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Alvia train Barcelona - Pamplona with Mountain bike.... Bike travel bag needed?

Craig Nolan

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Hi All,

I walked Camino de Frances in Sept 2017 but this year I have decided to cycle the same route.

I have a train booked from Barcelona to Pamplona (Alvia train) I am a little confused if I can take my bike onto the train or not?

People tell me it should be no problem but others say I may need to remove wheels and handlebars and place into a bicycle bag.

Has anyone got any info regarding this please as Id rather not have to take apart the bike before getting on the train.

Buen Camino todos
Craig
 
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Hi All,

I walked Camino de Frances in Sept 2017 but this year I have decided to cycle the same route.

I have a train booked from Barcelona to Pamplona (Alvia train) I am a little confused if I can take my bike onto the train or not?

People tell me it should be no problem but others say I may need to remove wheels and handlebars and place into a bicycle bag.

Has anyone got any info regarding this please as Id rather not have to take apart the bike before getting on the train.

Buen Camino todos
Craig
From the trainline website:
"On Alvia trains, bicycles will be considered hand luggage if they are disassembled and stored in a case with dimensions that do not exceed 180cm when added together.

Those that exceed this measure will be considered “special luggage” and must be disassembled, with the pedals removed and the handlebar turned 90º, and stored in a case of the following maximum dimensions: 120 x 90 x 40 cm."

and from RENFE's FAQ pages:
"Can I travel with a bicycle?
Yes, as long as it is folded and kept in a container not larger than 120 cm x 90 cm (3.9 x 2.9 feet). This is a complimentary service."

Take your spanners ;)
 

Craig Nolan

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From the trainline website:
"On Alvia trains, bicycles will be considered hand luggage if they are disassembled and stored in a case with dimensions that do not exceed 180cm when added together.

Those that exceed this measure will be considered “special luggage” and must be disassembled, with the pedals removed and the handlebar turned 90º, and stored in a case of the following maximum dimensions: 120 x 90 x 40 cm."

and from RENFE's FAQ pages:
"Can I travel with a bicycle?
Yes, as long as it is folded and kept in a container not larger than 120 cm x 90 cm (3.9 x 2.9 feet). This is a complimentary service."

Take your spanners ;)
Very useful thank you, that was something I had not taken into consideration to be honest.

I am struggling to find a bag suitable for 29 inch wheels, any ideas?
 

Corned Beef

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Id rather not have to take apart the bike before getting on the train.

Unassembled bikes can travel on Regional Express, Cercanías (Commuter) lines or Media-Distancia. Don't believe there is an MD line out of Barcelona but here is the list of MD lines


An alternative would be to use a Carrier to get a boxed/dissembled bike from B to P - as most Spanish bike hire companies do. Check this out

 

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My experience with packing a bike on a bus was similar but the individual drivers on different lines were able to enforce their own rules several times and refused to allow me to stow the bike and forced me to wait for the next bus.
 
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Barbara

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I had a bike transported by Correos. Looked as if it had been loaded by dropping it into a container then dropping heavy weights on top. One wheel needed a rebuild and the box was shredded.
 

Corned Beef

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Looked as if it had been loaded by dropping it into a container then dropping heavy weights on top.

The ones in SdC were very good and got mine back in perfect condition.

But as the saying goes "If you are going there (Pamplona), I wouldn't start from here (Barcelona).
 

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People tell me it should be no problem but others say I may need to remove wheels and handlebars and place into a bicycle bag.
Has anyone got any info regarding this please as Id rather not have to take apart the bike before getting on the train.
Hi Craig,
I'm a little confused. You do not say how you are getting to Barcelona, or from where. If you are flying in, is the bike already bagged for the flight?
I have faced a similar problem, flying to Madrid from Australia with my much-loved Scott carbon MTB. I bit the bullet and bought an expensive Evoc soft bag for the trip. I used this for the train journey to Seville, and then forwarded the bag to Santiago while I rode the VdlP. Re-bagged, and flew out.
 

Craig Nolan

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Hi Craig,
I'm a little confused. You do not say how you are getting to Barcelona, or from where. If you are flying in, is the bike already bagged for the flight?
I have faced a similar problem, flying to Madrid from Australia with my much-loved Scott carbon MTB. I bit the bullet and bought an expensive Evoc soft bag for the trip. I used this for the train journey to Seville, and then forwarded the bag to Santiago while I rode the VdlP. Re-bagged, and flew out.
My apologies for not being clear. I live in Barcelona (lucky me). Have train booked from here to Pamplona. I have managed to find a bike bag now. Im contemplating cycling from Pamplona to SJPP and back again the next day.
 
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Barbara

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Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
The ones in SdC were very good and got mine back in perfect condition.

But as the saying goes "If you are going there (Pamplona), I wouldn't start from here (Barcelona).
Yep, indeed. Correos managed to mangle mine between SdC and Poitiers.
 

Barbara

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Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
My apologies for not being clear. I live in Barcelona (lucky me). Have train booked from here to Pamplona. I have managed to find a bike bag now. Im contemplating cycling from Pamplona to SJPP and back again the next day.
That's an impressive ride. What's wrong with starting from Pamplona?
 

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