Taking your bike on Eurostar

Taking your bike on Eurostar...  You can take your bike on Eurostar in the luggage compartment for £30 each way (pre-booking required).  Full details in the text...

  Bike compartment on Paris to Berlin City Night Line sleeper train

Taking a bike beyond Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam:  City Night Line sleeper trains are particularly bike-friendly, as they have bicycle compartments and take bikes for €10-€15 per journey.  Routes include Paris to Berlin, Paris to Munich, Amsterdam & Cologne to Copenhagen, Dresden, Prague, Zurich, Munich.  Book online at www.bahn.de or by phone from DB's UK office, 08718 80 80 66 More details info in the text...

  Inside the bike compartment of the City Night Line sleeper train from Amsterdam to Prague
 

Cycle compartments: This is the cycle compartment in the City Night Line sleeper train from Amsterdam to Prague...

  Bike bag for transporting a bike by train.  THis is a recommended dhb bag, from www.wiggle.com

Bike bags:  In an ideal world you'd always find a train that takes bikes in the luggage van or special bicycle compartment.  However, on many routes packing your bike into a zip-up bike bag is the only option, with pedals & wheels removed and handlebars turned.  Bags cost £50-£100, this recommended dhb one is about £75.  See www.wiggle.co.uk. Unfortunately, Eurostar no longer allows any bike bags over 85cm in any one dimension. Photo courtesy of Wiggle Online Cycle Shop.

   

On this page...

...you'll find advice on how to take you bike with you by train from the UK to countries all over Europe.  You can take your bicycle with you on many European trains, though the arrangements vary on different services and in different countries.  If you have any feedback on taking bikes to Europe by train that might help fellow cyclists, please let me know.  Think of your journey as a 3-stage process:

  Step 1, taking your bike on British trains from your local station to London

  Step 2, taking your bike from London to Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam

  Step 3, taking your bike on trains beyond Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam

How to take your bike by train from the UK to...

France

Belgium

Luxembourg

Netherlands

 

Switzerland

Italy

Germany

Austria

 

Spain

Denmark, Norway, Sweden

Eastern & Central Europe

Reports & advice from fellow cyclists...


Folding bikes, tandems, motorbikes...

OK, lets deal with these first.  The rest of this page will deal with normal one-person non-folding bikes.


Step 1, taking your bike on British trains...

You can take your bike on almost all British trains, as long as you avoid Monday-Friday peak hours around London & other big cities.  Sometimes bikes go free on a turn-up-&-hop-on basis, on other trains there are only a limited number of bike spaces so you must make a reservation for your bike and sometimes pay a small fee.  The arrangements vary on each UK train operator, but they are explained on these recommended websites:

Step 2, getting your bike to Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam...

The next step is to get your bike to Paris or Brussels on Eurostar, or to the Netherlands by Dutch Flyer train & ferry.

Taking bikes to Paris or Brussels by Eurostar...

Taking bikes from London to Amsterdam by Dutch Flyer...

Other ferry options...

Step 3, bikes on trains beyond Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam...


Sponsored links...

 

  Bike space, Intercite de Nuit overnight train in France
 

Bike compartment on a Intercité de Nuit overnight train, from Paris to Toulon, Cannes, Nice, Perpignan, Narbonne, Toulouse, Biarritz, Lourdes, Latour de Carol.  Bike spaces must be reserved and a small fee is charged.  Look for the voiture services with a bike logo on one window.

Taking bikes by train from the UK to France...

Taking bikes by train from the UK to to Belgium...

Taking bikes by train from the UK to the Netherlands...

Taking bikes by train from the UK to Luxembourg...

Taking bikes by train from the UK to Switzerland...

Taking bikes by train from the UK to Italy...

Taking bikes by train from the UK to Germany...

Taking bikes by train from the UK to Austria...

  Bike space, Intercite de Nuit overnight train in France
 

Bike compartment on a Intercité de Nuit couchette train, Paris to Latour de Carol, Portbou/Cerebère or Irun/Hendaye.  Bike spaces must be reserved and a small fee paid.

  Bike spaces, local train in Spain from Latour de Carol to Barcelona
 

This is the bike area on the suburban train from Latour de Carol to Barcelona.  There are spaces in every car, no reservation necessary or possible.

Taking bikes by train to Spain...

Taking bikes to Denmark, Norway, Sweden...

Taking bikes by train to Central & Eastern Europe...

Travellers' reports...

More information...

Further feedback, photos or reports about taking bikes by train into Europe are always welcome!


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