North Sea Bike Hire - Including Local Transport


Cycling in the Netherlands and Belgium

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Bike Hire

For your self-guided tour you may need a bike hire shop, although if you are following our one way route you will need to return your bikes by taking a train all the way back.  Bike hire is available in most of the large towns but with so many local bike owners rental is not big business.  We have struggled to find rental shops in Zeebrugge but just down the coast at Blankenberge there are a good number of possibilities.  Where websites exist we have shown them.  Depending on bicycle quality you should expect to pay €7-10 per day although competition may reduce this.  You may even want to use this holiday to try renting a tandem.  
 
Before you approach a hire shop have a look at the advice in our Bike Guide.  Remember that the area is flat so you won't need lots of gears.  Bikes available locally are often braked by pedalling backwards.  Helmets are not the norm in this part of the world.
  • Zeebrugge
    • No rental sites known
  • Blankenberge (just down the coast from Zeebrugge):
    • Best Cars, Vanderstichelenstraat 45, Tel 050 41 75 08
    • Chez le Brusseleer, Vanderstichelenstr. 15, Tel 050 41 47 40
    • Chez le fils du Brusseleer (bij Ren้), Vanderstichelenstraat 27, Tel 050 41 47 40
    • Lievens Henk , Kerkstraat 124, Tel 050 41 42 84
    • New Car, Malecotstraat 5, Tel 050 41 39 33
  • Bruges
  • Zeeland multiple sites
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Bike maintenance

During your tour we hope you will not need this, but if you do the bike retailers in each large town will provide a maintenance service (at a fee) and due to the high local bike ownership there are plenty of shops about.  Check our puncture repair video at MyBikeGuide before you go.  We also recommend a couple of guides on how to repair a bike, one of which is light enough to take with you.
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Left luggage

Airports

  • Heathrow has relatively expensive luggage storage.
  • Paris has relatively expensive luggage storage.
  • Schiphol has left luggage lockers for a maximum of 7 days.
  • Brussels does not have left luggage.

Stations

  • In Dutch stations there are normally some left luggage lockers for up to 72 hours.
  • In Belgium:
    • Bruges St Peter has left luggage.
    • both Zeebrugge stations have left luggage.

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Bike transport

Train and bike

Taking a bike on a train in this area is very much normal behaviour.  Just look out for the bike symbol on timetables and on the sides of trains.

  • Dutch Railways, only during off-peak times, €6 a journey.
  • Belgian Railways' bike rules are basically €5 per journey or €8 for the whole day, best during off-peak and a few stations in Brussels do not allow bike loading. 

Bus

Buses do not carry bikes.

Ferries

Breskens to Vlissingen, with a dedicated bike room that can hold dozens of bicycles.

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