You can take your bicycle (or folding bicycle) with you as hand luggage on the train free of charge to certain countries. You must use a special carry case for this, such as the TranZBag. These are available at TranzBagLink opens in new window. as well as in most cycling and outdoor shops.
In the following countries it is only possible to take your bike as hand luggage in a bicycle carry case. However, various restrictions also apply.
Bike carry cases are permitted on ICE, EC and IC trains provided they are no larger than
100 × 60 × 30 cm.
Bike carry cases are not permitted on IC Bus services.
Bike carry cases cannot be carried on board City Night Line trains.
Bikes may be transported in carry cases on board any train provided that they are no larger than 120 × 90 cm.
Although bike carry cases no larger than 80 × 110 × 40 cm may be taken on board EuroCity, the train staff may refuse to transport bikes in carry cases for reasons of space.
Other services to Italy: maximum size 80 × 110 × 40 cm.
On board all night trains, the train staff may refuse to accept bike carry cases if there is insufficient space.
Norway and Sweden.
Bike carry cases are not permitted on any trains.
Other European countries: Please contact the relevant train operating companies directly for information.
Take your bike with you on your travels throughout Europe: SBB and the railways in neighbouring countries allow the self-service loading of bicycles on cross-border trains.
The international bike ticket.
For the self-service loading of bicycles on cross-border journeys, you will require an international bike ticket along with an obligatory reservation.
The international bike ticket is valid from the point of departure to the destination on your own passenger ticket.
It is available in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
The international bike ticket consists of two parts: One is a ticket showing the fare paid, which you should keep with you at all times in order to show it to the ticket inspector, and the other is a slip without the fare, which you must display on your bike – between the spokes or on the luggage rack, for example.
The mandatory reservation fee is included in the price of the international bike ticket but only for the first train crossing the border. You may also make the reservation for the return journey in advance.
Bike tickets and reservations are available from ticket counters.
International bike ticket (including international reservation)
Each additional reservation for a connecting service
Information on specific countries.
Bike reservations are compulsory on all TGV Lyria trains.
For EuroCity trains between Switzerland and Italy, you will need a reservation and a bike ticket for Italy (CHF 20.00). The bike reservation must be made when the passenger books their seat reservation at the counter.
You will find further information on self-service loading of bicycles to Europe in the document "International train connections with self-service loading of bicycles" (on the right-hand side under downloads).
Suggestion: To find out which are the best trains in Europe for the self-service loading of bicycles, we recommend going to the Deutsche BahnLink opens in new window. website. Now click on the box marked "Carriage of bicycle on train". After entering your start and destination, click on "Search" and the information you need will be provided.
Price, product and timetable specifications subject to modifications.