Moving bikes around on Public Transport in Cumbria


First TransPennine Express

Tel:  0345  600 1671
  0345  600 1674   

  • Manchester - Oxenholme

  • Manchester Airport - Cumbria - Scotland

  • Manchester - Preston/Lancaster

  • For travel to Barrow you now need to change to a Northern service (see  below for more information)

Only two bikes allowed on most trains, but they travel free.

Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling  0345 600 1674Reservations are not required for folding bikes 

For more information see the TransPennine Express Cycling

First ScotRail

Tel/Reservations :  0344 811 0141

  • Glasgow via Dumfries - Carlisle

Cycles are carried free on all ScotRail services, but space is limited.  For more information visit Scotrail Cycling 

Tandems and tricycles are not permitted.

Folding bikes can be carried on all services.


Tel / Reservations : 0800 200 6060

Cycle Assistance : 0800 138 5561

  • Settle - Carlisle

  • Newcastle - Carlisle (Tyne Valley)

  • Barrow - Carlisle (Cumbrian Coast)

  • Preston/Lancaster - Barrow (Furness Line)

  • Preston/Lancaster - Barrow (Lakes Line)

Most trains only have space for two bicycles. These must be stored in the appropriate bike space so look for the side of the train where you should get on with your bike.  Spaces cannot be reserved, so it's first come first served.

Tandems and tricycles are not permitted.

Folding bikes can be carried on all services.

For more information see Northern Cycling


Virgin Trains

 Tel :  03445 56 56 50

West Coast : Scotland - London Euston

Services carry up to two bikes.    

A free, advance reservation is required for each single journey  with at least 24 hours' notice.

When making a reservation, remember that it is no longer possible to book bicycles on line, and it's advisable to make the bicycle booking when you buy your ticket. 

Folding bikes can be carried on all services.

Please make enquiries in advance over whether tandems can be carried. 

For more information see Virgin Trains Cycling


Cross Lakes Shuttle

tel: 01539 445161

This integrated bus and boat service operates between Bowness Pier, Ferry House (Far Sawrey), Hill Top (Beatrix Potter's Farm) and  Hawkshead.

Please note this service only operates between Easter and the end of the Autumn (October) Half Term holiday.


Windermere Steamers and Launches

tel: 01539 432225

Linking   Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside, the larger steamers can take bikes

Ullswater Steamers

tel: 01768 482229

It runs from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding and Howtown

Coniston Launch

tel: 01539 431188

It operates from several landing points around Coniston Water including Brantwood (John Ruskin's home), Waterhead Hotel, Torver and Sunny Bank