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Travelling on the train with your bike

24 September 2020
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Would you like to do a long trip on your bike or even a multi-day cycle ride without having to cycle the same route back? Would you like to do a trip leaving no carbon footprint? Taking the train is the perfect solution!

The perfect back-to-school deal!

For the start of this 2020 school year, all Belgian residents can request a free Rail Pass on the SNCB website until 30 September 2020. With the Hello Belgium Railpass, the SNCB invites you to rediscover over 500 destinations across Belgium until 31 March 2020! And what better way to make the most of this deal than to take your bike with you? You can take your bike with you on the train for free as well, until 31 December 2020. This is a great way to make the most of autumn!

How does this work in Belgium?

Make sure you have a bike supplement with you before you get on the train, even if it is free. It is available online, at ticket offices and machines in stations. Before boarding, ask the train conductor for advice on whether there are any bike spaces available on the train and where to put your bike.

If the places reserved for bikes are already occupied, you will need to take the next train. For logistical and security reasons, travelling with bikes is not authorised for groups.

You may not get on or off the train with your bike at Bruxelles-Central, Bruxelles-Chapelle, Bruxelles-Congres, Bastogne-Nord and Bastogne-Sud.

What if you go beyond the Belgian border?

It is not always easy to take your bike on the train. That is why European cycling associations are now calling for eight compulsory bike spaces on all trains. The European Cyclists' Federation’s (ECF) #TrainsForCyclists campaign is aiming to make combining taking the train and cycling much easier. To find out more, this article from Gracq will give you all the information you need to know.

What if you go beyond the Belgian border?

Would you like to cycle over to another country? All the information you need regarding cycling abroad are on the website “transport”.

The advantages of bringing my bike on the train

Belgium is well connected through its rail networks so you can explore its most beautiful corners, for example by following the EuroVelo 3 or the EuroVelo 5 and stop whenever you please!

The Wallonia Belgium Tourism (WBT) centre offers you a slow tourism itinerary that begins and ends at a train station. Between the two stations, there are steps to follow on your bike. A nice way explore Belgium at your own pace... You will even get a taste of EuroVelo 19 between Namur and Dinant. For example. You can download the GPX and a travel log on their website.

It is not always easy to take your bike on the train. That is why European cycling associations are now calling for eight compulsory bike spaces on all trains. The European Cyclists' Federation’s (ECF) #TrainsForCyclists campaign is aiming to make combining taking the train and cycling much easier. To find out more, this article from Gracq will give you all the information you need to know.


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