Flying With a Bike

Most airlines will accept your bike for travel to your destination. However, taking your bike on a plane will usually incur an additional fee of some sort.

A normal bike in most cases exceeds the maximum allowable linear dimensions of 115cm (62 in). That is, length + width + height = 115cm/62 in. This means it cannot travel as a normal piece of luggage.

Some airlines allow an exemption to oversize fees for bikes, while others charge a special handling fee for these. Sometimes, there may be an extra fee tacked on because it is an extra piece of luggage, above the 1 or 2 free bags allowed. Be sure to read and understand the rules for your airline before leaving to the airport. It is always a good idea to print out and bring with you the airline's specific bike policies, as many of the attendants will not know about any exemptions or rules.

Another tip: Do you really need to have your bike with you all the time? Sometimes it makes more sense to pack and ship it off ahead of your trip, so it is waiting for you upon your arrival. This will make your trip much simpler and easier, and may even come out cheaper than flying with your bike.

Oh, and be sure to pack your bike properly. The last thing you want is to be greeted with a broken bike upon your arrival.

Most importantly, enjoy your trip!

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