Itching to bring your bike to ride around the beautiful winding streets and paths of Italy? You’re in luck: bikes can be taken on Urban, Regional, Direct and Interregional trains with certain rules and reservations.
Transporting Bicycles on Urban and Regional Trains
You can bring a bicycle on Urban and Regional trains, on ones marked in timetables with the icon of a bike. They require a reservation and you can buy a bike ticket for about $5-$6 which is valid for 24-hours from the time of stamping. The ticket comes in two parts; one part you attach to your handlebars and the other you keep with your train ticket. You can purchase an additional second-class ticket for your bike, or you can dismantle it, put it in an appropriate bag and carry it on for free like any other piece of luggage.
Bicycles on Domestic Trains in Italy
On all Domestic trains, you can carry your bicycle for free in an appropriate case which has has to be put in the allocated spaces on the train for bike cases. It’s also possible to deposit the case at stations that provide this service free of charge for 24 hours from validating the ticket.
You will be responsible for the loading and unloading of your bike. Sometimes there are racks to secure bikes, but not always. You could bring some cords or just lay it down, and be sure to sit in the next car and keep an eye on it. And you can also take your bicycle on some International trains including routes from Milan to Geneva, Venice to Geneva and Venice or Rome to Munich with a reservation and for a fee of $15-$16.
Here is a complete list of those trains:
|EC 32||MILANO CENTRALE||GENEVE||daily|
|EC 34||MILANO CENTRALE||GENEVE||daily|
|EC 35||GENEVE||MILANO CENTRALE||daily|
|EC 36||MILANO CENTRALE||GENEVE||daily|
|EC 37||GENEVE||VENEZIA S.LUCIA||daily|
|EC 39||GENEVE||MILANO CENTRALE||daily|
|EC 41||GENEVE||MILANO CENTRALE||daily|
|EC 42||VENEZIA S.LUCIA||GENEVE||daily|
|EC 50||MILANO CENTRALE||BASEL SBB||daily|
|EC 51||BASEL SBB||MILANO CENTRALE||daily|
|EC 52||MILANO CENTRALE||BASEL SBB||daily|
|EC 56||MILANO CENTRALE||BASEL SBB||daily|
|EC 57||BASEL SBB||MILANO CENTRALE||daily|
|EC 59||BASEL SBB||MILANO CENTRALE||daily|
|EN 236||VENEZIA S.LUCIA||MUENCHEN HBF||daily|
|EN 463/237||MUENCHEN HBF||VENEZIA S.LUCIA||daily|
|EN 234/484||ROMA TERMINI / FIRENZE / BOLOGNA||MUENCHEN HBF||daily|
|EN 485/235||MUENCHEN HBF||ROMA TERMINI / FIRENZE / BOLOGNA||daily|
Taking Bicycles on the High-Speed Frecciarossa, Frecciargento or Frecciabianca Trains
Bicycle reservation tickets for these trains can be purchased at the train station customer service desk. On these trains, bicycles cannot be carried on, they must be partially dismantled and put in a bicycle bag as luggage. If you don’t bring your own, bike bags can be purchased in the larger stations like Roma Termini or Milano Centrale, plus you can store your empty bag for free in participating stations for a period of 24 hours following the validating of your ticket. If you are transporting a bicycle, it’s best not to travel during rush hour when the trains will be crowded, making hauling your bike around cumbersome.