Public transports and connections
Combining your bike and public transports in Belgium:
The Belgian national railway company SNCB offers travelers, who wish to take their bikes on the train, two options:
- The € 5 "bike card". This card allows you to make a single journey (valid for a bike or a tandem, and optionally a kid’s bike trailer).
- The € 8 "day pass". This ticket allows you to take your bike on the train during the entire day and throughout the entire country (valid for a bike or a tandem, and optionally a kid’s bike trailer).
Coming from France or going to France:
- Between Paris and Brussels. On the Thalys trains you can take your bike for free. You do, however, have to fold or disassemble it, and pack it in a carrying case no larger than 120 cm by 90 cm. Be advised that you may be asked to pay an additional fee, depending on your total number of bags. More info.
- Between Lille and Brussels. The TVG trains welcome your bike for free, if you can fold or disassemble and pack it in a bike bag no larger than 120 cm by 90 cm. You can also bring your bicycle aboard a TGV without folding or disassembling it, in which case you have to book a space for it when ordering your ticket. The cost is € 10.
In France you can take your bike for free on regional trains.
- Between Lille and Brussels. There is no direct regional train that runs between Lille and Brussels. You need to change trains at Tournai, where you will be charged 13 euros for an international bike card.
Coming from or going to Luxembourg
Taking your bike on board of a train is free in Luxembourg. Available space for bikes, however, differs from train to train. In general, there is only a limited number of bike spaces available. More info.
You can take two types of trains: IC trains (run by the Belgian SNCB) or the Luxembourgish RB train. In both trains, you need to buy an international bike ticket, which costs 13 euros.
Coming from or going to Germany
National trains :
The main railway service in Germany is Deutsche Bahn. It connects big German cities with long-distance IC or 'InterCity' trains. With Deutshe Bahn, you can only take your bike with you if the train accommodates it (the train is marked with a sign). If you buy a ticket online, you can select the option "Take a bicycle". The available selection will then be narrowed down to trains on which bicycles are allowed.
The purchase of a long-distance bicycle ticket is mandatory and costs between 6 and 9 euros. You are required to reserve a spot for your bicycle one day before your departure at the latest. For more information please visit https://www.bahn.de/
International trains :
ICE (InterCityExpress) is a high-speed train connecting German and European cities. On an ICE, bicycles are not allowed except for folding bikes. For more information please visit https://www.bahn.de/
Traveling by train with you bike is different in France, Belgium, Luxembourg or Germany.
Good to know!
- The number of bikes allowed on board varies greatly from one train to another. Traveling in group? Best to inquire before embarking!
- Traveling with your bike and a bag bigger than 120 cm x 90 cm? It is recommended to book a place for your bike!
- The SNCB strongly discourages bringing bikes on the train during rush hours.
- In Brussels, you are not allowed to load or unload your bike at the Central, Chapelle or Congrès railway stations.
- Your bike will not be transported in the regular passenger carriages, but in a separate carriage. You best approach the train conductor with your bicycle in hand. In general they will be very cooperative.