With the complex restrictions and ambiguity confronting the international bike-rail traveller the most practicable means of transporting you and your bike from country to country is by plane. However, the rules and charges associated with bike carriage is somewhat convoluted and therefore a common subject/concern voiced by our customers.
Which airline should you fly with?
Air, and train travel for that matter, has become a lot less glamorous over recent years with the introduction and dominance of low cost airlines and updated rules and regulations. No more complimentary drinks trolleys and extra charges for hold luggage and leg room, all in an effort to bring down the base price of flying. As a result bikes are often not included in your standard luggage allowance and so can incur an additional, sometimes significant, cost.
Confusingly, there’s very little standardisation as to how much money they’ll want, how they’d like the bike packed or what maximum weight they’re prepared to transport. When it comes to booking your flights it’s well worth investigating each airline’s policy as the fees can drastically alter the flight price. To help us navigate this minefield, Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance have kindly produced this neat infographic, covering 12 of the most popular European airlines.
Of the airlines listed only British Airways and TAP will consider your bike as part of your standard luggage allowance, which should help to keep costs down. Although assuming that you opt for a bike box, which can weigh a few kilos, you will need to pay for a second piece of luggage.
As an alternative to the hassle and cost of taking your beloved steed with you on your cycling holiday, we do provide hire bikes on all of our tours. All of which are fully serviced, waiting for you at the start of your holiday and simply collected from you on your last night with us. Electric, child and drop handle bar bikes plus trailers and tag-alongs are also available on many of our tours. Just ask us for more details or add from the choice of extras during your online booking.