Paris Bike Rentals

Vélib’ (freedom) is a large-scale public bicycle sharing system in Paris, France, now expanded to up to over 20,000 bicycles and 1,202 bicycle stations across the French capital and in some surrounding municipalities.

You can pick up a bike at any Vélib' station and return it at any other. Just to make sure you that don't keep it, you'll be required to supply credit-card information before taking a bike, and the bike will sound an alarm if you try to haul it back to Huddersfield or Hackensack.

Take a bike, return it where you like, Vélib’ is a self-service bike system available 24 hours a day, all year round. To access the service, buy a 1-day or a 7-day ticket online or at any Vélib’ station or sign-up for a long-term subscription!

Release a cycle

Go to terminal at a Vélib’ station
Follow on-screen instructions
Select a bike and enter bike number
Wait for the green light and signal and take your bike
The first 30 minutes of each trip are always free of charge

Select a bike, swipe your long-term subscriber card over the card reader and wait for the green light and signal to release your bike. The first 30 minutes of each trip are always free of charge.

Return a cycle

Return your bike to any Velib’ station.

 Push the bike clip as far as possible into the bike post. If necessary, lift the bike up into the saddle at the same time to facilitate parking. An orange, then green light, followed by two successive beeps, confirm that the bike is locked correctly. To make sure your bike has been locked correctly, print a receipt at the station or try to hire another bike.


The service consists of a network of 1,800 stations, available 24 hours a day all year round, and dispatched every 300 meters in Paris and in 30 surrounding cities. Each station is composed of a central terminal and bike posts.

The Terminal

 At the terminal, it is possible to:

- Hire a bike
- Buy a short-term ticket with your bank card (1-day or 7-day ticket)
- Top up your long-term subscription card
- Obtain information about the service
- Check maps
- Check real-time availability of bikes and parking
- Gain 15 extra free minutes if the station is fully occupied in order to return your bike to one of the closest station
- Check your bike has been returned correctly by printing a receipt
- Report a problem by calling the customer service

Bike Posts

Each station is equipped with up to 70 bike posts, depending on the location of the station. Bike posts are equipped with a locking system, luminous indicators, audio signals and a card reader.

 Lights indicate whether the bike is available or not. When returning your bike, wait for the green light, followed by two successive beeps, to make sure your bike is locked correctly. If the bike is not properly in position, the light remains red and a continuous beep is emitted. This means the bike return operation has not been registered by the service. In that case, please contact Allo Vélib’ on xxxxxxxx (Monday-Friday: 8am-10pm / Saturday: 9am-10pm, Sunday: 9am-7pm) to obtain assistance in English.

V+ Stations

Gain 15 extra free minutes each time you return your bike to one of the V+ elevated stations! Make sure you return your bike to a V+ station which is different from the one where you have released your bike otherwise you will not benefit from the 15 extra free minutes.

 Long-term subscribers are able to hold additional time credit for later use. However, additional time credit cannot be assigned to a third party or reimbursed by the Vélib’ service.


Vélib’ bikes are unisex and suitable for all, 14 years and up!

More than 20,000 bikes are available in Paris. Our 160 employees work to ensure customer satisfaction through rigorous maintenance in order to maintain bikes in a safe and roadworthy condition in the face of heavy usage.

Bikes are conceived and improved for your safety and your comfort!

- Simple and quick three gear change
- Non-slip handlebars
- Automatic front and rear lights, operating more efficiently at night
- Reflective strips set up on wheels and pedals
- Front and rear brakes integrated in wheels hubs
- Optimised finger touch bell
- Adjustable cushioned saddle
- Large capacity basket resistant to intensive usage
- Resistant locking system
- Safety instructions on bikes

On-ground Teams

Our on-ground teams go from stations to stations to locate any damaged bikes. Depending on the nature of the problem, they may repair a bike on site, without the bike ever leaving the station! For example, deflated wheel are fixed on site.

Tags: | France | Paris | Traveling | Public Transport | Bike |


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