Xian Bicycle, Public Bike Rental Service

Xian Bicycle Rental

Cycling is an attractive traveling method in Xian. In this way, people are able to find the real life scene of the locals and get into every corner of the city easily. Some youth hostels and hotels in Xian offer bike rental service to their guests. There are also many dockless sharing bikes densely distributed in the city. Apart from that, the public bike rental system now is very common in the city. In the downtown area, the streets and roads are flat for bicycle riding, but it is still advised to be careful of the fast city-buses, taxis and private cars. In any case, do keep riding on the right!

There are a great many public bicycle rental sites, scattering in almost all districts, including Yanta, Beilin, Lianhu, Weiyang, Xincheng and Gaoxin. 20-40 bikes are equipped at each site. Their service hours are from 06:30 to 21:00. After 21:00, one can only return a bike and the rental will be refused.
Take a bicyle in Xian
Rental Bicyle in Xian
Cycling on Xian City Wall
Cycling on Xian City Wall

Rental Fare:

Free for the first hour;
CNY1 between 1 and 2 hours;
CNY2 between 2 and 3 hours;
If the rental duration is longer than 3 hours, CNY3 is charged for each extra hour and the maximum cost is CNY30 for the first all-day rental. For example, if a bike is rented for 5 hours, the cost should be 0+1+2+3+3=CNY9.
 Note: If the public bike is not returned within 24 hours, multiples of CNY30 will be charged. Here is the rule: between 24 hours and 48 hours, it charges 30×2+30=CNY90; between 48 hours and 72 hours, the charge is 60×2+90=CNY210.

Any person between 16 and 70 years old (70 excluded) can rent a bike. To get the service, one needs first to have a Public Transportation Card (also IC Card, Chang An Tong or Yi Ka Tong) and then activate the bicycle rental function of the card at the specific sites, where the ID card or passport as well as a Public Transportation Card with the balance of no less than CNY10 should be presented and CNY300 refundable guarantee deposit should be paid on the spot. Also it is required to fill in an application form.

Sites to activate the Public Transportation Card for your reference:

 Public Bicycle Company Service Center: in the northeast of the intersection of Fengcheng 2nd Road and Weiyang Road.

 Public Transportation Card Service Centers:
1. The Sixth Public Bus Company on Zhuhong Road (at the gate of the west area)
2. In the west of the China Construction Bank, Pan Jia Cun, the east section of Daqing Road;
3. No. 168, South Hanguang Road (to the south of China Construction Bank in the southwest corner of the crossroad of Ji Xiang Cun)
4. No. 307, Middle Xianning Road (to the east of China Construction Bank in the northeast corner of the intersection of South Jinhua Road and Xianning Road)
5. No. 183, West Chang’an Street, Chang’an District (next to the Postal Savings Bank)
6. In the west of the square of the East Long-distance Bus Station (Fangzhicheng Bus Station), close to exit A of Fangzhicheng Subway Station.

 IC Card Service Centers of the Public Bus Companies:
1. At the gate of the Second Public Bus Company, 110 yards (100 meters) north from the intersection of Wanshou Road and Changle Road;
2. At the gate of the Third Public Bus Company, in the south of the intersection of Wanshou Road and Xianning Road;
3. About 55 yards (50 meters) south from the gate of the Fifth Public Bus Company on South Taibai Road;

Besides the sites above, some branches of the Bank of China and the Bank of Xian also offer the activating service.

 Hotline for any information about the public bike rental: 965318 (06:30 – 00:00)

Cycling on City Wall

Apart from cycling in/around the city, riding bikes on the City Wall of Xian is a strong recommendation. In this way, you can have a general sightseeing of the ancient city in around two hours. The recommended cycling route is South Gate (the main gate to climb onto the wall) – West Gate – North Gate – East Gate – South Gate. It is not allowed to take your own bicycle on the wall, but both single and tandem bicycles can be rented at a reasonable price.

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