Whether you are preparing for a bike trip across France with train stops or you are a daily user of the bike-train to get to work , discover in this guide all our advice for choosing the
The bicycle train, an increasingly common use
By both being part of a responsible mobility approach, the bicycle and the train offer great complementarity. Taking the train with your bike has become extremely common in just a few years. Regular train users were able to see this. For leisure or for professional reasons, the bicycle and the train are complementary, provided, as we will see, that certain administrative and material rules are respected.
Instructions to know and follow
In fact, it is necessary to know the instructions, which vary depending on the company, so that your bike is accepted on board the train.
We will focus in this article on the conditions of travel with the SNCF, but be aware that each company displays the conditions of travel with a bicycle on its site. You will find useful links throughout this article.
Bike disassembled or not disassembled
Whatever train you take, the SNCF offers you the possibility of traveling with your bicycle (disassembled or not), for daily journeys, weekend getaways or vacations:
- By TGV INOUI
- In OUIGO
- By TER, Transilien and Intercités
- In Europe
Traveling with the disassembled bicycle is by far the most common practice, and since we manufacture and sell
If you are transporting your folded or disassembled bicycle in aSNCF
bag, your bicycle counts as hand luggage and must be placed in the luggage spaces. The bagmust measure a maximum of 120x90cm.
All TGV INOUI trains offer the possibility of traveling free of charge and without reservation with your bicycle folded or dismantled and stored in a
If you travel with OUIGO, the SNCF low-cost TGV offer, your bike must be stored in a
It is also specified that its weight must be less than 30 kg, that gives you some margin!
When booking your ticket you will need to add "additional or bulky baggage":
TER, Transilien and Intercités
The TER, Transiliens and Intercités are special cases given that it is not necessary for the bike to be dismantled to be able to board.
Some wagons have spaces dedicated to bicycles, easily identified thanks to pictograms on the doors and windows.
All types of bicycles are admitted with the exception of tandems, scooters and tricycles. Furthermore, the panniers must be removed and the trailers folded.
Attention: the transport of bicycles is prohibited on certain lines at certain times in the TER.
Ask the SNCF for information.
We invite you to consult your regional TER site to find out all the boarding arrangements.
In the Transiliens you can load your bike for free from Monday to Friday before 6:30 a.m., between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and after 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays also.
However, whatever the day or time, you will not be able to access the train with your bike in case of heavy traffic.
You will find all the practical details on the dedicated site: Traveling with your bike in Transilien
As for the Intercités, you should know that certain Intercités lines offer spaces for undisassembled bicycles, always within the limits of available places. In this case you will have to install your dear biclou in a dedicated space, clearly identified by a pictogram.
The price varies from 5 to 10€ per bike depending on the connections.
Here too you will find all the information on the SNCF website: https://www.oui.sncf/train/velo-a-bord
Bikes are accepted on board Eurostar trains provided that they are stored in a
On board Thalys, only folded or dismantled bicycles are accepted, always in a
On board the TGV Lyria, you can reserve a place for your bike for €10 when booking your ticket, at any SNCF or CFF point of sale.
More information on the TGV Lyria website.
Our advice for transporting a bicycle on a train
120 x 90 cm
If there was only one thing to remember it would be this :-) 120 x 90 cm, it's the key to taking your bike with you in any which SNCF train.
And that's good because we have developed the range of
As far as possible, make sure to be early on the platform, so that you can calmly prepare your bikes, remove the panniers if necessary, and finalize the last details.
Try your new
Not all bicycles are allowed
Unfortunately the SNCF, as we saw in this article, does not accept all types of bicycles on its trains. Recumbent bikes, tandems, tricycles and scooters are not permitted. This is also the case for trailers.
Timetables and practical information
bags TRAINBag from Buds-Sports
At Buds we love cycling and we have been confronted, certainly like you since you are reading this article,
The TRAINBag Light is the
The classic model, with integrated pockets for storing the wheels. The TRAINBag Original is made of PE600D, an extremely resistant material.
The TRAINBag Race is the most versatile
The TRAINBag Travel is the padded
bags of bicycles
The universal fork protection, an essential complement to the TRAINBag
The Universal Support to protect the transmission by isolating the rear derailleur from the ground and preventing the bike from resting on the large chainring.
Adapted to all types of pedals, flat and automatic, the PEDALSProtect protects your