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Booking bikes on trains

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  1. firedfromthecircus
    Member

    And I found your attempt very helpful thanks Darkerside.

    Slings post too. ;-)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. WickyWocky
    Member

    Seat 61 is a good resource for all things about European train travel. Here's the link to taking bikes on trains

    http://www.seat61.com/bike-by-train.htm

    Unfortunately the high speed and very nice ICE trains don't seem to carry them unless disguised as luggage.

    The DFDS ferry port in Amsterdam is quite a way from Amsterdam. The nearest station, I think, is Haarlem.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. PS
    Member

    The DFDS ferry to Amsterdam docks at IJmuiden. The nearest station to there seems to be Driehuis.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. Rosie
    Member

    Those links are very useful.Thanks all.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  5. Rosie
    Member

    I'm going to the same cottage in Skye as last year on 25 July and went to book my cycle on the train. Went to the Haymarket. No spaces left either to Kyle of Lochalsh or Mallaig. The booking for end of July would have only been open a couple of days. I could take a chance, but don't want to risk it. It's not a huge deal, as I can get public transport to Skye and be picked up and I didn't use my cycle much in Skye last year as the friends I was with were walking, but what a pain it is, in a country which needs money from tourism and tries to sell itself as a destination for cyclists.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. paddyirish
    Member

    Not good- can you get to Fort William and /or Inverness? Add a day's cycle to get to Skye?

    I'd let Abelio know of your displeasure and the fact that their capacity is woefully insufficient. Copy in Visit Scotland too

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. Morningsider
    Member

    Rosie - have you checked the Caledonian Sleeper? They operate a very early service from the Waverley to Fort William. Leaves at 0450 - might have cycle spaces available as they seem to have made it almost impossible to actually book a ticket or find information on their services.

    Details: https://www.sleeper.scot/index.php/?component=com_articles&id=96

    Probably best to phone them, as these daytimes tickets (which are advertised on their website) - cannot be booked online. Still, what do you expect from SERCO.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. ARobComp
    Member

    Rent a bike box = luggage ?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. LaidBack
    Member

    I have a large bike bag that could be useful. Take this with you and chances are you won't need it. We used this subterfuge to get a third bike onto a train with only two bookable spaces. Turned out there was enough space - two extra unbookable spaces.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. Tulyar
    Member

    Edinburgh-Fort Bill service currently leaves 04.50 (sits in platform from roughly 03.30, and gets an empty van and seated coach attached in Edinburgh. Gets to Fort Bill before 10.00 and so a midday sailing for Armadale. With the road bridge at Kyleakin there is probably a case to replace the car carrying boat on this service with a high speed 300 passenger boat (with space for some freight/single emergency vehicles) - this would be cheaper to operate and much faster for the crossing (a similar vessel now operates Gourock-Dunoon but at about half its maximum speed (30+kts))

    04.50 now stops at Glasgow Queen Street Low Level at 05.45-ish. This may change as it has been noticed that the Glasgow-Oban train departs 10 minutes EARLIER, and offers connections for the morning sailings rather than sailings after lunchtime. Timetables change on 17th May.

    Travel tickets for all Edinburgh-Mallaig services are valid on the train, but you may need to book a seat (hardly likely given that there are normally fewer than 5 people on the seats leaving Edinburgh most time I've used it).

    Remember too that Scottish Citylink do carry bikes if they are dismantled or folded down and packed in a bag or case (and space is available).

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. Ed1
    Member

    Is there scotrail trains from Lockerbie to edinburgh what's it's like getting bike on if not? I don't want to book as don't know how long will take

    Posted 5 months ago #
  12. Arellcat
    Moderator

    Ed1, unfortunately not. Scotrail trains get as far south as Dumfries, Carlisle and Newcastle, but Lockerbie is on the WCML and Scotrail trains don't use the WCML between Carlisle and Carstairs. The Caley Sleeper of course does use the main line but doesn't stop at Lockerbie.

    From Lockerbie heading north you have Virgin Trains on weekdays, but only a couple at most in the morning and again in the evening — and those are going to Glasgow, not Edinburgh.

    The FirstTransPennine trains from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh do stop at Lockerbie. They alternate with a service to Glasgow Central. There are a couple in the mornings and a few in the afternoon/evenings, but only every two hours.

    RealTimeTrains makes it very easy to find out what trains are leaving from a station, where they originated, where they're headed and when. Here is a Lockerbie list for today and an average Wednesday next week.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  13. sallyhinch
    Member

    If it's the TransPennine Express from Lockerbie there are bike spaces in the carriage (with flip-up seats). You can use them without booking if there is space. If it's the Virgin train the bike goes in the special locked space and you need to have booked.

    Beware that the Transpennine Express originates at Manchester Airport and nobody seems to have thought that passengers to and from an airport might have a lot of luggage with them so the bike space often gets repurposed as a luggage space. The whole train can also get very full at Lockerbie on a Saturday

    Posted 5 months ago #
  14. Tulyar
    Member

    As a backstop the X74 runs between Glasgow & Dumfries via Moffat and has provision to carry up to 6 bikes, if you have any problems

    Posted 5 months ago #
  15. Ed1
    Member

    I turned around when got messages about 20 miles from Moffat as I check and realised not many trains I tried Dumfries and it 67 quid compared to 18 quid. I will try it again in a few weeks booking or use x74 or on a weekday when more trains or will take tent

    Posted 5 months ago #
  16. chdot
    Admin

    I know this has been mentioned elsewhere, but just got by email from Virgin EC.

    Disappointing still not sorted.

    "

    Calling all cyclists

    It’s not currently possible to book a spot for your bicycle online, but you can still book space. If you want to bring your wheels, call us on 0345-722-5111 and we’ll get it sorted.

    "

    Posted 3 months ago #
  17. ejstubbs
    Member

    @chdot: It is still possible to book cycle spaces for VTEC services online by using certain other TOCs' online booking sites. See:

    http://saveecrewards.co.uk/cycling/bike-reservation-online

    Posted 3 months ago #
  18. LaidBack
    Member

    ScotRail certainly has bike space booking. Can book any train - just used it to go to Newcastle with Cross Country and Virgin EC.

    Posted 3 months ago #

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