Cycle & Mountain Bike Travel Tips

Travel tips

Travelling with a bike can be a straight forward and stress free experience, as long as you plan ahead. We have listed a few useful ways to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible:





  • Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) - if you are travelling abroad then we would always recommend visiting the FCO's website first. ‘Know Before You Go’ is an ongoing travel safety campaign run by the FCO. It encourages British nationals to be better prepared for their overseas trips with a view to avoiding common travelling traumas, risks and dangers
  • DIY Travel - if you are planning on travelling alone, then we would always suggest that you try getting in touch with either the bike shops or bike clubs located in the area you are travelling to (in time we will have a good list of helpful shops and clubs on this site). They will potentially offer up useful advice about the area, and possibly meet up with you when you are out there.
  • Taking your bike by Plane - taking your bike on a plane is not as difficult as you might think - here are some tips to ensure it goes smoothly
  1. Get your FREE guide on how to pack your bike correctly - click here
  2. Always checkin with plenty of time before departure (read the airline's specific rules for checkin times with bikes)
  3. Check the airline's policy on bike carriage carefully. Some differ, and the last thing you want is to be unpacking your bike in the middle of an airport, or even worse, not be allowed to travel. We have listed links to some of the popular airlines below:

Disclaimer: Links to 3rd party sites checked as at 10th July 2007. Please check the relevant site thoroughly to ensure you comply with the company's latest policies in full

Taking your bike by Train - always ensure you check the baggage policy of train companies carefully as they differ by provider, and by country. We have listed links to some useful train information sites below:

Disclaimer: Links to 3rd party sites checked as at 24th April 2006. Please check the relevant site thoroughly to ensure you comply with the company's latest policies in full


Taking your bike by Car - some suggestions:

    • It is illegal for bikes being carried on a bike rack to obstruct a vehicle's number plate or rear lights - ensure you use a separate tailboard
    • Avoid leaving bikes on roof racks / bike racks unattended. Even with the lockable systems available on some racks, they are prime targets for thieves