Bikes & Trains
|Commuting by Train and Bike|
Each of the train operators serving Grampian have their own rules and regulations with regard to taking bikes on their trains. See below for specific information on each of the three operators policies and contact details.|
On the day of travel, its a good idea to arrive at the station with time to spare as you may have difficulty getting your bike to the appropriate platform.
As part of Aberdeenshire Council's commitment to providing integrated cycle and public transport facilities they provid for hire 4 cycle lockers at each of the following train stations:
and 8 cycle lockers at the Ellon Park and Ride Site.
Contact the council direct on 08456 081207 for details of hiring.
For more general information in taking your bike on trains in and around Grampian, then see our Bikes on Trains page.
Cycles are carried free on all ScotRail services, but space is limited (ScotRail aim to provide between two and six spaces per train), so free reservations are essential on long-distance trains to Aberdeen - though are not usually necessary for the daily commute. The London to Scotland 'Caledonian Sleeper' services carry up to six cycles (except for the Inverness-London service which can only accommodate three cycles), but space must be reserved in advance. Reservations must be made. Tandems are not conveyed on any ScotRail service.|
Scotrial also operate a very handy rescue service. If you can't complete the cycle portion of your journey as a result of an accident, vandalism or an irreparable breakdown to your bike, they can make sure that you (and your bike, if appropriate) get to your destination for that day. An excellent idea!
Tel: 0845 601 5929
Reservations: 08457 550033
See their webpage on cycles for further info.
Cycles can be taken on GNER trains free of charge. You will need to make a reservation at least 24 hours before departure. They can carry a maximum of five cycles per train so bookings are subject to availability.|
Tel: 08457 225 225 (Enquiries & Reservations)
See their dedicated webpage for more info.