distance public transportation carriers allow the general public
(not just us) to make reservations for regional and
national travel and include airlines, Amtrak trains, Greyhound
busses, and MegaBus busses.
In fact, one of the key considerations when we choose
a stopping town is the existence of at least one long distance
transportation carrier serving that town.
Specific information about the long distance public transportation
carriers serving each stopping town will be listed under
for that stopping town.
Here for more information about airlines.
Here for more information about Amtrak
Here for more information about Greyhound
Here for more information about MegaBus
Long distance public transportation carriers only have a limited number
of schedules serving our stopping towns and each schedule has a limited
We strongly recommend purchasing your ticket
as soon as possible to avoid any potential availability issues.
We highly recommend purchasing fully refundable tickets
whenever possible or travel insurance when refundable tickets
are not available in the event you have to cancel or we have
to cancel. In the event you cancel an event, tickets may
be transferable to other participants. In the event we cancel
an event, we will not be responsible for any non-refundable
public transportation fares participants paid for themselves.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance as a contingency
against event cancellations.
Here for more information about travel
Prices may vary significantly between different
carriers, schedules, and how close to the actual date of
travel the reservation is made.
In the event we cancel an event, we will not be responsible
for any non-refundable public transportation fares participants
paid for themselves.
Here for more information about travel
It is extremely important to check the baggage policies
of each individual public transportation carrier including
any fees, size and weight
allowable quantities identification,
and any restricted items.
The main advantage
to transporting your bicycle with you aboard a long distance public transportation
carrier is that you should have it with you at all times and unlike
shipping it, you
not be without your bicycle for an extended amount of time.
Except for a
limited number of Amtrak
trains, no long distance public transportation carrier
also allows passengers to carry an unboxed, fully
assembled bicycle aboard. When possible, your bicycle
must be boxed
and transported as a piece of checked baggage or cargo instead. MegaBus
does not transport bicycles at all, boxed or unboxed and you will need
your bicycle in another way.
It is extremely important to plan ahead to avoid any problems
by checking the fees, rules, and regulations of each individual
public transportation carrier, particularly the weight, size,
and allowable types of materials for bicycle shipping containers. Most
carriers charge an extra fee to carry a boxed bicycle aboard
and you will need
to check with each individual carrier for their specific
to do so. You also may need to make previous arrangements
or reservations for it
When you arrive, you will need to check your
boxed bicycle as baggage and after you arrive at your destination
you will need to wait for your boxed bicycle to arrive and
claim it at the baggage claim area. You will also need to transport
your boxed bicycle to your destination.
Shipping Your Bicycle
Instead of Transporting It Aboard a Long Distance Public
If you will be travelling aboard a long distance public
transportation carrier, we strongly recommend
shipping your bike directly to our supporting bike shop
in the starting town and/or from
our supporting bike shop in the ending town instead of transporting
it with you aboard yourself.
Even though you will be without
your bike during for time it takes to box, ship, and
reassemble your bike, the cost to ship it is comparable
if not cheaper than transporting it with you, particularly
if you are flying. This is because your bicycle must
be boxed and you must pay an additional fee to transport
aboard most long distance public transportation carriers anyway.
In addition, if you transport your boxed bicycle on
a public transportation carrier there is always the possibility
that it will not arrive in time. Because they are so big
and bulky, boxed bicycles are often
the first item to be unloaded if cargo
space is limited. Your bike can also
get lost, misplaced, or left behind, particularly if your
trip isn't a direct one and it includes a transfer between
different schedules or public transportation carriers.
You will also be able to save yourself a significant amount
of hassle by shipping your bike instead of transporting
it with you in town. You can breeze through the airport
or bus or train station since
you won't have to check in your
when you arrive or wait to claim it at the baggage
Here for more information about shipping
your bicycle to and from our events.
In addition, we can pick up and/or drop off your bicycle
shop for you for an additional fee. If you register
for this service both before the start and after the end
of the event, you will be able to travel with only your
baggage and not have to transport your bicycle yourself
Here for more information about our
Chicago Bicycle Shipment Pick Up And Delivery Service.