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 renting a scooter 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
Wh0 Should I Rent With?
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 #1 ranked scooter rental place 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 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 €25 with the average daily rental price hitting €33.
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 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 deposit using cash or credit that’ll be given back to you at the end of the rental.
Rental prices include:
- Scooter rental
- 1 helmet (additional helmets are extra)
- Accident and theft insurance
Gasoline is not included but you can fill the tank with €5 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 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 it in your language and 24 hours a day for all your needs.
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.
It optimises time. You’ll move way quicker than public transport which means you see more attractions.
If you come by cruise ship it’s the only way you can see everything in half a day (if you have a chauffeur-driven limousine waiting for you at the port that’s another story, Moneybags)
Because you can easily do excursions outside the city and visit things like the incredible Tibidabo.
Because 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!
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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