South Tyrol by bike & train
For athletic and eco-friendly vacationers in South Tyrol, the combination of bike and train is particularly attractive. Large part of the trains in South Tyrol can transport about 16-20 bikes in specifically designed compartments and train areas. A comfortable alternative is travelling by train without bikes in combination with renting bikes at one of the numerous rental spots next to the train stations. – possible with the bikemobil Card.
During the last years, a lot was done in South Tyrol to facilitate bike transport – especially on trains. Railway stations were modernised and the region was equipped with low-floor trains. Basically, the transport of bikes in trains of the local public transport in South Tyrol was is allowed with the appropriate ticket. The transport of folded bikes and children’s bikes under 20 inches is even free of charge.
Bike transport not always possible on trains
In case of many travelling bikers on the platforms and in the trains, there is, however, no guarantee that all travellers can access the trains with their bikes – despite valid tickets. In order to avoid such situations, there is a truck shuttle service along Vinschgau railway line at certain hours. More information is available in our article about tips for cyclists in Vinschgau. For the same reason, there are additional trains between Bruneck and Innichen in Pustertal on the weekends in August.
On line 250 between Meran and Mals (Vinschgau railway), on line 200 between Bozen and Meran as well as on train line 400 between Franzensfeste, Innichen and Lienz (Osttirol). Bikes can be transported on all trains if there is sufficient capacity and with the appropriate ticket. On line 100 between Brenner, Bozen and Verona (Veneto), interregional trains by Trenitalia and ÖBB/DB are running as well. In fact, some trains cannot transport bikes or it may be necessary to book bike transport in advance. All regulations are reported on the timetables.
Bike transport seldom allowed on busses
For security reasons, bikes – folded bikes and unicycles too – can only be transported on busses if there is a separate storage room. Several bus services have a baggage compartment for single bikes. In the newer busses with low-floor entrance as well as in the city busses, bike transport is not permitted.
Single bike racks for about 5-6 bikes are offered on the following bus lines during certain months:
- Line 273 Mals – Martina (24.03. - 04.11.2019)
- Line 245 Meran – Ulten – Lana (24.03. - 04.11.2019)
- Line 321 Brixen – St. Andrä – Palmschoß (02.04. - 05.12.2019)
- Line 340 Brixen – Klausen – Villnöss (02.04.19 - 14.12.2019)
Rental bike as an alternative
South Tyrol offers a broad range of bike rentals – mainly but not exclusively along the railway lines. If you would like to combine train and bike excursions, the bikemobil Card may be a good option. With this ticket, you can rent a bike for one day too, available at the countless rental spots of Papin Sport and Südtirol Rad.
The rental bike can be returned to a random rental spot of the corresponding organisation in South Tyrol without any additional fee. This means that bikes taken at Südtirol Rad can exclusively be returned to Südtirol Rad and the same is valid for Papin Sport. Please note: The bikes rented with bikemobil Card cannot be transported on the means of public transport.