Do you want a lovely cycling holiday? In many of our international trains it's possible to bring your own bicycle. That's handy! We recommend you travel during off-peak periods with your bicycle, but this is not mandatory when travelling internationally. Before you leave, check which rules apply for your train journey.
Conditions per train
Every train has its own rules for transporting your bike. Below you can read the possibilities to take your bike with you with each carrier:
With the train to Belgium: Intercity Brussels, Eurostar, TGV and Thalys
With the train to France: Thalys and TGV
With the train to Germany: ICE International and Intercity Berlin
With the train to England: Eurostar
For some trains, you'll need to make a reservation in advance or to buy a ticket if you want to bring your bicycle on board. You can book your train trip with bike at the NS International Service Center or the NS International counter at one of the Tickets & Service offices at the larger train stations. It's not possible to book online.
If you have any questions, you can contact NS International Service Center at +31 (0)30 230 0023.
Taking your bicycle on board Intercity Brussels
To travel with your bicycle on Intercity Brussels, you'll need an international bicycle ticket that costs about € 12.00 one-way. Are you travelling this summer, then a reservation is required for your bicycle. You can buy this reservation for € 4 for a single trip by calling +31 (0)30 230 0023 or at the counter at the station. Folding bicycle A folding bicycle is permitted free of charge. It needs to be folded and packed and placed above or under a seat or placed in the vestibules. Please note:
- It's your own responsibility to load and unload the bicycle.
- It's not permitted to leave luggage strapped onto the bicycle during the trip.
- You'll need to be at the platform 30 minutes before departure in order to have enough time to dismantle your bicycle.
- If your bike doesn't comply with these conditions, you'll not be able to take it on board.
Taking your bicycle on board Thalys
Bicycles on board Thalys are only permitted if they are packed in a bicycle case (135 x 85 x 30 cm). In order for it to fit, you'll need to dismantle the front and back wheel.
Folded folding bicycles are considered carry-on luggage as long as they are no larger than the size of a suitcase, namely 75 x 53 x 30 cm.
Taking your bicycle on board TGV
On board TGV, a bicycle is only allowed if its front wheel has been removed and if the bicycle is packed in a special bicycle slipcover (maximum dimensions: 120 x 90 cm). A tandem is not allowed on board.
Taking your bicycle on board Eurostar
A bicycle that is (folded) smaller than 85cm x 85cm (lxw) can be used as luggage. However, it must be packed in a slipcover that covers the entire bike. The alternative is to make a reservation to take your bicycle unpackaged/assembled. It’s also possible to send a bike as a large piece of luggage.
Only unpackaged, unassembled bicycles of a standard size and 2 wheels are allowed on board. No tandems, tricycles or children's trailers are allowed on board. All luggage must be removed from the bicycle.
Travelling directly with Eurostar from Amsterdam to London or v.v.?
Unpackaged, unassembled bicycles can only be taken to London from Amsterdam CS station. You are required to make a reservation well in advance. Bring your bike to the MacBike branch at Amsterdam CS before departure. MacBike will arrange for your bike to be checked in. You can pick up your bike in London no more than 24 hours later. Please note: it is not guaranteed that your bicycle will be taken on the train you are travelling with! It is not possible to take your bike to and Rotterdam as there is no MacBike branch there.
From London to the Netherlands a maximum of two unassembled bicycles can be taken on the morning trains leaving London at 07.16 and 11.04 hrs. For the first train (07.16 hrs) the bicycle has to be handed in the evening before departure at the latest. The exact location of the drop-off point will be given to the passenger when making the reservation. Upon arrival, bicycles can be picked up at MacBike at Amsterdam CS.
Please contact EuroDespatch for information about transporting your bike and reserving a bike place.
Travelling to London with a transfer?
Please note that only disassembled bicycles are permitted on board Thalys. From the Netherlands to London, you can also use Intercity Brussels, with a transfer at Brussel Zuid/Midi station. Check your bike in when changing trains. When booking, make a reservation for your bicycle for both Intercity Brussels and Eurostar. You can pick up your bike at London St. Pancras 24 hours later.
Another option is to send the bike. This can be done inexpensively via the Eurostar Luggage Delivery service: First Luggage. They’ll pick up the bike at your home. After a maximum of 5 days your bicycle will be at its final destination. There’s a special rate, exclusively for Eurostar passengers. The bike must be packed in a bike case that is allowed on airplanes at the time of shipment. The maximum dimensions for such a bike case are 120 x 90 cm (lxw). Here you can see the price for sending your bike and - if you like the offer - make and pay the booking.
Taking your bicycle on board ICE International
Regular bicycles are only allowed if they are packed as luggage. The packed bike must fit under the seat or in the luggage rack. If you take your bicycle with you, disassembled and packed, you don't need a ticket for your bike. Maximum packaging dimensions: 120 x 90 cm (lxw). For safety reasons, the aisles must be kept clear. Please make sure that your packaged bike has a luggage label with your first and last name.
Folding bicycles can be carried as luggage when folded, when they are placed in the luggage rack or under the seat. Folding bikes that are placed in the luggage rack must be packed in a cover, bag or suitcase for safety reasons. If the folding bike can be placed under the seat, packaging is not necessary.
ICE on the German stretch
Within Germany, there are many intercity and regional trains with special bicycle places. In a limited number of German ICE International trains, it's possible to reserve bicycle places. Passengers need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bike with them on a German ICE International or intercity train. For regional trains, only a bicycle ticket is required. Your bike doesn't need to be disassembled.
Regular bikes may also be carried as luggage if they fit under the seat or in the luggage rack. It's important to ensure safety on the train. The maximum dimensions for the packaging are 120 x 90 cm (lxw). A ticket is not required for a packaged bicycle.
Folding bicycles can be carried as luggage when folded and they can be placed in the luggage rack or under the seat. Folding bikes that are placed in the luggage rack must be packed in a cover, bag or suitcase for safety reasons. If the folding bike can be placed under the seat, packaging is not necessary.
Taking your bicycle on board Intercity Berlin
Intercity Berlin has a bicycle carriage, with room for 16 bicycles. You can take your bike with you and place it in this carriage. Tandems (two bicycle spaces are needed for them) and tricycles (for people with reduced mobility) are also allowed.
Bicycle ticket You'll need an international bike ticket for your bike, which costs € 12 one-way. In addition, a reservation for your bike is required. You pay € 4 per one-way ticket. You can reserve a bicycle place by telephone, via the NS International Service Center or at the international desk. Please note that there is a booking fee of € 7.50 per person. You can bring a maximum of one bicycle per person.
Bicycles packed as luggage are also allowed if they fit under the seat or in the luggage rack. It’s important that safety on the train is guaranteed. Maximum dimensions for the packaging are 120 x 90 cm (lxw). A ticket is not required for a packaged bicycle.
Folding bicycle Folding bicycles may be carried as luggage when folded, if they can be placed in the luggage rack or under the seat. Folding bikes that are placed in the luggage rack must be packed in a cover, bag or suitcase for safety reasons. If the folding bike can be placed under the seat, packaging is not necessary.
Dutch stretch only Would you like to bring your bicycle only on board the Dutch stretch of Intercity Berlin? This is only possible with a domestic bicycle ticket. During peak hours and in the summer months, due to the crowds, bicycle transport is only possible for passengers with an international bicycle ticket and reservation.
Cycling to and from the station
Cycling is the ideal mode of transportation to get to and from the train station. That is why we offer you various bicycle services at all NS International stations.