Stations & on train

 

Cycling and cyclists

Cycling by train

National Rail encourages the integrated use of cycles and trains - two convenient and environmentally friendly forms of transport. Some Train Companies have restrictions on when accompanied cycles may be carried, especially at busy times. Details can be found on our Train Companies page: select the Train Company you are travelling with and look at the 'Onboard facilities' section.

Where accompanied cycles are carried there is no charge.

Some general points

  • If a cycle reservation is required please make it as far in advance as possible
  • Cycles are not carried during periods of restriction as listed below
  • Please label your cycle clearly
  • Please cover your folded cycle
  • Tandems, tricycles and bicycle trailers are not carried unless otherwise stated
  • Unaccompanied cycles cannot be carried on any services.
  • Motorcycles cannot be carried on any services
  • Cycles must be carried in the designated area on trains and must not obstruct doors or aisles
  • Cycles are carried at owner’s risk (see National Rail Conditions of Carriage

If you have any questions regarding the conveyance of your bicycle please contact the Train Company that you are travelling with for further details.

Engineering work and cycles

Engineering work may affect train services. Non-folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are accepted if fully folded.

More information on engineering work.

Bus link services and cycles

Some of the journeys shown in our Journey Planner are permanent bus links to destinations that are not served by rail. Cycles cannot usually be conveyed on these services. Folding bicycles are usually accepted if fully folded and stowed as luggage, subject to space being available.

Folded cycles

Folding bicycles are carried free of charge and without restriction on all services, subject only to the additional requirements for specific services set out below:

Cycling storage and hire

An increasing number of railway stations have good quality cycle storage on or near to the station. In addition, many train companies work with independent cycle companies to offer cycle hire at stations. Search our station facilities area for more information on cycle facilities at stations.

Cycling around London

Barclays Cycle Hire was launched on 30 July 2010.

Pick up a bicycle at one of 400 cycle stations in central London, ride it where you like then return it to any cycle station ready for the next person. Available 24 hours a day, all year round. It is self-service and there is no booking - just turn up and go.

You pay for the right to hire a cycle (access fee) and for the amount of time you have got it (usage charge). You can register to become a member online although casual users can register at the terminal using a credit or debit card.

For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

Cycling by train around Europe

RailPassenger.info has links to information on travelling with bicycles on many railways within Europe.

The Eurostar website has information about their cycle policy.

Cycling organisations

The National Rail Cycling by Train leaflet is made possible by Brompton cycles, the makers of the folding bike.

Brompton Bicycle Limited

Lionel Road South, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9QR
Tel: 020 8232 8484
Fax: 020 8232 8181
Website: www.brompton.co.uk

 

CTC - The national body for cyclists

Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, GU2 9JX
Tel: 0844 736 8450
email: cycling@ctc.org.uk
Website www.ctc.org.uk

A to B magazine - Transport & folding / electric bikes

Tel/fax: 01305 259 998
email: atob@onetel.net.uk
Website: www.atob.org.uk

 

Sustrans - Cycle routes & sustainable transport

Tel: 08451 130 065
email: info@sustrans.org.uk
Website: www.sustrans.org.uk

More information

The National Rail Cycling by Train leaflet is easy to download and print for easy reference when cycling. You can also contact the Train Company you are travelling with for more information about their specific facilities for cyclists.