Cycling to work is a great way to keep active and beat traffic jams while travelling more sustainably. However, riding a bike through busy urban areas means you’ll need a suitable set of two wheels, designed with commuting in mind.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing bike or are starting out from scratch, it can be challenging to know what features and designs to look out for.

In this blog, we’ll break down our top picks for the best commuter bikes including premium and affordable options, so you can find the perfect bike whatever your budget.

Best affordable commuter bike

The Carrera Crossfire 2 Hybrid Bike provides excellent value if you’re looking for a commuter bike that offers comfort and efficient gearing. The frame is lightweight, making it perfect for cycling to and from work. It features 24-speed Shimano gearing, providing ease and efficiency across a variety of terrain. The mechanical disc brakes offer excellent stopping power, while the memory foam saddle ensures you’ll remain comfortable on your journeys.

Carrera Crossfire 2 Mens Hybrid Bike - Black - S, M, L Frames

Best premium commuter bike

If you’re looking to elevate your cycling experience, the Boardman HYB 8.9 Hybrid Bike is an excellent option. Designed to tackle any journey, it’s more than capable of providing high performance on your daily commute. The sleek aluminium design is lightweight with dropped seat stays for additional comfort. The carbon fork helps reduce vibrations on the road, while the Shimano M6100 Deore 1×12 drivetrain ensures your journeys remains smooth and efficient.

Boardman HYB 8.9 Mens Hybrid Bike - S, M, L Frames

Best commuter bike for comfort

The Boardman MTX 8.6 Hybrid Bike has been designed with comfort in mind, making it perfect for regularly cycling to work. The lightweight frame makes for easy handling, while its geometry encourages an upright riding position to help maximise comfort and improve the view of your route ahead. The Suntour NEX fork helps smooth out bumps, ensuring your route to work remains as comfortable as possible.

Boardman MTX 8.6 Womens Hybrid Bike - S, M, L Frames

Best stylish commuter bike

If you’re after a more stylish option for shorter journeys, the Pendleton Somerby Hybrid Bike is the perfect choice. The 7 speed Shimano gears provide ease and efficiency to your cycling efforts, while the sprung leather saddle offers added comfort. If you love classic designs, the vintage style look will certainly have you looking the part on your commute. Couple with the Pendleton Accessory Bundle, which includes a messenger bag and wicker-style basket, perfect for storing your work essentials.

Pendleton Somerby Hybrid Bike - Midnight Blue - S, M Frames

Best folding commuter bike

If your cycling commute will also involve a train journey, a folding bike is incredibly handy. The Carrera Transit features a simple and lightweight design, perfect for folding down and fitting into smaller storage spaces – even under your desk. The 3 speed hub gears allow for easy riding while the memory foam saddle provides added comfort. It’s the ultimate option for a hassle-free commute.

Carrera Transit Folding Bike

Best electric commuter bike

An electric bike is a great option for those looking for an added boost on their work journeys. The Carrera Crossfire-E is packed with features to make cycling to work a breeze. With an average range of 25-30 miles, 9 speed Shimano gearing and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, you can be assured the Carrera Crossfire E will be the perfect commuting companion.

Carrera Crossfire E Mens Electric Hybrid Bike 2.0 - S, M, L Frames

The Pendleton Somerby is also available as an e-bike, providing an average of a 25-30 mile range, 8 speed Shimano Acera gears and Tektro aluminium v-brakes. It’s ideal for providing that extra bit of cycling assistance whilst still showcasing that classic design.

Pendleton Somerby-E Electric Hybrid Bike - Mint - M Frame

Free e-bike trial

If you’re thinking about using an e-bike to cycle to work, you can take advantage of our free electric bike trial. It’s a great opportunity to try before you buy, and make sure you’re choosing the best bike for your commute. Find out more information and how to book on our dedicated e-bike trial page.


Did you know that you can get access to a brand new bike at a discounted price through the Cycle2Work scheme? This government initiative runs through participating employers and offers a cost-effective way to secure a new commuter bike and all the best bike accessories. The scheme means that you won’t have to pay tax or national insurance on your purchases, saving you up to 47%! This reduced cost is then simply deducted from your payslip over 12 or 18 months.

And there you have our top picks for the best commuter bikes. We have many more options on for you to browse. Alternatively, speak to one of our experts in-store who will be more than happy to help you narrow down the right choice. Have a happy commute with Halfords!