Transporting your bike by plane

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Transporting your bike by plane requires preparation from the traveler, before booking their flight and during the reservation. Which company to choose? How much will it cost you to take your bike by plane?

Let’s take a closer look at the precautions you need to take to avoid any surprises or delays when transporting a bicycle on an airplane.

Do all companies accept bicycles on their planes?

Airlines generally accept bicycles on their planes with the exception of very small companies.

However, the conditions vary according to each of them, so you should be aware of them, for example some accept electric bikes while others do not. In some cases it will be necessary to pay additional costs while for others the weight of each suitcase or bag constituting a bicycle is limited.

Bicycle transport conditions for the main companies operating in France

Air France, KLM and HOP!

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem and electric bike without battery
  • Maximum weight of 23 kg per bike
  • Requires customer service agreement, request possible up to 48 hours before departure.
  • Additional costs, variable according to the zone of the country of departure (between 40 and 100 € per bike)

American Airlines

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem
  • Maximum weight of 32 kg per bike
  • Maximum height of 320 cm
  • If you have no checked baggage and your bike is packed in a suitcase or box measuring less than 157 cm and weighing less than 22.6 kg, then it is considered your first piece of baggage and therefore free of charge. Otherwise, costs of around 140 €

British Airways

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem
  • Maximum weight of 23 kg per bike
  • Maximum height of 190 cm
  • Requires customer service agreement
  • No additional costs below the 23 kilos allowed

Brussels Airlines

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem and electric bike without battery and Freight compulsory for an electric bike.
  • Maximum weight of 32 kg per bike
  • Maximum height of 158 cm
  • Requires customer service agreement
  • No additional costs below the 32kg authorized. Otherwise, costs of around 50 to 100 € depending on the destination

EasyJet

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem.
  • Maximum weight of 23 kg per bike
  • Registration of the bike to be done when booking or up to 2 hours before departure on the internet. Up to 1 hour directly at the airport
  • Additional costs of 49 € online, 63 € at the airport

Emirates

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem.
  • Maximum weight of 23 kg per bike
  • Maximum height of 300 cm
  • Requires customer service agreement, up to 24 hours before departure
  • No additional costs below 23kg and the size allowed

Lufthansa

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem
  • Maximum weight of 32 kg per bike
  • Maximum height of 158 cm
  • Requires customer service agreement, up to 24 hours before departure
  • No additional charge if your baggage is included in your baggage allowance. Otherwise, costs of around 50 to 100 € depending on the destination in the world.

Ryanair

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem
  • Maximum weight of 30 kg per bike
  • Registration of the bike to be done when booking or up to 2 hours before departure on the internet. Up to 1 hour directly at the airport
  • Additional charge of € 75 per bike

Transavia

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem and electric bike with “dry battery” or less than 300Wh
  • Maximum weight of 32 kg per bike
  • Registration of the bike to be done when booking
  • Additional charge of 44 € per bike

XL Airways

  • Accepts racing bike, mountain bike, folding bike, tandem
  • Maximum weight of 32 kg per bike
  • Bike registration to be done when booking or directly at the airport
  • Additional charge of 70 € per bike

As you will have understood, it is necessary to take a good look at the conditions of the airline companies according to your destination, your flight, long or medium-haul and especially the size and weight of your bike.

The conditions listed above are subject to change at any time, so consult the conditions of the company before any reservation.

How to find a plane at the best price for your bike?

To make your life easier and find the offer that suits you best, do not hesitate to use a flight comparator such as Easyvols which will also give you the conditions of the companies for the transport of your bike.

Sites like Easyvols keep you informed of all the offers on the market and have a commitment to transparency on the display of prices (additional costs, warranty and delivery times for your bike, etc.)

How to properly protect your bike on an airplane?

Before packing your bike, you must follow a few guidelines imposed by the airlines, the latter may also require a check before registering the bike.

To properly pack or store your bike, you will need to:

  • Fold or remove the pedals
  • Align the handlebars with the frame
  • Remove the wheels to place them on the sides of the bike
  • Deflate the tires
  • Remove the battery for electric bikes

To protect your equipment, you must use specific accessories for transporting the bicycle, protective cover or bicycle case.

The bicycle cases are the most suitable for protecting your bike in the hold and especially when loading and unloading the plane. Once the bike is properly folded inside nothing can happen to it, they are equipped with handles and wheels that will allow you to transport your bike easily.

Bags and boxes are an option but in both cases the arrival of your bike in good condition is not guaranteed. If you choose this solution, consider padding the package more than necessary.

Many cases of damaged bikes are reported during transport by plane with a bag and cardboard box. Even if the companies and your insurance companies can compensate you, it would be a shame not to be able to ride a bike when you arrive.

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