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Bring your bike along for the trip.

Take your bike along for the trip: with a valid bike ticket, you can load your bicycles and bike trailers onto most SBB trains and private railways yourself. The same applies to most postbuses. If your bike can be folded up and stored in a suitable carry case, you can even take it along free of charge as hand luggage.

Depending on traffic volume – particularly in good weather – there may be a shortage of transport capacity for the self-service loading of bicycles on some routes. Reservations are therefore compulsory on ICN trains between 21 March and 31 October.

We recommend planning your trip in advance and following our tips for what to remember during your journey. Below you will find all you need to know about the self-service loading of bicycles.

Before setting off

Online timetable and capacity forecast.

Select your route and journey time in the online timetable. Don’t forget the capacity forecast 
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  • In the online timetable, select “Advanced search” and then “carriage of bicycles required (Switzerland only)” to see the routes on which you can take your bike yourself.
  • Trains that do not have space for bicycles are marked on the timetable and departure boards with the symbol  You are not allowed to take your bike on these trains.
  • A bicycle reservation symbol or reference number on the timetable indicates a train or postbus for which reservation is required.
  • The capacity forecast is a useful indicator of which trains are likely to have capacity bottlenecks and whether another train or a different route might be less busy and thus better suited for taking your bike along.
  • Plan in enough time for your journey and for changing trains or postbuses.

Please note: On traditional family days out with good weather forecast, increased passenger volumes can be expected between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on trains to Ticino, Valais, the Bernese Oberland, Seeland, Jura, Grisons and Lake Constance, meaning there may be a shortage of space on these trains. Consult the capacity forecast on the online/mobile timetable and information at sbb.ch/veloverlad if capacity bottlenecks for the self-service loading of bicycles are expected at a weekend.

Tip: If your bike can be folded up and stored in a suitable carry case, you can take it along free of charge as hand luggage. Or see whether there might be a useful alternative to taking your bike with you.

Restrictions.

  • On the Zurich S-Bahn trains, you can load your bicycle yourself any time of day on Saturday and Sunday. From Monday to Friday, however, accompanied bikes are only allowed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Due to the size of the doors on most trains and for safety reasons, bike trailers can only be transported if they are no wider than 80 cm.
  • Postbus: regional availability varies, with some lines not able to transport bikes. Please note the options and reservation obligations in specific regions as outlined in the information sheet “Velo und Postauto” (“Bikes and postbuses”) available from postauto.ch. The options for transporting e-bikes on PostBus Switzerland Ltd services are very limited due to their weight.
  • You can find information about taking your bike on international trains here.

Reservation.

A bicycle reservation symbol  or reference number on the timetable indicates a train or postbus for which reservation is required.

Trains without a corresponding bike reservation symbol or reference number cannot be reserved.

Reservations are compulsory in InterCity tilting trains (train category ICN) from 21 March to 31 October:
If you are planning a journey on one of the InterCity tilting trains from St. Gallen via Zurich, Biel/Bienne and Lausanne to Geneva, from Basel via Biel/Bienne to Geneva or from Basel/Zurich via Gotthard to Lugano, please note the following:

  • The trains will also be marked with the bike reservation symbol  on the online timetable.
  • Reservations cost CHF 5.00.
  • Reservations can be made online in the SBB Ticket Shop, with SBB Mobile using a smartphone and the symbol or at SBB station counters up to 5 minutes before the train departs.
  • You can also reserve a space for your bicycle up to three working days prior to the start of your journey by calling the Rail Service on 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. from the Swiss fixed-line network).
  • Refunds cannot be issued.
  • If you are unable to show proof of your reservation on the train, we will request a surcharge of CHF 10 on top of the cost of a reservation. In such a case, however, we will be unable to guarantee a space for your bicycle as you might have to give up the space to travellers with an advance reservation.

Postbus: If you are travelling alone, we recommend making a reservation by telephone. You can find the numbers you need in the corresponding route tables. For groups of six or more, reservations are required in order to take bikes on postbuses.

Taking bikes to destinations in Europe: Reservations are compulsory for the self-service loading of bicycles on cross-border journeys. You will also need an international bike ticket.

Groups.

  • Groups of ten or more cannot take their bikes with them on the train. For group excursions such as school trips, we recommend our bike hire. However, if your group would like to travel with their own bikes, you can simply register them as items of luggage – we can transport your bikes for you between all stations able to handle luggage. Alternatively, use our new door-to-door luggage service.
  • On the postbus network, reservations are compulsory for groups of six or more.

Bikes as hand luggage.

You can take your bicycle with you free of charge as hand luggage as long as it is packed in a special carry case such as a TranZBag. These cases are available from the SBB Online Shop and from cycling and outdoor shops. Any carry case can be used as long as the front wheel has been removed from the bicycle.

How it works.

  • During the journey, please store your packed bike under your seat, on an overhead luggage rack or in the nearest vestibule area.
  • Please make sure your bicycle carry case is secure and cannot tip over, is not in the way of other passengers, is not blocking any sliding doors and does not constitute a hazard.
  • Areas marked with bike symbols are reserved for accompanied bicycles that are subject to a fee and must not be occupied by bicycle carry cases.
  • Passengers wishing to put their carry case on another seat are requested to purchase an additional half-fare ticket.
  • As with any item of hand luggage, you alone are responsible for your bike.
  • For hygiene reasons, folding bikes must be folded up and packed away.

Postbus.

Please note the options and reservation obligations in specific regions as outlined in the PostBus Switzerland Ltd leaflet.

Prices, products and timetable information subject to change.

During your journey

On the platform.

  • At most stations, the blue train information board on the platform shows you where the coaches for the self-service loading of bicycles will stop so that you can go to the right part of the platform before the train arrives.
  • Coach doors marked with bike symbols will show you where to get on with your bike.
  • Passengers are only allowed to take one bike each.
  • Nothing must be loaded on the bikes.
  • Please make sure that you are able to load your bike or e-bike onto the train (or bus) yourself.
  • Accompanied bikes count as “chargeable hand luggage” and are therefore the sole responsibility of the person who loads them. SBB shall be liable only if it is at fault.
  • It is strictly forbidden to ride bikes on platforms. Please push your bike when on the platform.
  • Crossing the tracks is prohibited, with or without a bike.

On the train.

  • You may only place your bikes in the specially designated areas. Depending in the type of train, bikes may have to be hung on bike hooks.
  • Escape routes, entrances and exits must always be kept clear and must not be obstructed by bikes. Passengers must be able to move freely at all times.
  • If the areas provided for bikes are occupied by luggage or pushchairs, please try and find a workable solution with the aid of the train staff.
  • Bicycles may only be taken on board if there is enough space. The train staff may restrict the transport of bikes for safety reasons.
  • In the event of capacity bottlenecks, please take a later train, one of the additional trains laid on during peak periods or an alternative route.
  • In the interests of safety, please follow the instructions from the train staff at all times.

Loading bikes in the luggage van.

Luggage vans are used on some routes (e.g. towards Ticino and Valais). How to load your bicycle:

  • Single bikes are best loaded through the passenger door of the luggage van.
  • If you have several bikes, it is best to enter the luggage van through the passenger door and then open the loading door from the inside by pushing it or lifting the safety catch. The loading door must be properly closed before the train departs and must remain closed until the train has once again come to a standstill.
  • Raise the guardrail after opening the loading door and be sure to fold it down again as soon as you have finished loading or unloading.
  • Inform the train staff that you have loaded a bike or bikes onto the train and tell them where you intend to get off. Our train staff are always happy to provide information and will make sure you can unload your bike or bikes safely.
  • Please return to your bike in plenty of time before reaching your destination to prepare for unloading.

Terms of use for the self-service loading of bicycles.

In sum, we would request that you obey the following rules at all times for your own safety:

  1. In the event of capacity bottlenecks, please take a later train, one of the additional trains laid on during peak periods or an alternative route.
  2. The self-service loading of bicycles on ICN trains is only possible if you have reserved a space for your bike (21 March to 31 October).
  3. Bicycles may only be stored in the areas provided.
  4. Escape routes, entrances and exits must always be kept clear and must not be obstructed by bikes. Passengers must be able to move freely at all times.
  5. In the interests of safety, please follow the instructions from the train staff at all times.

Prices, products and timetable information subject to change.

Bike tickets

You can find detailed information on prices, discounts as well as special offers on our bike ticket page.

1-day bike passes and reservations for ICN trains (21 March to 31 October) are available online at the SBB Ticket Shop.

Alternatives

Not looking to take your bike with you? We’ve got some great alternatives:

Excursions on a hired bike.

You can find modern, perfectly maintained bikes for the whole family to hire from 200 sites across Switzerland, 80 of which are located in stations. If you hire a bike or e-bike from a station, you can return it to the same station or, in most cases, a completely different one. You can find more information at sbb.ch/en/rentabike.

Send your bike on a journey.

Veloversand.

If you are planning a weekend or holiday somewhere in Switzerland and want to have your bike there with you, simply drop it off at the station. Then it’ll be waiting for you when you get there. You can find more information at sbb.ch/en/bike.

We can also pick up your bike from your own front door – simply use our door-to-door luggage service. We can deliver to any address in Switzerland or Liechtenstein. You can find more information at sbb.ch/lugagge.

The city bikes for hire.

PubliBike has bicycles and e-bikes available for hassle-free hire from 112 sites in 37 towns and cities throughout Switzerland – any time of day or night. You can find more information at sbb.ch/en/bikesharing.

The place to park your bike.

Take your own bike or motorbike to the station and hop on a train. Around 87,000 parking spaces are available for two-wheelers at Swiss stations. You can find more information at sbb.ch/en/bikeparking.

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