Amtrak is launching bike service to provide passengers a more convenient way to travel with their bicycles. Tickets for carry-on bike service are now available.
The bike service is available on the Vermonter which operates daily between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, Vt., with service to Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Conn., Springfield, Mass. and Essex Junction, Vt., and other intermediate stops.
This service provides passengers with a way to travel with their bikes. Amtrak partnered with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont Department of Tourism, Adventure Cycling Association, and other bicycle and passenger rail groups to form an advisory bicycle task force to oversee this project.
Passengers traveling with their bikes must arrive at the station 30 minutes before the train’s departure to allow time for boarding. Customers must look for the “bike-friendly” sticker on the train car. Bicycles will go into the luggage compartment, which converts into a bike rack. Customers will need to remove the front wheel of their bike to fit it into the space, and loading instructions will be available in the bike rack area.
If equipped with panniers, large seat or saddle bags, the items must be removed from the bicycle before hanging it on the bike rack and stored as carry-on luggage. An Amtrak crew member will be available to assist.
Reservations are required and customers must have a ticket for their bikes. The bicycle reservation fee is $20 for service between Washington D.C., and New Haven, Conn., and $10 for service between New Haven, Conn., and St. Albans, Vt. Passengers may reserve their bikes by selecting “add bike” when they book their train travel on Amtrak.com, by calling 800-USA-RAIL, or by visiting any staffed ticket office.