The only way to move around in Montevideo is by bus or car. This has begun making bikes a popular way of moving around. Montevideo is also a bike-friendly city with vast biking routes and with very flat terrain. Bikes are also the best way to explore the Rambla, Montevideo's waterfront sidewalk.
Most hostels and hotels offer bike rental services to their clients. The most common bike rental in Montevideo is Orange Bike. There's also a bike-sharing service in Montevideo called Movete that's similar to Citibike in New York.
How to Use Orange Bike
Orange bike has its offices along Perez Castellano and is only open from 10 a.m to 3 p.m daily. However, you can call them between 9 a.m to 7 p.m daily and ask them to drop off the bike at your hotel. For hotels around this street, they drop off and pick up bikes for free. I'm not certain if this is also the case if you stay further.
Bike rental costs $10 per day for normal bikes and $15 for mountain bikes.
Orange bike also offers bike tours and city bus tours.
Every bike comes with a lock and a helmet.
Movete is not easy to use for non-residents of Montevideo. Movete has strategically placed stations all over the city neighborhoods, especially the Cuidad Vieja area.
You can only access using special bikes which are easily available for city residents. For non-residents you can only get the card via selected tourist agents which are listed on their website. Their website has however not been functional for some time. You'll have to visit their offices along Av 18 de Julio.