All about Luggage

  • How much luggage can I take on the train?

    Theoretically, you’re not restricted. However, keep in mind that you’ll need to carry your bags through the train station and onto the train. Once on board you’ll need to find a place to put your bag(s). 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. Be aware that you are responsible for your luggage. The railways assume no responsibility in case of loss or theft of baggage carried on board.

    If you’re traveling on a Eurostar, Thalys or TGV train, you are limited to two large items per traveler (one large item per child on Eurostar trains), maximum 85cm (33 inches) in any one dimension, plus one small item of hand luggage. On most high-speed trains there’s room for luggage on the racks above the seats and at the end of each coach for larger items.

    Be advised that when traveling on Eurostar, Thalys, or any French you must properly label your bag(s) with your first and last name. In general, it’s a good idea to keep luggage tags on your baggage for easy identification.

    Bottom line: we suggest traveling light!

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

  • Is there a fee to take luggage on a train?

    In general, there are no luggage fees when traveling by train, however, some rail carriers do restrict the amount of luggage a traveler is allowed to bring.

    On Eurostar, you’re permitted to carry two large bags and one small piece of hand luggage. If you have more than this, an additional fee may be necessary to pay locally.

  • How much luggage can I take on an overnight train?

    There are usually no restrictions on the amount of luggage that may be brought on an overnight train, but there is limited space in the compartment to store the luggage. A small luggage rack and any floor or bed space must be shared among all travelers occupying a sleeping compartment or couchette.

  • Are lockers and luggage storage services available at the train station?

    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.

    Keep in mind that there is a fee to store your luggage at a train station. Typically, stations will charge a flat rate to rent a luggage locker that you’re free to fill. For staffed luggage facilities, you may incur a “per bag” fee. In either case, the fee is usually under 10 Euros. If you do leave your bags, be sure to keep some money in your pockets for the luggage lockers.

  • What do I do with my luggage?

    Once onboard you’ll need to find a place to put your bag(s). Small and medium sized bags typically fit on racks located above the seats. Larger suitcases and items can be stored in racks found near the train door entrance.

    In addition, you’re responsible for your luggage. The railways assume no responsibility in case of loss or theft of baggage carried on board.

    If you’re traveling on Eurostar, Thalys or a TGV, you’re limited to two large items per traveler (maximum 85cm in any one dimension), plus one small item of hand luggage. On most high speed train there’s room for luggage above the seats and for larger items at the end of each coach.

    Be advised that when traveling on Eurostar, Thalys or any French train, you must properly label your bag(s) with your first and last name. In general, it is a good idea to keep luggage tags on your baggage for easy identification.

    If traveling within Switzerland, our “Fast Baggage” option may be a convenient alternative for you.

     

  • Will my luggage be safe, accessible and in my line of sight throughout my trip?

    Your luggage will either be safely above you in a luggage rack, or at the end of your train car. These are the designated locations for luggage storage. You will be able to access your bags as needed.

    You are responsible for your luggage. The railways will assume no responsibility in case of loss or theft of baggage carried on board.

    Be sure to have luggage tags with your name and contact information securely attached in case you leave anything behind.