We understand that cycling to and from train stations provides a door-to-door transport solution for a growing number of public transport users.

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We support this in a number of ways:

  • Providing cycle storage at train stations
  • Providing for the carriage of cycles on trains and ferries where practical
  • Providing for the carriage of folding cycles on trains, ferries and buses where practical
  • Trialling bike racks on buses

Taking your bike on public transport?        

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Cycles can be carried on trains free of charge, without reservations, and on a first-come, first served basis except on these peak hour services on the Kapiti and Hutt Valley Lines:

Kapiti Line 

To Wellington

From Wellington

6.28 am from Waikanae 4.21 pm from Wellington
7.03 am from Plimmerton 4.35 pm from Wellington
7.13 am from Plimmerton 4.43 pm from Wellington
7.18 am from Waikanae 5.03 pm from Wellington
7.31 am from Porirua 5.18 pm from Wellington
7.38 am from Waikanae 5.23 pm from Wellington
7.41 am from Porirua 5.35 pm from Wellington
7.44 am from Plimmerton 5.45 pm from Wellington
8.06 am from Porirua 6.00 pm from Wellington
8.24 am from Porirua  

Hutt Line 

6.40 am from Upper Hutt 4.29 pm from Wellington
7.00 am from Taita 4.37 pm from Wellington
7.16 am from Upper Hutt 4.49 pm from Wellington
7.20 am from Taita 4.57 pm from Wellington
7.37 am from Taita 5.15 pm from Wellington
7.40 am from Upper Hutt 5.22 pm from Wellington
8.00 am from Taita 5.35 pm from Wellington
8.20 am from Taita 5.43 pm from Wellington
8.20 am from Upper Hutt 5.50 pm from Wellington

Folding cycles (external link) on trains

When folded, folding bikes are allowed on every service and can be treated as a form of luggage. And as with luggage if any of our on-board staff think that the positioning of the folding bike is or could create a health and safety risk (such as obstructing access for staff and passengers) they can ask you to move it to a safer position.

Folded, folding cycles can be carried onto any of our train services. Feel free to leave it up if there is space in the marked cycle area on services where cycles are permitted. Your fellow cyclists with non-folding bikes would appreciate you folding and making space for their bikes if the allocated space becomes full.

Folding cycles must not exceed the dimensions of 82 cm long x 69 cm high x 39 cm wide.

Buses replacing trains

Cycles, other than folding cycles, cannot be carried on buses that are replacing trains. If you are heading over to Wairarapa by train please check our service updates to ensure there are no bus replacement services that weekend.

Special events

Cycles cannot be carried on services to and from special events.  That includes timetabled services to and from events as well as any additional services provided.

Train Type and Conditions of Carriage

We have two types of train and each has different conditions of carriage for cycles:
Matangi train

Matangi trains

Each two car Matangi train set can accommodate up to three cycles.  Cycles must not obstruct doors and aisles and are to be stored and strapped by the cyclist in the designated cycle area only.




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Wairarapa trains

Wairarapa trains can carry cycles in the luggage compartment, space pending. Cyclists must speak to staff before loading their cycle.






Folding cycles (external link)  only - except on those services with bike racks
Compact, fully folding cycles must be folded down before boarding and carried on board by the cyclist.  

Folding cycles must not exceed the dimensions of 82 cm long x 69 cm high x 39 cm wide. Wheel rims may be no more than 51 cm in diameter.

Scooters that can be carried by hand are allowed on buses. If possible scooters should be folded before the bus arrives. Scooters must be secure at all times on buses, and must not block the aisle or any doorway. Kick-bikes that meet the criteria for folding cycles can also be taken on buses.


Harbour ferries can usually take six to eight cycles per crossing.  Availability depends on how busy the ferry is. 

If you are part of a group travelling with cycles it is best to contact East by West Ferries first on 04 499 1282.

Guidelines for Cyclists

  • Try to travel in the off-peak period whenever possible.
  • Be considerate of fellow commuters.  Let others board first.  This reduces the chance of somebody tripping over your cycle.
  • Do not ride your cycle on the platform at railway stations.  Walk alongside your cycle on the platform at railway stations.
  • Cycles must be clean.
  • Ensure owner identification is attached to your cycle.

Further Information