Prohibited items

Our rules on alcohol

To make sure everyone's safe, happy and healthy, we've got some rules around how much alcohol you can travel with.

Just to let you know, Eurostar reserves the right to confiscate and destroy any alcohol carried in excess of these limits, without any liability to you.  We also have the right to refuse to allow (or to refuse to continue to allow) access to our services if a traveller’s physical or mental state is affected by alcohol or drugs.

Normal Eurostar train

  • 12 bottles or cans of beer or 6 bottles of wine or 3 bottles of spirits per traveller
  • If you’d like to take extra alcohol with you, you can – just use Eurodespatch our registered luggage service if you’d like to bring some home

Ski trains during the day

  • 4 bottles or cans of beer or 1 bottle of wine. No spirits are permitted

Night trains (including our overnight direct ski train) or when we’re taking lots of travellers to or from a sports event

On these journeys, we don't sell alcohol on board or allow travellers to bring their own alcohol with them. Any alcohol is confiscated during check-in and only non-alcoholic drinks in sealed bottles are allowed to passthrough security at your departure station.

This policy helps us make sure that everyone can enjoy a relaxed ambience on board and that we all arrive bright-eyed, fresh-faced and set for their holiday.

Relics From World War Sites

If you’ve been to visit one of the commemorative First World War sites, you’ve probably noticed that you can buy certain military relics from this era as souvenirs.

It’s important to remember that certain items on offer cannot be taken on trains or planes for safety and security reasons.

Download our PDF for more information


What you can and can’t take

To make sure everyone can travel safely with us, there are a few things we don’t allow on our trains under any circumstances, and some restricted items that can only travel as registered luggage.



Unlicensed firearms, including replicas and de-activated firearms. Imitation or toy guns that have the appearance of a genuine weapon.

Authorised firearms not requiring a certificate e.g. compressed gas or air powered match pistols or hand guns.

Ammunition of any calibre and in any quantity.

Licensed firearms: a firearms certificate will be required and a European Firearms Pass may be required. You’ll need to check in advance with the relevant national authorities in the country of boarding and destination. Note that all ammunition must be removed.

All explosives: military shells (including war souvenirs & relics), detonators, smoke cartridges, grenades, mines, explosive military stores, imitation devices, fireworks, flares, pyrotechnics.

Swords (ceremonial and real).
Sword sticks & umbrellas containing a sword blade.
Swords for fencing.

Items containing incapacitating substances such as gas guns, tear gas sprays, mace, CS gas, phosphorus, acid and other dangerous chemicals that could be used to maim or disable.

Ceremonial weapons such as kukri or skeandhu, martial arts weapons, crossbows, crossbow bolts, longbows and arrows, starting pistols.

Bulk quantities of inflammable substances e.g. petrol, methylated spirits, paint thinners.

Dangerous sporting equipment (see sporting equipment section).

All flick knives, gravity knives and daggers.
Folding pocket knives with a blade over 3" (75mm) in length are also banned. (Small folding pocket knives with blades under 75mm are the exception & are permitted).

Open razors / Cut-throat razors.

Any other weapon made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon.

Kitchen knives and household utensils.
DIY tools such as screwdrivers, drills & hammers.

If you’re not sure about a particular item, email our registered luggage team at before you travel.

Remember, this list doesn’t cover absolutely everything, but it’s a good guide to what you can and can’t take with you. Anything that’s inherently dangerous or that could be used to commit an act of violence or threat will not be allowed.

If our security teams have any concerns about an item that they believe might represent a risk, Eurostar reserves the right to remove or refuse that item.



Travelling with €10 000 or more?

No problem, but declare it to customs before entering or leaving the EU. This also applies to equivalent in other currencies or assets.