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Offline samnarten

Rail travel w/ bike-Budapest-Munich-Brussels
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:31:38 pm »
Will be taking Kalman Irme line from Budapest to Munich then ICE to Brussels. Will we need to put bikes in bags? We would rather not carry bags.

indyfabz

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Re: Rail travel w/ bike-Budapest-Munich-Brussels
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2015, 07:06:51 pm »
As for ICE, see this:

http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/trains/ice/services

"You can take bicycles on board an ICE train as long as they are folded away in a bike bag.
 
If you’d like to take a bike that doesn’t fold away, you may want to consider the luggage courier service. Your bike will be delivered to your destination for a charge of (currently) €25.80."


Offline samnarten

Re: Rail travel w/ bike-Budapest-Munich-Brussels
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2015, 08:56:12 am »
Thanks,  I hadn't found this website.  Looks like we will be taking the bags.

Offline DaveB

Re: Rail travel w/ bike-Budapest-Munich-Brussels
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2015, 09:02:00 am »
"You can take bicycles on board an ICE train as long as they are folded away in a bike bag.
 
If you’d like to take a bike that doesn’t fold away, you may want to consider the luggage courier service. Your bike will be delivered to your destination for a charge of (currently) €25.80."
Does this mean you can take a standard bike but it just has to be packed in a bag or that the bike must also fold, like a Bike Friday, Dahon, S&S coupled frame or similar?  If it requires a true folding bike, just having the bag won't be enough.

indyfabz

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Re: Rail travel w/ bike-Budapest-Munich-Brussels
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2015, 03:22:06 pm »
"You can take bicycles on board an ICE train as long as they are folded away in a bike bag.
 
If you’d like to take a bike that doesn’t fold away, you may want to consider the luggage courier service. Your bike will be delivered to your destination for a charge of (currently) €25.80."
that the bike must also fold, like a Bike Friday, Dahon, S&S coupled frame or similar?  If it requires a true folding bike, just having the bag won't be enough.

I read it to mean you need a folder.

Offline samnarten

Re: Rail travel w/ bike-Budapest-Munich-Brussels
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2015, 05:35:03 pm »
I wasn't completely convinced of bikes in bags being allowed.  Then I found this and think they are.

http://help.loco2.com/article/310-taking-bikes-on-the-train#ICE

indyfabz

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Re: Rail travel w/ bike-Budapest-Munich-Brussels
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2015, 01:59:15 pm »
Based on that, and assuming it is accurate, I would agree that a full-sized bike that has been dismantled and bagged is allowed. Seems that "folded away" includes "dismantled."

Offline TomFoster

Re: Rail travel w/ bike-Budapest-Munich-Brussels
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2015, 08:47:53 am »
Seems a bit extreme, having to dismantle your bike and put it in a bag! Folding bikes fair enough...but a normal bike? In the UK at least I know that bikes can be taken on trains and there are special rails in certain bits of carriages that they can be locked to. Seems more sensible!  ;)
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