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Bikes on trains

Find out when you can use bikes on Southeastern trains, bike racks and docks at stations. Plus details of our Brompton hire scheme

Our policy on cycles

With so many great places to cycle in the South East it’s not surprising that people want to take their bike on the train. Find out more about cycling by train, when and where you can take your bike.


Ticket to ride?

You can take your bike on any of our off-peak services, which includes any time at the weekends and on Bank Holidays.
 
If you have a folding bike this can be taken on any train, at any time. But they must be folded before being taken onto the platform and remain folded throughout the journey. 
 
If you don’t have a folding bike then you can’t take this on peak time services, from Monday to Friday. 
 
Peak times going into London are between 7am and 10am, and then leaving London between 4pm and 7pm.


Other routes

You can take a bike on these routes at any time of the day: 

  • Gillingham, Otford or Tonbridge trains heading away from London
  • Kent or East Sussex trains, if you’re not stopping at Gillingham, Otford or Tonbridge

Folding bikes

You can take a fold-up bike (such as a Brompton) on all of our trains, at any time.

Make sure you fold the bike up on the platform, and keep it folded on board the train, to leave space for your fellow passengers.

You can also hire a Brompton folding bike at four of our stations – find out more about our bike hire scheme


Bike storage

Most of our stations have bike racks or lockers. For full details, check our station information.

Station information form


Bikes on rail replacement bus services 

If your train is cancelled you won’t be able to carry your bike onto a replacement bus service.

However, you might be able to fit a folding bike in the luggage area if there’s enough space.


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National Rail and cycling by train

National Rail encourages the integrated use of cycles and trains. You can find out information to help plan your specific cycle and rail journey with National Rail’s PlusBike. A one-stop shop for tailored information to your journey about everything from cycle facilities at stations, reservation details, cycle carriage rules and cycle hire.

For more information, visit nationalrail.co.uk/PlusBike or download the PlusBike leaflet.