Cycle Policy by Train Operating Company

For more information about travelling with a bike on individual Train Operatorssee below.

Avanti West Coast

 

Avanti West Coast: London – West Midlands – North Wales – North West England and Scotland

Cycle reservations compulsory.

Avanti West Coast operate two types of trains, the Voyager and the Pendolino. These trains have racks for up to four cycles.

Each Voyager and Pendolino can carry up to 4 bikes.

  • Tandem Bikes - Currently Voyager trains cannot accept tandem bikes but each Pendolino train has enough room for two tandem bikes (please book two bike spaces for each tandem when booking your bike reservation).

If you are travelling with a cycle, ask a member of the station platform team for the location of the cycle space before you board the train.

Reservations can be made:

  • At any staffed National Rail station
  • Via Avanti Telesales Team

c2c

 

London Fenchurch Street – Southend Central and Shoeburyness.

Reservations not available. Cycles carried subject to space.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday between the following times:

  • 07:14 and 09:30 on services arriving into London Fenchurch Street
  • 16:30 and 18:34 on services departing from London Fenchurch Street

Caledonian Sleeper

 

Reservations recommended.

Cycles without reservations subject to availability, typically 3-6 spaces available.

Reservations can be made:

We will carry all bikes booked by 12:00 on the day before travel. Occasionally, we will transport your cycle by road courier to your destination, arriving at the same time as the service.

Chiltern Railways

 

London Marylebone – Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford Parkway, Birmingham and Kidderminster.

Reservations not available. Cycles carried, subject to space and at the discretion of staff.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday between the following times:

  • 07:45 to 10:00 on services arriving into London Marylebone or Birmingham Moor Street, and
  • 16:30 to 19:30 on servcies departing London Marylebone or Birmingham Moor Street

CrossCountry

 

Long distance services between Scotland, South Wales and England: East Midlands, East Anglia, North East, South and South West.

Reservations recommended. Most trains have two reservable cycle spaces and one further space for unreserved cycles. Cycles without a reservation carried subject to space, on a first come, first served basis.

Reservations can be made:

  • At any staffed National Rail station
  • Via our Telesales Team

East Midlands Railways

 

1. East Midlands Railway mainline services to and from London (including journeys between London and Sheffield, Derby, Leicester, Loughborough or Nottingham) and local services between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich.

Non-folding cycles cannot be carried on the following mainline services:

  • 07:30 from Derby to London St Pancras
  • 13:59 from Sheffield to London St Pancras
  • 18:37 from Corby to London St Pancras
  • 19:45 from Nottingham to London St Pancras
  • 10:05 from London St Pancras to Nottingham
  • 16:50 from London St Pancras to Corby
  • 20:31 from London St Pancras to Derby
  • 22:00 from London St Pancras to Nottingham

Cylces can be carried on all other mainline services with an appropriate reservation (required)

2. East Midlands Railway local services – all other routes.

Reservations are not available. Two cycles per train on all services. If you are travelling with a cycle, please make yourself known to staff at the station so that we can help you to the correct place on the platform to board as quickly and safely as possible.

Reservations can be made:

Eurostar

 

For up to date information on carrying cycles on board please first visit www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-info/travel-planning/luggage/bikes

To make a bike reservation in advance call Eurodespatch on 0344 822 5822

To find out more or book tickets please call the Eurostar Contact Centre on 03432 186 186

Gatwick Express

 

London Victoria or Brighton – Gatwick Airport.

Reservations not available.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday (Except public holidays):

  • On trains due to arrive at London Victoria between 07:00 and 10:00
  • On trains due to leave London Victoria between 16:00 and 19:00

Grand Central

 

North Eastern England and Yorkshire to London King’s Cross.

Reservations not available. Cycles can be carried subject to space being available.

Newer high speed trains three cycle spaces in Coach B.

More traditional inter-city trains: four spaces, two spaces at the front and last carriages.

Great Northern

 

Reservations not available. Cycles carried subject to space.

Non-folding cycles are not permitted at any time between Drayton Park and Moorgate.

 

GWR

 

Greater Anglia

 

London Liverpool Street – Norwich intercity services and local services in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Reservations compulsory on inter-city services.

Reservations are not available on local services.

Six cycle spaces per intercity train and four cycle spaces per local train. Carriage of additional cycles is at the discretion of the conductor.

London Liverpool Street – Southend Victoria, Colchester and Ipswich and London Liverpool Street - Hertford, Cambridge Kings Lynn.

Reservations not available. Restrictions apply Monday to Friday on any trains arriving at Stratford or Liverpool Street between:

  • 07:45 and 09:45 and any train departing from Stratford or Liverpool Street between 16:30 to 18:30.
  • 07:45 to 08:45 on services to/ from Cambridge, as far as Audley End and Ely.

Tandems may be carried on the following routes and services (except where any relevant time restrictions apply) :

  • Norwich - Ipswich - Colchester - London intercity trains
  • Ipswich, Clacton, Colchester, Braintree, Chelmsford and Southend to London services plus the branch lines to Harwich Town, Walton-on-the-Naze and Southminster
  • Norwich - Cambridge, Ipswich - Peterborough and Ipswich - Cambridge trains (except for the first and last trains of the day between Ipswich - Cambridge and vice versa and the 06.23 Bury St. Edmunds - Ipswich)

Unfortunately, tandems cannot be carried on any other services

Reservations can be made by calling our Customer Relations team 03456007245

Heathrow Express

 

Travelling with a bicycle

Cyclists are welcome on board the Heathrow Express with their bicycle and do not have to reserve a cycle space. As our services are very busy on weekday mornings and evenings, we are unable to carry bicycles on trains leaving Heathrow Central between 06:30 and 10:00 or trains leaving London Paddington between 16:30 and 19:00. This restriction does not apply on Saturdays, Sundays or Public Holidays.

Hull Trains

 

Hull, Brough, Howden, Selby, Doncaster, Retford, Grantham, Stevenage and London King’s Cross.

Reservations recommended. Four cycle spaces per train.

Reservations can be made:

  • At any staffed National Rail station
  • Via Hull Trains’ online ticket booking website www.hulltrains.co.uk
  • Via Hull Trains’ Telesales Team 03450 710 222

Island Line

 

Reservations are not possible

Limited to four cycles per train 

LNER

 

London King’s Cross – Eastern Counties – Yorkshire – North East England – Scotland.

Reservations are compulsory. There is space for your bike in different parts of the train. Bike storage is mostly located in the centre of the train and your reservation will let you know which coach.

If your bike has tyres measuring over 7.4cm or rims deeper than 50mm, you will need to remove the front wheel for storage, and you will need to book two reservations.

Tandems up to 2.5m in length with both wheels removed can also be stored onboard and require two reservations.

Folding bikes can be stored in the luggage areas.

Reservations can be made:

  • At any staffed National Rail station
  • Via LNER’s online ticket booking website www.lner.co.uk
  • Via LNER's online chat support on their Help and Support Pages
  • Via LNER’s Telesales Team 03457 225 333

London Northwestern Railway

 

London – Birmingham, Birmingham – Liverpool and local regional services in and around the West Midlands.

Reservations not available. Two cycles per train.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday

  • 07:00 to 09:59 on services arriving into London Euston, and
  • 16:00 to 18:59 on services departing London Euston (excluding Public Holidays).

London Overground

 

Unfolded cycles cannot be carried on any London Overground train 07:30-09:30 and 16:00-19:00 Mondays to Fridays (except Bank Holidays).

Folded cycles are accepted on London Overground trains at all times. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.

Merseyrail

 

Northern and Wirral line services around Merseyside.

Reservations are not available. Cycle spaces are subject to availability.

We advise our customers for your own comfort and that of others to travel off-peak with a bicycle. All of our services have designated areas for cyclists situated at both ends of the train.

  • 3 carriage train 4 cycle spaces
  • 6 carriage train 8 cycle spaces

Northern

 

Reservations are not possible

Limit two cycles per train 

ScotRail

 

ScotRail Cycle Rescue Service covers all ScotRail services, If you are unable to complete the cycle portion of your journey as a result of an accident, vandalism or an irreparable breakdown this service will get you back in the saddle. We’ve also arranged discounted cycle hire for rail travellers at various locations across Scotland. See website for details www.scotrail.co.uk

 

A cycle reservation is compulsory on services between:

  • Glasgow/Edinburgh and Aberdeen
  • Glasgow/Edinburgh and Inverness
  • Glasgow/Oban/Fort William and Mallaig
  • Aberdeen and Inverness
  • Inverness/Wick/Thurso and Kyle of Lochalsh

Cycle reservations are also available (but not compulsory) between Glasgow and Stranraer.

Cycle reservations are available up to 12 weeks in advance from:

  • Selected staffed stations or
  • ScotRail Telesales on 0344 811 0141

On other ScotRail services, cycle reservations are not available and space is limited.

Tandem Bikes -  there are a limited number of spaces onboard the ScotRail Highland Explorer carriage that can accommodate tandems.

  • Tandem must be reserved by 18:00 the day before travelling by calling our Customer Relations team on 0344 811 0141 (Option 2) Monday – Sunday between 7am – 10pm. If you are calling at the weekend please choose option 3 for our Customer Relations team who will make the reservation for you.
  • You must remember to specify when booking that you are travelling with a tandem.
  • Larger cycles are any two wheeled cycle longer than 182cm and up to the maximum permissible length of 220cm.

Southeastern

 

South East London, Kent and East Sussex.

Reservations not available. Cycles carried to subject to space being available and at the discretion of the conductor.

Non-folding cycles are not permitted on peak time services arriving into London Monday to Friday between 07:00 and 09:59, and leaving London between 16:00 and 18:59.

Exceptions to peak time restrictions:

Cycles permitted if travelling from Gillingham (Kent), Otford & Tonbridge, away from London. Cycles also permitted if your journey starts in Kent or East Sussex and terminates anywhere before the stations named above, subject to space.

South Western Railway

 

South West London, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon.

Reservations are compulsory between London Waterloo and Salisbury, Exeter and Bristol. Two cycles per train.

Reservations are not available for any other services. Number of spaces varies from 2- 12 depending on rolling stock.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, cycles are not permitted on services:

  • arriving into London Waterloo between 07:15 and 10:00 inclusive
  • departing London Waterloo between 16:45 and 19:00 inclusive from and to the suburban area bounded by Hook, Guildford, Reading and Dorking.
  • departing Clapham Junction 07:45 to 09:00 to the area bounded by Clapham Junction, Feltham and Strawberry Hill.

Cycles may be conveyed on services between Ascot, Aldershot and Guildford at any time.

Reservations can be made:

  • At any staffed National Rail station
  • Via South Western Railway telesales team 03456 000 650

Southern

 

London – Surrey, Sussex and South East England

Reservations not available. Southern operates trains formed of multiple units, but in general our services have space for two cycles per unit. Cycles are carried subject to space, on a first come, first served basis.

TfL Rail

 

Reservations not available. Non-folded bikes cannot be taken Monday-Friday, except public holidays, between:

  • 07:30 – 10:00 on trains arriving at London Paddington
  • 16:30 – 19:00 on trains leaving London Paddington
  • 07:45 – 09:45 on trains arriving at Stratford (London) or London Liverpool Street
  • 16:30 – 18:30 on trains leaving Stratford (Stratford) or London Liverpool Street

Thameslink

 

Reservations not available. Cycles carried subject to space.

 

Transport for Wales

 

Reservations recommended. Two cycle spaces per train.

Local services in and around Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and South Wales Valleys.

Reservations not available. Two cycle spaces per train.

Restrictions apply Monday to Saturday during peak hours on services to and from Cardiff:

  • Monday to Friday - arriving into Cardiff between 07:30 and 09:30, and departing Cardiff between 16:00 and 18:00
  • Saturday – arriving into Cardiff between 10:00 and 14:00, and departing Cardiff between 15:00 and 18:00.

Outside of these times, cycles will be carried at the discretion of the Conductor, see website for full details.

Cycles may not be carried on days when a major event is taking place at the Principality Stadium. For dates of events refer to the website or call the Customer Relations Department on 0333 3211 202.

TransPennine Express

 

Two cycles per train with a valid cycle reservation

Reservations recommend and available

  • At any station with a staffed National Rail ticket office
  • By phone 0845 600 1674 Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00

West Midlands Railway

 

London – Birmingham, Birmingham – Liverpool and local regional services in and around the West Midlands.

Reservations not available. Two cycles per train.

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday between:

  • 07:00 and 09:59 on services arriving into London Euston
  • 16:00 and 18:59 on services departing London Euston (excluding Public Holidays).

Last updated:   23 July 2021