Cycling is a great way to get active, stay healthy and cut the cost of getting to and from the train station.
So why not leave the car at home and get in the saddle.
ScotRail provides cycle parking at most stations and from 2015 onwards we’ll be investing in even more cycle spaces. What's more, our Bike & Go cycle hire scheme will soon arrive at 10 of our stations, and we’ll be introducing Cyclepoints - offering bike hire, repair and sales at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling.
Take your bike with you for a ride in the countryside or to speed up getting home when you travel with ScotRail.
We have cycle spaces on our trains where you can store your bike completely free of charge. Where reservations aren't available, these will be on a first come first serve basis and it's worth bearing in mind that commuter services usually have very limited space.
To make a cycle reservation on our services please contact our telesales team on 0344 811 0141 or visit one of our staffed stations. We are currently working with our website provider to offer a new and improved online cycle reservation facility. Please check back here for updates.
Reserving a place
On many trains there's no need to reserve a cycle space but you can reserve one when you book your ticket.
Cycle reservations are required on services between:
|Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen|
|Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness|
|Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig|
|Aberdeen and Inverness|
|Inverness, Wick, Thurso and Kyle of Lochalsh|
Trains without cycle spaces
Electric trains in central Scotland don't always have dedicated cycle spaces, but you can store your bike in the vestibule area as long as you regularly check it's not blocking the way. This applies to services between:
|Glasgow Central, Cathcart, Neilston and Newton|
|Glasgow Central, Gourock and Wemyss Bay|
|Glasgow Central, Ayr, Ardrossan and Largs|
|All trains via Glasgow Central Low Level|
|All trains via Glasgow Queen St Low Level|
|Edinburgh, North Berwick and Dunbar|
|Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal|
|Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Carstairs|
Can I take other types of bikes on ScotRail's trains?
Folding bikes can be carried on all services - these must be folded down when you board the train. In some cases you may be asked to fold down your bike before entering the platform.
We don't allow motorbikes, mopeds or any other kind of motorised cycle. We also don't allow tandems, tricycles and non-folding cycle trailers as they take up too much space.
Getting off the train
If you’re travelling on the Glasgow to Gourock, Wemyss Bay, Ayr, Ardrossan and Largs routes, some peak trains are longer than the platform. Make sure your bike is in the right place so you get off the train in time.
We support the Cycle Action Plan for Scotland to see 10% of all journeys in Scotland will be made by bike by 2020. To support this, we’re making it easier for you to hire a bike.
We’ll be introducing three new, fully-staffed Cyclepoints at key city hubs (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling), which will provide the full range of services including cycle sales and hire.
We've also partnered up with some cycle hire companies to give you discounted cycle hire. All you have to do is book your train and pick up your discounted hire bicycle, by showing your ScotRail ticket to one of our partners. Cycle hire discounts are currently in the following areas: Blair Atholl, Inverness and Fort William. Find out more about our partners below.
Bike & Go
We've launched our Bike & Go cycle hire network - with facilities now in place at ten stations across Scotland so you can complete your journey by bike.
We want all of our customers to reach their destination promptly and safely, so if something happens to your bike, we'll help you finish your journey.
If you have a rail ticket, ScotRail Cycle Rescue will take you and your bike free of charge, to either your destination for the day or to your nearest ScotRail station to continue your journey.
If you can't get to your destination because it's late in the day - don’t worry. We'll transport you to the nearest Scottish town or city where you may be able to repair your bike and stay in accommodation, ready for train travel the next day.
Call our freephone helpline on 08000 717 212 to get help and advice, making sure you have your valid ticket to hand. See our Cycle Rescue Terms & Conditions below.
We regret that cycle reservations cannot currently be made online. We are working hard to resolve the problem, and will reinstate this facility as soon as possible. Cycle reservations can still be made in the usual way at staffed stations, or from ScotRail telesales on 0344 811 0141. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
ScotRail Cycle Rescue applies only to holders of valid rail tickets for journeys to or from stations in Scotland. This is for breakdowns that occur on the roads of mainland Scotland within a day's cycle ride of any station for which your ticket is valid.
You must comply with the following terms and conditions to be eligible for assistance:
- Your pedal cycle must be reasonably maintained, fit for its intended use, and in a safe and roadworthy condition at the start of your journey
- You shall take reasonable steps to effect repairs to your pedal cycle following a breakdown
- If you have a right of action against a third party you shall co-operate with ETA (our bicycle and travel insurance partner) to recover any costs incurred by ETA
ScotRail and ETA shall not be liable for:
- Any incident occurring outside the period of cover, which shall be deemed as the period of validity of your rail ticket
- Any incident within a mile, by public highway, from your residence
- Any incident where the pedal cycle is being used for a use not specified in the design and manufacturer's specifications, or arising directly out of the unreasonable use of the pedal cycle on unsuitable terrain
- Breakdowns where the pedal cycle is not accessible or cannot be transported safely, legally and without hindrance using a standard transporter or trailer, including immersion in mud, sand, snow or water
- Breakdowns while the pedal cycle is being used or has been used for racing, trials or rallies, speed or endurance tests or practices for those activities
- Any consequential loss arising from any act performed in the execution of the assistance services provided
- Call out charges the police may charge
- Ferry charges and tolls
- The cost of parts, components, lubricants or materials, food, drinks, telephone calls, petrol, oil, or insurance for a hire vehicle or other incidental expenses
- Any costs other than recovery to one of the destinations detailed above
- The charges of any company or person other than the recovery agent called out by ETA
- Any charges arising from your failure to comply with the reasonable requests of ETA or its agents concerning the assistance being provided to you
- Any charges where, having contacted ETA, you effect recovery or repair by other means
- Cover is limited to one puncture per person per year and we recommend that you carry a puncture repair kit as it can normally avoid the need for a call out
- There is no cover for failure of lights where this is due to discharged batteries, and you should ensure you carry spare batteries for your lights
- Medical and other expenses arising out of injury sustained by you, except where such injuries are due to the negligence, actions or other fault of ScotRail or ETA
- Liability for any loss or damage to property (including cycles) in excess of £1,000 is excluded
You can call our telesales team on 0344 811 0141 to reserve a cycle space.
We’ve teamed up with Blair Atholl Bike Hire to offer discounted cycle hire to customers travelling to Blair Atholl.
Take advantage of this opportunity on your own or as part of a group and see the breathtaking local scenery.
You can find Blair Atholl Bike Hire within the 'Food in the Park' cafe behind the museum. All you need to do is show your valid rail ticket when you get there and you'll get a 10% discount for a full or half-day hire.
Visit www.blairathollbikehire.co.uk or call 01796 481 500 for more information.
Terms & conditions
- The hirer is obliged to call the Blair Atholl Bike Hire contact number, 01796 481 500, at least one hour before the commencement of the hire to register and check availability of cycles
- A valid rail ticket must be seen by Blair Atholl Bike Hire staff, in order to obtain the 10% discount
- All hire arrangements will be between Blair Atholl Bike Hire and the cycle hirer
- Payment for the hire is made directly to Blair Atholl Bike Hire
- Blair Atholl Bike Hire will provide to the hirer a cycle helmet and basic accessories such as repair kit, pump etc
- Blair Atholl Bike Hire will provide the hirer with contact details in case of breakdown
- Blair Atholl Bike Hire will be responsible for the condition of the equipment supplied
We’ve teamed up with Ticket to Ride to offer discounted cycle hire to customers travelling to Inverness. Get discounted cycle hire for you and friends to see the stunning Highland scenery on your bike.
A 10% discount on cycle hire is available, with a 15% discount for holders of the Freedom of Scotland Travelpass. All you need is a valid rail ticket.
Ticket to Ride will even bring your bike to meet you when your train arrives at Inverness, Nairn or Forres train stations, at no extra charge. For reduced rate they'll also bring your bike to other selected stations in the Highlands including Dingwall, Elgin and Aviemore. What's more, if you travel from Inverness to Fort William, you can leave your bicycle with our partner Nevis Cycles in Fort William!
Call Ticket to Ride on 01463 419160, giving at least four hours notice and hold on to your rail ticket to get your discount. For more information and full terms and conditions of cycle hire, visit www.tickettoridehighlands.co.uk
Nevis Cycles is located in Oban and Fort William, offering discounted cycle hire to ScotRail customers travelling to these destinations.
A 10% discount is available to holders of valid rail tickets, with a 15% discount available to holders of Freedom of Scotland Travelpass tickets. If you're cycling to Inverness, you can leave your bicycle with our discount partner Ticket to Ride, rather than take it all the way back to Fort William.
Nevis Cycles is located close to Fort William station - just show your valid rail ticket or Freedom of Scotland Travelpass when you get there to claim your discount. For more information call 01397 705 555 or visit www.neviscycles.com
For cycling in Scotland and cycling events:
0131 652 0187
0141 229 5350
For route and accommodation information:
Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC)
0844 736 8450
For information on cycle paths in Scotland:
0845 113 0065
For information on walking routes, including to and from the station: