TGV / ICE France ⇔ Germany (RHE) (Alleo) » Travelling with a bicycle

In train traffic, a distinction is made between transporting a: 
  • Packed and disassembled (partly or otherwise) bicycle: 
    • This can go on any train for free as luggage. 
  • Unpacked bicycle transported whole: 
    • A limited number of TGVs carry unpacked bicycles at a charge. 
    • ICE does not carry unpacked bicycles. 
Bicycles as luggage 
  • Per person, a maximum of one packed bicycle (= one item of non-standard luggage) 
  • You can take a bicycle (folding or otherwise) on the TGV for free if:
    • The front and rear wheel have been removed. 
    • The bicycle has been packed in a cover. 
    • The bicycle including cover weighs no more than 32 kg. 
    • The bicycle including cover is no larger than 120 x 90 cm (l x w). 
    • The bicycle is labelled with your details. 
    • Tandems, reclining bicycles, carrier tricycles, three-wheelers or Segways are not permitted. 
Whole bicycles 
  • Please note: in general, cross-border high-speed trains between France and Germany do not carry bicycles, although you can check this for each train in the journey planner. 
  • A number of TGVs have special bicycle coaches. 
    • These coaches are not standard. 
  • You can use the French journey planner to check whether your train also carries bicycles. 
    • The NS International journey planner does not have all of the bicycle information. 
    • You will recognize trains carrying unpacked bicycles by the bicycle icon. 
  • You can take your unpacked bicycle with you only if: 
    • You book the tickets for you and the bicycle simultaneously. 
What next 
  • If you take an unpacked bicycle on the train with you, you need to purchase the tickets from the French or German railway companies. 
    • The bicycle ticket costs around € 10 for a single journey. 
    • NS International does not sell bicycle tickets for the TGV. 
    • Reserve in time: the number of bicycle spaces is limited. 
  • You do not require any ticket for a disassembled and packed bicycle (folding or otherwise). 
  • If you are taking a packed bicycle on the train with you, you can take no more than one item of regular luggage (such as a suitcase, bag or trolley) and one item of hand luggage. 
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