Swapfiets is an easy and reliable way to get a bike in the Netherlands (but not the cheapest – even with 75 off – as I explain below)
With a standard subscription you will get a sturdy Dutch town bike for €16.50 per month. If the bike breaks down, they’ll fix it or replace it the same day.
The following article explains how to get up to €75 off your Swapfiets subscription.
But Swapfiets is not the cheapest way to cycle in the Netherlands! Here you can see my list of cheap bike deals that will save you hundreds of Euros in the long term and allow you to buy and own your bike.
Swapfiets Voucher Code: Get €7.50 off when you sign up
A voucher code will give you €7.50 off your first month. The person who’s code you used also gets the same discount. Use my code below to get your first €7.50 off.
JACK25899 (Code no longer works! – Check the comments below for more codes & post yours)
This code can be used when you sign up at Swapfiets.nl. If you already signed up you can still use it by going to https://account.swapfiets.com/home and clicking on “Subscription” and then “Redeem Voucher”.
Code didn’t work? Look in the comments below for another code or on SpyDeals.nl.
By the way, Swapfiets is not the cheapest way to get a bike in the Netherlands (see below).
How to Get €75 off Swapfiets
Once you have a Swapfiets you will also get your own voucher code that you can share with up to 10 people.
When a new person signs up with your code, both you and the person using the code will get €7.50 discounted from your subscription.
Don’t know 10 people?
If you don’t know 10 people looking for a Swapfiets, share your code below in the comments or post it on SpyDeals.nl and people will find it and start using it. Look around for other voucher code sites too. When I shared my code on SpyDeals.nl I had 8 people use it within 2 days.
Why Swapfiets isn’t really worth it
In terms of saving money Swapfiets is not really worth it. Here is why:
You don’t own the bike
The key difference between Swapfiets vs buying a bike is that you’ll own your bike, so you can sell it and get most or all of your money back! Maybe even more than you paid for it if you get a good deal.
The costs add up
Let’s say you don’t use any discount codes and get the basic Swapfiets bike. Over 12 months this can add up:
12 x €16.50 = €198
+ €60 deposit (which you’ll get back at the end) = €258 total!
Minus €75 discount (if you can get it) = €183
Even when you get the deposit back that is 200 EUROs spent on leasing (not owning) a bike which you will never get back.
Why rent a bike for €180 when you can BUY a new bike for €179?
You can buy a new bike for easily under €200 and sell it later making it a lot less expensive than leasing via Swapfiets.
For example Omafiets-Online are (still) having a winter sale where you can get a new omafiets for €179 (reduced from €349) and you can pay in installments or buy now, pay later with Klarna making it even more affordable.
This Spirit Omafiets is just 179 EUROs for a very limited time
Get it at Omafiets-Online for €179 while the sale is still going on (last checked in Oct).
Is getting a Swapfiets good as insurance against theft?
The key pro in favour of Swapfiets is as an insurance against theft. I bought a bike when moving to Amsterdam and it was stolen within a week – so I decided to get a Swapfiets having just wasted €200. However, if you get a good bike lock and take precautions against bike theft you may have better luck than me.
You can also get bike theft insurance. I did a quote with HEMA and was offered €8 per month for a €200 bike.
If it a Swapfiets gets stolen then they’ll replace it too (as long as you locked it properly) and you just pay €60. If you didn’t lock it properly then you’ll pay €450. When you consider that €600 million worth of bikes were stolen in the Netherlands in 2019 then this is an attractive alternative to having to buy a new bike if yours gets stolen.
Don’t forget your key: If you lose your keys or forget them when picking up a new bike you have to pay €40. Don’t forget to bring them to the shop.
Easyfiets is a slightly cheaper alternative to Swapfiets. They charge €12 per month for a basic Dutch town bike. I have not used the service.
Buying a second-hand bike
Cheapassbikes offer refurbished bikes for competetive prices starting around €150 and they also have an option to pay in monthly installments for 3 months. So that can be around €50 per month.
Buying a new bike
Buying a new bike isn’t necessarily that expensive either. For example, look at the omafiets online deal above. You can also go to a local bike shop.
Conclusion: Is Swapfiets worth it?
From a money saving perspective, you can easily avoid paying the €200 + that Swapfiets will cost for leasing a bike. For convenience and reassurance against theft Swapfiets is a good option if you simply consider it like another monthly bill alongside Netflix and other subscription services.