2nd February 2017

How much is it to take your bike on a plane? Airline bike cost comparison infographic

Have you ever started looking at cheap flights for your cycling holiday and been dismayed by the extra cost to take your bicycle… And then opened 12 different tabs on your browser to compare different airlines? Well close those tabs and check this out. The thoughtful people at bike insurers Yellow Jersey Cycle have created this handy infographic so you can see at a glance what the different airline bike costs are… and their maximum weights. We’ve revised this blog and costs are up-to-date as of March 2018…

 

Bike Airline Charges

 

 

As you’ll see from the infographic above, it pays to shop around when it comes to choosing an airline to take your bike on! It’s also a very good idea to weigh your bike (complete with travel case or bag) to make sure you don’t incur any unexpected extra costs.

Bike Bags & Cases

Making sure your bike arrives safely at it’s destination is obviously important. How gutting would it be if you arrived in one piece to find that your bike had not?! As we’re as helpful as you might expect, we offer Bike Pod hire from all of our shops! These sturdy cases will give you peace of mind that your bike will travel safe and sound.
Alternatively, we have a range of options if you want to buy rather than hire. Sturdy hardshell bike boxes are great for ultimate protection but tend to weight more… A bike bag is a great alternative, not quite as strong against knocks and drops but much lighter. Whichever option you choose, make sure you take the time to pack your bike properly.
If you’ve ever taken your bike with you on a plane, let us know how it went in the comments below.

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9 comments on “How much is it to take your bike on a plane? Airline bike cost comparison infographic

  1. William T Fox on

    Swiss Air are great.
    Easyjet, – let’s say you have to clearly mark it as ‘sports equipment’ and pay for it as ‘sports equipment’.

    However the Easyjet chaps in Mallorca are lovely – shame their British counterparts are allergic to customer service

    Great graphic, thanks for doing it.

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  2. Rod Dalitz on

    I have taken my bike many times: Continental to Newark USA; Air Transat to Vancouver; British Airways to Paris; British airways to Bristol; Easyjet to and from Geneva, Nice, Venice. Worst experiences:
    – Arriving in Newcastle, it was not clear where the bike would be delivered, I was told to go out of security but then my bike turned up inside security. Luckily another (cyclist) passenger brought it out for me.
    – Arriving in Paris, when BA had just changed rules to allow tyres pumped up, which is safer for wheels. Someone had let one tyre down, and slashed three other tyres, on our two bikes. I don’t know whether it was a baggage handler irate about us not knowing the rules, or security looking for hidden drugs. BA paid for a taxi and four new tyres and tubes.
    – somewhere, my top tube acquired a dent – not life-threatening, more an image.

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  3. Chris Collins on

    Gulf: Heathrow to India – tandem in plastic bag went as part of luggage allowance and no damage.
    Easyjet: Luton to Nice – tandem accepted after some negotiation (in CTC plastic bag). Arrived Nice with bent inner(!) chainwheel. On return was put on carousel and only made it as far as the first bend.

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  4. Andy on

    Tandem from Manchester to Frankfurt with Lufthansa. Airline wanted bike complete and pushable.
    Arrived Frankfurt with front wheel forced out of forks pedal twisted and frame dented.
    Tandem from Bucharest to Luton with Whiz Air. Used cardboard bike boxes obtained from bike shop in Romania, no damage to tandem but difficult to move two bike boxes around.

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  5. Richard Hartle on

    I have taken my bike to Greece several times in one of your own hard cases which I think are now discontinued. The bike has never come close to suffering any damage. A tip here about Athens airport. The main problem with taking a bike in a bike box – especially a hard case – is what to do with the bike box when you get there. This is not really a problem if you go on a package with the accommodation included but I prefer to tour around. There is a train which takes you direct from Athens airport to Corinth and can accommodate a bike box with ease. Once in Corinth take the bike box in a taxi to a local hotel, stay at the hotel at the beginning and end of your stay in Greece, leaving the bike box there in storage in the meantime, and there you have it. The gateway to the Peloponnese. I can’t think of a finer place to tour on a bike and you will have it pretty much to yourself.

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  6. Jerry Bolton on

    From stories heard, if you book on Ryan Air, they allocate certain room for a number of bike bags – I.e. you pay for your bike but they’ll tell you its on the plane.
    Easy Jet will charge you whether or not they can fit it in – picture the bikers faces on the plane as it taxied away from the gate with 28 bike bags still on the tarmac.
    On the other side, I’ve used Flybe and Easy Jet using my bike as checked luggage – no problem.

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  7. Pabs on

    Travelled many times London to Philippines and back. Have semi rigid case. The bikes have always been for not the case had been pretty much destroyed now. Cathay Pacific & Emirates…Cathay bike is included as part of baggage allowance..can’t remember Emirates butt can’t remember paying extra either.

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  8. Brian Lathan on

    Just recently May 2018 used Ryanair for flight to Bologna Italy , cost for my bike box Alan was £60 each way total £120 which cost more than the return flight & to avoid the hassle at the airport book it when you book your flight , pack it with helmet , shoes & cycle clothes & only take hand luggage allowance 10kg to save some cash , Ryanair charge for everything might get a cheap flight but worth shopping around, great guide put together by Edinburgh Bycycle

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