Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro

Cycling in Rio de Janeiro

A fast and economical way to explore Cidade Maravilhosa—the Marvellous City

Best time: June–September


Rio is a big city full of marvelous neighbourhoods and bicycling is, probably, the fastest way to explore all of it. Especially in winter (June—September) when it's less humid, hot, and rainy a bike is the perfect way of getting around. There is a big network of bike lanes around the city that connect different neighbourhoods, including some famous sights. But probably the most beautiful and popular are the lanes that separate the coastline and the streets. There are lots of options to rent a bike in Rio, and ​most of them are very economical and accessible for anybody. So choose the perfect bicycle and enjoy the breeze and the landscape while doing some exercise.

Practical info

When is the best time to go cycling in Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro is best for cycling from June to September, which is during the winter season when the weather is less humid, hot, and rainy. Temperatures range between 18 to 25°C during this season, making it ideal for cycling. The lower temperatures ensure a comfortable experience, free from excess sweating. Show more

Where can I find the most scenic cycling lanes in Rio de Janeiro?

Cyclists can find the most picture-perfect cycling lanes in Rio de Janeiro, particularly those bordering the coastline and beaches. The picturesque bike routes, running parallel to the stunning waterfronts, adorn Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon neighbourhoods. Traveling along these, you can observe the city's scenic beauty and a well-connected bike network, covering numerous miles. Show more

What are some popular bike rental options in Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro has many bicycle rental options, among which the best known are Bike Rio, Garden Bike Rio, and Rio Bike Rental. They have various types of bikes such as city bikes, road bikes, and electric bikes available to rent at cost-effective prices ranging from R$20 to R$40 per hour. Their multiple locations around the city make it convenient for tourists to rent from them. Show more

How safe is it to go cycling in Rio de Janeiro?

Although you can safely have a cycling experience in Rio de Janeiro, it is crucial to be attentive and take various safety measures. Such measures include always wearing a helmet, locking the bike with a good quality lock, and avoiding isolated or dimly lit areas, especially at night. Additionally, stay within the bike lanes, stay away from heavy traffic during rush hour, and be mindful of unpredictable pedestrians along the beachfront areas. Lastly, avoid carrying valuable items with you. Show more

What are some recommended cycling routes for beginners in Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro has many easy-going cycling routes. The famous 7 km route from Leblon to Leme beach has a lot of scenic spots. It's easy, making it the perfect option for beginners. Moreover, the Rio das Pedras Circuit is another excellent 12 km route for beginner cyclists. The journey begins in Jardim Oceânico subway station, Barra da Tijuca, and passes through a combination of natural and urban setups, providing different pit stops to catch your breath. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin