Faq - cycling
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 you can also use most of our trains. The only exceptions are our busiest peak hour services.
For the safety and comfort of all our passengers, bikes are not allowed at any point during the journey on any train:
- Arriving London Marylebone, Oxford or Birmingham Moor Street from 0745 to 1000.
- Leaving London Marylebone, Oxford or Birmingham Moor Street from 1630 to 1930
For further clarity please download our timetable.
Within our timetable trains shown with a 'X' symbol means that bikes are not permitted on board at any point during this service.
We are sorry that bikes can not be taken on rail replacement buses at any time. There are no restrictions on folding bikes at any time, provided they are fully folded.
Cycles can be hired from just outside London Marylebone Station. For information visit www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles.
Storing Your Bike At Our Stations
For information about cycle storage facilities at our stations see the Station Information section.
No, we do not offer bicycle reservations, we operate on a first come first serve basis and subject to space being available.
No, unfortunately due to limitation on space we do not allow these on board 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.
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.
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.
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.
No, unfortunately we do not allow for bicycles to be taken on rail replacement bus services.
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.
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.