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Originally Posted by rollotheclown
ok so here's the plan so far: flying into Munich, train to Donaueschingen and taking about two weeks to bike along the Donau Radweg and into Budapest. I looked up on the Eurail site that there is a train from Budapest to Munich (for our return flight). That train is listed as a "EC" train, anybody know if its easy-ok- to bring bikes along on that class of train?
and what kind of experience have folks had with flying bikes on Lufthansa? extra charges? do they provide bike boxes? etc.
anything else that jumps out at ya that I should be planning in or not miss out on?
Check the DB (Deutsche Bahn) website for rules about bikes on trains. Each railway in Europe has it's own rules about bikes, although the tendency is for long distance/high speed trains to require that bikes be boxed if they are allowed at all.
I flew Lufthansa from DIA to Florence, Italy and back last month. The bike counted as one of my two pieces of checked luggage, so no charge. If you bring two pieces of checked luggage and a bike, then the bike is excess and they charge you 100 Euros. I had to reserve a spot for the bike on Lufthansa's toll free line, no charge but it's nice to know before you leave that there will be room for your bike. The reservation is mandatory. When I flew last month I just brought the bike up to the check in stand with the handlebars sideways and the pedals off. No box, no plastic wrapper, the bike got there fine. I used one rear pannier as my carry on and put every thing else into a duffle bag. Lufthansa made me deflate the tires before I could put the bike on the plane, so I ended up pumping up a pair of 26 x 1.75" tires with a hand pump when I got to Florence. Good thing I didn't bring a mini-pump! I sent a polite e-mail to Lufthansa telling them I didn't agree with that policy.
Call Lufthansa for the exact current rules about bicycles, don't just believe what someone told you on the Internet.