BIKES ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Being even more mobile: By bike within the GVH

Bike and GVH - this fits together perfectly: If you plan a trip to the countryside, if you just want to take the bike for a certain route section or if in case of sudden rain you want to continue your journey in a dry way, you can take your bike onto buses and trams. All transport companies of the GVH offer special places for bikes. At the weekends and public holidays but as well during the week at certain times it is no problem to take your bike with you. Information on when and where you can take your bike, you can find in a compact map (available in German language only). It can even be slipped into a trouser pocket! Which rules apply at which transport company is shown in the following:

ÜSTRA

ÜSTRA: All good things come in threes.

In the buses and trams of the ÜSTRA, up to three bikes can be taken with you - provided that they do not exceed the customary dimensions. Special constructions such as tandems are not being transported. Boarding is possible at high-level platforms and in the tunnel stops. The bicyclist is liable for damages caused to other passengers- for instance dirt due to bicycle chains.

You can take your bike within the GVH tariff area onto buses and trams for free. Before 08.30 a.m. and between 03.00 p.m. and 07.00 p.m. bikes are generally prohibited on buses and trams. At the weekends and on public holidays this limitation does not apply.

regiobus

regiobus: Trip by bus and bike

In the vehicles of the regiobus you can take only two bikes during the week from 07.00 p.m. as well as at the weekends and public holidays all day long - provided there is enough space at the back of the entrance area. The bike must be hold during the journey. Wheelchairs and pushchairs have priority. Folded folding bikes are regarded as hand baggage and are always being transported. During the summer holidays you can even take your bike as well between 08.30 a.m. and 03.00 p.m. with you. Taking your bike with you on regiobus vehicles is basically free of charge.

In the bicycle season from April to October regiobus offers a special service for bicyclists: The "Fahrradbus" circles the "Steinhuder Meer" on an hourly base and offers place for 16 bikes. You can enter or leave with your bike and therefore combine cycling and going by bus. In the summer months, the "Fahrradbus" runs every day. During the other months it runs at the weekends and public holidays. Further information on the "Fahrradbus" can be found here.

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn: Bikes are always welcome

In the trains and suburban trains of DB Regio you can take your bike all day long within the GVH tariff area - and within most time periods free of charge! During the week before 08.30 a.m. and between 03.00 p.m. and 07.00 p.m. you have to purchase an extra Single Ticket (Einzelticket) for one zone. If you take your bike regularly with you, it makes sense to purchase an additional GVH Mobile Card (GVH MobilCard) for one zone. For journeys within the outer rings (1 to 3) of the GVH you need a bike ticket. You can park your bike in a multipurpose compartment. Tandems and special constructions are not being transported. If the train is full, passengers has no longer the right to take the bike with them. If you are cycling in a group, you should announce it and reserve a place on time at the DB selling point.

metronom

metronom: More place during the bike season

The metronom trains offer in the steering unit places for bikes. During the bike season from April to October there is an additional converted multi-purpose vehicle with further bicycle parking stands. These vehicles are marked by a bike symbol. The bikes should be secured during the journey and luggage should be removed. Bikes can only be taken provided there is enough place. Wheelchairs and pushchairs have priority. If you travel within the original GVH tariff area (Hanover zone to Region zone), you can take your bike at the weekends and public holidays as well as during the week between 08.30 a.m. and 03.00 p.m. and from 07.00 p.m. until close of operations free of charge. During the other time periods you will need a Single Ticket (Einzelticket) for one zone. If you take your bike regularly with you, it makes sense to purchase an additional GVH Mobile Card (GVH MobilCard) for one zone. For journeys within the outer rings (1 to 3) of the GVH you generally need a bike ticket.

erixx

erixx: Space for up to twelve bikes

The erixx trains dispose of a multi-purpose area which offers space for several bikes. These must be secured with belts. Wheelchairs and pushchairs have priority. You can take your bike with you within the original GVH tariff area for free at the weekends and public holidays whole-time and during the week between 08.30 a.m. and 03.00 p.m. and from 07.00 p.m. until close of operations. During the other time periods you will need a Single Ticket (EinzelTicket) or Carnet Ticket (Sammelticket) for one zone. If you take your bike regularly with you, it makes sense to purchase an additional GVH Mobile Card (GVH MobilCard) for one zone. For journeys within the outer rings (1 to 3) of the GVH you need a bike ticket.

WestfalenBahn

Westfalenbahn: More bicycle stands in the summer season

The trains of the WestfalenBahn have spacious multipurpose compartments for bicycles. The entry area for bicycles is marked with a bicycle symbol outside. Inside the train, travellers can park their bike in the designated area. In the double-deck trains, which run between Braunschweig and Rheine resp. Bielefeld, up to 15 bicycle stands are available. In the summer months, the number of bicycle stands is increased in the mentioned trains. Travel groups (from 5 persons on) with bikes should announce their journey at least 24 hours before departure at the WestfalenBahn by calling the service telephone  +49 521 55 77 77 55 or sending an email to info@westfalenbahn.de.
Tandems and folded bicycle trailers can be transported as well, if there is sufficient space as well for the other bicycles.

On weekdays between 08:30 a.m. and 03.00 p.m. and from 07:00 p.m. until end of operations as well as all day on weekends, bicycles may be taken within the GVH tariff area free of charge. At all other times you need an additional Single Ticket for one zone. If you take your bike on a regular basis, an additional GVH Mobile Card (GVH MobilCard) for one zone can pay off. For journeys within the outer rings (AR 1 - AR 3) of the GVH you generally need a bike ticket.