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Need update on returning to Lisbon with bicycle from Santiago via Express or Regional trains

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Sullykerry

A Humble Veteran
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Fall 2014
Caminho Portugues September 2015
I have researched several threads on the Forums and checked the RENFE information site to determine if bicycles (not in a case) are permitted. I plan to cycle from Lisbon to Santiago. I have the option of dropping my bike off in Santiago to be transported back by the bike rental agency for a fee or to take it back with me on the train.

The information on the Forum threads is a bit dated. I wonder if there has been any recent change of policy at RENFE or COMBOIOS de Portugal.

Thank you in advance.
 

edumad

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Português '12 '14 (Rates), '18 (Ponte de Lima)
Interior '15 (Vila Real)
Francês '16 (Ponferrada).
If you disassemble the bike, you can take it as luggage and won't be charged for it. If you aren't mechanically minded, bike shops in Santiago will disassemble and package the bike for you, I've seen 21€ quoted.

Without disassembling it it is possible to carry it for free to Vigo, and from there on the Celta train to Valença. In Valença no train allows the transport of bikes because they are not equiped to take them.
In Porto, the "regional", "urbano" and "intercidades" allow the bikes with restrictions. Some trains operating at certain times won't take them. Intercidades you must reserve the ticket.

It has been a no-end of fustration for portuguese bike pilgrims this issue of returning with the bike. CP has not altered their carriages to accomodate bikes despite the fact that there are a huge number of clients who would rejoice in this.

There are bus services which will take you to Porto from Santiago, with the bike, for a fee.
 

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