Travelling with a folding bike: the cheapest and easiest way to take a bike on trains, planes, and coaches

Want to bring your folding bike on holiday by train, plane or coach, but worried about the price and practicalities? Get past the punitive rules with our advice.

Taking a bike on holiday can be an expensive and frustrating affair, but travelling with a folding bike will circumvent most of the hassle and cost.

That said, if you’ve got a training camp or suchlike at the other end then, all in all, you will be a lot better off bringing a full-sized bike and putting up with the processes.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg