5 Things to Know About Carry-on Luggage

5 Things to Know About Carry-on Luggage

Rolling Bag in Over-Head Bin

It’s important to have a solid understanding of our baggage policy, so all of your precious belongings (except for the ridiculously huge ones—murses are allowed) make it onto the train with you.

Here are the essentials of the Amtrak baggage policy:

1. You get two bags

Like turtle doves or your favorite shoes, your carry-on baggage should come in twos. If you have three, you’ll need to check one. Please see an Amtrak agent or one of our (free!) Red Caps to help you check your additional bags

2. There’s a 50 lb. limit

For the international crowd that’s 23 kg or 3.57 stones. As a general rule of thumb, however, if you can’t maneuver it, you might want to check it. Our over-head storage requires you to lift the luggage above your head, and it cannot exceed the following dimensions: 28” x 22” x 14” on most trains and 28” x 22” x 11” on our Pacific Surfliner.

3. There’s no recliner for your bag

The life of a carry-on bag isn’t easy. We understand that. Unfortunately, we can’t accommodate bags in seats. Any luggage you bring on board needs to be in your custody, stored in overhead racks, under seats, or in designated baggage areas.

4. Some items are allowed in addition to your two bags

Travel necessities like pillows, blankets, computer cases or medical devices are allowed. The great news is those do not count toward your two-bag limit!

5. We haven’t forgotten about the kiddies

If you’re traveling with infants under the age of two, you’re allowed additional infant items (strollers, diaper bags) that will not count toward the carry-on baggage limit, either.