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Bike on the Train (AGAIN!!)

OCHAR

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Camino(s) past & future
Summer 2018
#1
Searched forum but cannot find a clear answer. Sorry if this has been covered before.
Planning the 2018 Camino by bike. Two of us need to get from Madrid to Leon with our bikes on the train. We will again need to get our bikes on a train from Santiago to Madrid.
We would MUCH prefer if we did NOT have to dismantle the bikes. From what I can tell, bikes are allowed on SOME trains etc.
Can anyone offer some advice? Has anyone done this??
Thanks in advance!!
 

Tincatinker

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
#2
Direct, if imperfect, translation from RENFE: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/info/index.html "Bicycles folded or disassembled inside a cover, whose dimensions do not add between three more than 180 cm. In the trains of Conventional Average Distance, Suburbs and Metric Width it will not be indispensable that the folded bicycles travel inside a sheath."

In a Tinker translation that comes down to: On commuter, suburban and narrow gauge (FEVE) trains bikes do not have to be disassembled. For the journeys you are planning bikes need to be disassembled and packed into some sort of container / Bike bag.
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean 2017.
#3
Hola @OCHAR .
Whilst google translation is reasonably accurate the major stumbling block is that the length of the folded/packed bike (including its box or carry case ) must not exceed 1200 mm (about 4 feet for those who think that way). What train can you take your bike? :
1 AVE - NO';
2. Media Distance - yes if it meets the packed dimensions conditions. (Very occasionally there is a cargo compartment on these trains which will allow for bikes to be carried - I think it might be the overnight train from Santiago to Madrid);
3. Local commuter trains - yes. Both complete and packed (often depends upon passenger numbers).

Back in 2015 I took my bike (in its box - just over 1500 mm) from Madrid to Pamplona - luck for me the conductor realised I was a pilgrim and just ignored that I had it taking up 4 seats. (Also the train was only half full). To get the bike back to Madrid I ended up going to Velocipedo cycle shop in Santiago - Rua San Pedro 23 (tel 981 580 260) they are actually right on the camino trail (Camino Frances) as you come into the city following the yellow arrows. The will pack your bikes and arrange transport back to Madrid (but it will have to go to a hotel/hostel/home - somewhere where someone is actually expecting the package. You cannot send it directly to the airport). I think it cost me Euro 50 or 65, but it was well worth it. Good luck.
 

OCHAR

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Summer 2018
#4
Hola @OCHAR .
Whilst google translation is reasonably accurate the major stumbling block is that the length of the folded/packed bike (including its box or carry case ) must not exceed 1200 mm (about 4 feet for those who think that way). What train can you take your bike? :
1 AVE - NO';
2. Media Distance - yes if it meets the packed dimensions conditions. (Very occasionally there is a cargo compartment on these trains which will allow for bikes to be carried - I think it might be the overnight train from Santiago to Madrid);
3. Local commuter trains - yes. Both complete and packed (often depends upon passenger numbers).

Back in 2015 I took my bike (in its box - just over 1500 mm) from Madrid to Pamplona - luck for me the conductor realised I was a pilgrim and just ignored that I had it taking up 4 seats. (Also the train was only half full). To get the bike back to Madrid I ended up going to Velocipedo cycle shop in Santiago - Rua San Pedro 23 (tel 981 580 260) they are actually right on the camino trail (Camino Frances) as you come into the city following the yellow arrows. The will pack your bikes and arrange transport back to Madrid (but it will have to go to a hotel/hostel/home - somewhere where someone is actually expecting the package. You cannot send it directly to the airport). I think it cost me Euro 50 or 65, but it was well worth it. Good luck.
Velocipedo is a great idea for getting the bikes back to Madrid!! Thanks!! Now that leaves how to get the bikes from Madrid to Leon??????
 

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