In June 2019 they became legal in Germany – and immediately a number of sharing companies popped up: Circ, Lime, Tier – here I compare them, and you can get some coupons and vouchers for free rides.
It took a while until the new law passed, because as you know, in Germany things have to be regulated.. but now they are legal: small electric scooters!
What is allowed?
Let’s start with some legal facts:
- No riding on sidewalks or pedestrian zones! You have to use bike paths, or if there are none: the street.
- Minimum age to ride: 14
- Only 1 person per e-scooter
- No helmet needed
- Max speed: 20km/h
- Don’t drink and ride: Alcohol level limits like for cars (>21 years: 0.05%, <21 years: no alcohol at all)
How to rent an e-scooter?
For every company, you need to install their app (links in the table). Within the app, register with you phone number. You will be then asked for a debit/credit card number (Visa/Mastercard). (If you don’t have one: Here’s an overview of free German credit cards.)
Once registered, you will see a map of Berlin, with available e-scooters on it. Walk to such a scooter, scan its code and start the rental.
|Area served||Mitte, PBerg, West Fhain, North Xberg (see map)||Within S-Bahn ring (see map)||Mitte, PBerg, Fhain, Xberg, North Neukölln (see map)||Central Mitte, North Xberg, narrow line through Schöneberg up to Ku’damm||Mitte, PBerg, North Xberg (see map)||Mitte, Fhain, North Xberg|
|Pricing:||1€ to unlock, 0.15€/min riding||1€ to unlock, 0.20€/min riding||1€ to unlock, 0.15€/min riding||1€ to unlock, 0.15€/min riding – and for parking in central zone you get a 1.15€ discount!||1€ to unlock, 0.15€/min riding||1€ to unlock, 0.20€/min riding|
|Payment methods:||All require a Debit/credit card (Mastercard/Visa).|
Don’t have one yet? Here’s a list of free German credit cards and free bank accounts with credit cards.
|Coupon value:||–||1 free unlock (=1€)||1 free ride in download link + codes: 2 free rides, 5 free rides||2.5 VOI credits||1 free ride (up to 5€)||–|
|Coupon code:||(currently none 🙁 )||(in the download link below)||START, TIERXSWM||(in the download link below)||5DBXDM6||–|