Summer is slowly coming back to Berlin, so not only bike sharing comes back as a comfortable transport option – but also scooter sharing. See here a short overview of the currently only service Emmy.
Update: Coup ended its business, so we removed it from the article.
In Berlin, there is one company that offers instant sharing of electric scooters: Emmy. It comes with an app on which you register with your smartphone. Requirements:
- a driving license
- for a car or motorcycle
- that is valid in Germany
- an ID or passport
- a credit card or bank account that allows direct debit (get a free German bank account here)
- minimum age: 18 years
You will then also need to upload scans or photos of your ID and driving license. Plus add a payment method.
But then you can go: Find the closest scooter on the map within the app, book it and start your ride.
Here’s a table of Emmy’s pricing and other details, plus coupons for free rides. If you want to know more about the actual user experience, read the detailed review of Jon Worth. (It’s outdated regarding pricing, though, so for current check the table below.)
|Minumum ride / price:||none|
|Riding per minute:||0.23 €|
|Minute packages:||available when logged in on website:|
|Break time:||0.13 €|
|Maximum price:||29 € for whole day|
|Registration fee:||10 €,|
incl. 50 minutes, valid for 6 months
|Payment methods||credit card,|
direct debit (SEPA-Lastschrift)
|Scooter type(s)||Schwalbe, Nova, Torrot, Emco|
|Max speed||45 km/h|
|Number of scooters in Berlin||2000|
|rental area||S-Bahn ring (roughly)|
+ parts of Lichtenberg, Wedding, Friedenau
|leaving allowed?||Yes but must be returned within area. So make sure to have enough battery for the return trip!|
|Get a free ride:||none at the moment 🙁|
|Website and apps:||Emmy|
Comparison of Scooter Sharing in Berlin
(In case the free ride codes stopped working, please leave a comment!)