- Have you taken the train to Europe for a biking holiday?
I’m working on an article about taking trains to European countries for biking holidays.
I’m basing most of the article on a fantastic trip I took to Verbier a couple of years ago, via Eurostar to Paris.
Have you done something similar? Cought a train to Spain/France/Italy/elsewhere for a decent bike holiday?
Grateful for any tips, ideas or experiences.
ClivePosted 8 years agoduncanSubscriber
I’ve done a few touring trips in France over the last few years with various combinations of trains (including Eurostar, TGV, and night trains) and ferries. Mostly done with the bikes as they are rather than bagged or boxed (riding between stations across Paris was ace fun). Some journeys booked in advance, some not. Plenty of experiences but too many to list… What tips I’d give would depend what kind of holiday was planned at the other end. I’d say the biggest decision to be made (once you’ve decided to take the train) is to bag or not to bag (or use one of those cover things). For touring I prefer the freedom of taking the bike as it is, but for a resort based mtb holiday bagging up would have more advantages.Posted 8 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Cheers Mackem, I wrote that after taking the train to/from North of Scotland to the Basque Country. It´s the only way to travel, but I´m not a good flyer… like BA. Just bag the bike but you don´t really need to pad it or anything. I took over 60kg back with me, you just need to be able to lift it and manage a few steps. In Paris random people helped me on the Metro and up every set of steps, it was incredible.
Clive A, if you´re interested I can put various people who visited me by train in touch with you? Mail me if you want because I don´t check the forum as often as I´d like.
Hope that makes sense, I¨ve had a few pintxo´s and tintos.Posted 8 years agoMr AgreeableMember
As Clubber says we took the sleeper from Paris to Milan to do the 24h Finale last year. Actually we didn’t sleep very much, it was noisy and very very warm. We’re doing it again this year though, so it can’t have been too bad.
Bike bags, or housses, are compulsory on Italian trains (and I think they save you paying extra on the Eurostar). Instructions for making one here:Posted 8 years agostevomcdSubscriber
We had some guys last summer who got their bikes booked-in so that they could take them fully-assembled all the way from London to Bourg Saint Maurice. They even rode across Paris to do the transfer!
Took a bit of talking with the French railways to get it all sorted and it costs a little bit to do it that way (taking the bike bagged is free) but a cool way to travel all the same.Posted 8 years agostevomcdSubscriber
WHY WHY WHY do you have to tavel across Paris… on the metro etc.. It just makes an otherwise great journy a right PITA
The direct snowtrain from London to Bourg in the winter is cool though, and shows how great the summer journey could be. Probably not enough demand though.Posted 8 years ago
Thanks again for your help with this. I wrote the article and it was published in CTC Cycle magazine.
There’s a link to it here:
ClivePosted 8 years ago
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