Cycle transport and repair
Pay attention! It was temporarily prohibited due to the corona virus, but from 1 July the bicycle can be taken back on the train. To avoid crowds, the NS asks to register your bicycle in advance via the NS app or website. Before departure you can see if there is still enough space for the bicycle. Bicycles are welcome all day in July and August. However, the advice is to travel outside rush hour as much as possible. It is also important to keep a sufficient distance and to follow the instructions of the train staff.
Many Dutch people transport their bike on the roof or the back of the car using a special bike carrier. The alternative is to travel by train: start your LF or junction route at one station and finish at another. Taking your bike on the train allows you to easily get back to your starting point. This way, you don’t always have to cycle circular routes and you can set off from different places. Make sure you carefully study the costs and conditions involved beforehand.
Taking your bike on the train
Travelling from abroad to the Netherlands by train with your bike is possible to a limited extent. In the Netherlands, you can take your bike on the train (except on Thalys and Fyra trains) on weekdays (outside peak hours i.e. from 6:30 to 9:00 and 16:30 to 18:00), at weekends, on holidays and in July/August. You will be charged € 7,50 per day (2020). This is a fixed, national fare. Tickets can be bought at NS self-service ticket machines available at train stations. Bikes have to be put in designated areas of the train, recognisable from the outside of the train by blue bicycle stickers above the doors.
A flat tyre, a broken chain, it can happen to any cyclist. But armed with the tips and information on this page, you will soon be on your way again! Need help repairing your bike? Find out here where to go.
Help along the way
At larger train stations, there are always cycle parking areas where you can hire a bike or have it repaired. Almost every village or city has a cycle repair shop. At ‘Fietsers Welkom!’ (Cyclists Welcome!) locations, there is always a repair kit or bicycle pump available. If you have problems repairing your bike, your host or hostess will direct you to a cycle repair shop in the area.
Fixing a punctured tyre
Punctures are always a pain. To minimise the inconvenience, always carry a spare tyre. Want to repair the puncture there and then? Make sure the glue is not too old. Tip: to find the puncture, use a so-called ‘lekzoeker’ or puncture detector, a quick and easy way to locate punctures in tyres. Available to buy at any cycle shop in the Netherlands.