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Bikes on Board

Part of the joy of a journey by train is the ability to explore the stops along the way, and what better way to do that than by bike?

Bicycles are welcome on our trains. Our baggage cars are now complete with bike racks that make it simple and stress-free to bring your bike along on your trip. We've also cut out the handling fee at station stops between Charlotte and Raleigh, so now you can roll your bike on board for free!

Six bicycle racks are available on Trains 73, 74, 75, 76, 79 and 80 between Raleigh and Charlotte. You can reserve your space when making your advanced ticket reservation.

At all stops north of Raleigh – from Selma to New York – there is a $20 per bike handling fee for walk-up bike service on Carolinian Trains 79 and 80.

Reserve a Space for Your Bicycle

  • When making your reservation online, click on “View Upgrade Options” to reserve bike space.
  • All bikes must have a completed baggage tag on their handlebars with the passenger's name, address and phone number.
  • Loaded saddlebags must be removed from the bike and handled as carry-on luggage or checked baggage.

If all racks are full, bicycles can still be transported but must be boxed and checked as baggage, and a checked baggage fee may be charged. Visit Amtrak's website for information on boxed bike fees and guidelines.

At the Station

  • Check in with the ticket agent or station attendant at least 20 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Keep your bike with you until boarding time.
  • When the train arrives, hand the bike the conductor at the baggage car door. The conductor will secure it in the bike rack. You may then board the train.
  • When you get to your destination, reclaim your bike at the baggage car door.

Folding Bikes as Carry-On Baggage

Folding bicycles under the dimensions of 34" x 15" x 48" (860 x 380 x 1120 mm) will be allowed onboard in lieu of a piece of baggage.

Only true folding bicycles (bicycles specifically designed to fold up into a compact assembly) are acceptable. Generally, these bikes have small wheels and frame latches that allow the frame to be collapsed. Regular bikes of any size, with or without wheels, are not considered folding bikes and may not be stored as folding bikes aboard trains. Bicycles must be folded before boarding the train and must be stored in luggage storage areas at the end of the car. Folded bikes may not be stored in overhead racks.