I want to take the train from Haarlem (The Netherlands) to Antwerpen (Belgium) and would like to take my non-folding bike with me. It is unclear to me where I can buy a ticket and what the special periods/routes are when this is not allowed at all.
What I've found so far
I know that the Dutch railroad provider (NS) allows to travel with a bicycle:
- during off-peak hours
- for €7.50 one way
I found that the Belgian railroad provider (SNCB) allows to take a bicycle with you:
- whenever, but after asking the conductor
- for €4 one way
However, according to the NS International website (where I intend to buy my ticket) one can take the bike:
- only on the Intercity Brussels
- for €12 one way, and if travelling in July/August an extra €4 reservation fee
I am confused on what kind of ticket I should buy and if I should choose a specific route. I can e.g. take an intercity + regional train or two intercity trains (or the Thalys, but that's very expensive, so I don't consider that). Can I take a bike on both options?
Should I buy separate bike tickets from NS and SNCB on-line or should I buy the NS International ticket?
Which train ticket do I need to buy and what train lines can I choose to be able to take my bicycle with me?