Airline bike fees in 2022

If you are planning to bring your bike on a plane on your next trip this page is for you. We have researched 117 different airlines and listed the fees they charge to bring your bike with you. You can see which airlines charge a fee and which don’t for your bike. We have also included bike box dimensions and weight allowances so you know upfront how much you can pack. It is all presented in an easy-to-read table with links back to the airline pages so you can see the information in greater detail. We update the page regularly but recommend you double-check the airline page in case anything has changed between updates.

Many people assume that all airlines charge a fee to bring a bike on board with you. This is definitely not the case and you may be surprised to learn that of the 117 airlines currently listed in our table 41 charge no fee and a further 16 don’t charge a fee if certain size and weight allowances are met. This leaves 51 airlines that do charge a fee and 5 that do not provide any information at all.

You can check a bike on a plane with all airlines, bar a few exceptions, for both international and domestic flights. The cost to take a bike on a plane depends on the airline you travel with and the route you fly. Many airlines allow you to check your bike as part of your standard luggage allowance which means there is no cost at all as long as you stay within your allowance. Other airlines do charge you to take your bike and the cost ranges from US$40 to US$350 per leg. All airlines set limits on your bike box dimensions and weight which are listed in our table below.

Bike box dimensions for airlines change depending on the airline you choose to fly with. Some airlines quote a maximum length, while other airlines quote a linear length (W + H + L). Based on the 112 airlines listed in our table, 63 use the linear measurement, 39 do not specify limits, 8 use length and 2 have no limits on size. Bike box dimension allowances based on linear range from 158cm to 320cm while those based on length only range from 180cm to 277cm. For those airlines that do not specify dimensions, we recommend contacting them directly before you book to clarify.

Other information about traveling with your bike

If you are new to flying and transporting your bike we have some other resources that you will find useful in addition to this one.

  1. Bike box basics helping you select the best type – an article all about bike boxes designed to help make sure you source the right one for you.
  2. What you need to know about taking your bike on a plane – lots of helpful information about traveling with your bike on a plane based on our own experience. Make sure you are well prepared for your journey and know what to expect at the airport.
  3. Bike Travel Bag guide – We go through everything about bike travel bags and include a list of over 60 different brands and models currently available.
  4. Useful tips about using a cardboard bike box for air travel – lots of handy information about using a cardboard bike box for the first time including where to get one, how to prepare it, and how to pack your bike.
  5. Shipping a bike: learn how to get the best deal – you may decide that shipping your bike is a better option for you. Learn about how the whole process works and make sure you get the best deal in the process.

How to read the information in the table.

Before you dive into the table read the definitions of what each of the columns means.

Airline name – click on the link to be taken to the airline website page that includes the bike rules.

Bike allowed free if with luggage allowances – this column identifies whether an airline charges a separate fee for bikes. Remember that for the bike (or any luggage) to be considered free it must be within the allowed weight and dimensions. If it is outside of these then normal excess baggage fees will apply.

Fee (per leg) – this is the fee that will be charged for your bike. You need to consider that this fee is charged “per leg” so the fee will be doubled for a return flight.

Maximum dimension allowed for bike bag – this is designated as either linear or length. In the case of linear, you need to add together the length, height, and width of the bag/box and ensure it is less than the amount set. Where the limit is based on the length you need to make sure the longest side of the bag/box does not exceed the limit.

Maximum weight allowed for bike – airlines set a maximum weight allowance for bikes which is set out in this column. The maximum weight for any single piece of luggage is 32kg and anything over this weight will not be accepted even if your total luggage allowance is above this. Some airlines set a maximum limit for bikes at 23kg even though an economy fare will allow you 30kg which is something to keep in mind.

Pre-booking required – there are quite a number of airlines that require you to advise them if you are planning on bringing a bike. Some require this at the time of booking while others stipulate it must be completed within a certain period of time prior to travel. If you do not do this your bike won’t be allowed on board.

By clicking on the + button next to the airline name you can see the luggage allowances based on the fare type. Where an airline charges a fee for all luggage the columns are blank.

Check airlines and airfares

To help you with your choice of airline to fly with your bicycle you can head over to Skyscanner to see which airline gives you the best price for your proposed trip. We find it a great resource to quickly check prices on a proposed route as well as check to see which airlines actually fly on the route you choose. The search results show you the cheapest option, the fastest option, and the best option, which is a combination of the first 2. Once you click on a fare that suits you the site lists the different booking sites you can choose from to actually make the booking. In many instances, you actually make the booking directly with the airline.

We have used Skyscanner extensively over many years and it is usually one of the first things we check when planning a flight, with or without our bicycles. It saves you lots of time by comparing hundreds of fares and airlines so you don’t need to head to multiple websites and do the research yourself. Note, if you do make a booking after clicking on the link, we earn a small commission from Skyscanner. This helps fund our website to continue to provide lots of free information about traveling with a bicycle.

The table

The table below shows all the measurements and weights in metric. If you would prefer to read the table with imperial measurements just click on the button below and you will see exactly the same information but in inches and pounds.

This table was last updated in January 2022 and is reviewed every few months. Please ensure you check with the airline directly before you book your travel to confirm that the rules have not changed.

2022 Airline luggage rules for bikes