How to rent a bicycle from a bike shop or an app for an hour, a day, or even a month.
Have an old bike? Small bike? No bike? Trying to tackle a few hundred kilometers of grueling Korea asphalt. This guide will help you find a bike shop in Korea so you can grab a set of wheels too rely on.
Bicycle rental options abound in Korea. Rent a city bike at a local riverside park for an hour. Take a hybrid out for a spin till sundown. Borrow a road bike for a fortnight. Let’s explore the options!
Short Term Rental:
If you’re not looking to traverse the endless bends of the 4 Rivers path, check out the hourly rental options.
Like every major metropolitan city in the world, Seoul offers city bike rentals. You can rent a bike from any one of their automated terminals around Seoul.
These commuter bikes rent for ₩1,000 per hour for the first two hours. You’ll pay ₩1,000 for every additional thirty minutes. Pay by credit card or mobile payment.
Bike Seoul lets you return your rental to any terminal. The onboard computer will even tell you how far you rode and how many calories you burned.
Bike Rental in Parks:
Many city parks around Korea offer hourly bicycle rentals. In Seoul, you can get a higher quality bike. Smaller cities usually have bikes best suited for an hour jaunt.
Hangang Park rental prices:
- Standard bikes: — 1st hr: ₩3,000; Add. 15 mins: ₩500
- High-end bikes: — 1st hr: ₩6,000; Add. 15 mins: ₩1,000
- Tandem bikes — 1st hr: ₩5,000; Add. 15 mins: ₩1,000
Nakdong River rental prices:
- Bikes for Adults: — 1st hr: ₩3,000; Add. 15 mins: ₩500
- Bikes for Children: — 1st hr: ₩3,000; Add. 15 mins: ₩500
- Tandem bikes — 1st hr: ₩6,000; Add. 15 mins: ₩1,000
The cross-country start/finish line in Busan, Eulsukdo Park, offers free bicycle rentals.
Please bring a photo ID when renting. They will hold onto it until you return the bike.
Long Term Rental:
If you’re looking for a bike to take on the hills and mountains of a cross-country path, you have plenty of options.
You can rent from a Korea bike shop that will provide you with a full kit and valuable tips. You can also download Korea’s AirBnB bike app and rent directly from a person or store.
Bike Nara (Seoul)
Bike Nara is a popular bike shop in Korea. They offer every type of bike for rent. You can rent for a day or borrow a road bike for a cross-country journey. (‘Nara’ means ‘country‘ in Hangul; 자전거 나라.)
Because Bike Nara is a Giant retail store, they have a wide variety of good quality, affordable options. From hybrid to carbon road bikes, rates per day range from ￦20,000 to ￦30,000.
If you want an extended day trip around Seoul, you can easily grab a set of wheels and zoom the nearby Han River bike paths. Just take the Seoul subway’s Line 2 or Line 6. Get off at Hapjeong Station (Exit 5).
- Rental Fee: ￦120,000 ~ ￦150,000 (depending the bike you choosebicycle)
- Optional Pannier: ￦20,000
- Optional GPS Bicycle Tracker: ￦20,000
Bike Nara also will also give tons of helpful tips for your journey. You can even drop your luggage in their shop when your off tackling 4 Rivers path.
서울특별시 마포구 양화로 50 1층
(1st floor, 50, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
Hours: Wed ~ Mon, 09:30 ~ 21:00
Caliber Bike (Busan)
Calibur Bike is a retail Korea bike shop in Busan. They provide long-term rental options. Depending on availability, they offer Specialize, Trek, Merida, Focus, and Swift models.
Their friendly staff speaks English. Please call, or visit their store for more information about pricing and rental terms.
부산 부산진구 가야대로 471
(1st floor, 471, Gayadae-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan)
Contact: Jeong Jay Hun (정재훈)
Hours: Mon ~ Fri, 10:30 ~ 08:30
If you happen to find yourself on Jeju Island and looking for a bike adventure, check out Bike Trip. They have quality, reliable bikes that’ll help you swing by every beach on the island.
Bike Trips offers various levels of MTBs, road bikes, and even E-bikes. From ￦24,000 to ￦39,000 per day, you can choose the best option for your goals.
Bike Trip also offers pickup and delivery options for an additional ￦20,000 (￦25,000 peak season). They’ll bring the bike to you, or pick it up at your finish line.
However, their shop is about 750 meters from Jeju International Airport. A bus or taxi might save you from the brutal 12-minute walk.
제주특별자치도 제주시 용문로 26-3
(26-3, Yongmun-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
Hours: 9:00 ~ 19:00
Lycle App (리이클)
The Lycle bike renting app is Korea’s Airbnb for bikes. You can register with your email and find bicycles of all shapes and sizes for rent. The bikes can come from retail stores, renting shops, or individual people.
The renters set their own rates based on bike type and the rental duration. You can check each bike’s stats and sizes in the app too.
You’ll find three main buttons on the Lycle App.
The first button (delivery truck; 정기구독) will show you bicycles available for direct delivery.
The second button (calendar icon; 정구독) brings you to a map that shows all of the long-term renters. Currently, they are clustered in Seoul. But you can find a few more renters in Busan and Incheon.
The third button (bicycle icon; 단기대여) shows a map of short-term renters. You’ll find all manner of renting options, including city parks, individual renters, and bike shops.
Currently, the app is Korean language only. The language barrier may be too much for non-Korean speakers. However, the app is well designed. You might manage to squeeze through by taking screenshots and translating the in Google Translate.