Shipping a bike to Europe or internationally | Packaging tips

Sending your bike by courier is the best solution for transporting your equipment when moving, travelling or selling online. Profit from our knowledge and experience in logistics and find the cheapest way to ship a bike in Europe or internationally with Eurosender. Let us help you organise the safest bike or biking accessories shipping overseas and check our tips on how to properly pack your bicycle for shipping.

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BEFORE SHIPPING

What to know before shipping a bike internationally?

  • Pack your bike, measure its dimensions and find out what is the right shipping service for it. The cheapest way to ship a bike is by dismounting it, as many bicycles can fit the dimensions for the Standard Service.
  • Verify if you need to print and attach the shipping label to your parcel. Such information will be sent to you via e-mail.
  • Book your shipment in advance to avoid any inconvenience and make sure someone is present at delivery and pick-up locations.

SMALLER SHIPMENT

How to ship a bike in a package?

Find the right solution for sending a bicycle abroad, whether it is a mountain, road or electric bike.
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HOW TO PACK

How to pack a bike for shipping it in a package

Follow these simple steps to send a dismounted bike safely:

1. Disassemble the bike by taking apart the wheels, handlebars, pedals and saddle.

2. Pack each part separately by wrapping them with bubble wrap and securing them with tape. The bolts should be put into plastic pouches so they do not get lost during transit.

3. Carefully place the parts into a cardboard box previously lined with cushioning materials. Use a string to tie the items together and add more cushioning materials to make sure everything is immovable.

4. Use tape to seal the box and reinforce the corners and edges.

SHIPPING INSURANCE

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Each shipment booked through Eurosender is covered by basic insurance, included in the price. For the best protection for your items, we have great low-prices for additional insurance – available to purchase during booking.

When shipping a bicycle by courier, we recommend keeping the original
invoice since it serves as proof of the item’s value.

LARGER LOADS

How to ship a bigger load of bikes by courier?

Depending on the size and time-sensitivity of your shipment, Eurosender recommends:
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HOW TO PACK

How to pack multiple bikes for shipping on a pallet

When you need to transport multiple bikes, it is advisable to use their original box for shipping on a pallet. Follow these simple instructions to properly pack the bikes for shipping on pallets.

  1. Choose a pallet in good condition. Place paper liners or cardboard on top of the pallet.
  2. Prepare the bike in its original box and lay horizontally for the most stability.
  3. Place cardboard liners between each bike for protection.
  4. Stack evenly, do not exceed the pallet dimensions.
  5. Use pallet cables and plastic wrap to secure the load and tie at the base.

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Transport bikes in Europe with a dedicated van

Transport bikes and more across Europe with a dedicated van. The Van Delivery Service is perfect if you are looking for a fast and affordable way to move multiple bikes and other belongings since the transport is direct, with no stopovers. Get an instant price for van delivery to transport your bikes in Europe on our booking tool.

Important: While packing is not always required for van shipments, we recommend packing your bikes well and considering using bicycle racks and clips for additional protection during transit.

MORE INFORMATION

Shipping a bike internationally – Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to ship a bike internationally?
The price for shipping a bike internationally depends on the pick-up and delivery destinations and your item's size. The cheapest way to ship a bike overseas is by dismounting it and packing it in a box. After preparing the package, use our booking engine above to compare the prices for shipping a bike internationally with the best courier providers in Europe and worldwide.
Is it possible to ship a bike without disassembling it?
It is not advisable to ship a bike by courier or post without disassembling it. The main reason for that is because a bicycle is a delicate item with a lot of spare parts and, during transport, there is a higher risk of damage if the bike is carried altogether. Hence, all couriers strongly advise the clients to disassemble their equipment before shipping, leading to a cheaper bike shipping service as the final package is more compact.
What if even dismounted, my bicycle frame is too big for the Standard Service?
Depending on the type of equipment you have, a bicycle frame may be too big for the standard shipment. If this is your case, we also offer shipping services with more flexible dimension limits, such as the Regular Plus or Express Shipping, which offer worldwide deliveries in extremely short time. To check their availability for your route, choose the countries of pick-up and delivery on our booking engine and insert the dimensions of your parcel on the following page.
For local relocations or moving several items, consider booking the Van Delivery service where you will have the entire space of the van reserved solely for you. With this service, you will not be required to pack your bike for shipping, but we still recommend protecting it with cushioning materials to keep your item safe during transit.
If you require further assistance, please send us a message via chat or e-mail, and one of our logistics experts will help you find the perfect shipping service for your bicycle.
Is it possible to send a bike without a box? Can I ship my bike in a bike bag?
A box provides the safest protection when sending your bike abroad by courier or post. Another good alternative is to transport your bicycle in a specialised shipping case which is hard and has the correct dimensions to fit all the bike parts. Sending a bike without a box or sturdy package is not recommended because of the higher risk of damage. Bike bags are soft and do not offer the same protection against bumps and collisions as these other packing options.
Please have in mind that the courier companies may not accept to transport your bike if it is not properly packed in a parcel or pallet, according to the service booked.
Where can I buy a bike box for shipping?
When packing your bicycle, you should use a box of the correct size to assure better protection and the cheapest transport. The best place to find a bike box with the correct dimensions is in a sports store. When shipping your bike in Europe or internationally with the standard delivery service, please make sure that the box is within the dimensions limit.
How to transport a bicycle on a plane?
Most airline companies have similar packaging requirements as those described above when it comes to transporting bicycles. Even though some companies allow clients to ship their equipment in bike bags, they strongly advise the use of cardboard boxes or protective cases for higher protection. To avoid the excess charges associated with transporting your bike on the plane with you, book a courier service with us and ship it directly to your hotel.
How does bike shipping to the UK work after Brexit?
International bike shipping to the UK must follow the updated customs rules since the beginning of 2021, with the end of the Brexit period. Some cycling shops selling bikes online still offer deliveries to the UK; however, the cost may be higher due to import taxes. The delivery time is also longer now, as you need to add the time required for the package to pass through customs - check the Brexit updates on customs procedures. If you have found a bike in a UK shop that does not ship to the EU, you can book your delivery with Eurosender.
Is it possible to ship an e-bike internationally?
The regulations for shipping an e-bike internationally are different from those for regular bikes because the electronic ones have batteries, which may fall under the restricted section stipulated by the couriers. If you need specific information about shipping electric bikes overseas, do not hesitate to contact us. Our specialists will be happy to assist you and discuss all the options available.

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