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How to Take Your Bike on the Subway or Train

Taking your bike on the train can be daunting at first, but once you know the drill it can open up new possibilities for commuting and leisure.


  • Step 1: Call ahead Call the rail service's information line or visit their web site before your trip. Find out if there are any fees, restrictions, or requirements, such as getting a permit or making a reservation.
  • TIP: You may be required to pack your bike in a box. If so, make sure you label it clearly with your name and contact information.
  • Step 2: Plan your route Plan your route, including transfers, and note the travel times. Get the correct change for purchasing your fare.
  • TIP: Avoid traveling on the train with your bike during rush hour. Some rail lines prohibit travel with a bike during rush hours.
  • Step 3: Allow extra time Allow for an additional 5 to 10 minutes on short trips to get your bike past turnstiles and down elevators. For longer trips, arrive an hour before departure.
  • Step 4: Pay fare Purchase the fare for your trip, including fees for bringing your bike.
  • TIP: Some trains have designated doors for passengers travelling with bikes. Ask about this at the information desk.
  • Step 5: Stand on platform Stand with your bike on the platform behind the boarding line until the train comes to a stop. Wait for other passengers to exit and enter before boarding.
  • Step 6: Board Board the train with your bike. Stow it away from doors and aisles, in a position where it won't fall over. Hold onto your bike and something secure during the ride.
  • Step 7: Exit Let other passengers exit ahead of you when you reach your stop. Exit the train with your bike and follow signs to the appropriate station exit.
  • FACT: In 2009, Philadelphia had a higher percentage of bicycle commuters than any of the other 10 largest cities in the U.S.

You Will Need

  • Rail line number or website
  • Bicycle
  • Train fare
  • Bike box

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