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Faq - cycling

01) Can I take my bike on the train?

Folding bicycles are permitted on Chiltern services at all times provided they are fully folded and stored without hindering other passengers

Regular bicycles are carried (except tandems) on any Chiltern Railways train on Saturdays, Sundays or Public Holidays subject to space being available, and at the discretion of our staff.

On Mondays to Fridays , bikes are not allowed at any point during the journey on the following trains:

  • Arriving London Marylebone or Birmingham Moor Street from 0745 to 1000
  • Leaving London Marylebone or Birmingham Moor Street from 1630 to 1930

To check whether you can carry your bicycle on other train operators service you will need to check the relevant train company’s website for details.

Please note motorcycles and powered scooters are not permitted on Chiltern Railway’s trains. (Mobility scooters – these are permitted)

Wheelchairs and powered wheelchairs are allowed.

02) Do I need to reserve a space for my bike on the train?

No, we do not offer bicycle reservations, we operate on a first come first serve basis and subject to space being available.

03) Can I take a tandem bicycle/bicycle trailer on a Chiltern Railways train?

No, unfortunately due to limitation on space we do not allow these on board our trains.

04) Taking large items on our trains

Folding push chairs and carry cots are permitted. Wheelchairs and powered wheelchairs are allowed.

Wheelchairs must be folded when not in use and located in the section designated for wheelchairs.

Mobility scooters can be carried but may be subject to a charge.

Musical instruments exceeding dimensions, 30 x 70 x 90 cm may be carried but could be subject to a charge.

Large items are subject to the discretion of station staff and if a train is busy, you may be requested to travel on a quieter train later in the day.

05) Why can’t I take my bicycle on peak weekday services?

To make sure our service runs on time during our busiest periods, we do not allow non-folding bicycles on board our trains. Please see our cycle information section to see which trains we allow non-folding bicycles on board. Folding bicycles are allowed on all our services providing they do not hinder any other passengers.

06) Where do I store my bicycle on Chiltern Railways trains?

This depends upon which type of train you are travelling on:

If you are travelling on one of our Mainline Silver Trains then bicycles are stored in the Driving Van Trailer which is located at the rear of the train when the train is travelling from London Marylebone to Birmingham or beyond and at the front of the train when the train is travelling towards London Marylebone.

If you are travelling on one of our other trains, please store your bicycle in one of the vestibule areas and try to make sure that it does not cause a hindrance to other passengers.

07) How do I register my bicycle so I can store it at London Marylebone?

Season ticket holders can register their bicycle to be stored at Marylebone station so they can be used upon arrival into London. To do this, you must take your season ticket to the information desk at Marylebone where you will be able to get a tag for your bicycle so that we know you have registered it.

08) Can I take a bicycle on a rail replacement bus?

No, unfortunately we do not allow for bicycles to be taken on rail replacement bus services.

09) Can I take my animal on the train ?

You may take up to two dogs or small domestic animals free of charge with you on a Chiltern train.

Dogs must be kept on a lead throughout your journey, including any part of the station you are travelling through. Dogs must not use the seats on the train or at our stations.

Animals other than a dog must be carried in a fully enclosed basket or pet carrier designed for the purpose with dimensions no bigger than 85 x 60 x 60 cm. Animals must be able to stand up and lie down within the carrier.

Guide dogs are welcome on our trains.

10) Prohibited items

Loaded guns, firearms and dangerous goods such as inflammable liquids and explosives are not permitted on any train.

Furniture exceeding dimensions 30cm x 70cm x 90cm is not permitted.