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Cycles on Trains with ScotRail

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Leave your bike at the station

ScotRail provides cycle parking at most stations and from 2015 onwards we’ll be investing in even more cycle spaces. What's more, our Bike & Go cycle hire scheme will soon arrive at 10 of our stations, and we’ll be introducing Cyclepoints - offering bike hire, repair and sales at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling.

Take your bike on the train

Take your bike with you for a ride in the countryside or to speed up getting home when you travel with ScotRail.

We have cycle spaces on our trains where you can store your bike completely free of charge. Where reservations aren't available, these will be on a first come first serve basis and it's worth bearing in mind that commuter services usually have very limited space.

To make a cycle reservation on our services please contact our telesales team on 0344 811 0141 or visit one of our staffed stations. We are currently working with our website provider to offer a new and improved online cycle reservation facility.

 Reserving a place

On many trains there's no need to reserve a cycle space but you can reserve one when you book your ticket.

Cycle reservations are required on services between:

  •  Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen
  •  Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness
  •  Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig
  •  Aberdeen and Inverness
  •  Inverness, Wick, Thurso and Kyle of Lochalsh

Trains without cycle spaces

Electric trains in central Scotland don't always have dedicated cycle spaces, but you can store your bike in the vestibule area as long as you regularly check it's not blocking the way. This applies to services between:

  •  Glasgow Central, Cathcart, Neilston and Newton
  •  Glasgow Central, Gourock and Wemyss Bay
  •  Glasgow Central, Ayr, Ardrossan and Largs
  •  All trains via Glasgow Central Low Level
  •  All trains via Glasgow Queen St Low Level

  •  Edinburgh, North Berwick and Dunbar
  •  Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal
  •  Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Carstairs

Can I take other types of bikes on ScotRail's trains?

Folding bikes can be carried on all services - these must be folded down when you board the train. In some cases you may be asked to fold down your bike before entering the platform.

We don't allow motorbikes, mopeds or any other kind of motorised cycle. We also don't allow tandems, tricycles and non-folding cycle trailers as they take up too much space.

Getting off the train

If you’re travelling on the Glasgow to Gourock, Wemyss Bay, Ayr, Ardrossan and Largs routes, some peak trains are longer than the platform. Make sure your bike is in the right place so you get off the train in time.

ScotRail Cycle Rescue

We want all of our customers to reach their destination promptly and safely, so if something happens to your bike, we'll help you finish your journey.

If you have a rail ticket, ScotRail Cycle Rescue will take you and your bike free of charge, to either your destination for the day or to your nearest ScotRail station to continue your journey.

If you can't get to your destination because it's late in the day - don’t worry. We'll transport you to the nearest Scottish town or city where you may be able to repair your bike and stay in accommodation, ready for train travel the next day.

Call our freephone helpline on 08000 717 212 to get help and advice, making sure you have your valid ticket to hand.

We regret that cycle reservations cannot currently be made online. We are working hard to resolve the problem, and will reinstate this facility as soon as possible. Cycle reservations can still be made in the usual way at staffed stations, or from ScotRail telesales on 0344 811 0141. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

0344 811 0141

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