Author Topic: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being  (Read 909 times)

Any apps or websites do this at the minute?

EDIT - TransPennine, and I assume any of their other brands, let you do it again.

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Re: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2018, 11:14:18 am »
Any apps or websites do this at the minute?

Last time I had to bail whilst out on a bike I needed to do this, so I used https://www.hulltrains.co.uk/ to good effect.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018, 11:19:25 am »
Any apps or websites do this at the minute?

Last time I had to bail whilst out on a bike I needed to do this, so I used https://www.hulltrains.co.uk/ to good effect.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2018, 11:59:45 am »
ScotRail is also good for this.

I use them for booking on Virgin Trains as Virgin Trains website doesn't let you do so.

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Re: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2018, 05:24:21 pm »
ScotRail is also good for this.

I use them for booking on Virgin Trains as Virgin Trains website doesn't let you do so.

Madness, isn't it! There's obviously ways to hook into an API to get cycle booking information, which is presumably what ScotRail do, so why don't Virgin Trains do this on their own site?
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Re: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2018, 05:31:03 pm »
I use Transpennine, who will let you book bikes online, and send you the tickets by post for no charge.
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Re: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2018, 05:35:30 pm »
So yeah, a while back everyone changed systems so you couldn't book bikes online, seems like now a fair few of them do. Easy.

Re: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2018, 05:18:50 pm »
I use Transpennine, who will let you book bikes online, and send you the tickets by post for no charge.

I used to use TPE but their web-site stopped working for me so I switched to South Western Trains.
same deal; book bike spaces, free 1st class post, no booking fee and, if you collect them, Nectar points.

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Re: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2019, 04:19:15 pm »
Trains booked... Train up and ride most of the way home.... shouldn't that be the other way round? Possibly... I was going to do the Selby thing but no train reservations... then I realised I could have another half hour in bed and go all the way for much the same price...

Re: Booking bikes on trains without actually interacting with a human being
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2019, 06:42:32 pm »
GWR does it but you get the same reject message whether all bike spaces are taken or one section of the route doesn't require reservations.  It's utterly useless if you have one of these sections on your journey, since you don't really know if it's booked or not.  They will usually check and reserve for you on Twitter.

Anyway, when you get on a Class 800, only one bike at a time* fits in the two bike spaces, which are probably full of luggage so it's academic.  I've pretty much given up hope of taking anything other than a Brompton on a train now.

*tried with two touring bikes, 44cm dropped bars.  The train manager watched and agreed with us it was impossible,  GWR allocate the same width for two bikes as Cross Country do for one bike!
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