Electric bikes are great for travelers who want the benefits of getting around without a car or public transit but don’t want to break much of a sweat. Most have assisted pedaling, which means you still have to pedal, but you can tap into the electric motor to add momentum. The power can typically be adjusted via a handlebar throttle, allowing you to make your ride easier or more challenging.
While e-bikes won’t fit in the average suitcase, many are foldable and can be packed into a trunk or minivan. And more and more, bike shops and manufacturers are offering rentals and tours. Here are four models—and one e-scooter—that can help you get around on vacation.
At 57 pounds, the Cyclamatic CX2 isn’t the smallest or lightest option on the market, but you won’t find a decent folding e-bike for much less, and the aluminum body is of high quality. The bike can run for 31 miles before needing a recharge, depending on how much pedal assist you use. amazon.com; from $600
Pedego Trail Tracker Fat Tire Bike
The sturdy tires on Pedego’s Trail Tracker can tackle everything from dirt to snow. It comes in a variety of sizes that can accommodate riders with a range of heights, so the whole family can join in. What’s more, these bikes are available for rent at Pedego locations across the globe, which also offer guided e-bike tours around hilly terrains from Cozumel to the Cotswolds. pedegoelectricbikes.com; from $2,495
Stromer ST1 X
This Swiss-made model can go up to 28 miles an hour for 70 miles—enough to travel Switzerland’s countryside from Gsteig to Gstaad and back again at least half a dozen times without stopping. Other features include a touch screen that displays speed, gear and battery level, and a smartphone app that lets you lock and unlock the bike remotely (as well as manage the built-in alarm system with its GPS locator). stromerbike.com; from $5,500
Lithium Cycles Super 73
Evoking a retro vibe with its candy red paint job, the Super 73 can accelerate up to 35 miles an hour with pedal assist, adjustable via handlebar throttle. With 4.25-inch-thick tires, this easy rider can tackle some off-road situations, too, and is made all the more fun with extra features like a bottle opener and a cup holder. lithiumcycles.com; from $3,000
This portable e-scooter weighs just 30 pounds but can take you as fast as 14 miles per hour for 16 miles on a single charge. There are no pedals, but it’s convenient for road trips, since it folds and unfolds like a pair of scissors and can be stowed even in small hatchbacks. An added bonus: Its removable power source can also charge up to four devices and a laptop via a USB port. urb-e.com; from $899
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- Published: June 2017