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we're planning a minimal-gear four-day bicycle tour (sleeping in airbnbs and hotels/bookings on the way) from Bolzano through Stelvio and Mortirolo in June (leaving our car in Bolzano) and then plan to return to Bolzano by train on the fourth day.

What are the restrictions / prerequisites on traveling by train with bicycles from Verona to Bolzano?

  1. Is there anything I should be aware of?

  2. Is it better to buy a ticket in advance or should I buy it when we arrive?

  3. Where to buy a ticket from? Is it possible to buy a bicycle ticket in advance?

I have searched and the sites I found did not allow me to specify bike as my luggage during the process of booking the travel.

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  • LOVE Bolzano, prego
    – Fattie
    Apr 1 at 23:05

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I searched on Trenitalia for a train between Verona Porta Nuova and Bolzano Bozen Sud in June.

Among the various given options, I picked a Regionale Veloce train, and in the drop down "details" I found this info

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my translation of the text next to bicycle pictogram (mind that language selection option does not affect the content of these detail)

Bicycle transport service subject to terms and conditions. For details, consult the Condizioni Generali di Trasporto. Train with bicycle transport service.

The Condizioni Generali di Trasporto state:

  • on regional train shown on the timetable with the related pictogram, bicycle transport is allowed
  • to carry on board the bicycle, one can either purchase:
    • an additional second class ticket for the same itinerary
    • a bicycle supplement of 3.50 Euro

Indeed once you select the Regionale Veloce and you proceed with your online order, in the personal detail and payment section you can purchase the bicycle supplement

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Additional information:

  • Groups of 10 or more passengers intending to take their bicycles on the train must request authorization at least 7 days before
  • The train crew can refuse the transportation if it causes problems to the service
  • Loading and unloading operation are passenger's responsibilities
  • 1 bicycle per passenger can be transported free of charge on any train, even those not labeled so (without the pictogram on the timetable), as long as it is disassembled and packed in a bag
  • the wagon on which bicycles can be loaded have the same pictogram close to their doors, for ease of identification
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    I have no idea how things are done in Italy in general or on those trains specifically, but in many other places bikes are only allowed in specific locations of the train (often hung from hooks on the ceiling or wall, or strapped in dedicated spaces) and the space is limited. It may not be possible to have 4 bikes in the same car or even in the same train. Hopefully someone with local experience of those trains can tell us more.
    – jcaron
    Apr 1 at 11:38
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    One person could take the train back and get the car, and go pick up the others with the bicycles?
    – Jon Custer
    Apr 1 at 12:23
  • @JonCuster A useful alternative for sure :)
    – mishan
    Apr 1 at 14:30
  • @jcaron it might be useful for others to put this comment into an answer in case the comments ever get deleted :)
    – mishan
    Apr 1 at 16:11
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    I have no experience with bicycle transport on Italian trains, but on German regional trains, where very similar rules apply, a significant problem is that you can't reserve for your bicycle in advance and there is only room for a limited number of bicycles on each train. Especially on routes with much bicycle traffic and during week ends and holidays, it is often a hit and miss if you are able to bring your bike onto the train at all. Especially travelling as many as four bikes together is easily quite tricky. Apr 2 at 7:29

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