Bikes on trains

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

You’ll find designated cycle spaces on all of our trains.

For some journeys, you’ll need to reserve a space for your bike, as these services are long distance routes and often busy. Reservations on the following routes are compulsory:

  • Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen
  • Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness
  • Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig
  • Aberdeen and Inverness
  • Inverness, Wick, Thurso and Kyle of Lochalsh

Reserving a cycle space

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

  • Book online when you buy your train ticket
  • Call our telesales team on 0344 811 0141 (Option 2) Monday – Friday between 9am – 5pm. If you are calling at the weekend please choose option 3 for our Customer Relations team who will make the reservation for you.
  • Visit one of our staffed stations

Where you can't book a spot, spaces are given on a first come first served basis. If you're travelling at peak times, bear in mind that commuter services usually have very limited space.

Due to on-train space restrictions and for customer and staff safety, we are unable to accommodate tandems, tricycles and non-folding cycle trailers on our trains.

ScotRail welcome electric cycles (e-bikes) on our services. Where cycle storage is provided that involves hanging the bike up by the wheel on our hooked cycle storage, we recommend where possible that customers remove their e-bike battery. This will reduce the bike's weight and make it easier for you when lifting your bike onto the hook.

Please note, to avoid damaging the on-train electrical circuits, ScotRail cannot allow e-bikes to be charged via the plug sockets on our trains.

ScotRail don’t allow motorbikes or mopeds, including electric mopeds on any of our services.

Travelling on our Inter7City high speed trains

Inter7City high speed train

Our Inter7City fleet operate on the routes linking Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling, Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh. They are fitted with 2 vertical storage bicycle spaces that require you to be able to lift your bicycle in and secure it. The spaces are located in Carriage C and are clearly identified by a large bicycle logo.

Inter7City bicycle logo

Whilst the current facilities for bicycle storage are designed to the relevant standards we recognise that the storage area is a narrow space and could be challenging to use by some customers and for some bicycles.

We would like to thank our customers and stakeholders who have fed back to us on using the storage on-board. This feedback has been helpful in understanding the challenges that exist and for developing proposals to improve access to these areas. We are currently finalising these proposals and will provide an update here.

In the meantime, we remind customers with a bicycle who are planning to travel with us to follow the guidance below:

On-train cycle space

  • Please book your bicycle space in advance. Book online when you buy your train ticket
  • It’s necessary to be able to lift your bicycle and hang it by the rear wheel, using the hooks provided. Due to health and safety advice our staff are unable to assist with this, so please bear this in mind when considering booking a space. If you are making a short trip (for example Glasgow to Stirling) you may prefer to travel on board one of our new eXpress trains with roll-on-roll-off bicycle storage.
  • The bicycle must be strapped to ensure it is secure. We provide straps with a metal buckle. You may wish to bring your own strap should you not wish to use those provided.
  • The nature of the space available on the train can make it challenging to get two bicycles in the storage cupboard, dependant on the size and style of bicycles.
  • The hooks provided work with most bicycles, however those with deep rims, or chunky/plus size tyres, for example those greater than 3 inches may not fit in the ceiling mounted hook.
  • Large bikes and those with long wheelbases may not fit in the space that hangs from the wall. The owners of both bicycles may need to work together to ensure that both bicycles fit into the storage area safely.

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.