Bikes on Trains
|Bikes on Trains|
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 operator's policies and contact details - however it is always worth contacting them if you are planning a big journey using the train as their rules can change without much notice.|
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.
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, included free in the price of your ticket. 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.
Bikes can be carried free of charge on CrossCountry Trains. A complimentary advance reservation is required for each single journey. Reservations are subject to availability, so best check before travelling. CrossCountry services only have two reservable bike spaces and one further space for unreserved bikes.|
they advise that if you require a reservation at short notice, to get in touch through Social Media using their Twitter handle: @CrossCountryUK or through Facebook, where a member of staff will reply within 30 mins, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Their webpage on bikes and trains gives a wee bit more info.
Cycles can be taken on LNER 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.|
Before you book your train tickets, phone their Web Support Team on
03457 225 111, to check cycle space availability and to reserve your space.
See their webpage for more info.