Travelling with your luggage by train
Wherever you are travelling, various regulations apply when you board the train with your luggage. Size and weight are factors which need to be taken into consideration.
Generally speaking, you may:
- take your hand luggage (or any item which can be easily carried) with you.
- get on board with particular items seen as hand luggage. You can travel with these free of charge. They include prams, pushchairs, folding or packaged bicycles, wheelchairs, musical instruments and sports equipment.
- place your luggage in the storage areas as long as it fits easily. Storage areas are usually found above your seat and throughout the carriage. However, the height of these areas is restricted, which means that very large items cannot be stowed here. Small items (handbags, sports bags, etc.) can be placed underneath your seat.
On Thalys trains, you may take up to 2 items of luggage
(75x53x30 cm per luggage) and 1 small item of handluggage per paying passenger
You can store your luggage on-board free of charge under your own responsibility (note: for security reasons, tag and lock your suitcases. Don't leave them unattended) on:
- the luggage rack above the seats.
- the luggage areas at either end of each carriage for larger suitcases.
- the space on the floor between some of the back-to-back seats.
For safety reasons all luggage must be labelled with an address label. Corridors and doors must not be obstructed by luggage. Luggage labels can be obtained free of charge from your departure station.
Certain items are not allowed on board (dangerous items or items that are banned by customs or any other authority, items intended for commercial use, certain animals, etc). If the Train Manager considers a piece of luggage to present a risk to safety and/or to impact the comfort of the travellers, he/she has the right to refuse the luggage.
N.B. : There is extra storage in carriages 6/16, 7/17 and 8/18 for your holidays in the snow or sun (on board Thalys Snow and Thalys Sun).
You may take up to 2 items of luggage (max. 85 cm at its longest length + 1 small item of hand luggage with you on these trains.
If you have more than these 3 items, the additional ones must be sent as registered luggage. Your registered luggage items can be collected 24 hours after they have been registered at your arrival station. If you wish to collect your luggage when you arrive, you must send your luggage 24 hours before your departure. Each item of registered luggage will cost € 20.
On Eurostar trains, you will also find large racks in the areas between the carriages. Large items must be placed here and each must be labelled with your name and seat number.
On board Brussels-France TGV trains, the number of items you take on board is not restricted but the total weight of your luggage may not exceed 30kg per passenger. Also, if your luggage does not fit above your seat, you must place it on the large racks located in the areas between each carriage. Luggage placed on these racks must be labelled with your name and seat number. These labels can be obtained free of charge from your departure station.
trains, there are storage areas above each seat for ordinary-sized luggage items. Passengers are requested to put larger items into the allocated areas between the seats
International daytime trains
All international trains
(IC, EC, etc.) have storage space above the seats
. Depending on your destination, you will also find racks
for your larger items of luggage, either in your carriage or in the areas between the carriages
International night trains
As you are travelling in separated compartments, you can choose how to store your luggage in your bed/couchette compartment.
If you're sharing a compartment with other passengers, simply make sure you share the available spare fairly. The larger items can be stowed on the floor, under the beds or lower bunks.
Left luggage in international railway stations
Using the left luggage service or the lockers, you can make use of the available time to look around the area surrounding the station or visit the city centre.
However much luggage you have, there are always storage solutions available, whether it’s for a few hours or for several days.
To find out about the storage facilities available, please choose your station >