A wheely smart way to travel

For those bike enthusiasts, I bet you’re wondering ‘can you take a bike on a train?’ Well, whether you’re a Tour de wannabe, a clever commuter, or just heading off for a spin in the country, we’ve got space for your bike aboard our trains.

Our West Coast Mainline trains can take up to four bikes, and our Pendolino trains even have space for two tandems (no penny-farthings though). It’s free, but remember to reserve your space in advance.

You can reserve a bike spot up until your departure time, but space is very limited so the earlier you can reserve, the better. If your bike folds up, it can travel any time – no reservation required.

What you need to know about taking your bike on a train

You'll find bike storage in Coach A. You’ll need to be at least 10 minutes early for your train’s departure. This is so you can talk to our platform team. They’ll then be able to unlock the coach door so you can get your bike onboard before the train is scheduled to depart. Don’t forget to grab a bike tag from the station ticket office. This lets our onboard team know how far your bike is riding with us. If you need a hand unloading your bike at the other end, just ask the Train Manager and they’ll arrange for someone to be at your stop, ready to help.

To make a bike reservation when buying your ticket, call 03445 56 56 50* If you’ve already booked your ticket, you can make your bike reservation at the station.

Any questions? Give our Customer Resolutions centre 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.

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Taking a folding Brompton bike on a train