Regional train at the station, © TMN / Peter Hamel
© TMN / Peter Hamel

Trav­el­ling by bike and rail – trans­port­ing your bike in Nieder­sachsen (Lower Sax­ony)

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 Niedersachsen 

The various transport operators in Niedersachsen 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 (Niedersachsen 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)