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Bike Through Paris With Velib Bikes

Velib Bikes Docked At Their Station, Paris
Bikes lined up at a Velib station in downtown Paris

You’ve probably seen it before, bicycles for rent from a machine, randomly setup around a city. It’s not unique to Paris, but its a cheap, quick, and cool way to find your way around the city. You’ll need to buy a ticket for the day for 1€, then trips less than 30 minutes are free, the next half hour is 1€, the following half hour is 2€, and from then on it costs 4€ per 30 minutes. You’re then free to bike through Paris for as long as you like, and drop it off at any other station when you’re done. Be warned that if your credit card doesn’t use the chip and pin system, you won’t be able to use it for Velib.

Some of the bikes are a bit jenky, so check them beforehand, make sure the brakes work, the tires are inflated, etc. They come with a lock, so no worries if you need to set them down for a few minutes. Apparently you’e never more than 300m from a station, so you can always drop it off and pick it up again when you’re done to save on cost.

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