Reader Q&A: How to make a booking for bikes on French trains

Published by Lyn on 21 August 2013

Howham wants to know how to book his bike on a French train.

With a little planning, negotiating the French rail system with a bike is possible. Photo: Cécile Graat

With a little planning, negotiating the French rail system with a bike is possible.
Photo: Cécile Graat

We want to make a booking on a train. On voyages-sncf.com we can't see how to make a booking for the bikes. The booking form shows that you can take bikes on the sectors we want, but I cannot see how to make a booking for them. I don't want to leave it until we arrive in case they do not have space left. Can anyone shed any light on this?
Howham

Answer:

** UPDATE AUGUST 2016 ** 
Please see this article on Trainline as we have used this service a lot lately and have found it a quick and easy way to book bike-train tickets online. 
** Lyn @ FWF **

oui.sncf advises that bikes should be booked at the same time as buying tickets. This can be done online via the oui.sncf website, at French ticket offices or by calling SNCF. Depending how friendly the ticket office is, it *may* be possible to do this in person after buying a ticket but it's best to reserve at the time of purchase.

Note that not all trains require bike bookings. For general info on trains in France, see our article on bikes and French trains and our on on getting to France by train.

Would be good to hear how you get on.

Cheers
Lyn @ freewheelingfrance

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