Bring Your Bicycle Onboard

Part of the joy of a journey by train is the ability to explore the stops along the way, and what better way to do that than by bike? If you'd like to ride our rails with your bike, we offer a number of different services to transport your bike onboard. Each train has different equipment and loading procedures that dictate what service will be offered. The capabilites of your origin and destination station also determine how bikes are handled, so check out all the details here before you book your trip.

Allowances

  • Carry-On/Trainside — 50 lbs.
    Standard Bicycle Sizes Apply
  • Checked — 50 lbs. — 70" x 41" x 8.5"

Carry-On Bicycle Service

Standard full-size bicycles may be carried on and stored onboard in bicycle racks on these select certain trains.

 

Specially Designated Spaces Only

 

Bicycles must be stored in the designated racks within the body of the car. On trains with unreserved carry-on bicycle service, racks are available at a first-come, first-serve basis. When the racks are full, bikes will no longer be accepted onboard.

 

Train Names Number of Spots Bicycle Reservation Required Checked Service Available Bicycle Fee
Amtrak Cascades 10 per train Yes Select Stations $5
Blue Water (trains 364 and 365 only) 4 per train Yes No $10
Capitol Corridor 6 per train No No $0
Capitol Limited 8 per train Yes Select Stations $20
Downeaster (accepted at BRK, POR and BON stations only) 8 per train Yes No $5
Downstate Illinois Services 4 per train Yes No $10
Missouri River Runner 4 per train Yes No $10
Pacific Surfliner 6 per train Yes
Select Stations
$0
Piedmont 6 per train Yes No $0
San Joaquins 6 per train No Select Stations
$0
Vermonter 3 per train Yes Select Stations

$10 between St. Albans and New Haven

$20 between New Haven and Washington, DC

Reserve Space Early

 

For trains with reserved bicycle space, bicycle racks may be reserved when booking travel; service fees may apply. Each passenger may bring one bicycle. Tickets must be supplied when tickets are collected onboard. Reservations may be made here at Amtrak.com or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.

 

Loading and Securing Your Bike

 

Passengers must be able to fully handle their bicycle in order to carry it on the train and stow in the rack. As such you must be able to lift your bicycle to shoulder height. Passengers are responsible for supplying their own cords and locking devices. All large seat/saddlebags, handlebar bags and panniers must be removed from your bicycle, consolidated and either checked or carried with you on to the train.

 

Liability

 

Amtrak disclaims liability for loss of or damage to bicycles carried onboard and stored in bike racks.

Folding Bikes Brought Aboard as Carry-On Baggage

Folding bicycles under the dimensions of 34" x 15" x 48" (860 x 380 x 1120 mm) will be allowed onboard all trains in lieu of a piece of baggage.

 

Only certain passenger cars can accommodate folding bicycles as carry-on baggage, otherwise they must be checked.

 

Only true folding bicycles (bicycles specifically designed to fold up into a compact assembly) are acceptable. Generally, these bikes have frame latches allowing the frame to be collapsed, and small wheels. Regular bikes of any size, with or without wheels, are not considered folding bikes, and may not be stored as folding bikes aboard trains.

 

You must fold up your folding bicycle before boarding the train. You may store the bike only in luggage storage areas at the end of the car (or, in Superliners, on the lower level). You may not store bikes in overhead racks.

Trainside Checked Bicycle Service

Standard full-size bicycles may be transported in bicycle racks located in the baggage car. Passengers are not allowed in baggage cars, so Amtrak personnel will store and secure your bike in the bike racks. Before handing your bicycle to an Amtrak crew member, please remove any large seat/saddlebags, handlebar bags or panniers. These items must be consolidated and either checked or carried with you onto the train. This service is only available at select stations. Advance reservations are required.

 

Train Name Number of Spots Bicycle Reservation Required Checked Service Available Bicycle Fee
Carolinian 6 per train Yes Select Stations

No fee between Charlotte and Raleigh

$20 fee to and from all stations beyond Raleigh

Crescent 6 per train Yes Select Stations $20
Heartland Flyer 12 per train Yes Select Stations $0
Hiawatha (accepted at CHI and MKE only) 15 per train Yes Select Stations $5
Palmetto 6 per train Yes Select Stations $20
Pere Marquette (not accepted at BAM) 15 per train Yes Select Stations $10
Silver Star/Silver Meteor 6 per train Yes Select Stations $20

Boxed Bicycles in Checked Baggage

Bicycles may be checked on Amtrak between all cities where checked baggage is offered. Not all trains or locations are equipped to handle checked baggage. Find your station(s) to see if this service is available.

 

Bicycles/bicycle trailers may be checked in a bicycle container for $10, in lieu of a piece of baggage. Bicycle boxes are sold at most staffed locations for $15 per box. Customers may supply their own bicycle container.

 

Recumbent, tandem and special bicycles over the standard bicycle dimensions and will not fit in a standard bicycle box are prohibited. Motorized bicycles are prohibited

 

The fee for checking a bike as baggage is $10.00. This is subject to change without notice.

  • Check your bicycle at the station at least an hour before departure.
  • Bicycles/bicycle trailers may be checked in a bicycle container for $10.00, in lieu of a piece of baggage. Bicycle boxes are sold at most staffed locations for $15.00 per box.
  • Bicycles must be partially disassembled in order to fit in an Amtrak bicycle box. Loosen and turn the handlebars sideways, and remove the pedals. Amtrak does not supply tools for disassembling.
  • It may be helpful to disassemble and reassemble your bike before your trip to avoid any surprises. Some parts, especially pedals, may be especially difficult to remove.
  • Attach your name and address to the box.

Connections/Changing Trains with a Bicycle

Reclaim your bike at the baggage car and remove it from the train before transferring to your new train. Station personnel can assist you with any questions or directions.

 

If you have a lengthy layover at a station with a baggage room, you may store your bicycle in the baggage room free of charge; just make sure to retrieve your bicycle in time to take it to your departing train.

 

Boxed bicycles will be transferred by train crew and station personnel; in this case you will not be responsible for transferring your bike between trains.

Bicycles on Auto Train

We cannot carry automobiles with bicycles loaded on the roof. See the Auto Train Vehicle Requirements for details.

Bicycles on Amtrak Express

Regular bicycles and unicycles may be shipped on Amtrak Express. Bicycles are generally exempt from Amtrak Express size requirements.