Edinburgh to Newcastle train


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Does anybody know if you can take a loaded touring bike from Edinburgh to Newcastle on the train without booking?
Thanks in advance.


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Go on, spoil us. Tell us the train operator so we have got a head start when we do the Google search.


Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next
www.projectmapping.co.uk/train_operating_co.html makes me think Scotrail is the only cross-border operator not requiring reservations [Edit To Add: and they only cross the border on the West Coast Main Line, not the more direct-for-this East one] https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/cycling/bikes-trains so it's Scotrail to Glasgow, Scotrail to Carlisle and then either Scotrail or Northern to Newcastle. Takes at least 5h30, prices between £42 and £84. https://traintimes.org.uk/edb/NCL/last/next+monday/?changes=2&via=kilmarnock

If I couldn't book, I'd look whether I could pack the bike to do it faster and cheaper on National Express or Megabus. www.atob.org.uk used to have good info on this but it's been intermittent for me recently.
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Pale Rider

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I think you need to check the bike accommodation when booking.

Increasingly, it amounts to front wheel hooks with the bike hanging vertically.

Not much good with a loaded tourer, particularly as you always have to load bikes on the hurry up so there's little time to remove panniers, bottles and the like.


The Monch
Inside my skull
Lner have a proper guards van for the bikes. You can book the bike at the station but you won't get the cheapest price that way and you nay need to wait for a train that has free bike spaces.


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Thanks everyone. Looks like it could be a bit of a pain. I think I will have to contact LNER.
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