Eurostar to Reintroduce Large Luggage Service, Allowing Bikes to Return on the Rail Service
Due to the impact of the pandemic, the Eurostar service was forced to restrict their usual oversized luggage service and it has been inactive ever since. Currently, the only way for a cyclist to transport their ride is by owning a foldable model, which can be stowed in the designated overhead or luggage compartments.
As reported by Cycling UK however, the rail service intends to reintroduce the oversized luggage carriage for passengers by summer 2022, allowing travellers and holidaymakers to take their bikes into France, Belgium, Netherlands and the UK.
Eurostar confirmed they are also looking to develop an online booking tool for bike carriage, and will make all efforts to consult the cycling community over this, which is certainly a step in the right direction for sustainable travel and tourism. Previously, this would have been a separate two-step booking process by which Eurodespatch would arrange for the bike to be stowed on the same train, so the streamlining of services for oversized luggage is a welcomed one for cyclists in particular.
It is worth mentioning that a fully assembled bike will set you back more money, as will booking with less time in advance to your trip. Luckily, Eurostar can provide boxes and the tools to break down your bike at their stations in London, Paris and Brussels, or alternatively you can use your own bike bag/box.
However, if you’re a Cycling UK member and willing to use one of Eurostar’s boxes for carrying your bike, so long as you book in advance it shouldn’t cost you much more than an overszied suitacase.
Indeed, if you are able to break your bike down into a bag less than 85cm, you could save yourself some money and bring it on as part of your carry-on luggage.
See below for a breakdown of luggage pricing.
It is also worthwhile noting these charges are only for Eurostar travel between London, Paris and Brussels, as well as on the direct train from London to Amsterdam departing from St Pancras International at 08:31 only.
Head over to Cycling UK if you are interested in a cycling trip to Europe this summer; becoming a member could save you a significant amount of money on luggage add-ons.