The list of people asking me how to get around the city with public transport is long, but what about those looking for a little more wind in the hair?
You can’t beat the freedom and flexibility of scooter rental in Barcelona and I’m gonna show you how to do it.
Here you’ll find all the information you need to rent a scooter at trusted company Cooltra from prices, discounts, payment methods, rental restrictions and more.
Discount code: BARCELONAHACKS
A Great Scooter Rental in Barcelona Option
In searching for the best possible Barcelona holiday information over the years I’ve looked high and low, but sometimes the information is right under your nose – in this case, the sheer amount of white scooters with the emblematic blue Cooltra logo cruising around the city.
Not only is it one of the first Barcelona scooter rental places, but it’s found throughout Europe with a fleet of more than 6000 scooters. In Barcelona Cooltra counts 7 pickup and drop off points so no matter where you stay in the city you’ll be a stone’s throw away from your scooter.
It’s also the best rent a scooter place in Barcelona on Tripadvisor.
If you’ve already decided to rent then head straight to Cooltra’s website to make your reservation.
Booking online gives you a 5% discount on the rental, but that’s not it! For being readers of Barcelonahacks you’ll be entitled to a further €10.00 discount inserting the following code at the time of booking:
To apply your code simply select your scooter and click the blue writing “I HAVE A PROMOTIONAL CODE”, and here you’ll be able to insert it. To ensure the code works make sure you write it in CAPITAL LETTERS and click on the ‘+’ found to the side… voila! You’re ready to ride.
Prices and Conditions
There’s hardly a better Barcelona scooter rental option for price-quality ratio. At Cooltra you can get a scooter for as little as €24.70 with the average daily rental price hitting €33.00.
The above prices refer to a standard rental of 50 or 125 cc bikes like the Peugeot Tweet or similar, which will easily get two people around the city.
Definitely do some calculations but if there’s two of you and you rent a scooter for a few days you’ll be surprised just how cheap and convenient this can be. Just make sure you add in the discount code found below.
To rent you’ll need to leave a standard €150.00 deposit for standard scooters (€300.00 Plus/€750.00 Premium, €1500.00 Super Premium) using cash or credit that’ll be given back to you at the end of the rental.
All scooter rental prices include:
- Scooter rental.
- 1 helmet (additional helmets are extra).
- Accident and theft insurance (excess from €500 to €4000)
- Roadside assistance
- Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the rental
Gasoline is not included but you can fill the tank with €5.50 and it’ll allow you to ride 100 km!
Above all else because the experience is professional and hassle-free. After showing up at the the Via Laietana location I was in and out in a matter of minutes after speaking with a couple of courteous workers – in English of course.
It was only natural to head down to the beach as the first stop. From there it was up Calle Marina 10 minutes to get to La Sagrada Familia. I then took a ride to Passeig de Gracia with its famous shops and twin architectural wonders of Casa Batllo and Casa Mila.
Simply put, when renting a scooter in Barcelona you can cover a lot of ground in just a few hours. The bike itself didn’t give me any problems, was lightweight and maneuverable, and perfect for getting around the city.
They’ll Deliver the Bike
One thing that really stands out for Cooltra is the convenience: in fact they’ll deliver the bike to you if your hotel or hostel (or any arranged pickup point) is within a 20 km radius of the purchase point.
There’s 24 Hour Support
Again, not only is the customer service at Cooltra second to none, but you’ll get support in English and 24 hours a day for all your needs across three different mediums.
Phone: +34 93 706 6912
Whatsapp: +34 692 920 994
A Barcelona Scooter with GPS
If you’re a bit nervous about your navigation skills there’s a great one day scooter rental that’ll give you GPS plus 4 different pre-configured tours allowing you to see Barcelona’s top attractions in no time.
Not looking for structure? You’re free to shut it off and ride free.
This service through industry leader Vesping includes: a Vespa, GPS, a full tank, 2 helmets, and insurance.
Scooter rentals with GPS start at just 65 euros a day and are picked up near Sagrada Familia.
Thanks to my agreement with Vesping my readers get an exclusive 10% discount off their rental using the code BARCELONAHACKS – simply click on this link to go to the official rental website for more info.
Yego Scooter Sharing
Looking for a scooter with minimal environmental impact and no time commitment?
Then the stylish Yego electric scooter rental app is for you.
We’re talking about a local scooter sharing service that rents by the minute with over 300 scooters in the city – allowing you to pick them up and set them down anywhere in the city.
It’s super convenient – you even turn them on with your phone!
How does Yego work?
If you’ve decided to go Yego then the first thing to do is sign up following this link.
If you sign up using the link above or in inserting my code (below) after downloading the app you’ll get 15 minutes of free riding from the get go – no need to purchase anything!
Here’s are the step by step instructions:
- Sign up for free using my link
- Insert the code UZ4CDYSVYJ for 15 free minutes if asked
- You’ll be asked to insert some credit card info (no purchase necessary)
- Download the app for either Android or iOS
- Register with a piece of ID and an EU or international driver’s license
- Await approval of the account (can take a couple hours, do this before arriving)
- Locate the scooter nearest you using the map function in the app
- Book the scooter by clicking on it
- Approach the scooter and press the ‘unlock’ button in the app
- Open the helmet case and put your helmet on (mandatory)
- Click ‘start engine’ in the app and you’re off!
- When you’ve arrived, put the helmet back and click ‘stop engine’
Yego Prices and Conditions of Use
This is probably the most affordable Barcelona scooter sharing apps at 25 cents a minute.
To give you an idea, if you’ve got a hotel or hostel in the Gracia district and need to get super central to Plaça Catalunya it’ll take you about 8-9 minutes for the trip – about the same price as the metro.
The driveable area for Yego in the city includes all of the city centre and major itinerary spots.
With registration you’re given full insurance.
Why Rent a Scooter in Barcelona?
Because mother nature says so. Barcelona, owing to its hot climate and dry pavement has the highest scooter usage in Europe. There’s nothing like that cool air blowing in your face on a hot day.
It optimises time. With Cooltra you move quicker than public transport and you see more attractions.
If you come by cruise ship it’s the only way to see everything in half a day outside of having a limousine waiting for you at the port. The Port Vell or Via Laietana pick up points are super close to the docks.
In the end style matters. A Barcelona scooter rental is a unique experience, offers much more freedom than public transport, and is a great photo opportunity!
Most of all it’s easy, just like riding a bicycle.
Trust me, I’m Canadian. If I can do it so can you.
Can I rent a 50 cc or 125 cc with a regular driver’s license?
Can I drive my scooter outside of Barcelona?
Yes, you can take it anywhere within a 100 km radius.
Can two people ride at a time?
Do I need to leave a deposit when renting a scooter in Barcelona?
Yes, you’ll need to leave at €150.00 deposit for most basic models.
Do I need a credit card?
No, you can pay with prepaid cards or in cash.
Is Cooltra trustable?
It’s the highest rated Barcelona scooter rental place on Tripadvisor so I’d say yes 😉
Can I leave it parked in the street overnight?
Can I park wherever I want?
No, only in designated scooter parking zones and sidewalks wider than 3 meters (unless otherwise specified.)
What happens if I get fined?
You’ll have to pay it yourself 😉 In the event the fine gets sent to Cooltra it’ll be applied to your bill. In general I suggest you obey traffic laws!
Is insurance included?
Yes, be it theft or accident insurance.
Are there any limits on kilometers?
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