From London St Pancras you can take your bike to Paris and Brussels by Eurostar. Other destinations are to be added in the next couple of years.
Eurostar changed its conditions of carriage for cycles on 1st November 2015. Bikes may now have to have their handlebars turned round and pedals removed so they can go in a box.
Eurostar carries bikes for £30 each – first book your train, then you ring EuroDespatch on +44 (0) 844 822 5822 and book the bikes on (I think you can book Paris – London at the London office, give them a ring to check before you book the train. Be patient, it takes them ages to answer the phone!) It actually works really well – just turn up at the Eurostar office with your bit of paper, hand the bikes over and you won’t see them until you get back to London and collect them.
Although they say stuff about the bike not necessarily travelling on the same train as you, if you hand in the bike well in advance (what we did was drop it off the night before we were travelling, so we didn’t have to worry about them and could go off and enjoy ourselves bike-free) it will probably get to London before you. Although you can pay an extra fiver and they guarantee the bike will be on your train, it’s not worth it.
The baggage consigne office at Paris Gare du Nord is at the northern end of the western side of the station. At St. Pancras it’s also at the northern end, head for the coach park.
There are three main types of train in France: TGV – bikes carried on some of ’em but must be booked: Corail – Bikes carried, should be booked (possible to get away without booking, a bit like UK trains) TER – regional trains, bikes carried, no need to book. RailEurope can do the booking for you 0844 848 4078, you can’t book bikes online as far as we know. (If anyone knows better, get in touch.)
In Belgium, bikes are carried on local trains for a small charge.
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