Anna Wynn | Mar 22, 2019 | 0
The green bicycles of Budapest are about to have competition
A Danish bicycle rental company is expanding to Hungary, namely to Budapest, with two hundred bicycles – informs hvg.hu.
If you’ve ever been to Budapest, then the sight of the green-coloured bicycles scattered around the city is familiar to you. These are in fact called MOL BuBi: MOL referring to the Hungarian oil and gas company, which covers the bikes’ operating costs, and BuBi is a contraction of Budapest and bicycle. You can find many BuBi stations in the city and you can rent them for maximum 30 minutes. Afterwards, you can drop them off at the nearest station to you; you don’t have to return them to the pick-up point.
Now the Danish Donkey Republic renting network has its eyes on Budapest: they are bringing two hundred bicycles to the Hungarian capital. It works differently than BuBi, you have to search for the bikes – which are available for pick-up at different locations – via an app, and after you’ve payed for them, they are unlocked and good to go. Donkey Republic operates roughly two thousand bicycles in 19 countries.
There is an advantage over BuBi, that being the length of the renting time. The shortest time for which you can use a bike is two hours, and it costs 7 euros, but it seems to be their priciest offer. If you want to, you can rent a bike for a whole weekend for 25 euros, and there is the option to rent for 150 days.
At the moment, there will be 40 locations in Budapest’s downtown, from where you can rent a bicycle, as of yet, there are no plans for the outer regions of the city. If you want to take a bicycle tour around the Grand Boulevard, the nearest station is at the Heroes’ Square. When your time is up, you have to return the bike to the location where you picked it up.