Self-Service Scooter Rental in Paris: Full Comparison

Does public transportation bother you? Or would you simply rather explore Paris in the open air, without being limited to the lower speed of self-service kick scooters or bikes? Here is our comparison of self-service scooters rented out in the city. Including both prices and services, we will compare everything to help you make a choice.

 

Cityscoot Electric Scooters

Scooter Cityscoot in Paris
Photo credit: Cityscoot

What is Cityscoot about?

The Cityscoot company has been active in Paris for a few years already, and rents out several hundreds of electric scooters in self-service all across the city.

 

Who is allowed to drive a Cityscoot scooter?

Any adult allowed to drive a 50cc scooter may drive a Cityscoot scooter, although they must first create an account on the Cityscoot website or app.

Anyone wanting to register must show a French or European driver’s license (type A, A1, A2, B or BSR), unless born before 1988, in which case no license is required. They must also provide a valid debit card and a picture taken with their own smartphone.

Foreigners may only provide a driver’s license to register.

 

Advantages of Cityscoot scooters:

  • Fast and ideal for small trips through Paris.
  • Fun for tourists who would rather explore the city by themselves without going through the crowded public transports.
  • Environment-friendly and reliable in terms of security and sturdiness -made in Europe.
  • Helmet and hygiene caps included under the seat. You may also use your own helmet.
  • Available 24/7.
  • Cityscoot scooters are always fully charged. All you have to do is leave your scooter on any suitable parking space, the company will take care of recharging it wherever you left it.
  • The company also guarantees a joltless start and a bumpless drive, as the scooter may go as fast as 45km per hour. It is also very easy to drive.
  • You are fully insured during the whole duration of your rental thanks to the electric motorcycle insurance which the company subscribed to.

 

scooters in Rome
Photo credit: CAPTAIN RAJU / CC BY-SA

How to rent a Cityscoot scooter:

Download the Cityscoot app on your smartphone, then open it and select the scooter you wish to use among the green dots on the map (representing the scooters currently available). You will then have ten minutes to find it and unlock it thanks to a code you will have received.

You may then drive freely wherever you wish to go.

Once you’ve reached your destination, you will have to go park your scooter within the borders of the Cityscoot drop-off area(within Paris itself) and end your rental either on the app or directly on the scooter.

 

How much does a Cityscoot scooter rental cost?

You won’t need any lengthy subscription to use a self-service Cityscoot electric scooter, as you only pay per renting minute.

There are several packages available:

  • CityRider, for which you only pay the renting minutes (€0.39 per minute).
  • CityRider50, for which you may pay €17 for 50 minutes to be deposited on your account (€0.34 per minute), which will be available for 15 days following your purchase and directly debited from your prepaid account as you drive.
  • CityRider100, for which you may pay €32 for 100 minutes to be deposited on your account (€0.32 per minute), which will be available for 30 days following your purchase and directly be debited from your prepaid account as you drive.
  • CityRider250, for which you may pay €70 for 250 minutes to be deposited on your account (€0.28 per minute), which will be available for 45 days following your purchase and directly debited from your prepaid account as you drive.

More information on Cityscoot’s website: https://www.cityscoot.eu/en/paris

Links to the Cityscoot app:

 

Troopy scooter

Troopy Scooter in Paris
Photo credit: Troopy

What’s Troopy?

Troopy is a Parisian self-service 3-wheeled scooters rental company, which allows you to drive around Paris and its surroundings.

 

Who is allowed to drive a Troopy scooter?

The user must be at least 20 years old and either have a type A, A1 or A2 driver’s license, or have had a type B driver’s license for two years (along with an attestation proving they followed the 125 cm3 training). The license must be French or have been delivered in the EU, and must, of course, be valid.

 

Advantages of Troopy scooters:

  • Ideal for quick trips and to avoid public transport.
  • A full tank lasts for 200km, which allows for trips outside of Paris itself.
  • It’s possible to leave the scooter in one of the cities outside of Paris, so long as it is included in the Troopy drop-off area.
  • Easy to rent thanks to the app.
  • Helmet and hygiene caps included under the seat. You may also use your own helmet.
  • Gas is included in the price.
  • Public liability insurance included, as well as insurance for theft, fire, windshield cover, legal protection, legal defense and all damage and accidents involving the vehicle.

 

How to rent a Troopy scooter:

Self-service Troopy scooters can also be rented through an app.

Download the app and create your free account on it (or on Troopy’s website). You will need to provide a valid ID, a picture of yourself in JPEG or PNG and your driver’s license and/or the mandatory attestations for driving a 125cm3 scooter.

You will then be able to rent your scooter through the app, and get to it in under 15 minutes once you have selected it. Once you’re there, you will be able to drive wherever you wish.

Once your trip is over, you will have to drive back inside the Troopy drop-off area(1st to 17th arrondissements in Paris, plus a dozen surrounding cities), where you can then just park your scooter on any parking space for two-wheelers.

 

How much does a Troopy scooter rental cost?

You won’t need any subscription to use a Troopy scooter, as only your rental minutes have to be paid.

Renting a scooter will cost you €0.33 per minute while driving, and €0.10 per minute if you wish to take a break.

You may also pay €50 for a 200-minutes pack (€0.25 per minute), which will then be uploaded on your Troopy account under 24 hours and available for use for 3 months.

More information on the Troopy website: https://www.troopy.com/en/

Links to the Troopy app:

 

Lime Electric scooters

Lime Scooters
Credits: Lime

What is Lime?

Lime is a company specializing in transport in cities, mostly known for its electric bikes and kick scooters. It recently launched its electric scooters, which are available in New York, Washington and Paris.

 

Who is allowed to drive a Lime scooter?

The 1,000 Lime scooters in Paris are available to all users above 18 who can provide a driver’s license and a picture taken with their smartphone.

 

Advantages of Lime scooters:

  • Long battery life, roughly 145km in one charge.
  • Maximum speed: 45km per hour.
  • Reinforced security thanks to provided helmets and hygiene caps, as well as a free 45-minutes driving lesson for those who wish to do so.
  • Comfortable and clean drive without any CO2 emissions.
  • Scooters available 24/7
  • Can be driven with an adult passenger.
  • Included insurance for any non-intentional accident involving an adult user.

 

Lime Scooter
Credits: Sarah R under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

How to rent a Lime scooter:

Like the other scooters, renting a Lime scooter can be done through an app. Choose the scooter closest to you, press “Rent”, go to the chosen scooter’s location and start driving.

To finish your rental, park your scooter on a parking place for two-wheelers located within the Lime service area (indicated on the app) and press “Finish” on the app.

 

How much does a Lime scooter rental cost?

Renting a Lime scooter doesn’t need a subscription beforehand, as you will only pay €0.39 per minute as you drive. The invoice counts from the moment you confirm your reservation to the moment you end it.

More information on the Lime website: https://www.li.me/en-us/home

Links to the Lime app:

 

Cooltra Scooters

Cooltra scooter
Credits: Cooltra

What’s Cooltra?

Cooltra is a Spanish company which was created in 2006 in Barcelona, which nowadays offers self-service scooter rentals in several European cities, including Paris.

 

Who is allowed to drive a Cooltra scooter?

Cooltra scooters are available to anyone over 18 in possession of a valid driver’s license.

 

Advantages of Cooltra scooters:

  • A clean and environmental-friendly drive thanks to the Askoll electric scooters.
  • Perfect for both the shorter and the longer trips.
  • Wide choice of packages available to suit every user.
  • Possibility to rent a scooter for a day or a month, with choice of the scooter and variable prices.
  • Two helmets and hygienic caps included.
  • Insurance is included for each type of rental.
  • Scooters recharged by the company (when in rental per minute).
  • Maintenance is made by the company for free during a monthly rental.
  • Reduced price during breaks.

 

Cooltra services
Credits: Cooltra

How to rent a Cooltra scooter:

You will need to download the Cooltra app on your smartphone and provide a picture of both your ID and your driver’s license. Your account will be activated within 48 hours.

Everything else is also managed through the app: book the nearest available scooter, and find it in under 15 minutes. Once you’re there, you only have to press the “Start the trip” button on the app to effectively start the rental.

Once your trip is over, park your scooter inside of the Cooltra zone, press “Finish” in the app, and take a picture of the scooter in its parking place with its license plate visible.

 

How much does a Cooltra scooter rental cost?

The base price without a package is €0.39 per minute, charged on your credit or debit card once you press “Start the trip”.

You may also credit your account with prepaid packages which reduce the price per minute.

  • The Changer pack credits €10 on your account. You also receive a free additional €2, and pay €0.33 per minute.
  • The Eco pack credits €10 on your account. You also receive a free additional €5, and pay €0.31 per minute.
  • The Eco pack credits €50 on your account. You also receive a free additional €20, and pay €0.28 per minute.
  • The Earth Lover pack credits €90 on your account. You also receive a free additional €40, and pay €0.27 per minute.

Passes are also available if you wish to drive freely within a limited period of time.

  • The 8-hour pass costs €19.
  • The 24-hour pass costs €29.
  • The 48-hour pass costs €39.

You can also take breaks during your trip. The price during breaks drops to €0.10 per minute.

Cooltra scooters may also be rented in advance for a day or a month. You can then choose your scooter among several types, either electric or gas-fueled. A daily rental’s price starts at €25 per day, while a monthly rental includes prices ranging between €168 and €421, depending on the scooter.

More information on the Cooltra website: https://www.cooltra.com/en/

Links to the Cooltra app:

 

Yego Electric Scooters

Yego Scooter
Credits: Yego

What’s Yego?

The Yego company, which was founded in France in 2016, has already implemented its electric vehicles in Spain and in Bordeaux, and will soon launch them in Paris.

 

Who is allowed to drive a Yego scooter?

Anyone above 18 years old and in possession of a valid driver’s license is allowed to drive a Yego scooter.

 

Advantages of Yego scooters:

  • Price per minute is lower than its competitors.
  • Reliable and ecological, with a driving lesson for those who want it.
  • Scooters are exclusively made in Europe.
  • Controls nearly all centralized on the app.
  • Helmets and hygienic caps included.
  • Insurance is included in the rental.
  • Scooter recharge is handled by the company.
Yego Scooter
Credits: Yego

How to rent a Yego scooter:

Download the Yego app and create your account on it. Indicate your personal information and means of payment, then you will have to provide a selfie taken with your smartphone, your ID and your driver’s license. The rental service will be made available to you under 2 hours.

Once you have an account, you will be able to choose the scooter you wish to book. You will then have 15 minutes to find it, activate it and start it, all from the app.

You are allowed to drive in the whole Yego zone (that is, Paris itself), but no further. You may also take breaks and pay a reduced price.

Once your trip is over, park your scooter and press “Finish” in the app to effectively end the rental.

 

How much does a Yego scooter rental cost?

The price per minute for a Yego scooter rental is €0.36, starting at 20 seconds after unlocking the scooter to give you the time to start it properly.

Four prepaid packs are also available to credit your account:

  • The Seed pack allows you to credit €9.90 and receive a free €1.60.
  • The Bonzai pack allows you to credit €29.90 and receive a free €7.60.
  • The Palm Tree pack allows you to credit €49.90 and receive a free €15.10.
  • The Baobab pack allows you to credit €89.90 and receive a free €40.10.

More information on the Yego website: https://www.rideyego.com/

Links to the Yego app:

 

ZeWay Electric Scooters

Zeway scooter
Credits:Zeway

What’s ZeWay?

This company rents out electric scooters with switchable batteries on the long term, and facilitates and secures urban mobility.

 

Who is allowed to drive a ZeWay scooter?

You must be older than 25 and have either a driver’s license, an AM license or a BSR license (only if born after 1987).

You may also lend your scooter to a driver over 18 years old, so long as they have either a driver’s license, an AM license or a BSR license (only if born after 1987).

 

Advantages of ZeWay scooters:

  • Ideal for repeated trips over a long period of time thanks to the subscription contracts.
  • Unlimited mileage, meaning you may use your scooter as much as you like over the selected period of time.
  • Easily switchable battery that can be dropped off at one of the indicated exchange points and switched for a full battery. One battery lasts roughly 40km.
  • Silent and environment-friendly, being driven without any CO2 emission.
  • Combines easy driving and security. The scooter can reach 45km per hour and be used to drive two people.
  • Insurance and regular servicing prices are included in your subscription.
Zeway scooter
Credits: Zeway

How to rent a ZeWay scooter:

There are two subscription possibilities (see below). You must also provide a copy of your driver’s license, AM license or BSR license (only if born after 1987), a proof of address no older than 3 months, a copy of your ID card or passport and your bank details.

It is also possible to subscribe for a company, with other papers needing to be provided.

Once your account is created and the subscription taken into account, your personal scooter will be delivered to you in under three weeks.

 

How much does a ZeWay scooter rental cost?

Renting a ZeWay scooter requires a subscription. Two possibilities are available:

  • The 12-months contract for €175 all tax included per month, with a decreasing bulk rate if you decide to prolong the subscription.
  • The 36-months contract for €130 all tax included per month (calculated with the “ecological bonus” financial help from the government, request to be made personally), then €85 per month when renewing the contract.

More information on the ZeWay website (in French only): https://www.zeway.com/

Links to the ZeWay app:

 

Comparative charts

Here is a quick comparison of prices for each company:

Cityscoot Troopy Lime Cooltra Yego ZeWay
Price per minute without package €0.39 €0.33 €0.39 €0.39 €0.36
Price per hour without package €23.40 €19.80 €23.40 €23.40 €21.60
Crediting Possible Possible None Possible Possible
Minutes crediting – 50mn: €17 (€0.34/mn)

– 100mn: €32 (€0.32/mn)

– 250mn: €70 (€0.28/mn)

– 200mn: €50 (€0.25/mn) None None None
Money crediting None None None – €10: €2 free and discount (€0.33/mn)

– €20: €5 free and discount (€0.31/mn)

– €50: €20 free and discount (€0.28/mn)

– €90: €40 free and discount (€0.27/mn)

– €9.90: €1.60 free

– €29.90: €7.60 free

– €49,90: €15.10 free

– €89.90: €40.10 free

Minute package availability time – 50-minutes package: 15 days

– 100-minutes package: 30 days

– 250-minutes package: 45 days

– 200-minutes package: 3 months No expiration date No expiration date
Long-term rental None None None – Daily rental

– Monthly rental

None – 12 months

– 36 months

Price of a long-term rental – Daily: starting from €25

– Monthly: between €168 and €421 depending on the scooter

– 12 months: €175 per month then discounted

– 36 months: €130 per month (with state financial aid) then €85 per month

 

And here is a comparison of services included with the rental:

Cityscoot Troopy Lime Cooltra Yego ZeWay
Top speed 45km per hour 45km per hour 45km per hour 50km per hour 45km per hour
Battery/gas tank life 50km 200km 140km 50km 60km 40km
Availability of the service 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7, exclusive use if daily or monthly rental 24/7 Exclusive use
Payment Per minute or package Per minute or package Per minute Per minute, prepaid, or package Per minute or prepaid Subscription
Number of scooters in circulation 4,000 250 1,000 2,000 1,000 Personal scooters
Helmet Included Included Included Included Included Not included
Electric Yes No Yes Yes (gas-fueled also available) Yes Yes
Passenger Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Insurance Included Included Included Included Included Included
Scooter drop-off area Paris Paris (except 18th, 19th and 20th arrdt) + 12 surrounding cities Paris Paris (except indicated zones) Paris Appointment to be made at the expiration of subscription
Subscription None None None None None 12 months or 36 months (renewable)
Driving lesson Available (free) Available (charged, collaboration with EasyMonneret) Available (free) None Available (free) None

 

Conclusion

If you’re only staying in Paris for a short while and wish to make small trips, we recommend using Yego, which allows for an efficient and environment-friendly drive, for a reduced price compared to the competition. Its larger choice of packages is also an advantage if you wish to stay for a bit longer, for holidays or a weekend for instance, since the more you credit your account, the more free credits you can obtain to drive without charging. In case of a prolonged stay, the packages offered by Cooltra are also to be considered as interesting alternatives.

For a single trip on a longer distance, Troopy seems like the best option. Its tank capacity and bigger drop-off area, as well as the discounted price when making pauses, make it the best deal for trips outside of Paris.

If you live in Paris and need a personal means of transport, we recommend ZeWay, whose subscriptions are better for an intensive, long-term use.