Transporting your bike on long-distance trains
Given the right preparation, travelling by rail & bike can be pure pleasure. In the Deutsche Bahn (DB) travel centres and ticket vendors and in all travel agencies with a DB licence, you can find information on taking your bike with you, hiring or shipping a bike. Deutsche Bahn also provides comprehensive information on its websites about taking a bike on the Deutsche Bahn. This means that you can start your cycling holiday with no worries or space problems.
Deutsche Bahn AG operates a cyclist hotline. By phoning +49 (0) 180 6 99 66 33 (€0.20 per call from landlines, max. €0.60 per call from a mobile) cyclists can get comprehensive information about travelling by train & bike, such as travel connections with bike transport on DB trains or deals with other operators, bike hire or bike shipping. The hotline is available from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 20:00.
The rule of thumb is: a bike can be taken on IC and EC long-distance trains but you need to book it in advance. On ICE trains, bikes can now be taken on the Hamburg-Munich route on selected trains.
Taking a bike on regional public transport in Lower Saxony
The various transport operators in Lower Saxony have different prices and rules for taking bikes. Taking a bike always depends on there being free capacity available.
- Regulations in connection with the Niedersachsen-Ticket (Lower Saxony Ticket)
- Regulations in the GVH (Großraum-Verkehr-Hannover)
- Regulations in the VRB (Verbundtarif Region Braunschweig)
- Regulations in the ZVSN (Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund Süd-Niedersachsen)
- Regulations in the VBN (Verkehrsverbund Bremen / Niedersachsen)
- Regulations in the HVV (Hamburger Verkehrs-Verbund)