© DB AG / Faruk Hosseini

Cycle and ride on trains and buses

Taking the train, bus or bike instead of your car makes your journey much more environmentally friendly. We at Deutsche Bahn are creating attractive options for our customers to travel with their bikes on our trains and buses.

 Train and bike - doing more for the climate

The environmentally friendly combination of bike and train is more popular than ever. In 2022, around 570,000 bikes were transported on DB's long distance trains alone. To meet rising demand, we are constantly expanding our options for traveling with a bike: the new ICE 3neo, for example, offers eight bicycle spaces per train. Traveling with a bike will be even more comfortable on the ICE L. This new ICE model will provide passengers step-free access to the train starting in fall 2024.

Booking has also become easier. Until now, the bike ticket required for taking bikes on long distance trains could be purchased on bahn.de and in DB Navigator only in combination with the corresponding passenger ticket. It is now possible to book a separate bike ticket, including a bicycle space reservation, without a passenger ticket at next.bahn.de. This allows passengers to book bike transport at short notice before their journey begins.

  • Bicycle compartment in ICE4 | © DB AG/Tobias Gromatzki
  • Pictogram marking ICE bicycle compartment | © DB AG/ Volker Emersleben
  • Bicycle compartment in ICEneo | © DB AG/ Volker Emersleben

Hop from road to bus to train - with the folding bike subscription

DB is offering a new subscription product in collaboration with the London-based folding bike specialist Brompton. For EUR 41 a month, passengers can rent a high-quality folding bike and take it with them free of charge as hand luggage on buses and trains. When folded up, the bikes count as luggage, meaning that commuters can take them onto buses and trains regardless of bike tickets and rush hours. The bikes can be folded quickly and easily into a portable package which takes up very little space, perfectly convenient for carrying on public transport. The folding bikes are a flexible and eco-friendly option for getting to and from the station, without searching for a parking spot. Further information about the Brompton folding bike subscription is available at https://www.deutschebahnconnect.com/faltrad (only in German).

Cycle there – catch a ride back

If the bus is full, cyclists often can't get on. No more! DB Regio Bus is offering practical solutions for this problem by attaching bike trailers and carriers to buses for added bike space. This makes it even easier for passengers to take their bikes with them on local transport.

DB Regio operates bicycle buses on selected routes from southern to northern Germany. This means that your bike can catch a ride on the trailer behind the bus. Such service is available in the Eifel National Park in North Rhine-Westphalia and in the Southern Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg. Extra large trailers allow passengers to transport bikes comfortably and are the ideal complement for bike tours. In the Franconian Forest in Upper Bavaria, the buses of the High Franconian Forest line are also equipped with bicycle trailers. Each trailer has space for forty bikes. This enables our customers to cycle for part of their trip and take a relaxed bus ride for the rest.

Eifel National Park bike bus with bike trailer