Travelling with your bike

Froome with a view

Reserve a place on the train for your wheels

Your bike can travel free with us, but you do need to reserve a space for it beforehand.

It’s one cycle per customer, and we’ve got space for five cycles (three on some trains) You’ll need two spaces for a tandem. 

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your train is due to leave, and give yourself plenty of time to get to the guard’s van to load your cycle. 
  • Make sure your bike has its reservation ticket clearly displayed. 
  • Secure your bike using the Velcro straps provided, don’t use your own bike lock.


Reserve online

If you’re booking your train tickets using our website or app, you can reserve a space for your bike at the same time. If it turns out there are no spaces available, you'll be given the option to book a different time or route.


Reserve at the station

You can also reserve a spot onboard for your bike at Travel Centres and stations, right up to the time of departure. Spaces are limited though, so book as early as possible.


Folding cycles

If you have a Brompton-style folding bike, you can store it along with the luggage in passenger accommodation, so there’s no need to reserve a space for it.

But please fold your bike before boarding and don’t unfold until you (and it) are off the train, to avoid tangling with other passengers. Unfortunately, we can’t carry non-folding cycles on any replacement coach services if there's a problem with your train.

Bikes at the station

  • Please dismount from your cycle before you enter the station.
  • If you’re leaving your bike at the station, please use the racks/cupboards provided. All cycles are left at your own risk and Virgin Trains East Coast accepts no liability for cycles or contents left at the station.
  • For security reasons, please don’t leave bags or panniers attached – we reserve the right to inspect the contents of any cycle panniers and bags that are left in the cycle park.
  • Ensure the cycle complies with Virgin Trains East Coast guidelines and that a valid cycle reservation is held for the service.
  • Arrive on the platform at least 10 minutes before the departure of the train and locate a member of station staff regarding positioning on the platform.
  • When directed, load the cycle onto the train and secure the cycle using the Velcro straps (only) within the cycle racks provided. Following securing the cycle, board the service through the nearest available door.
  • Prior to arrival at destination station, walk through the train to the correct end and, when directed, remove the cycle from the train as quickly as possible.
  • Some stations have short platforms – cycles may be carried to/from stations with short platforms. Please board the train at coach F and transfer your bike to the Guard's Van at the first opportunity, once you have spoken to the Guard. When getting off at a short platform, please speak to the Guard when you board the train and ask their advice on the safest way

Related FAQs

Can I take my bike with me on-board the train?

Yes, we love greener ways to travel so your bike can be carried free of charge on all Virgin Trains East Coast services as long as you have a valid ticket of course! However we don't have room for hundreds, so all bike spaces are subject to availability. 

Save a space for your bike on your next journey when you book online at Just enter all of your journey details as normal (departure station, destination station, dates and times, etc) then when you confirm the ticket price you wish to purchase you'll be given the option to reserve seats and a 'Bicycle Space'. Click this option and the system will check for open spaces on that journey. If space isn't available for some or all of your journey we’ll give you the option to book a different time or route, or you can just decide not to take your bike.

Because bicycle spaces are very limited on certain routes it's worth making sure space is available before buying your ticket. If you are travelling with a tandem bicycle make sure you reserve two spaces. If you've already purchased your train ticket, you'll need to visit a mainline station Travel Centre to reserve your bicycle space. A little word of warning - everyone jumps on their bike during the summer months, so spaces fill up very quickly.

If you're travelling with another train operator on your journey you'll need to check their own policy too. You can do this by visiting the National Rail website.

Can I travel with a tricycle or a double deck cycle?

Unfortunately not. We don’t allow tricycles or double deck bikes (specially adapted extra-tall bicycles, in case you're wondering) on our trains. 

Can I bring a cycle trailer on the train?

Yes, as long as you make a reservation for both the bike and the trailer. You can make a reservation when you book your tickets, or in the My Bookings section of the website. Your cycle trailer can't exceed 150x150x100cm in size and should be able to be carried into the driver or guard's van. Please call Web Support on 03457 225 111 to make your trailer reservation, or visit one of our Travel Centres.

Can I bring a petrol-powered vehicle on board, such as a moped?

No. Trains are not permitted to carry any petrol–powered vehicles, for safety reasons.