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Taking bikes on trains

Trains and Bikes

Combining bikes and public transport is a great way to travel but can be a little tricky at times.  If you use a folding bike you can travel with your bike on trains, coaches and the tube at any time.  You can also take a folding bike on London buses but this is at the driver's discretion.

While rail companies are making an effort to have a more integrated approach to travelling by train and bike each operator has different restrictions and rules.

SW Trains Cycle Policy

Southern Trains Cycle Policy

GWR Cycle Policy (Reading to Gatwick North Downs Line)

National Rail Cycling Policy: General Points

  • If a cycle reservation is required please make it as far in advance as possible
  • Cycles are not allowed to be carried during periods of restriction – See National Rail website for a full list of restrictions
  • Please label your cycle clearly
  • Please cover your folded cycle
  • Tandems, tricycles and bicycle trailers are not carried unless otherwise stated
  • Unaccompanied cycles cannot be carried on any services.
  • Motorcycles cannot be carried on any services
  • Cycles must be carried in the designated area on trains and must not obstruct doors or aisles
  • Cycles are carried at owner's risk

Engineering work and cycles

Engineering work may affect train services. Non-folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are accepted if fully folded. Please check the National rail website for information on planned engineering works.

Bus link services and cycles

Some journeys include permanent bus links to destinations that are not served by rail. Cycles cannot usually be conveyed on these services. Folding bicycles are usually accepted if fully folded and stowed as luggage, subject to space being available.

Cycling storage and hire

An increasing number of railway stations have good quality cycle storage on or near to the station. In addition, many train companies work with independent cycle companies to offer cycle hire at stations.

Folded cycles and Brompton Dock's in Surrey

Folding bicycles are carried free of charge and without restriction on all services, subject only to the additional requirements for specific services set out below:

  • c2c and Stansted Express - folding bicycles should be transported in a protective carrying case
  • East Coast, East Midlands Trains and South West Trains - carried free of charge provided they can be stowed as luggage
  • London Overground - carried free of charge, up to a limit of one per vestibule area at peak times.

Brompton Bike Hire provides simple and convenient folding bikes which are ideal for commuting to work as they can be carried on all trains free of charge. Brompton Bike Hire now provides a fully-automated hire service of Brompton folding bicycles.

Brompton Bike Hire already have several sites in Surrey including at Guildford, Woking, Redhill and Reigate railway stations. Click here for more information about Brompton Bike Hire.

How does hiring a Brompton Bike work?

Hiring a Brompton bike at a dock is simple:

  1. To hire a bike you first need to become a member by registering with Brompton Bike Hire before receiving a unique PIN.
  2. Once you have registered with Brompton Bike Hire you can take out or return a bike by texting the dock with just a few pieces of information.
  3. The system matches the mobile phone number and PIN to validate the membership and then sends you a text containing an access code and the bay number that you have been allocated. You punch this code into the dock, press 'enter' and the bay will be unlocked.
  4. The Brompton bike can be returned to any Brompton dock.

How much does it cost?

There are two tariffs to choose from when you sign up to the Brompton Bike Hire scheme:

Frequent Membership
£25 annual membership fee
£3.50 daily hire charge
Leisure Membership
£5 annual membership fee
£6.50 daily hire charge

Find out more about taking bikes on public transport and Brompton Bike Hire folding bike hire at the links below: