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Bringing a bicycle onto the train

Want to bring your bike on the train? That’s fine! We would like to ask you to register via the Treinwijzer first. This will let you see how much space is left in the train for your bike before you set off, and you'll be helping us to achieve a more effective distribution of travellers. Together we can ensure that travelling by train remains as pleasant as possible for everyone.


Please note!

  • The Fietskaart Dal is currently only available online and in the NS app. You can’t buy a Fietskaart Dal at the ticketing machines anymore.
  • You can only take your bike on the train during off-peak hours. Off-peak hours are on weekdays from 0.00 - 6.30, from 9.00 - 16.00 and from 18.30 - 24.00, and all day on weekends and on holidays.

How to sign up?

You can register for a new train trip by logging in to the Treinwijzer. After registering, you will be redirected to ‘My registrations’. Here, you can find a list of future trips and register new trips. When you sign up, you'll immediately see how many spots are left for your bike on the train.

You can register for a train trip up to 1 minute before the train is scheduled to depart. You can only register for train trips today and/or tomorrow.

We recommend that you register for your trip and sign up your bike first before you buy a Fietskaart Dal online. Of course, you also need a valid ticket.

Find the terms & conditions that apply to registering for a train journey, with or without a bike, below (Treinwijzer T&Cs).

Frequently asked questions about Treinwijzer

  • Am I obliged to register my train journey and/or my bicycle?

    No, you are not obliged to register your train journey and/or your bicycle. You can also travel without having registered. However, we do ask you to register your journeys.

    This enables us to inform you if the expected crowding increases, or if your train is cancelled. In turn, we – and you as traveller – can see in advance how crowded the train is and whether there is room for you to take your bicycle.
     

  • Why must I log in with an NS account to register?

    We need your e-mail address so we can inform you about your registered journey. You will receive an e-mail from us to confirm your registered journey, when you cancel your journey, and if your registered journey is cancelled due to a disruption or malfunction. For most travellers, this e-mail address is linked to an NS account. If you have a Mijn NS account or a Mijn NS Zakelijk account, you can use this to log in and register journeys.
     
    If you do not have an NS account, you can easily create one. All you need is an e-mail address and a password that you choose yourself. After creating your account, you just need to confirm your e-mail address once to be able to log in.

    Want to know how we deal with your data?

    You can find out everything you need to know in our privacy statement
     

  • How do I register a journey?

    You can register a new train journey by using the NS app or by logging into the Treinwijzer. You can view an instruction video on ns.nl/en/treinwijzer.

  • Is my registration a ticket?

    No, your registration is not a ticket. You travel in the usual way with your OV-chipkaart or with a separate ticket (such as an e-ticket). If you want to take your bicycle with you in the train, then register it, and remember to purchase an Off-peak Bicycle Ticket. These tickets are currently only available online or from the NS OV Service & Tickets counter.

  • Does a registration give me priority on a crowded train?

    No, registering for a journey does not entitle you to travel on the train for which you have registered. The same applies for registering your bicycle - a registration does not entitle you to take it on the train. You can only take your bicycle if there is space for it and you have a valid ticket.{br1} {br2} However, registering your journey and your bicycle will give you insight into how crowded the train is and whether there is room for your bicycle.

Don't see your question here? Contact NS Customer Service. We'll be happy to help you.

Off-peak Bicycle Ticket conditions

An Off-peak Bicycle Ticket enables you to take your bicycle, recumbent bike, racing bike, electric bike or tandem with you in the designated part of the train for a day. The following rules apply:

  • You hold an Off-peak Bicycle Ticket.
  • An Off-peak Bicycle Ticket is only valid in combination with another ticket. You therefore need another ticket for your own journey in addition to your Off-peak Bicycle Ticket.
  • An Off-peak Bicycle ticket can also be used on other carriers, however you may not take a bicycle with you on the ICE train, Thalys or NS buses.
  • You are travelling outside of rush hour.
  • During rush hour, from 6.30 - 9.00 am and 4.00 - 6.30 pm, you may not take your bicycle on the train due to the limited space. This rule also applies if you check in before rush hour but travel during rush hour.
  • On weekends, holidays and during July and August, you can take your bicycle on the train at any time during the day, including rush hour.
  • Means of transport other than those mentioned on this page are not allowed. This includes bicycle trailers and wagons.
  • Please only put your bicycle in the specially designated places on the train. If there is no room, then you may not take your bicycle.
  • Always remove your luggage (panniers, etc.) from your bicycle to allow room for other bicycles.
  • You must keep an eye on your bicycle yourself.
  • If you have a modified bicycle, recumbent bike or tandem due to a disability, then you can take it with you free of charge under certain conditions.

Taking your bicycle to another country on the train

  • During rush hour and in the summer months of July and August, bicycle transport on the Intercity Berlin and Intercity Brussels trains is reserved for travellers with an international bicycle ticket and a compulsory bicycle reservation.
  • Outside of this period, you can also take your bicycle on the Intercity Berlin and Intercity Brussels domestic routes. It is not possible to make a reservation for a domestic route.

In all cases, there must be sufficient space on the train. It is especially busy on the train in summer, and it's possible that not all bicycles will be able to come on the train.

Taking a folding bicycle on the train

  • You can bring a folding bicycle with you on the train for free, even during peak hours, as long as it is folded. You do not need to register it.
  • Please fold up your bicycle before boarding and wait until you leave the train to unfold it again.
  • Under no circumstances may your folding bicycle or luggage block the exterior doors, interior doors or corridors on the train. This is for safety purposes, as all doors on and in the train serve as emergency exits.