It used to be that you had to buy a concession ticket for your bike during peak hour for the "Met" ... but they've taken that rule away now
As for Vline ... I've only ever taken my bike on the train once.
I caught the train from Geelong to Melbourne after the 2004 GVBR (which finished in Geelong), and we had to buy a ticket for the bike then, but it wasn't expensive (I think it was $8 for each of us - concession for us, luggage ticket for bike) ... which was cheaper than catching BV transport home. (And far more of an adventure too!!)
The people at Geelong stataion were really helpful too ... as we had arrived in time for the 2:35 train from Geelong to melbourne (that was coming from Warnambool) but it was delayed.
Therefore, the next train would be the 2:52 train (not long to wait) - there was an announcement that it would leave from Platform 3 (currently we were waiting on Platform 1).
Platform 3 was on the other side - i.e. up and over railway pass. There was no way that my friend or I could carry our bikes up and down the stairs !!
I immediately went to the office again, the stationmaster recognised me "you're the one with the bikes aren't you?" ... so he got someone to move both of our suitcases, while I wheeled both of our bikes a different way.
They then helped us put our bikes onto the train.
Talk about service ... for the small fee we had to pay, it was definately worth it !!! We didn't have to take off pedals or anything either ... just turn the handlebars.
Once at Southern Cross, we got help getting our suitcases and bikes off ... then we had to catch the train home. For simplicity, we decided to go to my friend's station - as it would mean get no changing trains.
When we got to Moorabbin station, we got a couple of other passengers to help us quickly lift our suitcases off the train.
Then, my friend cycled home (leaving me minding the suitcases and my bike) ... quietly put her bike away and picked up the car keys ... and drove back to the station to collect the suitcases.
Then she drove home, and I cycled home to my place.
I got my suitcase back within the hour ... when her entire family came over for dinner to celebrate my birthday. THAT (my 22nd) birthday was definately one that I won't forget for ages ... even though we spent most of the day getting our suitcases and bikes to the station !!!!!
(We'd cycled to Geelong station, then caught the bus back to 1 km from our accomodation ... then went and got our suitcases. Even 1 km is a LONG way to drag suitcases on wheels !! But not as far as the day before ... 5.5 km !!)
Anyone else got any experiences of catching Vline trains with the bike?
And ... did you have to box it / take pedals off / leave as is ??