Can I take my bicycle on the Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris (or vice versa)?

Europe train expert,

I am planning a cycling trip from Amsterdam to Paris, and I would like to ride a train to Amsterdam. Would there be a way to carry a bicycle on the Thalys train? In addition, would it make a difference to take the train the other direction (Amsterdam to Paris)?

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  • Hi Matthew,

    If you are taking a bike on a Thalys train, then you will only be allowed the following for baggage. 1 piece of luggage, (32kg max and max 158cm, 1 bulky luggage, which would be your bike. And then one carry on piece of luggage.

    I hope this information is helpful to you and that you have a great bike trip abroad.

    Thanks,
    Jen
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 15, 2015 19:42
    Hi,

    A bike can only be taken on board a Thalys train in a purpose-designed bicycle case as luggage (measuring no more than 120cm x 90cm). A bike can fit in such a case with the wheels and pedals detached, and the handlebars parallel to the frame. Thalys does not allow bicycles to be taken on board their trains if fully assembled.

    You would purchase tickets for a train from Amsterdam to Paris by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the route. The ride on the Thalys between Amsterdam and Paris only takes about 3.5 hours.

    In contrast, a connection comprised of trains that would allow passengers to take fully assembled bicycles on board from Amsterdam to Paris would take at least about 9 hours in duration and involves at least 4 train changes along the way.

    This would involve taking a Regional-Express (RE) or InterCity (IC) train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam (1 to 1.5 hours in duration), an InterCity (IC) train from Rotterdam to Antwerp (1 to 1.5 hours in duration), an InterCity (IC) train from Antwerp to Lille (2 hours in duration). a regional 'TER' train from Lille to either Amiens or St. Quentin (1 to 1.5 hours in duration), and a regional 'TER' or 'Intercités' train from Amiens or St. Quentin to the Paris Nord station (1 to 1.5 hours in duration). On 'Intercités' trains, you would just have to purchase a special bicycle ticket for your bike to take it on board.

    If you were to purchase tickets for such a connection under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our site, you would have to break up your search in the cities I mentioned where you'd be changing trains; however, the InterCity trains from Rotterdam to Antwerp and Antwerp to Lille are currently not able to be viewed or booked there. In fact, tickets for the InterCity trains from Antwerp to Lille are only able to be purchased locally upon arrival. Tickets for the InterCity trains from Rotterdam to Antwerp can be purchased by calling us at 1-800-622-8600.

    When searching the other segments on our site, you would just have to be sure you locate the specific train types that allow fully assembled bicycles on board. You can distinguish these trains by how they are labeled on our site or their train number when you pull up the results of a schedule search on our site.

    From Amsterdam to Rotterdam, the Regional-Express and InterCity trains will just be labeled as 'Train' followed by the train number (generally, these would have 4 digit train numbers that begin with a '2', '4', or sometimes '9').

    From Lille to Amiens or Lille to St Quentin, the regional TER trains will be labeled accordingly as 'TER' followed by a 5 digit train number.

    From Amiens to Paris or St Quentin to Paris, the TER and Intercités will be labeled accordingly as 'TER' or 'Intercités'.
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  • I have a (sort of) folding recumbent bike, which fits the 120x90 size but is quite wide when folded. I have a lightweight cover

    So I'd like to know what the luggage space is like, and be confident that my bike will fit. Anybody able to advise me?
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