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Cycling in Lisbon

A fun, easy, and fast way to explore the city’s highlights

Best time: all year round


Historic sights, picturesque viewpoints, and various attractions are on every corner in Lisbon. It is possible to explore the city inch by inch on foot, but riding a bike is a much more convenient and faster way. Rentals are scattered through out the city so that visitors can easily lease a bike for a few hours or days.

An electric bike or e-bike makes sightseeing even easier: 2-3 hours would be enough to explore all the hills of the city and to visit all the main panoramic spots. E-bikes can be rented in special stations around the city. It is also possible to book a guided tour to discover all the nuances of Lisbon.

Bike tours in Lisbon

The Historic Lisbon guided tour is a must-do for any cycling enthusiast. The three-hour trip showcases the city's main architectural landmarks and secret nooks, which are usually missed by tourist crowds. Lisbon Hills tour is another popular option for e-bikes thanks to its stunning views. You will see Sé de Lisboa Cathedral, the National Pantheon, and São Vicente Monastery from unusual angles and have a chance to explore Alfama, Chiado, and Bairro Alto neighborhoods.

If you prefer to cycle in the natural setting, Sintra-Cascais Nature Reserve is a great option to take a break from the city and enjoy beautiful landscapes. Expect to pay around $40 for a tour. You can find quite a few rentals and tour operators at Ribeira das Naus, a river beach and one of Lisbon’s best biking destinations.

Practical info

When is the best time to go cycling in Lisbon?

Cycling can be enjoyed in Lisbon throughout the year although the best time will depend on personal preference. Spring and autumn are often considered the best seasons as they have mild temperatures and sunny weather. However, summers can be hot, and winters may be rainy and unsuited to cycling. Show more

Where can I hire electric bikes in Lisbon?

Various rental locations across Lisbon offer traditional and electric bikes, including Gira, a bike-sharing service with stations operating 24/7 throughout the city. Lisbon Bike Rentals is another viable option with two locations situated near the city center. Show more

What are the main highlights of the Historic Lisbon guided bike tour?

The three-hour guided bike tour takes tourists through the iconic sites of Alfama, Baixa, and Bairro Alto, including must-see landmarks such as the National Pantheon, Lisbon Cathedral, and São Vicente Monastery. Additionally, tourists will visit Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Castelo de São Jorge viewpoint to marvel at Lisbon's breathtaking views. Show more

How much does it cost to rent a bike or book a guided tour in Lisbon?

Bike rentals in Lisbon are affordable, beginning from as low as €5 per hour or €15 per day for regular bikes. E-bikes may cost slightly more, at approximately €15 per hour and €35 per day. Guided tours are an economical option, where prices range between €25-€50 for group tours, depending on tour duration and bike type. Show more

Which are the best natural settings to go cycling near Lisbon?

Sintra-Cascais Nature Reserve is an excellent place to go cycling near Lisbon. With various trails available, it's a beautiful natural park for cycling enthusiasts. Ulgueira, Praia das Maçãs, and Cabo da Roca are some of the scenic spots cyclists will encounter on this five to six-hour guided tour costing approximately €40-50. The guided tour package typically includes bike rental and transport to Sintra-Cascais Natural Park Show more

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