Electric scooter rental in Paris is a great way to get around – Like most major cities, the traffic in Paris can be chaotic – to say the least!
In recent years many companies have found a market in renting electric scooters out to both tourists and commuters and in this post, we’ll be explaining everything you need to know when it comes to renting electric scooters when in Paris.
Paris Scooter Rental Companies
These are Paris scooter rental companies you should look for when in the city;
In our opinion, Lime Scooters and Bird Scooters are the best Paris electric scooter rental companies. You’ll spot these little green scooters all over the place.
$3 Free – Sign Up To LIME Scooters Using Cost: REP4DGU
Simply download the application onto your smartphone device and enable GPS to find the scooter closest to you.
You can see the battery level of each scooter to ensure you’re getting one that’s going to get you to your destination before losing charge.
In our opinion, one of the big downsides to using Lime Scooters over other electric scooter rentals in Paris is the fact you’ve to ‘top-up’ your account instead of paying as you go.
Topping up isn’t as much a problem for regular users/commuters of the service however if you’re visiting and planning on using the scooters for just a short period of time then you might find yourself unable to use all of the credit you have.
Lime Scooters are 1 to unlock and €0.15 per minute to ride, so for the €10 top-up, you’ll be looking at one use of exactly one hour.
Our favourite brand when it comes to electric scooters in Paris is BIRD. We first heard about BIRD scooters during a recent trip to Los Angeles.
Since then they’ve expanded far and wide including a number of US cities and states and a number of major cities within Europe with more being added daily (check the website for the complete list of where BIRD scooters are currently available)
$5 Free – Sign Up To BIRD Scooters Using Code: EWAVYGE
While I’m not 100% sure about the numbers. I’d estimate that there’s rough as many BIRD scooters as there are LIME scooters currently available in Paris.
The screenshot above shows all the ones that are currently available for me to pick up and ride within the proximity of my location, so, as you can see… plenty!
Riding a BIRD scooter costs the same as a LIME scooter €1 to unlock and then €0.15 per minute.
WIND scooters have the least availability and flexibility in ride locations when it comes to scooter rental companies in Paris. That said, they do have a flexible top-up system that can make them great value for money.
€5 Free – Sign Up To WIND Scooters Using Code: 85452US
Unfortunately, like LIME. Topping up in advance is the only way to access a WIND scooter. However, if you top up €10 then you’ll get €13 credit.
The charge for a WIND scooter is the same as LIME or BIRD in that it’s €1 to unlock and then €0.15 per minute meaning that for €10 (therefore €13) you could travel on a WIND scooter around Paris for 80 minutes.
Why Rent An Electric Scooter In Paris
You can get off the scooter pretty much anywhere you want to. Unlike a car where you’ll have to stick to roads, or with public transport where you’ll have to get off at the nearest stop.
In most circumstances, it can be quicker than taking a car or a taxi through the city. It’s cheaper too! Being electric, these scooters are super environmentally friendly!
Super affordable. Most electric scooter rental companies in Paris costing just €1 to unlock the bike and then a further €0.15 per minute.
Based on the estimated 15mph you can get out of most scooters that means you could travel from the Eifel Tower across to the Arch De Triumph in less than 5 minutes.
Riding an electric scooter around Paris is great fun and a fantastic way to see the city.
Health & Safety Tips For Renting An Electric Scooter In Paris
If you’re planning on riding the electric scooters in Paris a lot then we’d recommend bringing a helmet or purchasing a helmet in advance.
This was one of our biggest worries when on the scooters but financially it wasn’t practical for us to purchase one and there was sadly, nowhere to rent on in Paris.
Stay in the cycle lanes. Luckily, there are plenty around Paris and you’ll find that all cyclists and around 80% of electric scooter users use them so you won’t be alone.
Gain confidence before gaining speed. These scooters can go super fast, so just ensure that you’re confident and have full control of the scooter and the different controls onboard before speeding off.
Go with the flow of traffic. Again, arrows on the cycle lane are likely to point you in the right direction to ensure you’re on course but this is a good thing to remember if you can’t see any cycle signs.
Avoid travelling on scooters with any large bags, suitcases etc. There’s plenty of places you can store your luggage in and around the city instead.
Go at a speed that suits you. Just because the scooters can get up to 15mph doesn’t mean you need to drive at 15mph. In fact, Helen nor I didn’t.
Be wary of your scooters controls. When we did a scooter hire in Paris one of the scooters we rented seemed to have a sticky acceleration bar.
This meant that I had to manually move it back to slow the scooter speed down rather than automatically retracts back into a neutral setting.