Bikes on trains
Take your bike with you and hop on a train!
You can travel with a bike on nearly all domestic long-distance and commuter trains. If you are travelling on an InterCity train, you must book a space for your bike in advance. On commuter trains, bikes can be transported free of charge in the designated spaces.
Instructions for taking a bike on a train
- You can travel with a bike on InterCity and regional trains as well as night trains and car-carrier trains.
- Bikes cannot be taken on Pendolino trains.
- The transport fee for a bike is €4-8, depending on the length of your journey. You can reserve a place for your bike when you’re buying your own train ticket.
A normal-sized bike fits in the bike space of an InterCity train, fatbikes and electric bikes fit in the bike space on the InterCity train’s service carriage (coach number 4). Bikes bigger than these can not be travelled with.
- InterCity trains have two types of bike spaces. Some of the spaces have a hook for hanging bikes. The hook can be locked by using a 50 cent coin as a deposit. Other spaces do not have locking, but you can take your own lock with you and lock the bike to the coach’s bike stand.
- You can also bring an electric-assisted bicycle or electric scooter on a train. Remember to turn off your vehicle for the duration of your trip. Unfortunately, electric modes of transport cannot be charged on the train.
- On regional trains for long-distance traffic, bike spaces are located in the vestibule at the end of the train.
- On night trains and car-carriers, bikes can be transported in a bike space (which must be reserved separately), for which the transport fee is €4–8, depending on the length of the trip. You can reserve a bike space when purchasing your train ticket.
- On a car-carrier, you can also attach the bike to your car’s bike rack or trailer hitch rack. In this case, there is no separate fee for the bike.
- When booking a car space, please note that the combination of bike + rack adds a little extra length and you will probably need to book a longer car space (10 metres at maximum).
- Bikes can be taken on commuter trains without a separate charge.
- Please use coaches marked for bikes. The entrances of these coaches have been marked with a bike sticker.
- Avoid travel with a bike during peak times. Bikes are allowed on commuter trains at all times if there is enough space. Trains are busiest on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- You can also bring an electric scooter or electric bicycle up to the size of a regular bike on a commuter train. Remember to turn off your vehicle for the duration of your trip. Unfortunately, electric modes of transport cannot be charged on the train.
- Bikes may not be locked to any part of the train.
- Please take other passengers into consideration. Remember to give space to those travelling with a wheelchair or a pram and make sure that you are not blocking the aisle.
- Do not leave your bike unattended.
- Walk your bike at stations.
- Bikes must be placed in a container that does not exceed the maximum dimensions for hand baggage (60 x 100 x 40 cm).
- Bikes that have not been packed may not be taken on the train.
Only buying a bike space
If you have a season ticket or a multi-ticket, you can only buy a bike space either from the station’s ticket office or by calling VR customer service at 0600 41 900 (2 € / answered call + lnc/mcc).
Scooters on trains
Scooters can be taken on a train free of charge as hand baggage. If the scooter is large, you must pay the bike transport fee and book a space for it. Unfortunately, there is no room for scooters with a seat to be transported on the train.
Folding bikes, box bikes and tandems
- You can transport a folding bike for free as ordinary baggage on all commuter and long-distance trains. Please note that the folding bike must be folded and in a bag so that it will not make other passengers’ baggage dirty.
- Very large folding bikes will not fit in the overhead racks or baggage lockers of long-distance trains. Large folding bikes can be transported as ordinary bikes.
- Unfortunately, there is no space on trains for transporting box bikes, cargo bikes or tandems.