Riding a bike in Ljubljana is my favorite way of cruising around our city.
It’s fun, cheap and safe, especially in the old city center which is reserved for pedestrians and cyclists.
If you’re a fan of cycling and would like to explore the city on a bicycle, there are many Ljubljana bike rental services. One rent-a-bike option stands out, though.
This is how Bicikelj bike looks like. The seat can be easily adjusted and the basket is big and convenient for carrying personal items or a shopping bag.
Because it’s an incredibly simple system once you’ve gone past the registration. You can hop on a bike any time you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and (with an annual subscription) all 365 days in a year.
There are 32 Bicikelj stations around Ljubljana (and counting) so there’ll always be one station near you when you need a bike or when you want to return it.
But while riding a Bicikelj bike is really simple and fun, opening your account, which is required for all users, is a little bit complicated.
Many visitors who come to Ljubljana see rental bikes parked on the street and they want to ride one immediately. They go to the terminal to register but they can’t. There are no instructions there how to open a Bicikelj account and where.
So I put together a few simple step-by-step instructions and you’ll be able to register online in no time. But before you do that, it’s a good thing to know which subscription is best for you and what’s the cost of renting a BicikeLJ bike…
If you are coming to Ljubljana for just a few days the weekly subscription is better. Why? Because registration is easier and faster, you don’t need a Urbana card (Ljubljana city card), and no communication with BicikeLJ call center is needed.
To get in you just need an email address and a credit card. (Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted).
The subscription expires in 7 days but you can easily renew it for another week if you wish so.
Imagine you step out of Ljubljana central station and simply hop on the BicikeLJ bike parked outside the main entrance!
If you are staying in Ljubljana for a longer time or if you actually live in Ljubljana then the annual subscription is best for you.
It’s free if you return the bike within one hour. For the second hour you will be charged 1 euro, for the third hour 2 euros and for the fourth and every further hour 4 euros.
If you do this, the only cost of renting a Bicikelj bike will be the subscription fee. Which is €1 for the weekly subscription and €3 for the annual subscription. That’s it, that’s all!
Ok, so let’s now see how to register for the use of Bicikelj rental bike in Ljubljana…
Are you ready now to do some Ljubljana exploring on a bike? Great, go to your nearest Bicikelj station…
If you have an annual subscription only the first step is different. Swipe your Urbana card over the orange reader and continue with the Step 2 (PIN number).
Just before the 60 minutes ends you may want to “park” your bike to avoid the extra cost. You can return the bike at any Bicikelj station. (If there are no free stands at that station, you’ll get 15 minutes of free extra time — just swipe your Urbana card or enter your Subscriber number.)
In an unlikely event that the bike doesn’t lock properly — if you don’t see a green light on the stand or if you have any other difficulties, call Bicikelj’s toll free number 080 23 34 from 6am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 7am to 8pm weekends and holidays.
It can happen from time to time that there are no Bicikelj bikes available on a certain station or, right the opposite, that all stands are occupied, which makes it impossible to return the bike.
This can be unpleasant, especially for returning the bike, because you have to find another station with vacant stands and you may not have a desire or time to do it.
There is an elegant solution to this — a Bicikelj App (developed by LTFE Ljubljana) which helps navigate you to the nearest Bicikelj station and, more importantly, display on your device the current number of bikes and free docs on that station. In real time.