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Bringing a bicycle onto the train

Are you staying in the Netherlands this summer? Make sure to pump up your bike tyres then, because you and your bike can travel by train at great prices. From 10 July to 15 September inclusive, you'll receive a 25% discount on a bicycle ticket. It is mandatory to book a place for your bicycle before your journey on an NS train. You'll then know right away if there's room for your bike, and we'll be able to avoid overcrowding on the train.


How do I book a place for my bicycle?

You can easily book a place for your bicycle via Treinwijzer in the NS app or at ns.nl (remember to update the app first). You can also make a booking by contacting Customer Service or visiting the service desk at the station. You only need to book for NS trains and can do so from two weeks before your departure until the moment of your departure. If your journey is cancelled unexpectedly, we would appreciate it if you would remember to cancel your booking as well. You can do so using the link in your booking confirmation e-mail that you received, or in your Treinwijzer account if you have one.

Booking a bicycle place with the NS app or on ns.nl

  1. Open the Travel Planner in the NS app or at ns.nl and plan your journey.
  2. Select your departure and arrival stations and the departure time.
  3. Click ‘Fietsplek reserveren’ ('Book bicycle place'). A new screen will open.
  4. Once all the details are correct, if you're logged in with your NS acount, you can confirm your booking with the click of a button.
  5. If you do not yet have an NS account, fill in your e-mail address and confirm your booking.
  6. You will receive an e-mail confirming your booking and including a link that you can use to cancel your booking if necessary.

* If you do not yet have a Mijn NS account, you can easily create one or activate your Mijn NS Zakelijk account.

Booking a place for your bicycle

Good to know

  • Booking a bicycle place is mandatory from 10 July to 15 September on all domestic routes, except for the NS R-net Sprinters on the Alphen aan de Rijn - Gouda route. During this period, your Off-peak bicycle ticket is not valid without a bicycle booking.
  • From 10 July to 15 September, you will receive a 25% discount on an Off-peak bicycle ticket.
  • The Off-peak bicycle ticket is only valid in conjunction with another ticket - you must therefore always have another ticket for your own journey with you.
  • An Off-peak bicycle ticket is also valid for use on other carriers in the Netherlands, however you do not need to make a booking for trains operated by other carriers during the summer months: booking is only mandatory on NS routes, except for the NS R-net Sprinters on the Alphen aan de Rijn - Gouda route.
  • You cannot take your bicycle on the ICE, Thalys, Eurostar and Nightjet trains and NS buses. You can take your bike on the IC Berlin and the IC Brussels trains, but during the summer months (July and August) only travellers with an international bicycle ticket have access to these trains.
  • From September to June, you may only take your bicycle on the train with you during off-peak hours from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and 6.30 pm to 6.30 am on Monday to Friday. You can take your bike with you all day on weekends and public holidays, as well as during July and August.
  • You can only take your bicycle with you on the train if there is enough room for it. This also applies if you have booked a place for it. In some cases, your booking may therefore lapse - please see the booking conditions included in the Conditions for taking your bicycle on the train.
  • If you use a bicycle as a mobility aid due to a disability, then you can take it with you free of charge under certain conditions. If you meet these conditions, then you are not subject to a mandatory bicycle booking from 10 July to 15 September. However, we do urge those passengers who use a bicycle as a mobility aid to make a booking for their bicycle anyway.
  • Take a look here or on ns.nl/voorwaarden to read the conditions for taking your bicycle on the train, including the booking conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I mandatory to reserve a place for my bicycle?

    During the period from 10 July to 15 September 2021, you are mandatory to reserve a place for your bicycle. If you travel outside of this period, please reservate your bicycle space. Registration is not mandatory, however.

  • May I reserve a spot for my bicycle with other rail carriers?

    No, you are only required to reserve a spot for your bicycle in NS trains during the period from 10 July to 15 September 2021.

  • Is my reservation a ticket?

    No, your reservation is not a ticket. You travel in the usual way, using your OV-chipkaart or a separate ticket, such as an e-ticket. You will need an Off-peak Bicycle Ticket for your bicycle. Your Off-peak Bicycle Ticket is not valid without an accompanying bicycle reservation.

  • Can I bring my bicycle when buses are being used?

    No, you may not bring your bicycle with you on an NS bus. Regrettably, there is no space for bicycles.

  • May I take my folding bicycle on the train?

    • You can take your folding bike on the train free of charge if you fold it up, even during rush hour. You do not have to book a place for your folding bicycle.
    • Fold your bicycle before boarding, and unfold it after disembarking from the train.
    • You may not under any circumstances block access to external doors, internal doors or aisles with your folding bicycle (or luggage). This is for safety reasons, as all doors are emergency exits.
  • Can I take my bicycle abroad?

    • During rush hour and in the summer months of July and August, bicycle transport on the Intercity Berlin en Intercity Brussels is reserved for passengers with an international bicycle ticket and mandatory bicycle booking.
    • Outside of this period, you can also take your bicycle on the domestic routes of the Intercity Berlin and Intercity Brussels. It is not possible to book travel on a domestic route.

    In all cases, there must be sufficient space on the train. The train is very busy in summer, in particular, and it may not be possible for all bicycles to be transported.

  • Can I bring my bicycle when buses are being used?

    No, you may not bring your bicycle with you on an NS bus. Regrettably, there is no space for bicycles.

  • Hoe kom ik door de poortjes met mijn fiets?

    Je houdt je reisproduct tegen de kaartlezer van het poortje. Zo check je in en open je de poortjes. Voor meer informatie kijk op de pagina In- en uitchecken.

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

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