Traveling with bike from Lyon to Zurich. Do the stations have elevators?

Hi - I'm travelling from Lyon with my bike and panniers and need to change trains at Mulhouse Ville, going to Zurich. Do I have to push my bike up the stairs from the platform, or are there elevators on each platform? Natalie
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 08, 2018 15:50
    Hi Natalie,

    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.

    Lyon to Zurich with bagged bike

    The most feasible connections from Lyon to Zurich take 4.5 to 5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Geneva along the way.

    From Lyon to Geneva, you would take a regional TER train; however, these particular TER trains are listed by the train operator as not allowing assembled bikes on board. A bike would only be allowed on board one of these trains if broken down and contained within the kind of bag I mentioned above.

    Trains from Geneva to Zurich are direct IC trains on which assembled bikes are allowed. To take an assembled bike on one of these trains, you would just need to purchase something called a 'day pass' at the station.

    Tickets for TER trains from Lyon to Geneva are now only able to be purchased locally in Europe. Therefore, schedules for these trains are not able to be viewed on our website.

    You would purchase tickets from Geneva to Zurich by searching the route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Lyon to Zurich with assembled bike (via Belfort, Mulhouse, and Basel)

    If you need to keep your bike assembled, the connection from Lyon to Zurich would take 7.5 to 8 hours in duration and involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Belfort, once in Mulhouse, and then once in Basel.

    Assembled bikes are allowed on board the regional TER trains from Lyon to Belfort, Belfort to Mulhouse, and Mulhouse to Basel. On these TER trains, you can just walk right on board with your bike, and there would be no additional cost.

    Trains from Basel to Zurich are direct IC trains on which assembled bikes are allowed. To take an assembled bike on one of these trains, you would just need to purchase something called a 'day pass' at the station.

    Once again, tickets for the TER trains are now only able to be purchased in Europe, so their schedules are not able to be viewed on our website.

    You would purchase tickets from Basel to Zurich by searching the route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Lyon to Zurich with assembled bike (via Bellegarde and Geneva)

    In the evening, there is a connection that allows assembled bikes and only takes about 5.5 hours. This option involves only 2 train changes along the way; once in Bellegarde and then once in Geneva.

    From Lyon to Bellegarde and Bellegarde to Geneva, you would take regional TER trains that do allow assembled bikes. Once again, on these trains you can just walk right on board with your bike at no additional cost.

    Trains from Geneva to Zurich are the direct IC trains for which you would need to purchase that 'day pass' at the station to take your assembled bike on board.

    Tickets for the TER trains are only be purchased locally in Europe, while the tickets from Geneva to Zurich can be purchased by doing a search under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on our homepage.
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  • Thank you so much Jeff! All that information has been extremely helpful.
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