Amsterdam is one of the popular tourist destinations in the Netherlands and the best way to explore the city is to do it like a local and ride a bike. Amsterdam boasts some of the best cycle paths in the world and is probably the most bike friendly city ever built.
There are numerous bike shops where you can hire city bikes, but finding a place where you can rent an ebike is a little more complicated. Typically, bike shops require a larger deposit for eBikes (which are called ‘elektrische fiets’ in Dutch) and in some bike shops you need to call ahead and reserve an electric bike beforehand.
Luckily for you, we’ve done all the research so that you don’t have to. We’ve contacted every single bike rental shop in Amsterdam to find out if they rent electric bikes, for what price, and under what conditions. Below you’ll find each of the bike rental shops that offer ebikes with a short description of the store, what kind of ebikes they offer for rental, how much you’ll have to pay, and what terms and conditions apply.
1. Het Zwarte Fietsenplan (Black Bikes) | Price Per Day: $$$
Shop Description: The Zwarte Fietsplan (Black Bikes in English) is one of the largest bike shops in the Netherlands, with more than 16 locations across the county and 8 different shops in Amsterdam where the company was founded. The shop offers bike repairs, sales, and rental. They have a wide selection of eBikes for sale and also stock electric cargo bikes, known a ‘elektrische bakfiets’ in Dutch.
To rent an ebike from Black Bikes you need to visit their store near Frederiksplein. Unfortunately, unlike with regular bicycles, you can’t pick up and drop off an bike at any of their stores. You need to collect the bike from the store and then return it to the same store when you’re finished.
Due to the higher value of an ebike, the company requires a credit card with a €500 authorisation as a deposit incase you fail to return the bike. Insurance against theft and damage, provided you follow the rules in your plan, such as ensuring the bike is properly locked each time you leave it alone, is provided in the basic cost of the rental.
eBike Rental Plan at Black Bikes Amsterdam:
Where is the Black Bikes eBike Rental Point?
2. Mac Bikes | Price Per Day: $$
Mac Bikes has existed since 1988 and were among the first bike shops to offer tourist bike rentals in Amsterdam. Today they receive around 150,000 visitors to their shops every year.
Mac Bikes has four bike rental points all located in the centre of Amsterdam. Only one of their shops rents ebikes and it’s conveniently located on the eastern edge of Amsterdam central station. You can hop off the train from Schipol airport and walk 2 minutes through the station and you’ll find yourself at the Mac Bike rental station.
eBike Rental Plan at Mac Bike Amsterdam:
|Insurance Per Day||€7|
Where is the Mac Bike eBike Rental Point?
Address: Oosterdokskade 63A, 1011 DL Amsterdam
Business Hours: Daily from: 09:00 – 18:00
Telephone Number: 0031 (0)20 811 51 10
3. A-Bike Rental | Price Per Day: $$$
A-Bike Rental and Tours, as the name suggests, specialise in providing bikes and organising tours for tourists. At first glance their prices for ebike rentals seem relatively affordable as they are advertised as being available for between 20 to 30 euros per day. However, once you arrive at the booking form on their website you’ll find that with insurance (which is advertised as recommended but is actually mandatory) the price is similar to that of Black Bikes, at €38.95 per day. On top of the base price, you will be expected to leave €150 in cash as a deposit.
They also offer various accessories to your ebike, including a helmet, basket, panniers, phone holder, and trailer, each costing between €1 and 0.50 cents extra per hour.
eBike Rental Plan at A-Bike Amsterdam:
Where is the A-Bike eBike Rental Point?
Address: A-Bike Vondelpark, Tesselschadestraat 1-E, 1054 ET Amsterdam
Business Hours: Open daily from: 09:00 – 18:00
Telephone Number: +31202100165
Riding an eBike in Amsterdam
You’ll love riding an ebike in Amsterdam. It truly is the city of the bike. Bike lanes are clearly marked throughout the city and, if in doubt, bikes take precedence over cars (and if you ask the locals, bikes take precedence over pedestrians too!).
With an ebike you’ll have no trouble getting around the entire city and, what’s more, you’ll be able to explore the beautiful, unique countryside that surrounds Amsterdam with ease.
In Amsterdam, the locals will be out cycling whatever the weather, as the picture on the left testifies! However, we don’t advise that you try cycling with an umbrella. Amsterdam is notoriously windy (as is the whole of the Netherlands) and a single strong gust can send an inexperienced umbrella cyclist toppling to the ground! You’ve been warned.
As you tour the city you’ll notice the presence of thousands of ebikes. The Netherlands, and Amsterdam in particular, is one of the largest ebike markets in the world. Their popularity has skyrocketed in the last few years and now you see everyone from young children, busy mothers, suited and booted office types, and old-aged pensioners enjoying and making use of electric bikes all over the city.