new bike). Perfect gearing for the hilly terrain of the Algarve. Rui’s advice on the best/safest roads was very much appreciated. I would highly recommend hiring your bike through Avalanche.

    • Great Richard, both their Aluminium (Lappierre) and Carbon (BH) roads bikes are excellent and geared properly for the region, this is where they differ from the bigger rental sites in Algarve IMHO, If you are a road enthusiast Avalanche are the rental company to look at. I will be using them again in October 2016.

      Small request to all guys using this excellent site, please post any Strava/Garmin routes you make for others to see afterwards!

  8. Guys FYI ….. there have been some great route maps recorded for the Volta Ao Algarve 2016 race last week: http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/etapas/etapa-2/ go below elevation and expand map to whole screen to give you an idea of some routes to try away from the coast. Vila Do Bispo up to Aljezur look like a nice route to explore then along to Monique.

  9. Hi I am looking to hire a carbon road bike in August I will be staying in a village close to Peniche. Is there anywhere nearby to hire or would it be easier for me to pack my own?

    Cheers,

    Andrew

    • Hi Andrew. Sorry – I don’t know of any local bike hire firms. I know Cycling Rentals on this page will deliver anywhere – not used Bike Iberia. otherwise BYO might be simplest!

  10. Hello. New in this game, and were thinking about hiring bikes in Porto to go up or down Douro. Sadly I find that its a bit difficult to take bikes on public transportation in the area, definately on train. Does someone have any knowledge about this ??

  11. Huw and fellow Velo fiends …… Algarve an amazing place to cycle …… also would like to say thanks to Rui and all at Avalanche, great bike hire team and great tips on where to go. I have also included Strava maps for those going to area with some comments.

    General advice, stay away from the N125 as much as possible, esp. around coastal boom towns like Albufeira, Vilamoura etc. head inland to the quieter E and M roads. On the whole the quality of the back roads is excellent. Main N roads can be pretty chewed up by coaches/lorries but in a lot of cases they have a tarmac hard shoulder one can use quite safely. (I felt good on the shoulder from Lagos-Vila De Bispo in most cases and rider can judge the traffic volume themselves).

    https://www.strava.com/activities/418635563
    Avalanche bike rentals …. Lagos Luz Bargau Salema 20% leg trembler!
    Explore along the coast from Lagos-Luz and avoiding the N125, note a 500m section of cobbled causeway on this route I was concerned about punctures on 23mm tyres. But worth visit to Salema for the 20% hill!

    https://www.strava.com/activities/417969905
    Barragem da Bravura lakes and mountain circuit
    Wonderful “national park” which is very reminiscent of Colorado, mostly gradual climbing with some big kicks, my favourite days cycling on this holiday.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/417332620
    Cabo de Sao Vicente…..most westerly bike in mainland Europe at 10am
    Mostly used the N125 and hard shoulder was of good quality. A good circuit here could also include heading north from Vila De Bispo to Aljezur on the N268. Then heading East to Marmaelte/Monchique for a 100mi/160km day. Head to Cabo De Sao Vicente as a must and plenty to see. Note trip to Sagres Fort is across a cobbled stone section of pave I avoided this.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/412777206
    Vilamoura Boliqueme and beyond with Stuart and the A team van!
    First day of heading north above Vilamoura, nice climb called Picota up to a radio mast. Nice roads (see final “loop”) that were so good we came back next day.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/413425319
    Paderne Bena Fim Circiuit and Rui Du Rossio
    Great circular route from Paderne, and I would use this location as a start/finish if you have a car you can put bike into. The “main roads” between Tor/Benfim/Alte were very quiet and of excellent quality. Another option is to head to Salir then head to Benfim.

  12. Excellent collation of information Huw, I have subscribed to your feed and I am sending details to other velocentric friends, I have used MegaSport a few times in Villamoura but will be trying a couple of others … might see if Avalanche can deliver to Lagos! Anyone have recommendations of good routes around Lagos would be great to hear!

    • try the country roads route up to Monchique, really tough ride through some great scenery, passing smallholdings along the way from Lagos but a sense of achievement – about 3+hours up and 1.5 hours down !! Keep off the main roads – our route was virtually traffic free.
      Any suggestions on where to hire road bikes which deliver to Lagos ??

      • Most of the hire firms in the Algarve will deliver to wherever you’re staying – some charge, some don’t. (Probably needs to be for more than a couple of days, though!)

      • Hi Dave,

        Been reading this post and saw you made a ride from Lagos to Monchique.

        Will be heading to Lagos next week and would like to make a bit of climbing and Monchique seems a good spot. Do you have any link to a Strava ride I could use as itinerary ?

        Thanks

  13. Lisabikes, http://www.lisabikes.com,, based in Estoi, rents out quality bikes, from road to MTB and touring, for example Specialized Expedition Sport. I have seen their bikes in places like Carrapateira, Raposeira and Salema in Western Algarve. Everybody happy with Lisa! Their website informs: ‘we have many years of cycling experience in the Algarve, and we welcome the opportunity to share this experience and show you the real Algarve.’ Lisa also does guided tours.

  14. Hi Huw, just endorsing Bike Iberia for touring bikes (Cannondale) for those long journeys in Portugal and Spain. They pick up and deliver and their service has been excellent.

  15. Oops, I’ve just seen Bike Iberia listed under National…
    Rcicla also has a vegan café with homemade cakes and locally brewed beer… and no I’m not affiliated, just a customer!

  16. Here are two Lisbon rental shops to start with:
    https://www.facebook.com/rcicla.rentals
    Viktor primarily rents ‘tourist bikes’, comfy ones for a stroll along the river, for €5/day, but he has an Aladdin’s Cave of bike parts, and would be happy to build you up a touring or road bike and rent you that!
    http://www.bikeiberia.com/rentals.html
    They have decent hybrids and mountain bikes, and will deliver them to wherever you are. (see ‘Bicycles’ at http://www.bikeiberia.com/why.html)

  17. For people based in the central area / flying in to Lisbon, there are several hire options in Lisbon. I would have to look in more detail to see what there is in the way of proper touring cycles, but there are several dutch-bike-type hire places, from €5/day at Rcicla near Santos!
    If you would like me to find out more, let me know.

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