Travelling with your bike

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

Travelling with bikes this Christmas

24 to 29 December

Over the Christmas break, our services will start and end at Ealing Broadway instead of London Paddington.

Unfortunately, the platforms there are not long enough to accommodate the carriages that carry bikes; so, we’re having to make some changes to our bike policy.

Travelling out of London
  • High Speed services; bikes will be allowed from Reading
  • local and regional services; bikes will be allowed from Slough
Travelling in to London
  • High Speed services; bikes will be allowed as far as Reading
  • local and regional services; bikes will be allowed as far as Slough

Before you go

  • reserve your space when you book online, call 0345 7000 125; or visit a station ticket office; generally you should 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

At the station
  • 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

High speed trains
From Monday 16 May 2016, reservations for bikes will be 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 manger 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
  • there is space for 2 full size bikes in each train
  • peak time restrictions apply Monday to Friday; excluding Bank Holidays

To and from London Paddington

Bikes not 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 not 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
  • there is space for 2 full size bikes in each train

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