Travelling with your bike

With so much beautiful countryside along the east coast, what better way to explore our favourite destinations than on a bike. Here's how you can reserve a space for yours on our trains.

 

Cycling can be a great way to start or finish a long distance train journey.

LNER is committed to supporting those who wish to cycle as part of their journey, and anyone cycling to or from a local train station.

Read our guide on travelling by train with a bike for advice on reserving a bike space on a train, cycle storage and cycle hire at or near stations.

How to reserve a place on the train for your bike

With so much beautiful countryside along the east coast, what better way to explore our favourite destinations than on a bike. Here's how you can reserve a space for a bike on our trains.

To make sure everyone can travel safely, you must reserve a space for your bike before you board our trains.

  • You can make a free bike reservation on our website when you book your ticket - currently limited to one bike per customer.
  • If you have already booked your ticket through our website or mobile App, you can add a bike reservation through My account.
  • If you booked through another website or in a station, the easiest way to reserve a bike space is to use the live chat in the bottom corner of the screen between 08:00-22:00.
  • The number of bike spaces on each train is limited. While our team will make every effort to get you on your way, you may be denied boarding if you try to travel with a bike and do not have a bike reservation.

Alternative ways to reserve a bike space

The easiest way to reserve a bike space is by booking direct through our website and adding a bike reservation during the booking.

If you are not able to reserve a bike space when booking online, we recommend using our live chat in the bottom corner of this page for the fastest results. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone or email.

If you’re travelling with a bike now, you can go to the station travel centre and book a bike space for your train if one is available. You can check the opening times here. Spaces are limited though, so book as early as possible.

National Rail information about travelling with your bike can be found here.

Bikes at the station and boarding

At the station

  • Please dismount from your bike before you enter the station.
  • If you’re leaving your bike at the station, please use the racks/cupboards provided. All bikes are left at your own risk and LNER accepts no liability for bikes or contents left at the station.
  • For security reasons, please don’t leave bags or panniers attached – we reserve the right to inspect the contents of any bike panniers and bags that are left in the cycle park.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before your train is due to leave to give yourself plenty of time to find the right location on the platform from which to board with your bike – make yourself known to our team on the platform and they will assist you with finding the right boarding point
  • Please ensure the bike complies with LNER guidelines and that you have a valid bike reservation for the train you're boarding.

Boarding

  • When directed by our station staff, load your bike onto the train, into the dedicated Bike storage space, securing the bike using the brackets provided.
  • If you wish, you may place a lock and chain around your bike, however, please ensure this is not attached to any equipment within the storage compartment
  • Prior to arrival at your destination, walk through the train to the area closest to where your bike is stored and, when directed, remove your bike from the train as quickly as possible.

Bike storage and hire

If you're unable to book a bike space or you only need a bike for part of your journey, there are other options.

Leave your bike at the station

All of the stations we serve (except Sunderland) have bike storage facilities. You can check bike storage facilities for any station on the National Rail website.

Cycle hire schemes

Cycle hire schemes are available near several of our stations, including London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Dundee.

There are also a range of local businesses that provide commercial bike hire services near our stations.

Related FAQs

Can I take my bike with me onboard the train?

Yes, we love to be green so you can carry your bike free of charge on LNER trains as long as you have a valid ticket and you have made a reservation for your bike. Spaces are limited and subject to availability.

If you're travelling on an LNER train only, you can make a reservation online when you book your ticket. If you booked elsewhere or already have your ticket, you can make a reservation at one of our Station Travel Centres, by using our chat bot or by getting in touch with our team on social media. 

If you're travelling with another train operator on your journey you'll need to check their own policy too. You can do this by visiting the National Rail website.

Travelling with your bike

Can I travel with a tricycle or a double deck cycle?

Unfortunately we do not have the space to carry Tricycles, cycle trailers or double deck cycles.  However, tandems are accepted if they conform to the following specifications and have two reservations: 100cm in height x 60cm in width x 260cm

Can I bring a petrol-powered vehicle on board, such as a moped?

No. Trains are not permitted to carry any petrol–powered vehicles, for safety reasons.

Can I charge my eBike onboard?

No. The charging of eBikes onboard is not permitted for safety reasons.

What is the bike weight limit?

We can accommodate bikes up to 25kg. However, customers should be aware that non-folding cycles are stored vertically, and staff may not be able to assist in lifting heavy items.

Do I need to book a space for a folding bike?

No, Brompton-style folding bikes can be taken onboard and stored in a designated luggage area. They must remain folded at all times and not obstruct any passengers or wheelchair spaces.

Can I leave my bike at the station?

Each station we serve (except Sunderland) already includes at least some facilities for storing privately owned bikes. Customers can check any station’s bike facilities at nationalrail.co.uk.