Travelling with your bike

Everything you need to know about taking your bike on our trains.

Before you go  At the station 
  • reserve your bike space by:
    • booking online
    • call 0345 7000 125
    • visit a station ticket office
    • do this by 18:00 the day before, although some services have availability up to 2 hours before departure
  • folding bikes with a maximum 20-inch wheel can be carried as luggage without any restriction; please make sure you fold it before boarding
  • we can’t accept bikes on replacement buses so check for engineering work before you travel
  • we recommend you are on the platform at least 5 minutes before your train is due to leave
  • our station staff or train manager will let you know where the bike carriage will stop
  • remember; cycling isn’t allowed anywhere in the station

Restrictions and other important information

Taking your bike on High Speed trains

Reservations for bikes are mandatory on all our High Speed trains.
  • storage is in Carriage A; secure your bike with the strap provided, but don’t lock it up
  • tell the train manager your destination
  • remind them when your stop is coming up and they’ll make sure you can leave the train safely

Local trains

In the Reading area:
  • reservations can’t be made on our local services
  • peak time restrictions apply Monday to Friday; excluding Public holidays
  • there is space for 2 full size bikes in each train

Trains to and from London Paddington

Bikes aren't allowed on services:
  • arriving at London Paddington between 07:45 and 09:45
  • leaving from London Paddington between 16:30 and 19:00

Between Wokingham and Reading

Bikes aren't allowed on services:
  • arriving at Reading between 07:45 and 09:45
  • leaving from Reading between 16:30 and 19:00

Reservations can’t be made on services between Wokingham and Reading.

In the West of England:
  • reservations can be made on some services between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour; and between Bristol Temple Meads and Penzance
  • on most trains there's space for 2 full size bikes; however, some trains may have more room available

Interested in hiring a bike?

Brompton folding bikes can be taken on public transport, making them a great option for your commute. They’re also a cheap way to travel, kind to the environment and a brilliant way to see more of a place.

You can hire Brompton bikes from the following stations:

  • Exeter St Davids
  • Bristol Parkway
  • Bristol Temple Meads
  • Didcot Parkway
  • Oxford
  • Reading
  • Ealing Broadway
  • Guildford
  • Redhill

London cycle scheme

If you’re visiting London, use your credit or debit card to hire one of Transport for London’s docked public cycles.


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