Bikes and public transport
This page provides information to help you get around safely and easily when combining bike riding with public transport travel.
Riding your bike to the station
Combining cycling with public transport is a popular and easy way to get around. Riding your bike to your metropolitan or regional station is quicker than walking, and you don’t need to search for a car park.
We’ve got more bike parking options for you than ever, with more bike racks and Parkiteer cages available across the network. Thousands of Victorians ride to stations and park their bikes each day.
Leaving your bike at a station
Locking your bike
When parking your bike at stations remember to:
- use a good quality lock and chain
- lock both the frame and the wheels to the hoops or rail
- remove any items that can be easily stolen
- ensure your bike doesn't impede access for mobility impaired passengers
Railings along ramps need to be free for people to hold onto.
If you’re a regular bike commuter, you can leave your lock or chain attached to the bike hoop at the station to avoid carrying it around.
Bike hoops can be found at almost every station across Victoria, with the number of hoops increasing all the time. Sometimes bike hoops are spread across several parts of a station, so make you know where to find the most convenient ones for you to use.
Parkiteer bike cages
Parkiteer (stemming from the words 'park it here') bike cages provide undercover, free and secure bike parking at selected stations and major transport interchanges.
You access a cage with a swipe card once you're a registered user. Movements in and out of the cages are electronically monitored.
Metropolitan and regional train stations
Parkiteer cages can be found at the following stations:
- Bacchus Marsh
- Brighton Beach
- Cardinia Road
- Caroline Springs
- Clifton Hill
- Diggers Rest
- East Malvern
- Ferntree Gully
- Glen Waverley
- Hoppers Crossing
- Kangaroo Flat
- Middle Gorge
- Narre Warren
- Noble Park
- North Geelong
- Roxburgh Park
- South Geelong
- South Morang
- St Albans
- Surrey Hills
- Waurn Ponds
- West Footscray
- Williams Landing
- Wyndham Vale
Major transport interchanges
Parkiteer cages can be found at:
- Doncaster Park + Ride
You can view a network map showing which stations have Parkiteer cages. Bike cages are also listed on station pages under "Stop information".
You can use Parkiteer bike cages for free. But a $50 deposit is needed for the security card, and $10 if you need a replacement card.
Parkiteer cages are managed by Bicycle Network and users must be registered.
For more information, call Bicycle Network on 1800 639 634 or to register visit the Bicycle Network website.
Bike lockers are available at some Metro and V/Line stations.
Taking your bike on public transport
To ensure a safe and comfortable journey on public transport, there are rules that apply when carrying conventional and folding bikes.
Bikes on metropolitan trains
Bikes can be carried free on metropolitan trains.
You cannot board at the first door of the first carriage, as this is a priority area for mobility impaired passengers.
Make sure you keep passageways and doorways clear and try to avoid travelling during peak hour and busy carriages when travelling with your bike.
Riding your bike on train platforms is an offence under the Transport Act 1983 and poses a danger to you and other passengers. Always walk your bike along the platform and do not mount until you have exited the station.
Please note that only folding bicycles that meet the below criteria are permitted on rail replacement buses.
Bikes on V/Line trains
Folding bikes can be carried free on V/Line trains. For safety reasons, they cannot be stored in overhead luggage racks or parcel racks and must not obstruct walkways.
Although conventional bikes can be carried free on V/Line trains, their carriage depends on space availability.
V/Line has different trains and VLocity and Sprinter trains in particular have limited space for bikes. Therefore V/Line conductors decide whether there's enough room for bikes to be taken on V/Line trains.
If you're travelling on a long-distance train to or from Albury, Bairnsdale, Shepparton, Swan Hill or Warrnambool, your bike must be checked at a staffed station at least 30 minutes before your service departs.
For more information about travelling with your bike on V/Line trains, call 1800 800 007.
Folding bikes on trams, buses and V/Line coaches
Only folding bikes that meet the below size criteria can be carried free on trams, buses and V/Line coaches.
A folding bike has small wheels and frame latches that allow the frame to collapse.
To travel on trams, buses and V/Line coaches with a folded bike, your bike must not exceed 82cm long x 69cm high x 39cm wide or have wheel rims of more than 51cm in diameter.
On buses and V/Line coaches, folding bikes cannot be stored in overhead luggage or parcel racks and must not obstruct walkways.
Conventional bikes cannot be carried on trams, buses or V/Line coaches.