Bicing: Barcelona public bicycle service

Updated 10/2021

Subscription to the public transport system for individuals by bicycle

Vocabulary
  • What do you need to know?
  • What do you need to do?

The ANNUAL FEE is 50 euros (flat rate) or 35 euros (occasional use).

IT EXPIRES after 1 YEAR

It can be applied for at ANY TIME​

It can be processed IN PERSON​ or ONLINE

What is it?

It is a public transport system based on the shared use of bicycles which are made available to the public for making journeys within the city of Barcelona.

Important information

It is a simple, practical and sustainable service which can be used as a means of transport to get from one place to another and is an ideal complement to the city’s traditional public transport for making short daily journeys.

Subscription gives the user the right to use the bicycles for 30 minutes for each journey, as many times as are necessary on the same day. If you exceed 30 minutes, you have to pay for the time spent, up to a maximum of 2 hours per trip.

There are traditional bicycles and electric bicycles.

When you register for the service you receive a subscriber’s card.

You can use the link to the official Bicing website (available in Catalan and Spanish).

Who does it apply to?

It is aimed at anyone over 16 years of age.

Who should apply for it?

The application can be submitted by:

  • People of legal age.
  • 16 and 17 year-old minors who have an authorisation signed by their mother, father or legal guardian.
What requirements must be met?
  • Having an identity document accepted in Spain (DNI, passport or identity number for foreign nationals).
  • Being over 16 years of age.
  • In the case of those who are 16 or 17 years of age, an authorisation signed by their mother, father or legal guardian is an essential requirement for registration.
Which body is responsible for the formality?

Ecology, Planning and Mobility (Barcelona City Council) 

What advice and suggestions could help you?
  • In order to use the service, once you receive the card you need to activate it over the website.
  • Bicing is not a public system for hiring bicycles for tourist or recreational use. Therefore, if you want to hire a bicycle to do a tourist route around Barcelona or go on a long trip, you need to look for other alternatives.
  • The service operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. 
  • When making your journeys, it is advisable always to use the bicycle lanes or the areas provided for bicycle transit where possible.
What other linked formalities should you know about?

If you wish to subscribe to Bicing, you need to get an identification number beforehand, which, depending on the case, can be acquired through:

What do you need to do?

Online
In person

What steps should you take to apply for registration with Bicing?

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Fill in the registration form

You need to access the Smou user area from the website or app and register. Once you have accessed it, you will need to go to the “Services” section and click on “Activate Bicing”: choose your rate, enter your data and follow the steps for paying. 

You have two rates available to you for subscribing to service: Flat Rate if you expect you are going to use it fairly often during the year or the Pay Per Use (occasional) rate if you will be using it once in a while. 

  • Flat rate: 50 euros/year  
  • Occasional-use rate: 35 euros/year  

Once you have paid, you will receive an e-mail confirming registration.

Next
You will receive your welcome pack by post

You will receive the welcome pack for the service, including your subscriber’s card, approximately 10 working days after making the application. If this time passes and you have not received it, call the freephone number 900 315 531.

Once you have got the card, access the Smou area again from the website and activate it in the “Activate card” section, within Bicing in the “Services” section. 

Until you receive your card, you can use the Smou app to use bicycles from our new Bicing service. 

 

What steps should you take to apply for registration with Bicing?

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Fill in the registration form

The BSM Citizen Help Points (c. Calàbria, 66 and Bus Station Barcelona Nord: c. Ali Bei, 80) will only be carrying out in-person procedures with a prior appointment. You can book a time and day by calling 93 887 50 34 and selecting the book appointment option.

Hand over all the documentation required to subscribe to the service.

Documentation
If you are of legal age
  • Original or photocopy of your DNI or identity number for foreign nationals (NIE).
  • Bank card compatible with the secure Internet shopping protocol.
If you are 16 or 17 years of age
  • Original or photocopy of the DNI or identity number for foreign nationals (NIE) of the minor and the legal guardian making the registration.
  • Original or photocopy of the family book or birth certificate where the legal guardians’ and minor’s details appear.
  • Authorisation signed by the mother, father or legal guardian.
  • Bank card compatible with the secure Internet shopping protocol.
  • Conditions for use of the service, signed by the legal guardian.
Next
You will receive your welcome pack by post

You will receive the welcome pack for the service, including your subscriber’s card, approximately 10 working days after making the application. If this time passes and you have not received it, call the freephone number 900 315 531.

Once you have got the card, access the Smou area again from the website and activate it in the “Activate card” section, within Bicing in the “Services” section. 

Until you receive your card, you can use the Smou app to use bicycles from our new Bicing service.