Vélib’ is a bike rental service, sponsored by the city of Paris, that is widely available to residents and visitors. To subscribe, you can go online and pay with a credit card. A basic subscription (V-PLUS) for anyone under 26 years of age costs 37,20 € for the year or 3,10 € per month. This includes unlimited use of the Velib’ non-electric bikes for every ride under 30 minutes. If a ride exceeds the first free 30 minutes, each additional half-hour costs 1 € on top of your monthly subscription.
Be careful, the “V-PLUS” option is a one year subscription : don’t forget to cancel it at least 1 month before your departure to avoid paying the remaining months. Otherwise you can take the “V-LIBRE” option which is totally free and allows you to pay for your trips individually.
More info on www.velib-metropole.fr
If you do not wish to use Velib’ it is still possible to rent a bike by more traditional means – or buy a used one. Renting a bike for the day will cost about 15-20 €. You will need to leave a security deposit (caution) and/or some kind of identity papers.
You can also rent bikes in the Bois de Boulogne, either near the entrance to the Jardin d’Acclimatation or by the Lac Inférieur. Bicycle rentals are also possible at many SNCF gares. If you plan on visiting another city in France by bike, you might want to call and reserve your rental beforehand.
For more information please visit https://www.sncf.com/en/passenger-offer/before-after-station/bicycle-offer/rent-a-bicycle