Taking your bicycle with you
Do you want to take your bicycle with you on an international train within Europe? And what kind of bike is it: a regular bicycle, a mountain bike, a track bike, a recumbent bicycle or a tandem? It's possible to take your bike on those trains that have special bike area's.
Regulations per train operator
It is not permitted to take a bicycle on Intercity direct trains. Intercity direct travels over a high-speed track and there are therefore extra security measures in place. Bicycles can hinder the passageways in the train, which can jeopardize the passengers’ safety. Completely folded folding bicycles are, however, permitted (maximum dimension 120x90cm), provided that they fit in the luggage areas provided. The bicycle is then considered a piece of luggage and can be transported for free.
It is permitted to take a bicycle on Intercity Brussel trains. Passengers do need an international bicycle ticket that costs about €12.00 one-way. You may take a maximum of one bicycle per person. A folding bicycle is also permitted but does need to be folded and packed and placed above or under a seat or placed in the vestibules, because then you will not need an international ticket.
It is your own responsibility to load and unload the bicycle. We advise passengers with bicycles to be on the platform before the train arrives and to be standing at an exit when the train arrives at the final destination, due to the trains’ short stops.
It is not permitted to leave luggage strapped to the bicycle during the trip.
From outside the Netherlands to the Netherlands it is every country’s right to determine the price for taking a bicycle on board. This means that there can be substantial differences in price.
On board Thalys, a bicycle is only allowed if its front wheel has been removed and if the bicycle is packed in a special bicycle slipcover (maximum dimensions: 120x90 cm). The bicycle is then considered a luggage item. A folding bike is permitted as long as it is folded and packed.
On board TGV, a bicycle is only allowed if its front wheel has been removed and if the bicycle is packed in a special bicycle slipcover (maximum dimensions: 120x90 cm).
It is permitted to take bicycles and folding bicycles on the Eurostar. These do need to be dismantled and packed in special slipcovers that are no larger than a regular suitcase.
For passengers travelling between Brussels/Paris/Lille and London, it is possible to transport a bicycle as registered luggage. We do advise these passengers to pack them and place a protective slipcover over them and to have a travel insurance that covers the transport of the bicycle. The costs of transporting the bicycle as registered luggage are €25.00. Tandems are not permitted.
Bicycles can be registered at the luggage office at:
- Brussel Zuid, office 'Bagage', this is located between the Eurostar check-in counter and the Travel Centre, between 07:00 - 22:00 hrs, tel.: +32 22 24 88 62.
- London St. Pancras, Euro Dispatch Centre, between 07:00 - 22:00 hrs, tel.: +44 8705 850 850.
- Paris Nord, Sernam, between 07:00 - 22:00 hrs, tel.: +33 1 48 74 14 80.
Luggage can be collected at the arrival station within 24 hours.
Unfortunately NS and DB have different rules for transporting bicycles and folding bikes.
On the domestic Dutch part of the ICE route and the cross-border routes via Emmerich the following applies:
- ICE passengers with an NS domestic ticket may take an unpacked folding bicycle with them.
- ICE passengers with an internationaal ticket may take a packed folding bicycle with them (unpacked folding bicycles are not permitted).
- ICE passengers are not permitted to take regular bicycles with them, not even when they are dismantled and packed unless they completely fit and are placed in a suitcase that is no larger than 85cm.
On the domestic German part of the ICE route the following applies:
- Folding bicycles and regular bicycles are only permitted in ICE as hand luggage provided that they are dismantled and packed in a special bicycle slipcover (maximum dimensions: 120x90 cm).
It is permitted to take a bicycle on board InterCity Berlin trains. You will need an international bicycle ticket that costs about € 12.00 one-way. A reservation for your bicycle is also mandatory, and this costs € 4.00 one-way.
Passengers may take up to one bicycle per person. A folding bicycle is also permitted when folded and packed. A folding bicycle must then be placed above of under a seat, or placed in the vestibules. A reservation for a folding bicycle is not necessary.
It is permitted to take a bicycle on board CityNightLine trains. A one-way international bicycle ticket costs € 12.00. Reservation is mandatory but free. The bike will be placed in a sleeping carriage with luggage department. Per CityNightLine (Amsterdam – Munich, Amsterdam – Zurich) it is possible to make a reservation for a maximum of 2 tandems. For every tandem reservation, two less bicycle reservations are possible.
Please note: When transporting a tandem, 2 bicycle tickets are required.
Buying and reserving a bicycle ticket
It is not yet possible to book your trip online when travelling with a bicycle. To book your trip with bicycle ticket, you can contact NS Hispeed Customer Care, the NS Hispeed counter at one of the Tickets & Service offices at the larger train stations or your travel agency.
If you have any questions, you can contact NS Hispeed Customer Care at 0900-9296 (€ 0.35 p/m).
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