06 Jul Bicycle transport on ÖBB trains – Improvement badly needed!VERBESSERUNGSWÜRDIG
Bicycle transport on trains is common place today. The possibility of taking bicycles on trains significantly extends the range of movement and flexibility. Despite the expanded range of offers, there is still a lot of room for improvement at railjets trains. Some areas are particularly in bad need of adjustment:
*In local trains (S-Bahn, Regional Express & Regional Train) there are multi-purpose compartments where bicycle transport is only “allowed according to available space”. If there is not enough space for everyone in the multi-purpose compartment, wheelchair users have priority over passengers with prams and bicycles. The seats in the multi-purpose compartment may be used by all passengers, but they must vacate the space if wheelchair users, passengers with prams or with bicycles cannot otherwise board. Therefore, taking a bicycle with you has priority over a seat.
*The disadvantage in local traffic is that not all regional trains have multi-purpose compartments. For this reason, no transport bikes or tandems can be transported in such trains. Unfortunately, the timetable does not provide information about which trains are equipped with multi-purpose compartments.
*The cost of bicycle transport is 10% of the normal fare, but at least 2€. There is no discount for holders of ÖBB bonus cards; for them; on short trips the bike ticket is often more expensive than the train ticket itself.
*For long-distance journeys, it is possible to take the bike with you, but in railjets, InterCities, EuroCities and Nightjets a reservation (3€) is required in addition to the bike ticket (10% of the normal fare). Tandems, recumbent bikes, cargo bikes or bicycle trailers may be transported only in special luggage compartments and only on certain trains (EC/IC/EN). The timetable does not show which trains have baggage compartments. On the Westbahn route between Vienna and Salzburg there are only railjets and the possibility to transport larger bicycles is not available (anymore).
*The bike as luggage – when folded, folding bikes can be transported as normal luggage. This means that they can be transported free of charge and are not subject to any transport restrictions (f.i. only at certain times of the day, weekdays, reservation requirements, etc.) that apply to bicycle transport by the various transport companies
*A special treat for the Freilassing – Salzburg route: Passengers can – without an extra bicycle ticket – transport their bicycles on the route within the limits of available capacity and without time restrictions. There is no legal claim to the transport of bicycles. In case of doubt, ÖBB shall decide whether a bike can be carried depending on the available seats.
All restrictions in detail: https://www.radlobby.at/radmitnahme-in-oebb-zuegen