If you need to ship a bike to France (or around France), here are a few options.
When looking to ship your bike or your bike box, it's worth weighing up prices and options as there are many companies out there these days.
Shipping prices generally start at around £60 to send a bike to France, but it can vary depending on the pickup/drop off destinations, bike box size, and insurance cover.
The following information is provided as guidance only. You should do your research, ask all relevant questions of the shipper, ensure your bike is properly insured, and be familiar with the necessary processes should something go wrong (lost, damaged bikes etc). You should also ensure your bike is properly boxed/bagged and insulated.
If you need help ...
If you're not sure how to get your bike to France (or if you are trying to solve the plane/train v shipping, or shipping v hiring question), then we are happy to offer guidance.
You can email email@example.com with:
- your dates
- number of bikes
- bike box size if you have it (or let me know if you need a box/packaging)
- bike box weight if you have it
- any other relevant info (i.e. if you're not sure if it's cheaper/easier to hire, etc)
SHERPR specialises in bikes. They work with a network of international shippers to book your bike in (in English). You can send your bikes from your club or home to anywhere in the world (including Australia and South Africa) and back again. They also supply reinforced cardboard bike boxes and packing (delivered to you before you ship) if you don't have your own bike box. Note they do not ship soft-shell bags. See here.
Send My Bag send bikes to and from Australia and South Africa (and to other destinations worldwide) in conjunction with DHL. They also ship from one French destination to another, though this can be expensive. Just check ahead to confirm all costs and any excess duties when you book.
Parcel Hero was originally recommended to us by cyclists, and we have also used it to ship (non-bikey) things to France. There's no dedicated bike option on the site – you box your bike up securely and ship it like you would any other package. Quotes are done by box size and weight, so if you have a heavier bike box rather than cardboard or soft cover, it will cost more. Don't forget to get insurance (either via the shipper or your own) as Parcel Hero uses a range of mainstream shippers – they are a broker, not an actual shipper. This is not a dedicated bike service and you probably will not get the level of personal service would get with, say, SHERPR above. Also make sure the B&B/hotel or wherever you're shipping to in France is expecting the delivery in case the bike makes it there before you do – the courier will likely need the delivery to be signed for.
Still not sure?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try and help (including seeing if there is a dedicated van service coming to France on your dates).