Bikes on trains

Go for a long jaunt through the countryside, or speed up your journey home.

You’ll find designated cycle spaces on many of our trains and we're currently upgrading all services to provide at least two designated cycle spaces on board.

For some journeys, you’ll need to reserve a space for your bike: on the West Highland Line, for instance.

Where you can’t book a spot, spaces are given on a first come first served basis. Travelling at peak times? Bear in mind that commuter services usually have very limited space.

We have temporarily introduced a number of class 365 between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High which don't have dedicated cycle spaces. If you board a train like the one pictured below, please place your bike in the vestibule area on the right hand side (facing the direction of travel). We also ask that you stay with or near your bike at all times, checking regularly to make sure it's not causing an obstruction.

Reserving a cycle space

You need to make a reservation 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

You can make a reservation on the phone, online, or in person:

Short platforms: make sure you’re in the right carriage

Some peak trains are longer than the platform on the Glasgow to Edinburgh (via Falkirk High), Gourock, Wemyss Bay, Ayr, Ardrossan and Largs routes. Make sure your bike is in the right place so you get off the train in time.

​Taking other types of bikes on ScotRail trains

Folding bikes are great for travelling on any train, and you don’t need a reservation. Just make sure the wheels are no more than 20 inches in diameter. We may ask you to fold down your bike before entering the platform.

We don’t allow motorbikes, mopeds or any kind of motorised cycle on board. We also don’t allow tandems, tricycles and non-folding cycle trailers as they take up too much space.