How to travel with your bike
A wheely smart way to travel
We love cycling in all its forms. Whether you’re a budding Chris Hoy, a clever commuter, or just heading off for a spin in the country, we’ve space for your two-wheeler. Our West Coast Mainline trains can take up to four bikes, and on our Pendolino trains there’s even space for two tandems. It’s free, but remember to reserve your space in advance.
You’ll need to board your bike at least 10 minutes before departure allowing enough time to walk to coach A to load your bike in the dedicated space. If you need a hand with this, just ask a member of staff and they’ll be happy to help.
Remember to pick up a bike tag from the station ticket office, it lets our onboard team know how far your bike is riding with us.
If you’d like a hand unloading your wheels, ask the Train Manager and they’ll organise someone to be there to help you at your stop.
If your bike folds up, it can travel for free – no reservation required.
To make a bike reservation when buying your ticket, call 03445 56 56 50.*
You can reserve a bike space up until your departure time, however bike space is very limited so the earlier, the better. If you’ve already booked your ticket, you can make your bike reservation at the station. Any questions? Give our Customer Relations team a shout on 03331 031 031 (01216 547 528 from a text phone).
Please note if you're travelling from Edinburgh you’ll only be able to load your bike onboard at Edinburgh Waverley station.
*Calls are charged at standard BT rates. Other operators may vary.
There are more than 10,000 Boris Bikes and over 700 docking stations across London to help you get around quickly and easily. All you need is a credit card and some cycling skills. Here’s how to get around London on two red wheels.
How much does it cost?
- Bike access for 24 hours: £2
- First 30 minutes of each journey: Free
- Each additional period up to 30 minutes: £2
Returning your ride
You must return your Boris Bike to a docking station within 24 hours. You could be charged up to £300 if you damage a bike or don't return it.
Things to know
Your Boris Bike access period begins as soon as payment is taken, not when you first use the bike. The scheme accepts all major credit or debit cards (it does not accept cash or Oyster). You must be 18 or over to hire a bike, and over 14 to ride one.
Get on your bike with National Rail’s PlusBike – whether you’re parking it, taking it onboard or looking to hire one, it’s your one-stop shop for advice on combined cycle and rail journeys. Get free access to PlusBike via the National Rail app or by visiting their website.
Liverpool's new cycle hire scheme, citybike, was launched by local Olympic cycling hero, Chris Boardman. Citybike, which was named by the public in an online vote, has 80 bikes, available at ten locations across Liverpool city centre.
The scheme, run by Liverpool City Council, will be expanded to include areas such as Sefton Park and Lark Lane. In 2015, there will be 1,000 bikes at over 100 locations across Liverpool, making it the largest cycle hire scheme in the country outside of London.
- Joining citybike costs from just £3 for a day membership, which includes two hours of riding time.
- You can also pay £9 weekly, which includes four hours of riding time.
- Extra time for longer trips can be bought at £1 per hour.
Blackpool North & Wilmslow: Bike & Go
Bike & Go is a totally new kind of bike hire scheme. You can hire a bike from participating train stations for a daily fixed charge of just £3.80. There’s no need to worry about rising charges while you’re busy searching for a free docking station. Just hire a bike, take it anywhere you like and keep it for the whole day.
With an annual subscription charge of only £10, Bike & Go is the most flexible, affordable and simple way to get around Blackpool North and Wilmslow.
- All-day bike hire for just £3.80 fixed fee
- Lowest annual subscription rate – only £10
- Travel where you like, for as long as you like
- Hire from train stations for door-to-door service
Getting around Glasgow has never been simpler. Two-wheeled transport is available to rent 24/7 from any nextbike station in the city. Renting is easy: just log in using their free app, the on-bike computer, or phone the nextbike hotline. If you become a nextbike member, you can use their bikes, all 20,000 of them, in 14 countries across the world.
- Register via the app, hotline (+44 (0)20 816 69851)* or here. You get access to ride in all nextbike cities and countries.
- Payment by Credit Card or Direct Debit
* Calls will be charged at your provider’s standard national rate.
Download the nextbike App
Renting your nextbike
- Sign in via App, phone or customer card*
- Enter bike number
- Open bike lock with displayed code
* You can order your customer card during registration or via your customer account online
Returning your nextbike
- Lock the bike at an official nextbike station
- Confirm return via app, phone or customer card*
- Make sure the bike is locked to the bike rack
- If you can’t find a space at the station, lock the bike as close to the station as possible.
- You can lock your bike temporarily outside of official stations. Please note: until your bike is returned as instructed above, your account will continue to be charged.
With just a few easy steps to hire, head to a Brompton dock, pick a bike (they have 40 at each place) and you’ll be away in no time. As you can take the Brompton folding bikes almost anywhere, from trains and buses to taxis, it’s the smartest way to add cycling to travel.
Once you’ve registered as a member and chosen a tariff, you’ll be able to reserve a bike (or a bay to return a bike) via text, online, or the BBH app. Enter your reservation code to open the bay door, then ride off for as long as you want – an hour, a week or even a year.