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Can I take my bike on a train in Europe?

When it comes to taking your bike on trainsandrey-kremkov-2v2Mbo6ibrw-unsplash in Europe, the rules may vary depending on the train operator and the specific route. Generally, many European train systems allow bikes on board, but it's important to understand the specific policies of each train operator. We wouldn’t want you stranded on a platform.

Here are some general tips and considerations for taking your bike on trains in Europe:

Check with the Train Operator: Contact the train operator or visit their website to obtain accurate and up-to-date information on their bike policy. Some train operators require reservations or have specific restrictions on certain routes or during peak travel times.

The following sites advise of bicycles on public transport. 

SNCB Belgium

Le Shuttle



See Seat61 for Europe Wide advice

Bike Storage: Most train operators provide designated storage areas for bicycles. These can range from dedicated bike compartments to hooks or racks in regular passenger carriages. Especially if you’re travelling with panniers/kit and you realise you may not be near your bike on the journey.

Reservation Requirements: In some cases, you may need to make a reservation for your bike in advance. This is especially common for long-distance or high-speed trains.

Bike Fees: Some train operators may charge a fee for bringing your bike on board. The fees can vary, so it's important to check the specific cost and payment methods accepted by the train operator. You could make sure that the fee covers any further journeys along the same line. For example, in France, most non-Premium trains carry bikes free of charge, and on TGV trains, you can bring your bike in a bike bag. In Belgium, you may need to purchase a bike card before bringing your bike on the train. In the Netherlands, some trains require a separate ticket for bikes.

Bike Disassembly: In certain situations, if your bike is not a folding bike, you may be required to partially or fully disassemble it before bringing it on board. This is more common for trains with limited storage space. Fully assembled bicycles are not allowed on international TGV trains. In the London, Paris, Lille Europe and Brussels terminals, bicycles must be checked with the checked luggage service. But it is possible to travel with your bike if it has been disassembled/folded and placed in a bag (max 1.30 m x 0.90 m)

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Pack and Prepare: Ensure your bike is properly packed and secured for transportation. Remove any loose items or accessories that could potentially cause damage or become detached during the journey.

We know it’s stating the obvious but it's a good idea to arrive early at the train station to allow enough time for boarding and stowing your bike.

We hope this information helps. Enjoy your bike travels in Europe!

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