As a tour operator running cycling holidays in Spain, our customers often ask us for information about which airlines are the cheapest to carry a bike on. To make things easier for our customers and anybody else looking to take their bike on holiday with them, we have compiled a table below with the prices and conditions of many airlines.
Please note, that this is for information only - it is important to check with the airline before you buy the ticket as the conditions often change with little notice. However, the table will enable you to get a quick comparison of which airlines in your region may be the most bike friendly.
Last Updated - August 2012
|Airline||Price For Bike||Max Weight||Condtions|
|Aer Lingus||€40||15kg||Must pay fee at the airport (Between 6 and 10 bicycles carried depending on the route. Free on routes from Ireland to North America.|
|Aeroflot||Free*||-||Free if within baggage allowance. If not, variable fees apply (average €100 for second piece)|
|Air Berlin||€50||32kg||Register before, pack in soft case|
|Alitalia||Free / €75||23kg||Free if within 23kg luggage allowance - otherwise must pay additional €75|
|American Airlines||$150*||-||You can use your bike instead of luggage allowance|
|Austrian Airlines||Free / €70||23kg||Free if withing luggage allowance and dimensions|
|Bmi Baby||€22 / £18||18kg||If booked through website (€28 if not)|
|British Airways||Free*||-||Free if within personal baggage allowance (23kg in total)|
|Easyjet||£25||30kg||Nothing else must be carried in the bike bag/box (e.g. clothes)|
|Finnair||€60||32kg||For flights within Europe (€100 for flights to other continents) - Bike covered with thick plastic or cardboard.|
|Flybe||€37 / £30||20kg||Call them to book in advance - limited space|
|Iberia||€75||-||Must be packed in a solid bike box (available from Iberia for €20|
|Jet2||€40 / £30||20kg||Must pre-book, pack in stiff cardboard|
|KLM||€55||23kg||Make reservation at least 48 hours before departure|
|Lufthansa||€50||-||Register more than 48 hours before flight|
|Monarch||£20||20kg||Pack in a bag / box|
|Norwegian||€37||25kg||Limited room if packed in soft case (4 bikes per flight) - some routes require bike to be packed in hard case|
|Ryanair||£50 / €50||30kg||£60 / €60 if not booked online - packed in bike bag or box|
|Scandinavian Airlines||Free / €45||23kg||Only free if taken in place of baggage allowance (must be less than 158cm) - otherwise €45 each way|
|Swiss International Air||Free / €50||23kg||Free if within 23kg luggage allowance - otherwise must pay additional €50|
|Thomson||£30 return||-||Limited space - call well in advance|
|Turkish Airlines||€30||23kg||Higher charges for travel outside Europe|
|Virgin Atlantic||Free||23kg||Free in addition to regular luggage allowance|
|Vueling||€45||-||Bike must be dismantled as much as possible|
|Wizz Air||€30 / £26||-||€30 / £26 if booked online, €45 / £38 at the airport. Must be packed in nylon sack or cardboard with deflated tyres|
Nearly all airlines require the bicycle to be packaged in a bicycle bag (although a few require a box). Most also request that the pedals are removed, the handlebar is flat against the frame and the tyres are deflated. However, you would have to do most of this anyway to fit it in the bike bag.
Please let us know in the comments below if there are any airlines that we could add to the table.
If you are booked on one our cycle tours and would like us to assist you in the booking of train tickets, please do not hesitate to contact us.