Bikes on trains in Europe

My daughter and I are cycling Europe this summer. We were hoping to sometimes be able to jump on a train between some major points to maximize our time. Specifically we want to take our bikes on the train from Vienna back to Amsterdam at the end of our trip. I can't find any information about bikes on trains. Help!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 05, 2012 16:49
    Hi Susan,

    The most direct daytime connection from Vienna to Amsterdam would involve changing trains once in Frankfurt along the way. However, trains from Vienna to Frankfurt and trains from Frankfurt to Amsterdam are both InterCity Express (ICE) trains, which do not allow bicycles on board.

    For your bicycles to be allowed, you would take an overnight train from Vienna to Hannover. In Hannover, you would change trains to board a regular InterCity (IC) that will take you to Amsterdam. The night train and the IC trains will both allow bicycles on board. You would pay the ticket for your bicycle locally upon arrival for each of these trains.

    You would purchase tickets for these trains under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. To do this, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment of the trip, so you would do one search to access the night train from Vienna to Hannover and another search for connecting trains from Hannover to Amsterdam the following morning.

    Otherwise, for travel during the day, you could do a connection that involves taking a combination of specific train types and changing trains in the likes of Salzburg, Dusseldorf, Venlo, and Eindhoven along the way.

    For trains from Vienna to Salzburg, only the trains with train numbers in the 600, 700 or 800 series will allow bicycles, so you would want to be sure the tickets you purchase for this segment of the route are for one of these trains. These trains are labeled simply as 'Train' on our website followed by the train number when you pull up the results of your search for this segment of the connection.

    From Salzburg to Dusseldorf, you would have to take the direct train between these cities that has a 3 digit train number that begins with a '1'. If the direct train from Salzburg to Dusseldorf does not appear when you do your search for this segment, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    All of the trains that display on our site for a search for trains from Dusseldorf to Venlo will allow bicycles on board. You can then do a search for trains from Venlo to Amsterdam, which will reflect the train change in Eindhoven when you pull up the results of your search. Once again, all of the trains that display for a search for trains from Venlo to Amsterdam will allow bicycles.

    Trains in this part of Europe can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • what is the next closest city to get a better connection from possibly in France st jean pied du port maybe
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 15, 2013 16:36
      Hi Rudy,

      In France, fully assembled bicycles are only allowed on board regional trains and 'TER' trains, with some rare exceptions during rush hour periods (you would only be able to find out about such exceptions locally in Paris). On these trains, you can walk right on board these trains with your bicycle, and you would not even have to purchase a ticket for it. Bicycles are allowed on some 'Intercités' trains in France as well. Intercités trains that allow bicycles would just require you to purchase a reservation for it.

      The most feasible connection from St Jean Pied de Port to Nantes that would allow fully assembled bicycles on board would take just over 9 hours in duration and would involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Bayonne, once in Dax, and then once in Bordeaux.

      You can purchase tickets and check schedules for the portion of this connection from St Jean Pied de Port to Bordeaux by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. For a connection of regional trains from St Jean Pied de Port to Nantes, you would piece together the route by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from St Jean Pied de Port to Bayonne, another search for connecting trains from Bayonne to Dax, and another search for connecting trains from Dax to Bordeaux).

      Regional and TER trains in France can be identified on our website by their train number. In France, the regional and TER trains have 5 digit train numbers. If you wish to travel with your bicycle full assembled you would have to be sure to select these specific trains when you purchase your tickets.

      The train from Bordeaux to Nantes that allows fully assembled bicycles is currently not able to be viewed or booked on our website, but you can call us at 1-800-622-8600 in order to purchase tickets and check schedules for this train.

      Trains in France can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Traveling from Munich to Salzburg then to Innsbruck. Are bike boxes allowed on trains as luggage? approx size are 119 x 76 x 29 cm. thank you
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 22, 2013 20:04
      Hi Dana,

      Bicycles can be transported as luggage on any train if contained within a special purpose-designed bicycle bag. Such a bag would fit the bicycle with the wheels and pedals detached, and the handlebars parallel to the frame. The specific dimensions you mentioned would be acceptable.

      Otherwise, fully assembled bicycles would be allowed on EuroCity (EC) trains, InterCity (IC), or regional trains on the route from Munich to Salzburg. On the route from Salzburg to Innsbruck, fully assembled bicycles would only be allowed on InterCity 'OIC' trains.

      On these trains, you would be able to walk right on board with your bike still fully assembled; however, the EuroCity (EC) and InterCity (IC) trains from Munich to Salzburg and the Intercity (OIC) trains from Salzburg to Innsbruck would just require you to purchase a reservation if your bike is fully assembled.

      Railjet trains that operate along both of these routes would only allow your bicycle on board as luggage in the special bicycle case.

      You can purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

      You can distinguish the type of trains from one another by their train numbers.

      On the route from Munich to Salzburg, the EuroCity (EC) trains will have a 3 digit train number that begins with a '1', the InterCity (IC) trains will have a 4 digit train number that begins with a '1', and the regional trains will have a 5 digit train number, all preceded by the word 'Train'.

      On the route from Salzburg to Innsbruck, the InterCity (OIC) trains will have a 3 digit train number that begins with an '8' preceded by the word 'Train'.

      On both of these routes, the Railjet trains will be labeled as 'OBB Railjet'.

      All of these trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

      If you opt for a EuroCity (EC) from Munich to Salzburg, an InterCity (IC) train from Munich to Salzburg, or a InterCity (OIC) train from from Salzburg to Innsbruck; and you wish to take your bicycle on board fully assembled, you can purchase the bicycle reservation by calling us at 1-800-622-8600.
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  • Hi. My father and a friend are going to France for a bike trip and we'd like to know how to transport their bikes in the train from PARIS MONTPARNASSE to ST NAZAIRE (08/13/2013 - 16h). Is it possible to buy tickets on-line for the bikes? In some of the available classes would they be able to travel with the bikes fully assembled? Thank you! Raisa
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    • Fully assembled bikes are indeed allowed on certain TGV trains in france, but must be booked over the phone at the same time as you buy your ticket. The cost for an assembled bike is ten euros. It is possible to book over the phone with some detective work on the internet, and you must find an English speaking clerk. You must also pay with AmericanExpress.
      I know it is possible because I did it this summer, booking from Canada three months in advance, to travel from Paris to Toulouse, and then Avignon to Paris, with fully assembled bikes. I booked directly with sncf, the French train company.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) August 06, 2013 19:05
      It is true that fully assembled bicycles are allowed on certain TGV trains but only on a limited number of TGV routes, and there is no way for us to tell which routes those are.

      We can only go by word from the national rail network of France, but it is possible that fully assembled bicycles are allowed on the specific TGV train being inquired about here, there is just no way for us to know. For any TGV that does have the necessary space for fully assembled bikes, there would be an additional fee, as Joanie states, and that can only be arranged locally. Also, the space for fully assembled bikes on such trains is limited.
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