Bikes on Trains

Bikes on Trains

Metra Bicycle Policy

Bicycles are permitted on weekday trains arriving in Chicago before 6:31AM and after 9:30AM and leaving Chicago before 3:00PM and after 7:00PM and on all weekend trains. Metra reserves the right to ban bikes on trains during special events.

Small folding bicycles in protective covers are permitted on all trains. Standard bicycles will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis on weekday off-peak hours and on weekends. There is no guarantee that there will be space available on an initial or return trip (this includes late night trains). Train crews have the final authority on accommodating bicycles. Crews may prohibit a cyclist from boarding or require a cyclist to detrain due to overcrowding or if priority seating is needed for customers with disabilities. If cyclists are required to detrain prior to their destination, cyclists who purchased a cash fare from the conductor will be given a cash refund. Cyclists riding on a One Way or 10-Ride ticket will have their ticket returned to them with the following notation “Good for One Additional Ride”.

  1. Five bicycles are allowed in the priority seating area of each accessible (ADA) diesel rail car and Two on each equivalent Metra Electric car.
  2. Cyclists are required to tightly secure their bike to the lower railing of the folding seat with a bungee cord or other device. Cyclists cannot block aisles or impede passenger movement. Cyclists must accompany their bicycle at all times. Refer to the public schedule for the number of bicycles allowed per train.
Bikes on Electric Trains

3. Warning Dates

Due to high ridership, there is an increased likelihood that bicycles cannot be accommodated during the following events:

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Taste of Chicago
  • Lollapalooza
  • Air & Water Show



4. There is no additional charge for bicycles.

5. Train crews are not required to assist with the boarding of bicycles; their primary responsibilities are for passenger safety and assisting those with disabilities.

6. The wheelchair lift will not be used to load or unload bicycles.

7. Please be considerate and allow passengers (including those with mobility devices) to board and detrain prior to carrying your bicycle on or off the train.

8. Bicycles should be free of dirt and grease prior to boarding.

9. If there is an emergency, and the train needs to be evacuated, cyclists must leave their bicycles on the train.

Metra's Bikes on Trains Brochure

Metra Stations with official bicycle parking facilities.

More Helpful Information - Visit the City of Chicago Department of Transportation Bicycle Program website for free publications including a map showing the best streets for cycling in Chicago.  Additional resources for biking throughout Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties can be found by visiting the League of Illinois Bicyclists and the Active Transportation Alliance.

The League of Illinois Bicyclists has developed Bike to Metra Guides for several Metra stations.

Divvy bike sharing features thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations located throughout the City of Chicago and near all downtown Metra terminals. Bikes are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Click here for details.