Micromobility in Rome is a hot topic. During the pandemic, several companies entered the market. Since this initial boom, that number has been whittled down to three – Lime, Dott and Bird. New laws have also been brought in to make riding electric bikes and scooters in Rome safer for both riders and drivers.
Let’s break down everything you need to know about micromobility in Rome.
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How much do electric scooters and bikes cost in Rome?
Micromobility in Rome: the basics
There are five major players in the game – Helbiz, Bird, Dott, Lime and Uber Jump. As I mentioned above, Lime and Uber Jump have partnered on the bikes that were formerly available only through Uber Jump.
Helbiz and Lime/Uber Jump offer both bikes and scooters, while Bird and Dott are only in the scooter game.
All of these micromobility options are electric, so you can really fly around the city on them.
How much do Uber Jump/Lime bikes cost in Rome?
These shiny red beauties cost €1 to unlock, and then €0.20 per minute thereafter. You can rent the bikes through either the Uber app, or the Lime app.
How much do Helbiz bikes cost in Rome?
Helbiz bikes are the cheapest micromobility option in Rome at €0.25 to unlock, and then €0.10/per minute. They’re much smaller than the Uber Jump/Lime bikes, and I find them to be a bit less sturdy as well.
The kickstand is a real pain in the culo, too. You have to release a small lever in order to get it to go up.
How much do Helbiz scooters cost in Rome?
Helbiz scooters cost €1 to unlock, and then €0.20/minute.
How much do Lime scooters cost in Rome?
Lime scooters are slightly more expensive than Helbiz, at €1 to unlock, and then €0.25/minute.
How much do Bird scooters cost in Rome?
The fee for Bird scooters is the same as Lime: €1 to unlock, and €0.25 per minute.
How much to Dott scooters cost in Rome?
Slightly cheaper than Lime and Bird, Dott rings in at €1 to unlock, and then €0.19 per minute.
Helbiz special offer
For €29.99/month you can get unlimited rides of up to 30 minutes on Helbiz bikes and scooters. Note that the rides have to take place at least 20 minutes apart.
Lime scooter passes
You can get a day pass for €13.99, which allows you to take unlimited rides of up to 30 minutes each and reserve your ride for up to 30 minutes.
You can also buy an unlock pass for €7.99/month, which means you don’t pay the €1 unlock fee. You also get 30-minute reservations for free with this pass.
Is Micromobility the cheapest option for getting around Rome?
No, public transportation is. At just €1.50 per ticket, you can ride for up to 90 minutes on the trams and busses, or take one metro ride (which includes changing from one line to another).
If you’re on a tight budget, public transport might be the way to go. Keep in mind that it’s not super reliable, so if you want to see the sights at your own pace, the micromobility options might be a better bet.
I hope you found this cost comparison of the micromobility options in Rome useful. Have you tried the Dott, Bird, Lime or Helbiz scooters? What about the e-bikes? Share your thoughts in the comments.