Train Line Baggage Information
Ever wondered what luggage you are allowed to bring on board a train? It may not be as much as you think. Most train lines have limits of three bags, of which one must be a small item of hand luggage. They often charge fees for extra bags, or those with dimensions over 1 metre. Or, they may be forced to turn your luggage away due to limited storage space.
So, don't get caught out by making sure you have all the information on your train line's baggage policy before you travel. Click on a train line below to find out what you can and can't carry bring with you on your train journey.
What about bringing bikes on trains? Are you allowed to take dogs on trains? Find out below whether bikes and dogs are allowed by your train line.
Travelling further with an airline? Learn about the baggage allowance for your airline here.
Arriva Trains Wales Bikes, Dogs and Luggage Allowance
Find Out About Bikes on Arriva Trains Wales, plus Arriva's Luggage Allowance and Policy on Dogs
The Arriva Trains Wales luggage allowance is two large items, plus a smaller item of hand luggage that can sit in your lap, if necessary.
If your luggage occupies a seat next to you, you may be charged for this. Any additional items may also be charged for. You should be able to manage this luggage without assistance. If you have a disability, you can request assistance with luggage in advance.
If you have more luggage than is permitted by Arriva Trains, or if you want a more pleasant journey, you can send your items cross-country or internationally with Send My Bag. Send up to 30 kg within the UK for only £16. If you are travelling on to other modes of transport, you don't need to worry about their luggage restrictions either. And, you can enjoy your whole journey entirely luggage free! Get your free quote here.
You can bring your bike with you on Arriva Trains Wales, but bear in mind that space is limited for these, so you should check in advance whether you need to reserve a space and/or pay a charge. Some routes, especially at peak times, may have additional restrictions on bikes. Send My Bag can also ship your bike for you, which is especially handy if you have to use lots of public transport.
Two small domestic animals, such as dogs, may travel with you on Arriva trains, but are not allowed on seats.
The company reserves the right to refuse any luggage they deem inappropriate or for which there is not space available.
You will need to ask for permission to carry any item over 1m and a fee may be charged.
C2C Rail Luggage Allowances
Review C2C Rail's Luggage Allowance and Policy on Bikes and Dogs
The C2C luggage allowance is one item of hand luggage that fits on your lap, plus two larger items with max. dimensions of 30 x 70 x 90 cm.
You must be able to manage your luggage yourself unless you have reduced mobility, in which case you should request assistance.
Additional items may be carried on payment of an additional charge.
If you have more luggage than is allowed by C2C, or if you will struggle getting your luggage on and off the train, you can send your items within the UK or internationally with Send My Bag. Imagine how much more enjoyable your journey will be without having to left heavy suitcases or pull them through crowds! Get a quote for your luggage here.
You may bring with you two small domestic animals, such as dogs, free of charge.
Bikes may be carried, although there are restrictions at certain peak times. A reservation may be required for your bike. If you need to travel at peak times but need to transport your bike, or if you are unable to reserve a space for your bike, you can send it to your destination with Send My Bag.
Chiltern Railways Trains Baggage Allowance
Information on Bringing Bikes and Dogs On Board Chiltern Railways Trains, Plus Chiltern's Luggage Allowance
Chiltern Railways' luggage allowance is two pieces of larger luggage with maximum dimensions of 30 x 70 x 90 cm, plus a small item of hand luggage. You should be able to lift your luggage yourself, unless you have limited mobility, in which case you should request assistance in advance.
Further items may be carried if permission is sought. You may need to pay a charge for this.
Luggage can be stored in Chiltern Railways’ spacious overhead racks and behind or under seats.
If you need to bring more luggage than Chiltern Railways allows you, you can send your items to your destination with Send My Bag. Why not send all your luggage and have it waiting for you on your arrival, rather than struggling with it throughout your journey or worrying about it sitting far away from your seat in luggage racks. Get your free quote for a luggage-free journey here.
You may carry small domestic animals, such as dogs, on the train, as long as they don’t sit on seats.
Bikes are permitted on most Chiltern trains on weekends and public holidays, plus during off-peak times, Monday to Friday. The off-peak period generally runs from 10 am to 4.30 pm and after 7.30 pm. Folding bikes are permitted at all times if properly folded and stored. If you are using Chiltern Railways as part of a longer journey and need to bring your bike with you, why not just send your bike, along with the rest of your luggage, to your destination. That way you don't need to worry about travelling at off-peak times.
Cross Country Trains Luggage Allowance
Cross Country Trains' Policy on Bikes and Luggage
The Cross Country Trains recommends one item of luggage measuring no more than 90 x 70 x 30 cm, plus one small piece of hand luggage. Cross Country Trains advises that you only bring luggage you are able to manage comfortably yourself. Storage spaces can be found in overhead racks, under seats and in dedicated spaces at the end of the carriage. Passengers are advised not to leave any items unattended.
It is likely that you will need to bring more luggage with you than Cross Country Trains recommends, so why not just send your luggage to your destination with Send My Bag? This means zero hassle thoughout your train journey and when you move on to other means of transport.
Bikes may be brought on board. It is advised that you reserve a space for your bike online. There are two spaces for reserved bikes on each Cross Country train, plus one space for an unreserved bike. This space is available on a first come, first served basis. Send My Bag also sends bikes, so no need to worry about space being available for your bike on the train.
East Midlands Trains Luggage Allowance
East Midlands Trains Luggage Allowance and Policy on Bikes and Dogs
East Midlands Trains luggage allowance is three pieces of luggage, including one small item of hand luggage and two larger items. These must be stowed safely in luggage racks. If you have additional items you may have to pay a charge. Oversized items such as surf boards are not permitted.
If you have several items of luggage to bring with you on the train, you might either go over East Midlands Trains' luggage allowance, or you might struggle to move all that luggage by yourself. In this case, you wouldl be better off sending your luggage to your destination with Send My Bag. This means that we look after your bags for you, leaving your free to enjoy your journey. Find out how cost effective it is to send luggage here.
You can carry dogs, cats, birds and other small domestic animals on East Midlands trains, free of charge. Each passenger may carry two animals within a carrier, except for dogs, who need only be on a lead and not occupying a seat.
Bikes may be brought on board free of charge, but there is only space for two bikes on each train, so reservations are recommended for bikes. Foldable bikes can be carried on all trains, provided they are safely stored. You can also send bikes with Send My Bag. Find out more here!
Eurostar Luggage Allowance
Review Eurostar's Luggage Allowance and their Policy on Bringing Bikes and Dogs On Board
The Eurostar luggage allowance is 2 pieces of luggage, each up to 85 cm in length, plus one item of hand luggage. There is no weight restriction but you must be able to carry your luggage yourself. Business Premier passengers may bring three items of larger luggage up to 85 cm in length, plus one item of hand luggage.
Children between 4 and 11 years of age are allowed one piece of luggage up to 85 cm long, plus one piece of hand luggage.
Children under four have no baggage allowance as they also don’t need a ticket.
Pushchairs and prams may also be brought on board for free, in addition to standard luggage allowances. You must fold your pram and store it in the luggage racks provided.
To bring your bike with you on the Eurostar, you must book a space for it in advance. Provided there is space available, you can book it on board the same train as you for £30. Or why not just send your bike with Send My Bag so it can be waiting for you on your arrival at your destination.
Dogs are not permitted on Eurostar trains, apart from guide dogs with relevant documentation.
You can bring much more luggage with you if you send your luggage to your destination with Send My Bag. Each suitcase or box can weigh up to 30 kg and you can send your items on our 1-2 working day express service. Send your luggage ahead to your hotel so it is waiting for you on arrival. Then, just have it picked up again when you are ready to return home. Get your quote here.
London Midland Luggage Allowance
London Midland Policy on Bikes, Dogs and Luggage
On London Midland trains the luggage allowance is two larger items, such as suitcases, plus one item of hand luggage. You must be able to carry your luggage yourself and must store it safely without obstructing aisles, etc., or taking up an extra seat.
On London Midland bikes can be brought on board for free, but space for bikes is limited. Only two bikes can travel on each train at one time, unless the train is particularly quiet, in which case more bikes may be permitted.
There are restrictions on carrying bikes during peak travel times (between 07:00 and 09:59 into London and 16:00 and 18:59 out of London).
You may also bring two small domestic animals, such as dogs, for free but they must not take up a seat.
You may struggle to fit everything you need to bring with you within London Midland's luggage allowance, so why not just send all of your luggage to your destination with Send My Bag? Find out how cost effective it is to send your bags by getting a free quote here. Send My Bag also sends sports equipment, such as bikes, skis and golf clubs.
Luxury Train Club Luggage Allowance
Information on Luxury Train Club's luggage allowance
The Luxury Train Club luggage allowance is two large items of luggage, such as suitcases or rucksacks, plus one piece of hand luggage. A charge may be levied for any additional items. The company also reserves the right to refuse any additional luggage. So why not avoid the hassle and send your luggage to your destination with Send My Bag? Get your free quote here. This way you can have with you everything you need for your holiday, including sports equipment such as golf clubs and bikes, without the hassle of transporting it yourself to your hotel.
Certain items are prohibited on board, including items with sharp edges that may pose a safety hazard, and alcoholic beverages.
All luggage should be clearly labelled, including passenger name, seat number and destination. Luggage may be inspected by staff.
Northern Rail Baggage Allowance
Find Out About Northern Rail Luggage and Their Policy on Bikes and Dogs
Northern Rail allows passengers to bring two pieces of larger luggage, plus a small item of hand luggage.
Extra baggage may be refused or carried for a fee.
You should be able to lift your luggage yourself, unless you have limited mobility, in which case you should request assistance in advance.
Alternatively you could forget about bringing your luggage on to the train altogether and have it sent to your destination with Send My Bag. Get a free quote here to see how cost-effective it is to send your luggage. You will then enjoy the benefits of a stress-free journey with no luggage to worry about. It also leaves you hands-free to hold your children's hands or assist an elderly relative.
Northern Rail allows bikes to be carried on board free of charge. Reservations do not need to be made for the bikes but space is limited. There are only two spaces reserved for bikes and the conductor may refuse entry of any bike if the train is too busy. To avoid the hassle of missing out on a space for your bike, you can send your bike ahead with Send My Bag. This means you can travel across the country by train for a holiday or when moving to uni and have your beloved bike waiting for you when you arrive at your accommodation, only you won't have to worry about transporting your bike yourself.
Dogs are permitted on board Northern Rail trains, either in a carrier or on a lead. Two dogs are permitted per passenger.
ScotRail Luggage Allowance
Review ScotRail's Luggage Allowance and Rules on Taking Bikes and Dogs On Board
ScotRail's luggage allowance is three items of luggage free of charge, of which one must be a small item of hand luggage. The other two items must not exceed 30 x 70 x 90 cm.
You may also bring two dogs or other small domestic animal.
Prams and carrycots are permitted, as are wheelchairs with standard-size wheels. Items must not exceed 1 metre in any direction and must be manageable for one person.
Extra items and items over 1 metre may be charged for. The charge will not exceed half an adult fare per item.
Should you have more than the permitted two larger items of luggage, you can send the rest, or indeed send all your luggage, with Send My Bag. You don't have to worry about dragging it onto the train or spend the journey checking to see if it is still sitting in the luggage rack. Instead you can enjoy your journey and focus on looking after yourself and any fellow travellers that need your help. Find out more about Send My Bag's luggage delivery service here.
Bikes can be brought on ScotRail trains, but space for bikes is limited. You are advised to book a space for your bike in advance. Or, you can try to find space for your bike on the day of travel, as is available on a first come first served basis. Note that it may be very difficult and not advised to find a space for your bike during peak commuting hours. To avoid the possibility of not being able to fit your bike on the train, and therefore getting your holiday off to a bad start, you could send your bike to your destination with Send My Bag. Just have it picked up from home together with the rest of your luggage and have it all waiting for you at your holiday destination.
South Western Railway Luggage and Cycle Policy
Find Out How Much Luggage You Can Bring and If Bikes are Allowed
Bikes may be brought on board South Western Railway trains, free of charge, but a space for your bike cannot be guaranteed. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Bikes may be refused if the train is particularly busy and are not permitted at certain peak times. Bikes are not allowed to board or leave trains travelling to London Waterloo, Reading, Hook, Alton, Guildford and Dorking, when the train is expected to arrive at London Waterloo between 07.15 and 10.00, or on trains leaving Waterloo between 16.45 and 19.00. Nor are bikes allowed to join or disembark trains at stations between Clapham Junction, Feltham/Strawberry Hill and the Hounslow loop if the train is due to leave Clapham Junction between 07.45 and 09.00.
Spaces for bikes need to be reserved 24 hours in advance when travelling on trains between London Waterloo and Salisbury/ Exeter/ Bristol.
If you are taking a South Western Railway train in order to get to a holiday destination within the UK or to move to university, you may encounter unnecessary hassle if you try to bring your bike with you. In order to get your bike to your destination you can simply send your bike with Send My Bag instead. That way you can have your bike where you need it but it doesnt have to disrupt your journey.
South Western Railway only permits two larger suitcases to be carried on board, plus one item of hand luggage. If you need to bring more items or don't want to drag your luggage behind you, these can also be sent to your destination with Send My Bag. You will discover how cost effective this is by getting your free quote here.
SouthEastern Trains Baggage Allowance
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South Eastern Trains allows its passengers to bring two pieces of larger luggage, plus a small item of hand luggage.
Extra luggage and bulkier items may be subject to an extra charge.
Passengers should be able to lift their luggage themselves, unless they have limited mobility, in which case they should request assistance in advance.
Southern Railway Baggage Allowance
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Southern allows three items of luggage, of which one must be a small item of hand luggage. Prams, carrycots and folding bikes can be carried on board, as well as any other articles less than 1 meter in any dimension and which a passenger can manage comfortably on their own.
Non-folding bikes can be carried at non-peak times.
There may be a charge for additional items or oversized items (which still must be carried by one person)
Staff may help with luggage while boarding or alighting but this assistance is not guaranteed to standard customers.
Translink/ NI Railways Baggage Allowance
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Translink allow small animals on board, free of charge, except before 09:30 am. Assistance dogs are permitted to board at any time. There is a limit of one animal per person. Animals must be small enough to be kept near the feet of the owner without causing obstruction and kept on a lead at all times. They must not be placed on a seat or table, otherwise a fine will be imposed.
Bikes can be carried for free except before 09:30 Monday to Friday. There is only space for 4 bikes at one time and this will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You cannot reserve a space in advance.
Virgin Trains Baggage Allowance
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Virgin allows their rail passengers to travel with a good amount of luggage. You can bring with you two items of larger luggage, not exceeding 30 x 70 x 90 cm. You may also carry one piece of hand luggage that could fit on your lap.
There is no specific weight restriction, but you have to be able to lift your luggage onto the train unaided.
The luggage allowed may also be dependent on available space on your train and, if carrying very large items, an additional charge may be levied.
2 pets can be brought on board free of charge.
Bikes can be brought on board, but space to store these is limited. You should, therefore, book a space for your bike in advance (this doesn’t apply to fold-up bikes). This is free of charge. Note that there is a specific carriage in which you can store your bike, so give yourself plenty of time to find it before the train is due to depart. You should also obtain a tag for your bike showing where it needs to be unloaded.
Your luggage can be placed either on the overhead luggage racks, under or behind your seat, or in the designated luggage areas near the doors. You can only place luggage on the seat beside you if have purchased a ticket for that additional seat.
If you have reduced mobility you can request help with your luggage from Virgin’s JourneyCare service. It is advised to ring ahead to request this service
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