FREE biking in Buenos Aires

Foreigners in Buenos Aires should definitely take advantage of this little-known public service.

All around the city, you can see people on these yellow bikes, and yellow stations with bikes lined up in front of it. This is the city’s free “Eco Bici”/”Mejor en Bici”(“Better with bicycle”) program, available to locals and foreigners alike.

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To rent a bicycle is very simple, as a foreigner, and no credit card is required!

  • Prepare the following things: Your passport, and a photocopy of the page on your passport with your information, and the page on your passport with your entry stamp to Argentina.
  • Go to one of the yellow stations (Here is the map of the stations with availability – accuracy of availability is unconfirmed), and the bike attendant will register you.
  • You will be asked to select a PIN that you will need to give every time you rent out a bike. Why not select something simple, like 1234.
  • Pick your bike, inform the attendant of the bike number (located at the rear of the bike), and off you go!
  • You can keep your bike for an hour. If you wish to keep it for longer, just find the nearest station and inform them that you want to keep it for another hour. Keep in mind that if someone is waiting for a bike, you have to yield to them.
  • You can ask the bike attendant for a map of all the stations and the bike lanes. Here is the electronic copy. Unfortunately, not all parts of the city have protected bike lanes, in fact since it is still under construction, in some areas the bike lane ends and you have to ride on the street. So be careful! Some areas between Congreso and Plaza de Mayo, for example, have single lane bike lanes. The good news is that the city is still expanding the lanes so hopefully in a couple years it will be a robust network.
  • After the register, you don’t need to bring your passport with you anymore to take out a bike. You just need to give them your ID number (passport number) and your PIN to take a bike out.
  • Bike stations are open till 8PM (last bike can be taken out 40 minutes before closing I think) on days of the week, and 3pm on Saturday. Sundays are closed.
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Happy Cycling!!

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  1. Wow this is such an ingenious idea! It totally won’t work here in South Africa because the bikes will vanish in point 00003 of a second never to be seen again.

    1. Haha yes, I think they really should make people put a deposit with their credit card … the program is pretty new, I think it started last year, so we’ll see how it works out in the long run!

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