Is it not possible to simply put it in one of these and take it on as metal laundry?
People have definitely done that. I've taken a 700c touring bike through appropriately rinko-ed (albeit in 2019).
The larger X-ray scanners are 85cm wide so as long as it's packaged to fit that and you can reasonably carry and lift it, you're not breaking any rules.
is it still possible to ride-on with the eurotunnel (the trains with cars), and then get another train from calais?
Eurotunnel do have a cycle service, but it's once a day and you have to book 10 working days in advance and they take you across in a minibus. There's some details on this thread: https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?t=123181
Bikes on Eurostar looks to be resuming from 25th Jan on some London to Paris trains:
Starting off small with balance bikes
My penny farthing will never get onto the eurostar
Details on CyclingUK. Cost looks like it won't be too bad (between £25 and £55 depending on when you book and which service you go for).
has anyone actually contacted them since they announced this?
Yep, see reply I got:
Our bike and luggage service has resumed on selected trains between London and Paris. This will be a limited service at first. We will be servicing the London to Paris trains that run from 0755 until 1531, and from 1113 until 1813 Paris to London. Please be aware that this is subject to change, and you would be updated upon booking.
Currently only two boxed bikes can be accepted per. We will not be able to transport fully assembled bikes for the moment. Customers have to provide the boxes for their bikes.
You would need to drop your boxed bike off at our luggage area before heading to departures. When you arrive at your destination, your boxed bike will be handed back to you on the platform so make sure you only bring what you can carry safely. Trolleys will not be provided.
The current prices for boxed bikes are £60 for travel in the next 48 hours or if booked in advance of 48 hours before travel £45.
Has anyone ever shipped their bike to their destination? If you're having to box up etc it seems pretty equivalent.
Not since Brexit, but I got a bunch of bikes shipped from Cologne to London at the end of a cycle holiday and they all arrived fine. The problem now is that there will be import duties if you’re not accompanying your bike.
awful, pointless and expensive
i was just looking at return train tickets for Torino Nice route, they come up around £375. Just for comparison i looked at flights; £15 each way. What a fucking tragedy.
Anyone has travelled with a bike recently (On the Eurostar).
I'm planning on coming back from my next trip to London with a Bike but I don't understand the information provided on the website.
On one page it says that I can call a number and book some sort of service to carry the bike for me and retrieve it on arrival. On another page it says that they don't offer this service any more...
Yeah, I think I might wait until they start taking fully assembled bikes again. No use to me having to box it up.
The annoying thing is, they have entire compartments they can't physically fill because they don't have the time to process passengers (because Brexit, of course), so they may as well have at least one as a bike carriage.
On Sunday, I ran into a couple of cyclists while waiting for Eurostar back to London and asked them in detail whats required.
They said you need to email and book and its £40 each way. Goes on the same train and should be in a bag (not full sized bike bag as you would for a flight). If you book under 24h before departure its more expensive.
Great to know, thank you so much!
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