If you have recently arrived in Barcelona and you want to start using the famous public Bicing system, you are in the right place.

Having your own bike in Barcelona can be risky if you don’t have a place to save it from bike thieves. Mine was stolen already in front of a lot of people so even though it sounds sad, it can be hard to avoid this situation.

For this reason but also for how convenient it is, joining the Bicing can be your solution. 

What is it?

Bicing is a company based in Barcelona since 2007. They offer a bicycle sharing system for the people living in the Mediterranean city to reduce pollution and connect them with their daily frequently visited locations. 

1. It works with an RFID card that gives you access to all the stations in the city.

2. The first 30 minutes are free of use. 

3. You can easily recognize it for its red color bikes.

4. More than 450 stations and 6000 bikes.

5. It costs 47€/year and you need to pay with a valid credit/debit card.

6. You need a NIE number to obtain your card.

How to obtain a Bicing Card?

The Bicing website does not count with an English version yet but Spanish and Catalan. For this reason, we have prepared this easy guide to take you through the steps you will have to follow if you are interested in getting your card. First of all go on their website:

STEP 1

The first thing you need to know is that there are two important areas to consider when you are becoming a new user of Bicing.

1. Altas: To start all the process. Here you can provide your information and you will be able to order your card. (The green box)

2. Activar Tarjeta: This you will have to access it when your card arrives. It will help you to activate your card to start using it. (The blue box)

Let’s now click on the Altas section and start the process.

STEP 2

 At this step, you have to choose the modality you want (Just Bicing or the option with the Electrical Bicing included). We will focus on the normal Bicing here.

After that, you will need to fill the boxes with your personal information. Name, Surname, NIE (it will only accept a valid number), Birth date, Email and Phone in this order.

In the end, you must accept the terms and conditions to continue the process.

 

Remember your NIE will be your username to access the user area.

STEP 3

After clicking in Siguiente (Next) You will be forwarded to the payment platform where you will have to provide your card information for the annual payment.

After your payment is approved, you will have to finish the process providing a correct address where they can send you the Bicing card.

Now you will receive a few emails informing you about your username (your NIE) and your password. 

You can expect about 10 days to receive the card but sometimes it can be delivered earlier.

 

STEP 4

Once you have received your card, you will need to go back to the step 1 and click on the blue box called Activar Tarjeta.

In the new window, you will have to type your username + password and then the system will ask you for the code written on the back of your card. 

After this, you can start using your Bicing in Barcelona!

Done!

Using Bicing is very convenient for short journeys within the city, it will save you a lot of time and you will be contributing to the environment!

A lot of people complain when they find a lot of stations full or with no bikes available but we must understand that it is a public service and after being used for so many people every day, it can have some issues from time to time. However, if you have any problem, you can always contact them on the phone and explain them the situation.

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