How to make holidays ‘wheelie’ fun: Airport Parking and Hotels compares airline policies for travelling with bikes

For holidaymakers feeling inspired by the exhilarating 3,540km race that is the 104th Tour de France, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a guide comparing airline policies for travelling with bicycles.

No need to leave your bikes at home

No need to leave your bikes at home


AER LINGUS

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • Yes – one bike per passenger

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 23kg

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Free as part of standard baggage allowance. If not, the below charges apply:

To/From North America:

  • £68/£78

All Other Flights:

  • £44 when booked through the reservations centre or at the airport

Business Class Passengers:

  • Free

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Cannot be booked online and must be booked via the reservations office
  • Total number of bikes allowed varies from 1 – 10

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Handlebars lowered and fixed sideways
  • Tyre pressure reduced
  • Pedals inverted if possible
  • Sharp projective parts protected with plastic or cardboard
  • Boxes provided at a fee of £17 if travelling from Amsterdam


AIR CANADA

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • Yes

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 32kg

Dimensions:

  • 292cm linear dimensions

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Free if within baggage allowance. If not, standard excess baggage charges apply
  • Handling fee of £29 plus taxes (waived for Latitude or Business Class passengers traveling within Canada and between Canada and the US)
  • Handling fee is waived for Altitude members, providing the bike does not exceed the passengers baggage allowance

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Must be registered with Air Canada at least 24 hours prior to departure
  • Pre-booking does not guarantee the bike will be permitted on the flight

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Handlebars fixed sideways
  • Pedals removed
  • Packed in a rigid and/or hard shell container or bicycle suitcase
  • Tyres partially deflated


AIR FRANCE

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 32kg for Business or La Première class
  • 23kg for all other classes

Dimensions:

  • 300cm linear dimensions

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

Zone 1 countries:

  • £35

Zone 2 countries:

  • £57
  • £59 for flights departing outside of Europe

Zone 3 countries:

  • £48
  • £42 for flights departing outside of Europe

Zone 4 countries:

  • £110 for departures from a country within Europe
  • £104 on departures from Canada
  • £77 for all other departures

Zone 5 countries:

  • £88 for departures from Europe
  • £71 for departures from Canada
  • £77 for departures from all other countries

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Prior approval from Air France is required
  • Bike must be declared at least 48 hours prior to departure
  • Refer to index for list of geographical price zones

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Pedals removed
  • Front wheel removed and attached to frame
  • Handlebars fixed to side, parallel to frame
  • Packed in protective container
  • Bike containers are available for purchase at most Air France check-in counters


AMERICAN AIRLINES

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • Yes – if under 157cm linear dimensions and under 22kg

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 31kg

Dimensions:

  • 320cm linear dimensions

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Free if within baggage allowance. If not, the below charges apply:

Flights to, through or from Brazil:

  • £65

All other flights:

  • £116

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Can be booked online before check-in or at the airport
  • Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load factors

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Stored in a hard-sided case, bike bag or box build for bikes
  • Handlebars fixed sideways
  • Pedals removed or wrapped in plastic foam


BRITISH AIRWAYS

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • Yes

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 23kg

Dimensions:

  • 190cm length

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Free if within baggage allowance. If not, standard excess baggage charges apply

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Bikes must be declared at least 24 hours prior to departure

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Packed in a protective case
  • Pedals removed or fixed inwards
  • Handlebars fixed sideways
  • Tyres deflated


DELTA AIR LINES

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 31kg

Dimensions:

  • 292cm linear dimensions

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

Flights to or from Europe or North Africa:

  • £104 – £116 depending on route

Flights to or from Brazil:

  • £58

All other flights:

  • £116 or £104 depending on route

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Bikes are permitted on most flights with the exception of some Delta Connection carriers and aircraft with cargo constraints

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Single seated, non-motorised touring or racing bicycles only
  • Handlebars fixed sideways
  • Pedals removed
  • Handlebars and pedals packed in plastic or similar material
  • A limited liability release form must be signed in the case that the bike is not properly packed


EASYJET

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 32kg

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

Booked online:

  • £40

Booked at airport:

  • £50

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Limit of one piece of sport equipment per customer and six per online booking

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Packaged individually in bicycle box or bag
  • Handlebars flush with the frame
  • Pedals removed or flush against the frame


EMIRATES

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • Yes

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 23kg in Economy Class
  • 32kg in First and Business Class

Dimensions:

  • 300cm linear dimensions

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Free if within baggage allowance. If not, the below charges apply:

If within 150cm total dimensions and 32kg weight:

  • £135

If between 150cm – 300cm total dimensions but within baggage allowance:

  • £135

If between 150cm – 300cm total dimensions but exceeds baggage allowance:

  • £271

If up to 150cm total dimensions but weighs between 23kg – 32kg:

  • £38 (Economy Class passengers only)

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • N/A

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • N/A


ETIHAD

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • Yes

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 23kg / 30kg in Economy Class depending on route
  • 32kg / 40kg in Business Class depending on route
  • 32kg / 50kg in First Class depending on route

Dimensions:

  • 158cm linear dimensions

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Free if within baggage allowance. If not, standard excess baggage charges apply

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • N/A

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Packed in specialised protective case
  • Pedals removed or fixed inwards
  • Handlebars fixed sideways
  • Tyres deflated


KLM

 

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 23kg

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Price varies depending on flight route

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Bikes should be declared no later than 48 hours prior to departure

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Handlebars turned lengthways along the frame
  • Pedals and other protruding parts removed
  • Tire pressure reduced
  • Bike boxes are available at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for £18


MONARCH AIRLINES

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 30kg

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

Pre-booked online:

  • Between £25 – £28 depending on route

Booked at airport:

  • £35

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Passengers will be provided with the option to add bikes when making their booking

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Packaged in cycle bag or box
  • Handlebars turned inward
  • Rear wheel secured
  • Pedals padded
  • Front wheel removed and secured to main frame


NORWEGIAN AIR SHUTTLE

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 25kg

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

International Long-Haul Flights:

  • £47 when booked online
  • £52 when booked at the airport

All other flights:

  • £33 – £38 when booked online
  • £43 – £52 when booked at the airport

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Customers are advised to book as early as possible

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Packed in hard or padded case

Customers are provided with a 15% discount on protective cases from Airshells


QANTAS

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • Yes

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 32kg

Bike Pack Dimensions:

  • 140cm x 30 x 80cm

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Free if within baggage allowance. If not, standard excess baggage charges apply

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • N/A

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Packed in bike box
  • Tyres deflated
  • Pedals removed
  • Handlebars fixed parallel to the frame
  • Front wheel removed and attached to rear wheel if bike length exceeds 140cm


QATAR AIRWAYS

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • Yes

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 23kg (regarded as a small piece of sports luggage)
  • 32kg (regarded as a large piece of sports luggage)

Dimensions:

  • If regarded as a small piece of sports luggage: 217cm linear dimensions
  • If regarded as a large piece of sports equipment: 300cm linear dimensions

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Free if within baggage allowance. If not, the below charges apply:

When Booked In Advance:

  • Sports rates apply and these depend on the route travelled

When booked at airport:

  • Regular excess baggage fees apply

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • N/A

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Packed in strong, custom-made cardboard box
  • Tyres deflated
  • Pedals removed
  • Handlebars turned and fixed lengthways


RYANAIR

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 30kg

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

When booked online:

  • £60

When booked at the airport:

  • £70

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • N/A

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

Packed in a protective box or protective bike bag


THOMAS COOK AIRLINES

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 30kg

Dimensions:

  • 200cm x 40cm x 100cm

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

When booked 30 days of more prior to departure:

  • £40 for travel from or to the Balearics, Balkans, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain or Mainland Portugal
  • £45 for travel from or to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Malta or Gambia
  • £60 for travel from or to East Africa, the Caribbean, Central & South America, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean

When booked from 29 days before departure:

  • £45 for travel from or to the Balearics, Balkans, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain or Mainland Portugal
  • £50 for travel from or to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Malta or Gambia
  • £65 for travel from or to East Africa, the Caribbean, Central & South America, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean
  • 50% surcharge on tandems
  • Extra £50 charge for connecting flights

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Bikes must be registered no later than eight hours prior to departure
  • Bikes that have not been registered in advance are subject to load and the carriage cannot be guaranteed

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • E-bikes are not permitted
  • Packed in a bike case or bag


THOMSON AIRWAYS

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 23kg

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

Short & Mid Haul Flights:

  • £30

Long Haul Flights:

  • £60

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Bikes must be registered over the phone at least two months prior to departure

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Handlebars turned inwards
  • Pedals removed
  • Tyres deflated
  • Wrapped in plastic or cardboard
  • Recommends that bike is packed in a bag with zip compartments padlocked


VIRGIN ATLANTIC

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • Yes

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 23kg

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Free if within baggage allowance
  • £65 if outside of baggage allowance

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Additional baggage allowance can be purchased during check-in online

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Packed in protective box or bag
  • Partially deflated tyres
  • Handlebars turned inwards, in line with the frame
  • Attachments and pedals removed
  • Gearing well-protected
  • Frame protected with bubble wrap


WOW AIR

INCLUDED AS PART OF STANDARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

  • No

MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENT LIMITS

Weight:

  • 27kg

ADDITIONAL FEES (PRICE PER BIKE, ONE-WAY)

  • Price varies depending on route and time of booking

BOOKING STIPULATIONS

  • Can be booked during the booking, at check-in or at the gate

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

  • Packed in a recognised bike bag
  • Pedals removed or fixed inwards
  • Handlebars fixed sideways
  • Tyres deflated


INDEX

AIR FRANCE

Zone 1:

  • Flights within metropolitan France
  • Flights within the Caribbean regional network, between Cayenne, Fort-de-France,
    Pointe-à-Pitre, Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince

Zone 2:

  • Flights between the Caribbean and Miami (regional network)

Zone 3:

  • Flights within Europe
  • Flights between Europe and Israel
  • Flights between Europe and North Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia)
  • Flights between metropolitan France and French overseas departments (Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Denis in Reunion)
  • Flights between Abuja and Port Harcourt, between Douala and Malabo, between Nouakchott and Conakry, between Niamey and Ouagadougou, between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, between Singapore and Denpasar or Jakarta, between Muscat and Doha, between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, and between Buenos Aires and Montevideo or Santiago.

Zone 4:

  • Flights between the United States and:
    • Papeete
    • Europe, North Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia), Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Denis (Reunion), Noumea, Papeete (except flights between Papeete and Los Angeles).
    • Other countries (excluding flights to the Caribbean, see zone 2)
  • Flights to and from Canada

Zone 5:

  • Flights between Europe (including North Africa: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) and:
    • Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, United Arab Emirates.
    • India
    • Libya
  • Other long-haul flights


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