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Travelling with your bike TOP TIPS – airline rules and regulations

Thinking about taking your bike with you on your flight? Need some help deciphering your airline’s policies on bicycle transport? Cannot find the prices on their website? Unsure how the bike needs to be packed? Worry no more, we’ve got you covered. Continue reading Part Two of the series for rates, rules and regulations for travelling with your bicycle. We analyse the largest European airlines – Ryanair, EasyJet, Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France – for flights within Europe.

Ryanair charge a flat fee of 60 euros/ 60 pounds if you book online or 70 euros/ 70 pounds if you reserve at the airport. That is one-way and per one bicycle. The weight limit is 30kg (66lbs). Electric bikes will not be transported by Ryanair planes. Your bicycle must be contained in a bike box/bag. Ryanair do not go into more details with regards to packing, but if you want your bike to be safe for travel, head to Part One – before you set off.

Easyjet are a little cheaper at 40 pounds for online bookings or 50 pounds for airport reservations. That is also a flat fee, one-way and per one bike. The weight limits is 32kg (70lbs). There are more requirements for packing, but if you followed our earlier tips you’ll be fine: your bicycle must be packaged in a bike box/bag, the handlebars must be flush with the frame, the pedals also against the frame or removed entirely and you may not put non-bike items such as clothes in the box/bag. Easyjet do not transport motorised bicycles either.

Lufthansa will transport your bike for free, but there are three conditions. Firstly, it may not weigh more than 32kg (70lbs), otherwise cargo rates might apply. Secondly, your bike may not exceed the set maximum luggage item size of 158cm (62in) – that is width + height + depth. The third condition is that taking your bike – which is seen as one item of baggage – does not exceed your baggage allowance which is determined by the class you booked. If you go over any of these limits, you will be asked to pay a flat fee of 50 euros. Lufthansa ask passengers to not pack their bicycles for the flight and to register them online up to 24 hours before departure via the Lufthansa Service Centre.

British Airways will also take your bike free of charge if you meet certain conditions. BA transport bicycles of up to 190cm (75in) in length as part of your checked-in luggage allowance, which is determined by which class you booked, like in case of Lufthansa. As far as packing goes, your bicycle must be in a protective box/bag with pedals removed or rotated inwards (if possible) and the handlebars flush with the frame. The website states that your tyres need to be deflated to reduce risk of damage. You are free to confirm this at the check-in desk though – Cycling UK assure that British Airways staff are aware of no damage risks and that this rule has been reviewed recently.

Air France ask you to request approval to transport your bike at least 48hours before departure from their Customer Service Department. Head straight to their website and once you’ve got the go-ahead, pack your bike according to these rules: remove the pedals, take off the front wheel and attach it to the frame, turn the handlebars parallel to the frame and place your thus prepared bike in a protective bicycle box/bag. If the overall weight is less than 23kg (50lb) you pay a flat fee of 55euros per bicycle for flights within Europe. If the bike weighs up to 32kg a flat fee of 70 euros will apply in accordance with the Air France overweight baggage guide.

So there you have it. We recommend you allow plenty of time at the aiport to pack the bike and safely place it on the conveyer belt at the check-in desk. Have a pleasant flight!



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    June 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm

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