How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Bike? (Examples Included)

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Whether you just sold your old bike and need to ship it to the buyer or plan a vacation in a remote destination, you are at the right place.

In this article, you learn how much you will pay for shipping a bike using shipping services from and to multiple destinations.

Here is a general answer to how much does it cost to ship a bike:

The price of the shipping of a bike depends mainly on the destination, weight, dimensions and value of the package, and delivery time. However, additional services like premium protection or priority shipping will increase the final price. Less popular destinations also tend to be more expensive than frequent lines. Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $500 for domestic or international shipping on average.

Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about the costs of shipping a bicycle, and also one travel hack from a pro-Czech mountain biker.

Or, calculate the shipping costs using the popular service called Bike Flights.

Disclaimer: The actual prices of the shipping may vary.

What Method to Use to Ship a Bike?

I did tons of research and talked with people who ship bikes regularly. Here are the 3 most common methods:

  1. Use well-known carriers like FedEx, UPS, or DHL (USPS is not very competent for shipping bikes). Generally, I don’t recommend this option because of the high prices and lack of care.
  2. Use specialized services like BikeFlights, SendMyBag, or MyBaggage. (Recommended)
  3. (If you want to take your bike with you by plane) check it in as luggage. (Recommended)

Well-known carriers are often more expensive than specialized carriers and also don’t offer additional services. Their insurance is also often limited, so if you have an expensive bike, you put yourself at great risk by not insuring it. The way they handle packages is also questionable. That’s why I don’t recommend this option.

Specialized services often provide extra services (like shipping your bike directly to races) and live chat support. Additionally, you can send the bike a few days prior. They have the best expertise in the business. The most popular and probably the best service is bikeflights.com.

Checking in your bike as luggage together with your flight ticket can be the most effective way to ship your bike, but it depends on the airline policy and pricing. There is also a risk that your bike won’t arrive on time. You also need a hard shell bike box or you can try this hack.


How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Bike Domestically?

Domestic shipping of a bike can cost $40 to about $300 (with insurance) on average. The price depends mainly on the weight and dimensions of the package, distance, and shipping method.

The following part is mainly relevant to US citizens or people who want to ship a bike across the US. However, similar principles also apply to other countries. You just have to find a service that serves your region. Skip to international shipping.

NOTE: The following examples are based on the bike calculator at BikeFlights.com.

#1 Example: Shipping a Bike from Miami to Los Angeles

Open Street Map of the US with a flight path from Miami to Los Angeles
Miami to Los Angeles | Map source: openstreetmap.org

Let’s say you will need to ship your bike (45×12×30 in, 50 lbs – medium-size box) from Miami, FL (33173) to Los Angeles, CA (90025).

The value of the package (or your bike, respectively) influences the price of the insurance (protection). Package pick-up costs an additional $5 fee.

Bike ValueShipping PriceInsurance PriceTotal
$1000$85.95$12.80$98.75
$2000$85.95$28.80$114.75
$3000$85.95$44.80$130.75
$4000$85.95$60.80$146.75
$5000$85.95$76.80$162.75
$10000$85.95$156.80$242.75
This table shows the shipping costs of a bike (from Miami to Los Angeles), the insurance price, and the total costs.
Box dimensions and weight: 45×12×30 in, 50 lbs
*Quotes were calculated on 04/14/2022.

#2 Example: Shipping a Bike from New York to Portland

Open Street Map of the US with a flight path from New York to Portland
New York to Portland | Map source: openstreetmap.org

Here is an example of shipping a bike in a small-size box (43×10×24 in, 45 lbs) from New York, NY (10023) to Portland, OR (97225).

Bike ValueShipping PriceInsurance PriceTotal
$1000$41.95$12.80$54.75
$2000$41.95$28.80$70.75
$3000$41.95$44.80$86.75
$4000$41.95$60.80$102.75
$5000$41.95$76.80$118.75
$10000$41.95$156.80$198.75
This table shows the shipping costs of a bike (from New York to Portland), the insurance price, and the total costs.
Box dimensions and weight: 43×10×24 in, 45 lbs
*Quotes were calculated on 04/14/2022.

#3 Example: Shipping a Bike from Washington to Las Vegas

Open Street Map of the US with a flight path from Chicago to Las Vegas
Chicago to Las Vegas | Map source: openstreetmap.org

The last example illustrates shipping a large-size box (62×13×33 in, 65 lbs) from Washington, DC (20002) to Las Vegas, NV (89135).

Bike ValueShipping PriceInsurance PriceTotal
$1000$172.95$12.80$185.75
$2000$172.95$28.80$201.75
$3000$172.95$44.80$217.75
$4000$172.95$60.80$233.75
$5000$172.95$76.80$249.75
$10000$172.95$156.80$329.75
This table shows the shipping costs of a bike (from New York to Portland), the insurance price, and the total costs.
Box dimensions and weight: 62×13×33 in, 65 lbs
*Quotes were calculated on 04/14/2022.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Bike Internationally?

International shipping of a bike cost $100 to about $500 (with insurance) on average. The price depends mainly on the weight and dimensions of the package, distance, and shipping method. Remember, that depending on the country you ship to or from, you may be required to pay import fees like duties and taxes.

NOTE: The following examples were calculated using the BikeFlights.com calculator.

#1 Example: Shipping a Bike from the London, the UK to Milano, IT

Open Street Map of the flight path from London to Milano
London to Milano | Map source: openstreetmap.org

Here is the shipping costs breakdown for a medium-size box (45×12×30 in, 50 lbs) sent from London to Milano.

Bike ValueShipping PriceDutiesInsurance PriceTotal
$1000$588.95$99$12.80$700.75
$2000$588.95$99$28.80$716.75
$3000$588.95$99$44.80$732.75
$4000$588.95$99$60.80$748.75
$5000$588.95$99$76.80$764.75
$10000$588.95$99$156.80$844.75
This table shows the shipping costs of a bike (from London, the UK to Milano, IT), duties, the insurance price, and the total costs.
Box dimensions and weight: 45×12×30 in, 50 lbs
*Quotes were calculated on 04/25/2022.

#2 Example: Shipping a Bike from New York, US to Mallorca, ES

Open Street Map of the flight path from New York to Mallorca
New York to Mallorca | Map source: openstreetmap.org

And what if Americans decide to visit Mallorca? The following shipping costs are again for a medium-sized box (45×12×30 in, 50 lbs).

Bike ValueShipping PriceDutiesInsurance PriceTotal
$1000$334.95$99$12.80$446.75
$2000$334.95$99$28.80$462.75
$3000$334.95$99$44.80$478.75
$4000$334.95$99$60.80$494.75
$5000$334.95$99$76.80$510.75
$10000$334.95$99$156.80$590.75
This table shows the shipping costs of a bike (from New York, the US to Mallorca, ES), duties, the insurance price, and the total costs.
Box dimensions and weight: 45×12×30 in, 50 lbs
*Quotes were calculated on 04/25/2022.

#3 Example: Shipping a Bike from Paris, FR to Cape Town, JAR

Open Street Map of the flight path from Paris to Cape Town
Paris to Cape Town | Map source: openstreetmap.org

Here is an example of a non-standard route. You can see that the shipping costs for the 45×12×30 in, 50 lbs box skyrocketed.

Bike ValueShipping PriceDutiesInsurance PriceTotal
$1000$2,399.95$99$12.80$2,511.75
$2000$2,399.95$99$28.80$2,527.75
$3000$2,399.95$99$44.80$2,543.75
$4000$2,399.95$99$60.80$2,559.75
$5000$2,399.95$99$76.80$2,575.75
$10000$2,399.95$99$156.80$2,655.75
This table shows the shipping costs of a bike (from Paris, FR to Cape Town, SA), duties, the insurance price, and the total costs.
Box dimensions and weight: 45×12×30 in, 50 lbs
*Quotes were calculated on 04/25/2022.

How to Take Your Bike to an Airplane for Free?

Jakub Vencl is a Czech pro mountain biker who often travels to various destinations worldwide. His hack on how to get your bike to a flight for free is very cool.

You can either watch the following video with English subtitles or here is its summary.

  • Step 1: Get a hockey goalie bag.
  • Step 2: Pack your clothes in plastic bags and place them on the bottom of the bag to use them as padding.
  • Step 3: Disassemble your bike and wrap parts like the headtube, rear derailleur, etc., to protect it against damage.
  • Step 4: Deflate your wheels.
  • Step 5: Pack everything into the bag and check it in as standard luggage.

The only problem with this method is that if you have a large bike, you may not fit it into the bag. But otherwise, pretty clever, huh? Well done, Jakub!

How to Take Your Bike to an Airplane for Free?

Shipping a Bike FAQ


Conclusion

Depending on where you ship from and to, what are the dimensions, weight, and value of your package, and if you order additional services, the price of the domestic (US) shipping of a bike will vary from about $40 to $200 (shipping excluded). International shipping starts at around $200 and can exceed $500. Remember, that if you want to ship your bike internationally, you may be required to pay additional import fees like customs.

I always recommend using a postage calculator of the service you choose to get a quote. Try bikeflights.com, for example:

Research the other alternatives like checking in the bike as luggage, etc. if the shipping is too expensive.

I hope you find this article helpful. Do you have any tips on how to ship your bike? Let me know in the comments. Let’s make this the best article on shipping a bike!


Additional Resources

Here I add a few links to well-known airlines and their rules on shipping sports equipment including bikes.

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