Travelling By Train With Bike
There is no guarantee that you will get your bike on the train even with a booking. But make one anyway because it can be very useful. Where you out your bike depends on what type of train it is. Old inter city trains have a guards carriage for them. The pendolinos have a bike storage area behind the drivers compartment at one end of the train.Posted 4 years ago
My advice is make a booking and get there as early as you can because sometimes they let people on without a booking but only let a couple on (usually 2). So if you’re 3rd then often booking or not they won’t let you on. Which has happened to me a couple of times.DavidBSubscriber
Top tip, many conducters dont check the time and date of the reservation. I have a ticket I’ve used several times on the of chance as I often get there early (strava). Obviously I will now get caught next time.
One thing, do you lock your bikes in there? I do but once a conducter git the arse with me for dithering, he told me it was totally safe? I was utterly unconvinced as how can they check you take the right bike off.Posted 4 years ago
Advice please, i’m travelling to Scotland in August to go riding- i’ll be going from Kings X to Glasgow.
Iv’e not been on a train with my bike for 12 years, is there still such thing as a guards carriage that you can put your bike in and offload it at the other end?
And do you have to buy specific tickets to sit in the carriage behind the guards carriage?
Also do you have to declare your bike when booking the tickets?
I’ll be buying from the train line (and not being hysterical like the people in the advert) 😉
Thanks for your help in advance STWers 😀Posted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
Bike + train can be a total arse. My last long haul was Ipswich / Havant. The Anglia railways bit involved reservations and a guards van. I locked it up in there and they were fine about it. Just made sure it wasnt in the way of any access points first.
A tip too. you cannot normally access the guards van intternally. You have to get in via the platform.Posted 4 years agoBlobOnAStickSubscriber
Have you thought of the sleeper service from Euston? Departs about 2100, arrives in various locations in the morning (IIRC Inverness at about 0830, other destinations available) it has a guards van for bikes and the staff are very friendly, although you may not get a full nights sleep!Posted 4 years agobutcherMember
I’m interested in this topic. Mainly because I’ve never been on a train in 12 years, let alone taken my bike on one. And that was probably my second train trip of all time. What can I say….we don’t have a train station. So pretend you’re explaining this to an alien.
How do you know which is the ‘guard carriage’ you speak of? And more so, how do you know if the train has one? And would I be sentenced to a beheading if I accidentally wheeled my bike onto a regular carriage?Posted 4 years agoscotroutesSubscriber
AFAIk there is no such thing as a Guards Carriage these days. There may be a large compartment in the engine unit just behind the driver (e.g. East Coast have these) that’ll take 5 bikes.
In most other cases there will be a couple of bike spaces on the train – clearly marked on the door to the relevant carriage. These take different forms depending on the type of carriage. Some require that you hang the bike vertically by front or back wheel. Some have a bar sticking out (like a car hatch rack) that the top tube will go over. I’m pretty sure they all say that you shouldn’t lock your bike up so you’ll want to sit somewhere with a decent view of it. You may need to remove any panniers, especially if you end up sharing the space with another bike.
I like taking my bike on the train. It gives an added flexibility of routes and feels like more of an adventure than driving somewhere.Posted 4 years agoircSubscriber
Bikes places can be reserved online at the same time as buying tickets at http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/
I think you get the option after choosing what type of seat you want – window aisle etc.
For the OP August train/bike tickets should be booked ASAP as the cheap tickets are released 12 weeks ahead. The longer you wait the more the prices go up.Posted 4 years ago
i have found that “we will not carry a bike unless it has a reservation” to vary massively between carriers. i commuted for 4 years on the train with a bike and was never asked for a reservation for that journey. ever. and the only time i had a reservation (the first time i made the journey) they wouldn’t let me on because there was already 3 bikes on the train. so i gave up reserving because it made no difference. this was with a number of carriers. im not saying dont reserve. definitely do. i just want to reiterate get there erarly and make yourself known to the ticket collector/guard that you have a reservation and ask which end of the train the bike storage is likely to be. that way you are more likely to get on.Posted 4 years ago
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