Vacationing in Europe? Tips for Renting a Motorcycle

08 Jul 2020

Traveling across Europe by motorcycle is an exhilarating way to see a lot conveniently! If you want to really enjoy the sights in a new and interesting way, you might want to consider renting a motorcycle instead of a car.

Motorcycles provide a fun and affordable option for getting around different parts of Europe and allow you to reach places that cars just can’t get to. Here’s a look at what you need to know about renting a motorcycle in Europe.

The Necessities

You will need an unrestricted motorcycle endorsement when traveling in Europe. This is usually added to your regular driver’s license or an international driver’s license. There are a lot of options in Europe when you want to rent a motorcycle. Keep an eye out for rental shops that have the types of bikes that suit your needs. For example, BMW offers motorbikes for rent in Germany and other countries that are suitable for many conditions.

You may even be able to find instructors that will help you to get comfortable with your new bike!

The Price

Unsurprisingly, the longer you keep the bike, the more reasonable the cost of the rental will be. If you can rent your motorcycle for a week or more you’re likely to save significantly on the cost.

There is usually a distance cap when you rent a motorcycle for less than a week. If you exceed this cap there is typically a fee for every kilometer that you go over. Renting the bike for more than a week often eliminates this annoying fee.

A great feature with many of the rented motorcycles in Europe is that they usually have built-in luggage areas so you can carry your belongings along with you.

Avoid Speeding

There is often very limited police presence on many streets in European cities. This may make you feel comfortable speeding on your motorcycle but don’t get carried away! Even if you do not see a lot of police officers, there are cameras everywhere. These traffic cameras are very adept and will catch your license plate number when you are speeding. 

You will often get a ticket in the mail a week or two later if the cameras catch you exceeding the speed limit. As a non-resident, your tickets may be discounted but you will still have to spend money that you could have used on something else like beer after a long day’s ride. 

The bottom line is that you should enjoy your motorcycle in a responsible way.

Be Safe

It goes without saying that if you plan to ride a motorcycle in Europe you should have your motorcycle gear ready even before you actually rent the motorcycle. Your safety while riding is very important and at the very least you should have a motorcycle helmet to protect you in case you get into an accident.


Renting a motorcycle in Europe can be fun and exciting. However, you need to ensure that you have the right licensing, rent your bike from a reputable dealer, and avoid speeding to stay safe and sound during your adventure! Bon voyage.