Want to squeeze your mountain bike on the tube at rush hour? Forget it. But there are times and ways you can get most bicycles round London by public transport.
There are times where you want to combine cycling with another type of transport and you can take bikes on trains, the DLR, some tubes as well as river boat services and the Emirates Airline.
TfL has handily gathered information on cycle carriage on the public transport network here and we recommend checking that before travel. In summary:
Note – you cannot take bicycles onto moving escalators anywhere on the TfL network so do leave enough time to use lifts and step-free routes.
For non-TfL trains check any restrictions with the operator – you may need to book a place for your bike on any intercity or long distance services. Peak time services may be different to TfL’s so again, please check before you travel.
If you cannot take your bike on the route that you want there are cycle hire services across London so this might be an option worth considering.
The new Elizabeth Line will accept passengers with non-folding bikes from approximately 9.30am – 4pm with no additional fare for the cycle. Lifts will provide access to the train platforms at Tottenham Court Road, and Bond Street when it opens. Lift access is already provided at remaining Elizabeth Line stations.
As a general guide, overground sections of the Underground, Overground Rail and the DLR permit off-peak cycle carriage as well as the new Elizabeth Line. There are some specific restrictions as well as a few peak time exceptions.
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Public transport is often used in tandem with cycling, sometimes called ‘multi modal transport.’ This can be especially important for Disabled cyclists, for whom walking can be difficult and uncomfortable.
LCC wants to see transport providers provide accessible cycle storage both on the transport itself, and secure parking at transport premises. It’s also important to us that transport facilities and carriages themselves are accessible on a step-free basis.
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