Getting there: bike bags and boxes

Published on:  | Last updated: 4 March 2017

If you fly, or travel by high-speed train, to the start of your cycle tour then on of the issues you'll need to think about is packing your bag for transport - and then what to do with the bike bag or bike box.

The simplest solution is to leave your bike bag or case at a hotel: most hotels are only too happy to store a big bag or box in return for you staying with them. another option that might be worth consid­ering is warmshowers.org who, at the time of writing, had 602 members in Italy.

Alternatively, there's the Ground Effect Tardis (my favourite bike bag) which you can fold up and put in the post (either to send home or to a friend or to the hotel at the end of your trip).

Buying a bike box for the return journey

Another option, partic­u­larly for people on A-B trips, is to put the cardboard bike box into the recycling and then get a box for the return journey. Bike shops often have bike boxes - although bear in mind that most have limited space and will get unwanted boxes pretty quickly. 

Researching for this article I came across: safe-bag.com who provide a secure luggage wrapping/​tracking service, and also bike boxes. At the time of writing (2015) they had offices at 12 airport in Italy was: Alghero, Bologna, Brindisi, Firenze, Genova, Napoli, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Roma Fiumicino, Venezia, Verona. They seem to be rapidly adding new locations so even if your destin­ation airport isn't included in that list it may be worth checking their website (safe-bag.com: locations). Update:bike boxes aren't be available at all of their locations - please check with safe-bag.com about prices and avail­ab­ility (follow the link for their email address and phone numbers). Thanks to Sue for getting in touch about this.

Airports and train stations

Some airports and train stations have left luggage facil­ities, but these are probably too expensive for anything other than short-term storage. There are a three main exceptions: 

  • Trapani airport where the deposito bagagli has a special rate for bike bags and boxes: 3€/day for the first 7 days and the 1.5€/day after that. It's a pity more airports don't follow their example.
  • Milano Malpensa and Bergamo charge 4€ a day - which I guess defin­itely makes it an option if you are going for say a week.

The prices at other airports are pretty similar:

There's a left luggage office at Venezia Marco Polo airport, but the website doesn't give prices (see also other services below).

Airports with no left luggage

There are a number of airports that have no luggage storage facilities:

Rail stations

Major rail stations should have a deposito bagagli - prices mean that long-term storage would be prohib­it­ively expensive.

Other services

There are some other private services that might be able to help:

Apulia Bike Tours based in San Vito dei Normanni near Brindisi offer airport transfers and well as baggage transport.

Bags Free offer luggage storage and transport. It's best to consult their price list for yourself, but it looks like they charge 5€/day for storing a bike box (or bike), and will also collect the box from the airport for 18 euros (and same charge for taking the box to the airport). Their office is close to Termini station - so convenient if you are using a high-speed train services, or the Leonardo Express to and from the airport.

Trasbagagli are a cooper­ativa in Venezia (Piazzale Roma near the train station and ferry terminal) that offers luggage storage for 7€/day. They also offer airport transfers to both Marco Polo and Treviso airports.

Please let me know if you know of other companies offering similar services who should be included in this list.

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