For a possible journey with a domestic train before or after your international journey, is it mandatory to make a reservation for your bicycle . For more information, visit NS.nl. (Dutch)
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
- With the nighttrain ÖBB Nightjet to Germany and Austria
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 take your bicycle, you need an international bicycle ticket for the price of € 12 per single journey. Here you find the conditions for taking your bicycle on the Intercity Brussels:
- The following types of bicycles are allowed: (recumbent) bike, tandem, bicycle trailer, tricycle, cargo bike and an electrical bike (the battery needs to stay on the bike).
- In the months July and August, a reservation (€ 4 per single journey) is required to bring a bicycle. To do this, contact the NS International Service Center by telephone or visit one of the NS International or NS Service desks.
- A folding bike can be taken free of charge when it is folded together
- A segway can only be taken if it serves as an aid tool for persons with reduced mobility. In that case, the traveler needs to have a disabled pass or a disabled sticker on the segway.
- It is your own responsibility to load and unload the bicycle.
- It is not permitted to leave luggage strapped onto the bicycle during the trip.
- There is a maximum of 1 bicycle per person.
- For groups, it is not allowed to take bicycles. Bicycles need to be placed in the dedicated area on board of the train.
Please note: for certain stations and routes in Belgium, it is not possible to take a bicycle: to/from Brussels Central, Brussels Congres and Brussel Kapellekerk and between Libramont and Bastogne.
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.
- 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 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
Due to corona travel restrictions, you can't bring your bike on the train. You can only bring a folding bike or children's bike on board as long as it is no longer than 85cm in length and it's carried in a protective bag which covers the whole bike.
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.
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.
Taking your bicycle on the nighttrain ÖBB Nightjet
You can’t travel with a bicycle in the nighttrain from Amsterdam to Vienna and Munich and Innsbruck until April 2022.
A bicycle (folding or otherwise) can only be taken on board if it is packed in a bicycle case (not a cover) with a maximum size of 85x85 cm.
More information about bikes on the nighttrain
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.