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



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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Planned engineering

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