Travelling with your bike

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



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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Planned engineering

Find out if your journey will be affected by engineering work taking place.