If you are coming by plane, the easiest way is to check which carriers will carry
your bike at a reasonable cost. I use Air Transat and they charge $30 each leg of
the flight. Typical off season rates for a seat are $600 return Toronto/Gatwick (London)
and $800 for Toronto/Frankfurt. These prices include taxes and fees.
In Europe there are train stations in airports and you can get direct links to your
starting point. In Germany you need a ticket for your bike and you cannot take them
on ICE trains. In Britain there is usually no charge but often express trains don't
There is an alternative to renting a bicycle
Airplanes from North America usually leave in the afternoon or evening and arrive
in Europe the next morning (losing you most of one day). Leave yourself another day
for transit and book a hotel room for the evening of day one on the ground. Leaving
from Europe planes usually arrive late morning or early afternoon of the same day
If you find this confusing, we can help you with advice about travel arrangements.
At any rate, when you book your tour we provide you with full information about connections.
How do I pack my bike?
Some people are very protective of their bikes. They buy custom made boxes for them
that are very large and heavy. My question is: Where do you store the box? Check
with your airline. What is their minimum requirement? Usually it is that the bike
be in a cardboard box or a plastic bag with air out of the tires and bars turned
and pedals off. You require a special tool to take off pedals. I go one step further
and chock the front wheel forward with a very tight bungee cord or some tape. That
will keep the wheel from turning. I have used the bag for years and only got damage
once when I didn't chock the front wheel. Use the bag and you won't need to worry
about where to store the box for the return flight.
How do I get to/from the airport?
In Europe you can take a train, the easiest way. If you have arrived in Toronto from
Europe and wish to go downtown, or are leaving from downtown Toronto, the most convenient
and cost effective way is to take public transport (TTC). From the airport go to
Terminal two Arrivals and wait outside for the TTC Airport Express to the Kipling
station. From any subway (tube) station in Toronto go to the Kipling station. Please
note, not every station has an elevator, but Kipling does. Go up to the bus level
and take the Airport Express. The total cost from anywhere in the city is one ticket
or $2.75. Please note that buses have a bike rack on the front that takes two bikes
I find this too difficult. Who can I rent a bike from?
We partner with suppliers both in Canada and Europe to provide you with a good sturdy
bike. City tour bikes are BIXI style bikes unless you wish to rent a specialty bike
from us. European tour bikes tend to be Euro-tour standards of a cross between a
mountain bike and a touring bike with pannier racks on the back and often also on
You can look after renting your own bike or we can rent one for you from our partners.
We do not mark-up rental charges. We follow their terms for changes and refunds.