Public transports and connections

Combining your bike and public transports in Belgium:

By train

The Belgian national railway company SNCB created for travelers, who wish to take their bikes on the train, the € 4 "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).

By bus

Only the folding bikes can by carried within the buses TEC in Wallonia.

Coming from France or going to France:

By train

International trains:

  • 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.

Regional trains:

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.

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Coming from or going to Luxembourg

By train

National trains:

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.

International trains:

Because bike transport is free in Luxemburg, you only need a bike ticket for Belgium, which costs 13 euros. If travelling from Luxemburg you need to buy this on your smartphone (app NMBS : Mijn biljetten" > plusteken > "overzicht producten").

Coming from or going to Germany

By train

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

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

With a regular train, you can also go to Aachen every hour. From Brussels, you have to change trains in Verviers or Welkenraedt. The purchase of a ticket is mandatory and costs 13 euros. This one is only available in major stations. More information on

Traveling by train with you bike is different in France, Belgium, Luxembourg or Germany.

Coming from or going to the Netherlands

By train

In the Netherlands, you can take your bike on the train (except on Thalys and Fyra trains) on weekdays (outside peak hours i.e. from 6:30 to 9:00 and 16:30 to 18:00), at weekends, on holidays and in July/August. You will be charged € 6,90 per day. This is a fixed, national fare.

From Liège to Maastricht, you can take belgian regional trains (see "Combining your bike and public transports in Belgium").

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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.