Train Travel with Bicycles
Are bicycles and trains the ultimate combination?
We like to think so. Both are convenient, environmentally friendly and fun! Here’s what you need to know about bringing your bike on the train.
Many train operators allow bikes onboard. On some trains, you need to reserve a space for your bike before you travel. Make sure you check the specific cycle policies for each train company you travel with. You can also park your bike at lots of stations – search our Stations page for more information.
Label your bike clearly
Cover folded bikes
Motorcycles, tricycles and bicycle trailers are not permitted
Unaccompanied bikes are not permitted
Bikes must be kept in designated areas and must not obstruct doors or aisles
Bikes are carried at the owner’s risk, see the National Rail Conditions of Travel (PDF, 1.1MB)
You’re welcome to bring your folding bike on all trains, at no extra cost. There are a few additional requirements on the following services:
c2c and Stansted Express – folding bikes should be transported in a protective carrying case
East Midlands Railway, South Western Railway and LNER – folding bikes are carried free of charge as long as they can be stowed as luggage
London Overground – folding bikes are carried free of charge, up to a limit of one per vestibule area at peak times
Due to their size, tandems are only permitted on the following services:
Avanti West Coast
ScotRail (Glasgow to Oban route only)
Bringing your bike on a bus
Some of our journeys are permanent bus links, and sometimes there will be rail replacement bus services. What does that mean for you and your bike?
Non-folding bikes are not allowed on buses
Folding bikes are usually allowed on buses if there’s space and if your bike is fully folded and stowed as luggage. Please note, however, that we cannot guarantee a space for your folded bike
Cycle hire in London and other cities
You can rent a bike at one of over 700 bike docking stations in central London. Simply go to any docking station with your bank card and touch the screen to get started. Ride it where you like then return it to any docking station ready for the next person.
Bikes are available 24 hours a day, all year round. It is self-service and there is no booking required – just turn up and go.
For more information, visit the Transport for London website.
Many other cities also have cycle hire schemes, including Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool. Check the Journey Planner, which will have information from PlusBike about whether cycle hire is available at the relevant stations.
Plan your journey with PlusBike
If you’re planning a journey by bike and train, PlusBike can help you find details on bike parking, bike hire, information on bringing your bike on trains and whether you need to make a reservation to take a bike onboard. Look for the PlusBike icon in your Journey Planner results.
Reserve a space for your bike if your train company requires it
Stow your folding bike as luggage
Check the rules before you travel
Obstruct doors or aisles
Bring your motorcycle
Forget your helmet