There are plenty of ways to get around Lisbon, including the very iconic wooden trams, but one of the most fun ways to get from A to B in Lisbon is by scooter. You can rent just about every type of scooter in Lisbon from electric “push scooters” (see below), to 50cc and 125 cc bikes, and even bigger motorbikes like Harley Davidsons.
As fun as it may seem, though, Lisbon isn’t the best city for beginners. Portuguese drivers can be very unforgiving (and bad drivers themselves), the roads are hilly and bumpy, and you’ll not only have to compete with other drivers but trams and buses as well. If you want to learn, the Algarve or other rural parts of Portugal are going to be a lot more suitable.
If you are a confident driver, though, Lisbon is a fun city to scoot around. Scooters and motorbikes are also much easier to park than cars and, if you take your bike out of the city, there are some truly beautiful roads (admittedly with some potholes) in Portugal for you to explore.
Lisbon scooter hire options
There are many motorbike and scooter rental companies in Lisbon, and it can be hard to know which one to choose. Thankfully, there are also a handful of comparison sites that allow you to compare all of these different scooter rental companies in one go.
Rental Motor Bike
RentalMotorbike.com is probably the best of the two main motorbike and scooter rental comparison websites as it has several very useful features including:
- It allows you to filter by CC (50 CC, 125 CC, etc.)
- it allows you to filter by brand (Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, Yamaha, etc.)
- It allows you to filter the different types of bike (trail, scooter, sport, touring, etc.)
As well as these features, you can also easily compare prices, see whether the bike comes with limited or unlimited mileage, and see supplier ratings.
BikesBooking.com is similar to RentalMotorBike. It has a much nicer design, but unfortunately doesn’t have a few of the filters that make RentalMotorBike.com so useful. It does have a few of its own benefits, however:
- You can see the name of the supplier (e.g. LXRent, French Connection, etc.)
If you just want a scooter for getting around the city and having a bit of fun, it’s worth taking a look at eCooltra. ECooltra is an app-based electric scooter sharing service that has 50cc scooters located all over the city – simply sign up with the app, and you can use any of them.
As these are electric bikes, they’re only really designed for going around the city: even full charged, the bikes don’t go much further than 50 or 60 km. That doesn’t really matter anyway, as you can only use the bike within the designated city limits (see the map on eCooltra’s website).
If you want to give eCooltra a try, simply download the app and using the discount code tkdgp to get 30 free minutes.
Electric “push scooters”
There are different types of scooters: there are motorbike-style scooters and there are electric push scooters.
These dockless electric push scooters, available through companies like Lime, UFO Scooters, and Hive, are available throughout Lisbon. Simply download the app, and you’ll be able to see where your nearest scooter is (and how much battery it has left).
These scooters work well on tarmac, and you can easily get up to speeds of around 27 or 28 km/h on a flat tarmacked surface. Unfortunately, with the exception of areas like Cais do Sodré and Parque das Nações, most of Lisbon’s isn’t tarmacked: it’s cobbled. While it is possible to take the scooters on cobbled streets, it is definitely very jiggly. If you get a nice stretch of flat, though, it’s definitely a fun way to get around.
If you want to give Lime a try, simply download the app and using the discount code R36C771 to get €3 in free credit.
Hive is also offering free rides with the code: 6YzhsaDK.