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.

8 comments
JennyvonHausen
JennyvonHausen

Will there be any trouble if my baggage is 1,06cm (0,42 inches) too big? My baggage's size is 46cm x 29cm x 71cm, will it still be a carry-on bag in the Pacific Surfliner?

gladSalles1
gladSalles1

Is there a luggage storage for first class and sleeper car Amtrak passengers at Union Station in Washington, D.C.?

jimmyd4035
jimmyd4035

how do I find a lost carry on? 

barefootmeg
barefootmeg

Does the 28" measurement include wheels and handles? I have suitcases that are 28.5 and 29" if you include those things. 

JennyvonHausen
JennyvonHausen

@barefootmeg

Do you have made any experiences considering the measurement meanwhile? I have the same problem and wonder if my baggage will be accepted. 

barefootmeg
barefootmeg

Hi Jenny. I ended up going to thrift shops and buying a bunch of cheap suitcases that fit the requirements. Then I remember being on the train and thinking, why did I go through all that trouble? Our other ones would have fit just fine. 

There also wasn't anyone that came through and checked the size of our luggage. So I think as long as you're close, you're probably just fine. 

ChristinaRoss
ChristinaRoss

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