All about Luggage.

All about luggage.

There’s nothing like the train to travel around Europe in comfort, while actually getting to visit up-close and personal with the country you’re exploring. And traveling in comfort includes packing the right stuff and knowing what to expect when dealing with your luggage on the European trains and at the stations.

  • Small and medium sized bags typically fit on racks located above the seats. Larger suitcases and such can be stored in luggage racks found near the train door entrance.
  • Keep luggage tags on your baggage for easy identification; some hi-speed trains require luggage tags.
  • Many train stations in Europe have self-service luggage carts that you can use to transport your luggage through the train station. These carts are usually coin-operated and when you return your cart, you’ll get your coin back.
  • While most stations offer elevators and/or escalators, you may need to carry your luggage up or down stairs to reach the correct train platform.
  • Only a few train stations in Europe offer porter services. It’s always best to pack light and anticipate that you will need to carry your own luggage.
  • If you’re traveling on Eurostar, Thalys or a TGV train, you’re limited to two large items per traveler (maximum 85cm in any one dimension), plus one small item of hand luggage.
  • Most major train stations have a left luggage facility offering either self-serve luggage lockers or staffed luggage facilities. You may not find as many of these types of services available in the UK, France, Spain and Italy.
  • You’re responsible for your luggage. The railways assume no responsibility in case of loss or theft of baggage carried on board.

Theoretically, you’re not restricted to the amount of luggage you can take on most trains. However, keep in mind that you’ll need to carry your bags through the train station and onto the train.

From suitcases & backpacks to carry-ons, watch to learn about luggage storage & limits on trains in Europe.