Travel with Bahn and bike
Not just for the green conscious - the combination of Bahn & Bike makes sense for everyone, even if it is in your free time. In local, regional and long-distance trains you can take your bike with you. This way you remain flexible and are quickly mobile at your destination so you can just get off the Bahn and hop on your bike!
Don't have a bike but want to go for a ride? No problem, in many bigger cities you can rent a DB CallaBike!
If you want to take your bicycle with you on a long-distance trip you will need a bicycle reservation as well as a bicycle ticket. You can use these for all Intercity and Eurocity within the German transport system. Please note that it is not possible to take your bicycle with you in all ICE trains. You can book and pay your bicycle ticket at the same time as purchasing your own ticket. Included in the price is a reservation for your bicycle. This way you can plan your trip with your bicycle easily from home the way you want it and print all of your travel documents comfortably in one simple click.
The price for taking a bike in long-distance trains (single trip) is 6 euros with a BahnCard and 9 euros without a BahnCard. The booking for a bike must be done at least 1 day before the travel date.
|Taking your bike in local transport|
|Most local transport trains already have an area for storing your bicycle during a trip. The train symbol at the doors of the train indicates where you can store your bicycle easily. These areas are either at the beginning or the end of a wagon. You can also put your bike in the entrance of local transport trains, however please consider the other passengers and make sure you are not blocking the entrance of others or their possibility to walk through the wagon.
Taking your bicycle is viable, but there is only a limited amount of space to put your bike in each train. As such, we suggest you avoid heavy traffic hours. On routes where we have a lot of transit there are additional trains on the weekends and in the summer months.
|Bicycle information for your Region|
|Jump on and enjoy the ride and then get out where the tour begins. The local transport trains of Deutsche Bahn will take you safely and quickly to the starting points of some of the nicest bicycle tour spots in Germany. You can come with us with the Interregio-Express (IRE), Regional Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB) and S-Bahn (urban train).|
|Taking your bicycle in local transport|
|Taking your bicycle in local transports is regulated differently. In some of their trains there are times when you cannot take your bicycle with you to make sure that the filled trains aren't excessively filled during the peak traffic hours. The prices for taking your bicycle with you in local transports may vary as well.|
|Taking your bicycle in long distance trains|
|You can take your bicycle into one of the many Intercity- and Eurocity trains. We use two types of bicycle wagons: the bicycle section of the IC-Control wagon and the bicycle section of a large area wagon.
You can hang up your train in the vertical holders. It is easier if you try to do it like this:
Make sure no extra luggage is on the bicycle. Then put your foot behind the back wheel and pull your bicycle up with the handlebar until it is vertical, the back wheel stays on the ground. Then you pickup the bicycle from the frame and hang it up on the holder! Simple.
|Wagon position indicator
Make sure you leave home in time, so you can make sure you know which track to be at without any stress. At the tracks you can find a wagon position indicator that shows all the long distance trains. Here you can see at which section of the train tracks you have to be to get to your reserved bicycle spot as quickly as possible. The wagon position indicator shows, for example, the appearance of the front part of the train.
|For your own Safety
Please make sure that entrances, areas for passage and possibly the door to the drivers room must be clear and accessible at all times!
Special bicycle types such as a tandem or recumbent are not possible to be taken aboard all long distance trains. To make sure you can take your special bicycle with you, make sure you reserve a special spot for it before your trip (at least 1 day before, we suggest earlier than that).
Bicycles that can be dismantled, packed or stowed away as well as bicycles that can be folded and unfolded, can be taken aboard the train as free hand luggage, as long as they can be stowed away easily under or above the seat.
|Reserving a bicycle spot and bicycle card
If you want to take your bicycle with you on a long-distance trip (i.e. ICE) you will need a bicycle reservation as well a bicycle ticket. You can use these for all Intercity and Eurocity within the German transport system and book and pay them easily and comfortably from home whilst booking your ticket. Included in the price is a reservation for your bicycle. This way you can plan your trip with your bicycle easily from home the way you want it and print all of your travel documents comfortably from your own four walls with one simple click.
The price for taking a bike in long-distance trains (single trip) is 6.00 euros with a BahnCard and 9.00 euros without a BahnCard. The reservation for a bike must be done at least 1 day before the travel date.
|Taking your bicycle on the City Night Line|
|Discover great bicycle tours in distant regions. Sleep in and when you wake up you can get out and start cycling! All you need for the City Night Line is to buy a bicycle ticket as well as reserve a seat.
Bicycles of all categories are carried onboard without a special packaging for 10.00 euros (on German routes 9.00 euros without a BahnCard, 6.00 euros with a BahnCard). International bicycle cards are accepted as well. Transporting tandems or trailers is possible, however it is mandatory to reserve a spot (this is free!). Prices on non-DB trains for international bicycle tickets may vary.
|Taking your bicycle in international trains|
|It is possible to take your bicycle with you in many neighbouring European countries, where they allow it.
It is possible to do so for example in Belgium, Denmark (regional trains or City Night Line), France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary.
To cross the border with your bicycle you will need an international bicycle card. In Germany this card costs 10.00 Euro and includes a free bicycle spot reservation for your bicycle in the train. It is valid all the way to your destination station. Please take into account that when you switch to suburban trains in other countries there might be different usage restrictions.
International bicycle cards can be acquired for round trips as well.
|Taking bicycles on the train in groups|
|Please reserve when taking long distance trains!
In DB long distance trains it is mandatory for groups to reserve seats as well as bicycle spots. This guarantees you can take your bike and no matter how big the bicycle, you only pay 2.00 Euro per person for a seat reservation.
Reserving a bicycle spot is free, when you buy a bicycle card at the same time. For a train with mandatory reservation there are specific rules. Please make sure you inform yourself at a DB sales point or through the service hotline about the cheaper prices and conditions.
|Please register more than 6 bicycles!
Even in a group you can travel easily with Bahn&Bike - in DB local transport with even more flexibility since you don't need to reserve anything beforehand; however there is no guarantee you can take your bike during heavy traffic hours.
You can register at DB sales points or at the service hotline 0049 0180 6 99 66 33 (0.20 Euro per call from German landlines. Mobile phone costs may vary. International fees apply).
Groups larger than 6 bicycles need to register at least 7 days before the departure date.