Bicycles on Trains in Italy

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:

Train Departure Arrival Frequency
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.

 

 
Photo credit: Tim Lucas