Flying With Your Bike as Checked Luggage: Tips For a Trouble-Free Trip

If you’ll be traveling by plane to a bike race, tour, or cycling vacation, you’re probably wondering: how the heck do I fly with my bike? The short answer: you can bring your bike on a plane as checked luggage, just like a suitcase (sort of).

People fly with bicycles all the time, so it’s not as odd as you might think. You’ll need to do a little homework to choose the best (cheapest) airline and pack your bike properly, but your bike will almost certainly arrive safely at your destination.

I love to travel on my bike, which means I often travel with my bike to faraway places. I’ve taken my bike on an airplane at least 15 times (I might have lost count) on four different continents and a number of U.S. states.

I’ll be honest, I was pretty nervous the first few times! That tense wait at the oversize baggage claim seemed endless. But now that I know what I’m doing, it’s really not that hard, and I’ll explain everything you need to know in this post.

Read on to learn how to keep costs down, understand airline policies, find or make a bike box, pack your bike securely, and plan transportation to and from the airport.

Related reading:

When you buy through affiliate links in this post, I may earn a small commission. Thanks for your support! I always offer unbiased opinions based on real experience from the road and trail. Learn more.

How much does it cost?

The cost of flying with a bicycle depends on the airline, which is why you need to choose your airline carefully.

I’ve seen fees anywhere from $0 to $250+ for a one-way itinerary. Some airlines make exceptions for sports equipment even if oversize and overweight, some charge a reasonable fee, and some get greedy. Generally speaking, if an airline does charge a bicycle fee, longer routes will be more expensive.

In the United States many airlines are becoming more bike-friendly. Currently Alaska Air, Delta, American Airlines, and United all allow bike boxes for the price of a regular checked bag (usually around $30).

I’ve found international airlines to be hit or miss, sometimes charging as much as $250+ for a bike (looking at you, Lufthansa) and sometimes charging nothing at all (thank you EVA Air!).

Alternative: Shipping Your Bike

If you’re stuck with an airline that charges a lot to check a bike as luggage, you might look into shipping your bike with or It’s not cheap, but if you’re flying domestically within the US it may be comparable to the more expensive airline fees, and it’s definitely more convenient.

You’ll need to arrange a pickup location at your destination (perhaps your hotel or a local bike shop) and pack your bike very carefully. To learn more about the pros and cons, see Shipping versus Flying With Your Bike.

How To Choose an Airline and Calculate Cost

If you’re a bargain hunter like me, you’ll want to do some extra work to understand which ticket is cheapest with your bike included. Airline policies often include weight and size limits that are easy to exceed when flying with a bike. And with more airlines charging for checked bags of any kind these days, figuring out the total bill isn’t always easy.

When checking a bicycle as airplane luggage, the total cost of your ticket will be the sum of all these costs:

  • cost of personal ticket
  • cost of checked luggage (if not included in ticket, as is common on budget airlines)
  • cost of an overweight/oversize/bicycle fee as indicated by the airline’s weight and size limits, unless specifically waived for bicycles

A few websites attempt to keep a list of fees by airline, like this one on This can be a good place to start, but I highly recommend checking each airline on your own to understand the fees in detail. Here’s how.

1) Find the airline’s policy.

Search google or the airline website for “sports equipment,” “special baggage,” “excess baggage,” “bicycle fee” or similar combinations of terms until you find the airline’s policy. Usually it will be something like this one from Alaska Air, or this one from Eva Air (both have bicycle-friendly policies with no oversize or overweight fees, yay!).

An example of a bicycle policy from Alaska Air. This is a bike-friendly policy that waives oversize and overweight fees, yay!

2) Check oversize and overweight limits and fees.

Many US airlines have standard checked baggage limits of around 50 pounds in weight, and 62 inches combined dimensions (this is the length + width + height of your box, all added together, also known as linear inches). International airlines often have different limits, typically in metric units, so check carefully.

Here’s the catch: most cardboard bicycle boxes will exceed these dimensions. One typical box I’ve used was 43″ x 11″ x 32″, which adds up to 86 linear inches which is definitely over the common limit. Bike boxes could potentially exceed the weight limit too, if you have a large heavy bike and pack some accessories in the box with it.

This means your bike box is likely considered oversize and possibly also overweight and you will have to pay those fees, unless there’s an exception for bicycles.

When flying with a bike, you’ll need to know the linear dimensions of your bike box and compare them to the airline’s size limit.

3) Check for a bicycle fee waiver / exception

Some airlines waive overage fees for bikes and other sports equipment — yay! If you can’t find bicycles specifically mentioned in their policy, be prepared to pay the fees.

Beware, I have seen airline websites say bicycles are accepted with no extra fees, but only if they’re below size and weight limits that are essentially impossible for any real adult-size bike. Check the size and weight limits carefully!

4) Find how many checked bags are included in your ticket.

Some budget airlines, and even not-so-budget ones these days, do not include any checked baggage with their cheapest tickets.

If your ticket doesn’t include any checked bags, or if you exceed your baggage allowance, you’ll need to pay for a checked bag (your bicycle) regardless of whether the oversize/overweight fees are waived for bicycles.

5) Let the airline know, if necessary.

Some airlines request that you contact them at time of booking to reserve space for your bicycle box on the plane. If this is what the policy says, do it. I’ve only encountered this a couple times, usually on a very small plane or an international airline in a bureaucracy-loving country.

6) Add up the total cost of the flight.

Putting all this together, the best flight may not always be the one with the cheapest ticket.

For example, you’d be better off buying a $400 ticket on Alaska Air (which only charges $30 for a checked bag with no extra fees for bicycles) than a $350 ticket on an airline that charges $150 in oversize/weight fees for bicycles.

The Alaska Air cost will come to $400 + $30 = $430, while the other will cost $350 + $150 = $500. All else being equal, save the $70 and fly with your bike on Alaska (in this example).

Tips for Multi-Flight Itineraries

Itineraries with layovers usually aren’t a problem when flying with a bicycle. Just like any other checked luggage, your bike will usually be checked through to your final destination. There are just a couple uncommon cases to watch out for.

Multiple Airlines, Especially International

Checked luggage fees for multi-airline itineraries can be tough to decode, even without a bicycle along for the ride. It’s complicated, but the most common case (for flights originating in the US) is that you only pay the checked luggage fee for the first airline on your itinerary.

One exception is when you arrive in another country and then take a connecting domestic flight to your final destination in that country. In this case sometimes you must pick up your checked luggage during your layover, pass through customs with it, and recheck it.

If there’s a place to recheck it near customs, you probably don’t need to pay again. But if you’re required to recheck your luggage at the airline counter, essentially checking in all over again, then you may have to pay the fee of that airline, regardless of whether you already paid a fee for the bike on your earlier flight.

Difficult Layovers

A typical multi-leg itinerary, where your luggage is checked through to your final destination, will work fine with a bike too. Do make sure to read the fine print and keep an eye out for these more challenging layover scenarios:

  • You must pick up your checked luggage, go through customs, and then recheck it. This can happen when flying through a main hub into a new country and then catching a smaller regional flight. Sometimes they make it easy to recheck your luggage nearby, but other times you have to transport it a long way yourself.
  • Connections between different airlines where your checked luggage is not transferred for you, especially if flying in and out of different terminals in a large airport.
  • Budget or DIY itineraries that fly in and out of different airports in the same region! Avoid these with a bike box, for sure.

If you do decide to take on one of these challenges — sometimes they’re inevitable when trying to get to interesting places — be sure your layover is plenty long enough to deal with it.

Bike Box, Bag, or Case?

Now that you have your ticket, you’ll need to decide how to pack your bike for air travel. The two most common options are a cardboard bike box (cheapest) or a purpose-built bike bag or case. For some types of international travel you might need to get scrappy (more on this below).

Related: Bike Box vs. Roller Bag: Which is More Convenient?

Check the Airline’s Policy

The airline has the ultimate say over whether they accept your bike as checked luggage, so read their policy carefully and be prepared to discuss it with the check-in agent. Some specifically require a hard-sided box or case (common in the United States) while others say something vague about how it must be “adequately protected.”

Liability is the airline’s main concern; they don’t want to transport a bike that can be easily damaged or might damage other customers’ luggage. If you have the option, pack your bike properly in a bag or box.

If you’re traveling internationally and need to DIY a scrappy packing job, check the airline’s policy carefully and be prepared to show it to the check-in agent. They’re often not familiar with the details of their own policy, and I’ve had some close calls!

Bicycle Case or Bag

If you travel with your bike often and usually fly into and out of the same city, a dedicated bike bag or hard-shell case may be worth the money. They do a good job of protecting your bike and save you the hassle of having to beg for a cardboard box from every bike shop in town.

The downsides: cases and bags can be expensive, and you need a place to stash it while you ride. If staying at a hotel you can ask if they’ll hold it for you — in my experience they often will. This obviously doesn’t work if you’re riding point-to-point, unless you’re willing to pay to have the bag or case shipped from your start to finish location. In both these cases a foldable bag is smaller and easier to deal with than a hard shell case.

After years of using cardboard boxes for point-to-point rides, I finally sprung for a Dakine Bike Roller Bag to use for shorter trips and it’s actually quite nice.

Here are some popular cases and bags that work well for flying with a bike:

Cardboard Bike Box

A cardboard bicycle box is the cheapest and most common way to fly with a bike, especially for touring cyclists riding point-to-point.

Where do you get a bike box? If you have a bike shop nearby, call and ask if they have any to spare. Often they’ll give you one for free since their new bikes come packaged in them. UPS and FedEx locations usually sell bike boxes.

Be sure to check the size carefully, especially if you’re on a large bike or 29er. Not all bike boxes will fit large bikes. I ride a 29er mountain bike and often need to use the larger boxes that eBikes ship in.

If you’re traveling, try asking at hostels and other places where bicycle travelers hang out. I’ve seen people find bike boxes at train stations! Occasionally airlines will offer them at the airport; call first to find out. If all else fails, you can make one yourself from cardboard scraps (see below for more details).

If you really can’t track down a bike box, you can order one from BikeFlights in certain countries, including the US. They also provide bike shipping services if you decide you’d rather not fly with your bike.

Bicycle packed in open cardboard box
A cardboard bike box is a simple and cheap way to pack your bike for air travel.

Making Your Own Bike Box

Say you need to fly with your bike out of a small town or a country without many bike shops, and you can’t find a bike box. Your next step is to find the biggest, thickest pieces of cardboard you can, and a few rolls of packing tape, and settle in for a project. You can often find large cardboard boxes discarded from furniture or appliance stores, or you can scavenge for scraps around town. Ask around and you’ll eventually find something — everyone loves to help a traveler on a bike.

Will the airline accept your DIY bike box? Admittedly it’s a gamble. I had zero issues flying out of Khartoum, Sudan with the “bike box” pictured below, or from Chile with a similar setup. In Portugal I was hassled for my box in the second picture despite the policy not requiring any box at all. Ultimately they accepted it, but only after I showed the supervisor their own policy.

The best bike box I could come up with in Khartoum, Sudan.
The airline employees in Portugal didn’t want to accept this DIY bike box until I showed them that their policy allowed unboxed bikes.

If using a scrappy packing method like this, it helps to get it wrapped at the airport with one of those giant saran wrap machines.

Completely Unboxed?

I know cyclists who’ve toured all over the world with their bikes packed only in huge plastic bags, like the kind mattresses come wrapped in. They said they’ve never been turned away by an airline. Other bike travelers report simply wheeling their bike up to the luggage counter, removing the pedals and turning the handlebars, and deflating the tires a bit. The idea is that baggage handlers will treat a bicycle more carefully than a box since they can see what it is.

My guess is that this method is easier to get away with outside the US, especially in less developed areas where you’re less likely to find a bicycle box. I wouldn’t try it in the US unless I had no other options.

How to Pack a Bike for Air Travel

Once you’ve decided how you’ll transport your bike, the next step is to do some basic disassembly and protective packaging. The details will depend on the type of container you’re using and what kind of bike you have. A fancy carbon race bike will require a bit more care than a sturdy steel touring bike, for example, and smaller containers require more disassembly.

I’ll be honest: the first time I flew with my bicycle I was very intimidated by the disassembly and packing part. The only reason I made myself do it (instead of slinking down to the local bike shop and paying them to do it) was because I was even more terrified of putting it back together on the other end in Vietnam, and I wanted the practice. Turns out it’s not actually that hard.

You can find a number of good tutorials on how to box your bike. This video is pretty good, as is this article (it’s very thorough, so not all steps may be necessary for you). I won’t recreate these guides here, but I will give you the general principles behind the process to help you remember the steps.

When boxing a bicycle for flying, these are the goals:

Fit the bike in the box by removing or adjusting any parts that don’t fit and packing them in where they fit better. This usually includes front wheel, pedals, handlebars, racks, seat. Sometimes the rear wheel too if the box is too small. Use tape or zip ties to attach everything to the frame in a safe place so it can’t move around inside the box.

Protect the bike, especially anywhere a sudden blow could cause damage. The fork, rear derailleur, and disc brake rotors are especially vulnerable. I usually remove my front rotor from the wheel, detach the rear derailleur from the hanger and tape it (wrapped in bubble wrap) to the chain stay, and put a spacer into my QR fork to protect it from side impact (if using a thru axle, screw it back into the fork after removing the wheel). Carbon frames may need to be protected with foam or other padding along the tubes.

Protect the box from any sharp parts that could cut through it, such as chain rings (if removing the rear wheel), the pokey ends of the wheel axles or quick release skewers, or shift levers pointing at odd angles. A bit of foam or extra cardboard taped to the inside of the bike box in key areas will do the trick.

A few other essential tips for boxing your bike:

  • Take all the small bits – pedals, quick release skewers, bottle cages, etc. – and put them together in some larger container that definitely can’t fall out of the box, even if a fairly big hole were to be ripped.
  • When disassembling your bike, use only the tools you’ll have with you on your trip. Then be sure to PACK THOSE TOOLS.
  • Be very, very careful to pack everything you took off your bike! Definitely don’t leave anything important sitting on the living room floor. Not that I have any experience with that.

Pro tip: pack extra tape in your carry-on. You never know when a luggage inspector will demand to open your box, or a weak spot will show up as you drag it through the airport.

Label The Box or Bag Clearly

Whichever packing method you choose, make sure the whole package is very clearly labeled with your name, contact info, and if possible the address of where you’re headed (could be the hotel you’re staying at when you arrive, or your home address if heading home). Take a sharpie pen and write this information in big letters on at least two sides of the box.

Personally I also like to doodle a few smiling stick figures and bicycles, draw a big arrow pointing upright, write “fragile,” and sometimes also “thank you” with a smiley face. So far my bike has never been damaged on a flight… Maybe this is why? :)

If the bike is inside a box or case, tape your contact information to the frame too just in case something goes horribly wrong.

What to Do With Other Gear

If you’re flying with a bicycle, you’re probably also flying with bike-related gear: at least a helmet and shoes and tools, and perhaps a full set of bike touring panniers or bikepacking bags. How do you transport all this other stuff?

Three options: include it in your bike box, check it separately, or carry it on (or a mix of all three, as needed).

Including other gear in your bike box: I don’t think twice about tucking my helmet, shoes, tools, and other bike basics into my cardboard bike box. When I’m bike touring I’ll sometimes add my sleeping bag (helpful as protective padding) and other light bulky items. There are, however, a few risks to this:

  • If the airline has a weight limit (often 50 pounds, but check for yourself) you’ll need to keep the box below that. In my experience it’s surprisingly easy to hit this limit with a sturdy larger bike — just the box alone can weigh over ten pounds! And they often do check.
  • Airline policies that waive overweight fees for bikes often state that ONLY the bike may be in the box. If you pack it full of other stuff and they catch you, you’ll need to pay the fee. I’ve never had anyone check, but if I’m flying with my bike under a fee waiver I limit extra stuff to only a few very bike-related items (helmet, etc).
  • A heavier bike box is harder to maneuver and more likely to tear.
  • If something goes wrong and the box busts open on the runway, your tent / helmet / underwear etc. may not make it (but this is highly unlikely).

Checking gear as additional baggage: The main downside here is the cost of a second checked bag, if not included in your ticket price. If riding point to point, pack your gear in a cardboard box that you can leave behind. Or, tape two panniers together inside a sturdy plastic garbage bag.

Carrying gear on: If just a few odds and ends remain, you might be able to carry them onto the plane. At various times I’ve carried on my helmet, a bikepacking seat bag, and even two small dry bags taped together into “one bag” to meet the airline’s carryon requirements (risky but it worked).

If flying with camping gear, be thoughtful about what you carry on and what you check. Items like stoves, tent stakes, bike tools, and even chain lube can run afoul of TSA rules. See How to Fly with Backpacking Gear for more info.

What to Expect on the Day of Your Flight

Your bike is finally packed and ready to go. Now what should you expect at the airport? Bringing a bike along can complicate your travel day somewhat, but it’s not too bad once you know what to expect.

Getting to the Airport

This can be more complicated with a bike box, for obvious reasons. Public transport is usually not an option, and you can’t just call a taxi and expect the box to fit. Here are a few ideas depending on where you are in the world.

  • UberXL, in areas where Uber is available. Usually they can fold down the seats and make room. I always tip at the end (through the app) so that drivers remain open to the extra work of transporting bike boxes.
  • Ask your hotel. Usually they can arrange transport in a bigger vehicle, but be prepared to pay more.
  • Flag down a minivan or SUV taxi and see if they can fold the seats down.
  • If you’re in a touristy area with airport shuttles, some may be able to fit bike boxes, but make sure you ask in advance so you’re not dealing with an unpleasant last-minute surprise.
  • Bike to the airport with your packing supplies! Never done it, but I’ve heard from people who have.

No matter how you plan to get to the airport, leave plenty of extra time. You may need to switch to plan B for transportation, and you may need extra time to navigate the airport check-in process with your bike box.

Checking In at the Airport

Next task: Getting that massive box to the airline check-in counter. Look for rolling luggage carts or, if you can’t find any, carry or drag the box by the handles. You may find an employee willing to help you in exchange for a tip.

At the airline check-in counter, smile and be nice. It’s up to the person behind the desk to enforce the airline’s luggage policy. Depending on their mood, the size and weight limits may be enforced strictly or not at all. Don’t put them in a tough place by asking for favors, but don’t give them any reason to be tough on you either.

Know the airline’s bike policy and be able to reference it on their website or hand over a printed copy. If you believe an airline employee is misinterpreting the policy, politely ask for clarification and get a supervisor involved if necessary. I’ve found that employees sometimes don’t know their airline has an oversize/weight exception for bicycles, but they’re happy to waive the charges once they know it’s ok to do so.

Drop off the box where they tell you. Usually this is right there at the counter, but you might have to wheel or drag it nearby to a special place for oversize luggage.

Keep your luggage claim tag. I sometimes don’t pay much attention to this when checking regular luggage, but when flying with a bike box it’s especially important because they don’t always end up with the other luggage. If you need help finding your box when you arrive, having the claim tag will help.

Once your box is checked, congratulations, the hardest part is done! Take a deep breath, find your gate, enjoy your flight, and get ready to greet your bike on the other side.

Inspections: Don’t be surprised if your box is opened, inspected, and re-taped while it’s out of your possession. This is standard practice for TSA in the United States, and I’ve experienced it in Canada too. They are looking for contraband or items prohibited from checked luggage. In my experience they re-tape the box well enough, but this is another reason to have everything well packed and protected.

Clearing Customs During an International Layover

If you have connecting flights, usually your bike will be checked to your final destination and you can “enjoy” your layover in peace.

In rare cases you’ll need to pick up checked luggage, go through customs with it, then recheck it during your layover. This is common when you have a layover in a new country followed by a domestic flight to somewhere else in that country.

Sometimes this is easy: you pick up the luggage, load it onto a cart, walk a few yards and then drop it off again. Other times there’s no cart, you’re required to recheck at a different terminal, it’s a mile away and you need to clear immigration first (yikes!). Try to figure this out (ask Google) before booking your itinerary, or that two hour layover you thought was sufficient may actually be a mad scramble.

If you need to recheck your luggage at the airline counter, be prepared to go through the steps in “Check in your bike at the airport” all over again, including potentially paying another bike fee.

Picking Up Your Bike at Baggage Claim

I know the feeling well: you’re waiting in suspense to be reunited with your beloved bike, anxious to see whether your packing job held up. The luggage starts arriving at baggage claim and your bike’s not there… Where is it?!

Don’t panic yet. Bike boxes are often taken to a separate Oversize Baggage area, so be sure to check there. I’ve also had mine show up on the regular luggage carousel too, so don’t panic until you’ve checked both.

Hopefully there are luggage carts available, but if not, try the drag method: grab the handle on the skinny end and drag it behind you out to the curb.

In the rare case where your bike isn’t waiting for you at baggage claim, report it to the airline immediately before leaving the airport. And don’t panic. It’s hard to lose a giant cardboard box! It’s probably just delayed or misplaced and you’ll be reunited shortly.

Bicycle box on luggage conveyor belt at airport
There it is!! Yay!!

Transportation from the Airport

Hopefully you gave some thought to this beforehand, because taking the subway or hopping on a motorbike taxi are not good options with a bike box!

One option, if you’re an experienced bike traveler, is to assemble the bike at the airport, leave the box in the trash/recycling, and ride away. The simplicity is appealing, but I’ll admit I rarely do this. It takes for-freakin-ever to fly to most other countries from the US and I am always dead tired after 24 sleepless hours of travel.

For those who prefer to assemble their bike in the peace and quiet of a hotel room, look for a van or larger taxi with seats that fold down. You’d be surprised what bike boxes will fit in — I’ve seen two large ones crammed into the back of a small minivan with no trouble.

For peace of mind I suggest booking an airport transfer with your hotel in advance, if that’s an option. Be sure to tell them the dimensions of your bike box(es) and any other luggage so they can make sure it will fit.

Assembling the Bike

Congratulations! You and your bike made it to an exciting new place and you’re ready to start your adventure. Here’s what to do next:

  • Right away, open up the box and check for damage or missing items. Do this asap because some airlines require you to file a damage claim within just a few hours of picking up your luggage.
  • Eat a good meal
  • Take a shower if your flight was long
  • Take a nap if you’re jetlagged
  • Open a beer or brew a cup of tea

Then, and only then, put your bike together. Hopefully you took it apart yourself so you know how this works, but if you’re struggling, YouTube has all the answers. Doing a practice run at home first can really lower stress levels if this is your first time. It’s not actually rocket science though, so have some faith in yourself and give it a go.

Quick FAQs About Flying With a Bike

How much does it cost to bring a bicycle on a plane?

That depends on the airline’s policy, so search online for “(airline name) bicycle fees” and check their website. Fees generally range from $0 to around $300 depending on airline, length of flight, and how big your bike container is. Some airlines charge a specific fee for bicycles, some charge their standard overweight and oversize fees, and a few charge only the standard checked baggage fee and waive overages.

Can I take my bicycle on a plane?

Yes, almost all airlines accept bikes as checked luggage. Before booking your ticket, check the airline website for their fees and policies. In some cases you may need to make a reservation for the bike in advance.

Do airlines provide bike boxes?

Some airlines do provide bicycle boxes for a fee, but many don’t. Call the airport in advance to find out.

Which airline is cheapest for bikes?

In the United States, some airlines that only charge a standard checked bag fee for oversize bikes are: Alaska, American, United, Delta. Check each airline’s policy for details.

How to I book a bike on a plane?

Many airlines don’t require any special booking for bicycles, but a few require you to reserve a spot along with your ticket or notify the airline in advance. Search online for your specific airline’s bicycle policy to find the details.

Should you deflate bike tires when flying?

Airline bike policies typically require that bike tires be deflated, supposedly to prevent pressure changes from causing them to explode. This is actually a myth – the pressure difference isn’t big enough. To satisfy the airline’s policy you should deflate your tires partially, enough to reduce any (perceived) risk of problems but not enough to risk unseating a tubeless tire or causing damage to your tubes.

What’s the best way to travel with a bike?

Flying with your bike, checked as luggage in a cardboard box, is often the cheapest and fastest way to travel with a bike. Some trains like Amtrak will transport unboxed bicycles, which is slower but quite convenient. For a low-hassle trip ship your bike via Bike Flights or Ship Bikes.

In Conclusion

I know this might seem like a lot, but I promise, flying with a bike really isn’t that hard. Just use common sense, leave yourself a little extra time, and have faith that you can navigate any unexpected issues that come up. Now that I think about it, these are basically the core tenets of bicycle travel anyway. It’s all part of the fun, right? :)

Touring bike against cattle guard Tierra Del Fuego
Enjoy the ride.

About the Author

Hi there, I’m Alissa, founder of Exploring Wild. I’ve traveled over 20,000 miles by bike and still can’t stop planning my next ride (and helping you plan yours). Pavement and panniers or singletrack and seat bag, I love it all. On my bike I feel free. Learn more about me here.

Bike resources in your inbox?

There’s more where this came from! Sign up here for occasional emails full of inspiration and information about bikepacking and bicycle touring.

Town Day Checklist!

Sign up to receive the free downloadable bikepacking town day checklist to help with your resupply stops:

    You’ll also receive occasional emails with other bikepacking and touring resources. I think you’ll like them, but you can unsubscribe at any time.

    9 thoughts on “Flying With Your Bike as Checked Luggage: Tips For a Trouble-Free Trip”

    1. At last minute you let your package in the hands of the airline company, when it is tagged, weighted.”. It is always a good idea to take a picture of it. It will help if it get lost or damaged.

    2. I have 2 bikes’ one in a case and one in a bike bag ….alaska or bike friendly airlines take 2 for checked baggage ? Thx bill from boulder,colorado

    3. Thanks for this great article! I drove here to South Florida from Indiana with my bike, and it’s been so fun riding it around. Unfortunately, when I return at Labor Day to close up my mom’s apartment that’s being renovated, I have to fly as time is short, yet I know I’ll miss my bike so I’m thinking about flying with it. I appreciate all your tips and info! Happy riding!

    4. It is crucial to remove all accessories such as water bottles, speedometers, and mudguards when packing a bike for shipping. You have to put them in a separate plastic container or in a hard case because they have the tendency to be misplaced due to their miniature sizes. Make sure that you label the container “accessories” to avoid accidentally throwing them out.

    5. Thanks for the great article.
      We took our bikes in boxes to Germany last summer (July 2024) and flew with Lufthansa. We took our bikes as our checked baggage and were not charged for them.


    Leave a Comment

    Item added to cart.
    0 items - $0.00