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 metropolitan or regional stations can be a particularly affordable, fast and convenient option, 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.
Watch a Bicycle Network video guide to parking your bike securely.
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
- Caroline Springs
- Clifton Hill
- Diggers Rest
- Doncaster Park n Ride
- East Malvern
- Ferntree Gully
- Glen Waverley
- Hoppers Crossing
- Kangaroo Flat
- Merinda Park
- Middle Gorge
- Narre Warren
- Noble Park
- North Geelong
- North Williamstown
- Sandown Park
- South Geelong
- South Morang
- St Albans
- Surrey Hills
- Upper Ferntree Gully
- 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. 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.
Waiting lists apply at most stations and availability is limited. A bond is required.
For more information call 1800 800 007 or speak to staff at your local station.
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 buses
Bike racks have been installed on buses travelling along routes:
- 510 Essendon Station – Ivanhoe Station via Brunswick & Northcote & Thornbury
- 512 Strathmore - East Coburg via Pascoe Vale South & Coburg West & Coburg
- 683 Chirnside Park - Warburton via Lilydale Station & Seville & Yarra Junction
- 685 Lilydale - Healesville via Lilydale Station & Coldstream & Yarra Glen
- 686 Healesville - Badger Creek
- 687 Chum Creek - Healesville
- Cowes to Anderson to Wonthaggi in South Gippsland
- 14 local routes in Bendigo and the Bendigo to Heathcote route
- 6 local routes in Castlemaine
This means you will be able to cycle to your nearest stop and bring your bike with you when catching these services.
Just load your bike onto the racks at the front of the bus and you’ll be on your way.
The racks are safe, secure and easy to use and all our operators and drivers have been trained to provide assistance for passengers.
Bike racks can only fit two bikes at a time and are available on a first-come, first served-basis, so allow extra time for your journey.
Using the rack
Before the bus arrives, ensure that any attached items (bottles, pumps etc.) have been removed from your bike. Your bike must not have any front-mounted accessories or objects that will obstruct the driver’s view.
To load and unload your bike, simply follow these easy steps:
Loading the bike rack
- Hail the bus and get permission from the driver to load your bike
- Squeeze the latch handle to unlock the rack and fold it down
- Lift the bike onto the rack and push the bike as far forward as possible
- Raise the bar so it sits locked over the wheel against the bike's frame.
Unloading the bike rack
- Pull on the spring-loaded bar to release it and lower it off the wheel
- Lift your bike out of the rack, towards the kerb
- If the rack is empty, squeeze the latch handle and fold the rack back into place
- Once on the kerb indicate to the driver that you're clear.
Please note: Children aged 13 or under must be assisted by an adult to load and unload the bike from the rack. Only two-wheel, single-seat bikes with a wheel size between 50cm (20”) and 73cm (29”) and up to a 111cm (44”) wheelbase can be loaded. Bikes must weigh less than 25 kilograms. Melbourne Bike Share bikes can be carried on the rack.
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.