Cycling in London

Cycling in London

Although London is very spread out and the weather isn't normally very inviting, many locals prefer cycling rather than the public transport or moving around by car.

Santander Cycles

Santander Cycles is the bicycle-sharing system in London, specially designed for getting around the centre of London.

There are 400 docking stations and over 6,000 bicycles. As this is a self-service system, the bicycles can be used 24 hours a day throughout the year.

How to hire a Santander Cycle?

To hire a Santander Cycle in London you'll need to pay an access fee and usage charges. You can register at any of its docking stations with a bank card.

To start using the bike you will have to follow the instructions on the screen where you will be given a printed code that must be introduced into one of the lighted docks.

To return the bicycle you have to place it back in one of the docks and wait until the light goes green.


Below you can see how much it costs to hire a bike in London:

  • 24 hours: £ 2 (US$ 2.50)
  • 7 Days: £ 5 (US$ 6.20)
  • 1 year (only available for members): £ 90 (US$ 110.90)

Usage Charges: 

  • First 30 minutes: Free
  • Every additional 30 minutes: £ 2 (US$ 2.50)

Extra charges:

  • You may be charged up to £ 300 (US$ 369.60) if you give it in late or damaged.

The total amount will be charged once you have left your bike on the dock.


These bicycles are designed for short rides, therefore if you take a bike out for less than 30 minutes, dock it and then take out another bike for less than 30 minutes you will only be charged £ 2 (US$ 2.50), as the first half an hour is free.