Brussels to Berlin & Berlin to Paris with a bicycle

I am new to the forum. I need to travel from Brussels to Berlin 31 March - 1 April.It is OK if I have to break this trip over two days, but I cannot find any trains accepting bicycles that take me out of Brussels and closer to Berlin. I have tried several destinations (Amsterdam, Aachen, Cologne, Frankfurt, etc.). Ideal for me would be Brussels to Cologne, but right now I feel I will accept anything...I also need to do a similar trip 18-19 April from Berlin to Paris, and I think I will have the same problem. Is there another strategy for this type of situation? Just go to the train station and ask? I am using the eurail trip planner app.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 21, 2018 20:02
    Hi Ron,

    A bicycle can be taken on board any train if contained within a purpose-designed bicycle bag (measuring no more than 120cm x 90cm). A bike can fit in such a bag with the wheels and pedals detached and the handlebars parallel to the frame. There is no charge to travel with your bike in one of these bags.

    With such a bag, you can take the fastest connections between these cities.

    Brussels to Berlin (if bike contained within purpose-designed bag)

    From Brussels to Berlin, the fastest connections take just under 7 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Cologne along the way.

    The trains from Brussels to Cologne are Thalys trains, which do not allow assembled bikes on board.

    Trains from Cologne to Berlin are ICE (InterCity Express), which also do not allow assembled bikes on board.

    A bike would only be allowed board these trains if broken down and contained within the kind of bag I mentioned above.

    You would purchase tickets for these particular trains by searching the route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. For a trip from Brussels to Berlin, you would just have to break up your search in Cologne (i.e. one search for trains from Brussels to Cologne and then another search for connecting trains from Cologne to Berlin).

    Brussels to Berlin (with a fully assembled bike)

    If you need to travel with your bike fully assembled, the connection would take at least about 9 hours in duration with at least 3 train changes along the way.

    With an assembled bike, the 9 hour option involves changing trains in Welkenraedt, Aachen, and Cologne.

    From Brussels to Welkenraedt, you would take a regular IC (InterCity) train.

    From Welkenraedt to Aachen, you would take a regional train.

    From Aachen to Cologne, you would have to be sure to take a regional train. Between Aachen and Cologne, there are also high-speed ICE and Thalys trains, which do not allow assembled bikes on board. A bike would only be allowed board an ICE or Thalys if broken down and contained within the kind of bag I mentioned above.

    From Cologne to Berlin, you would have to be sure to take a regular IC train. The vast majority of trains from Cologne to Berlin, are high-speed ICE trains, which do not allow assembled bikes on board. A bike would only be allowed board an ICE if broken down and contained within the kind of bag I mentioned above.

    Tickets from Brussels to Welkenraedt and the regional trains from Aachen to Cologne are only able to be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Tickets for trains from Welkenraedt to Aachen are only able to be purchased locally when you're in Belgium. You can inquire about the schedule when you call us.

    If you were to book tickets from Cologne to Berlin on our website, you would just have to be sure to choose one of the trains labeled 'Intercity' when you pull up the results of your search.

    On these trains, it is also the case that an additional ticket would be needed to take your bike on board fully assembled. The bike ticket can only be purchased locally when you're there. At the station in Brussels (Brussels Midi), you can purchase a bike ticket that would cover you the full route from Brussels to Berlin. The IC train from Cologne to Berlin would also require a special reservation for your assembled bike (in addition to the ticket). The bike reservation for this segment can be purchased locally or by calling us.
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    • Thank you again. I will not take the bike to Paris. Too complicated because I do not have the option of using a bike bag.

      Can you tell me if there is storage for the bike available at the train station in Cologne for a week?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) February 22, 2018 15:28
      The Cologne Hbf station does have lockers, but I am not sure if they would be able to store your bike specifically. For that, you would have to inquire locally.
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