Prohibited items and alcohol

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.

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 our registered luggage service if you’d like to bring cases of wine home

Ski trains during the day or when we’re taking lots of travellers to or from a sports event

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

Night trains, including our overnight direct ski train

On overnight 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 pass through 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 the slopes.

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 passenger's physical or mental state is affected by alcohol or drugs.


Relics From World War Sites

If your trip to France and/or Belgium has included a visit to one of the commemorative World War sites, it is likely that you will have noticed that certain military relics from this era widely available for sale as souvenirs.
We therefore need to make you aware that certain items among the memorabilia on offer that are, for reasons of safety and security, strictly prohibited when it comes to carriage on a Eurostar train.

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 in the train’s hold.



Unlicensed firearms (including replicas and de-activated firearms).

Authorised firearms not requiring a certificate (e.g. compressed gas, air powered match pistols and hand guns).

Ammunition (of any calibre, in any quantity).

Licensed firearms: a firearms certificate will be required and a European Firearms Pass may be required. The passenger must check in advance with the relevant national authorities in the country of boarding and destination (note that all ammunition must be removed).

All explosives (including fireworks and pyrotechnics) and imitation explosives or devices.

Swords (including swords for fencing), sword sticks and other ceremonial weapons such as kukri or skeandhu.

All items containing incapacitating gases, liquids or other substances (including CS gas sprays).

Crossbows, crossbow bolts, longbows, longbow arrows and starting pistols (subject to prior approval).

Inflammable substances (eg lighter fuel, methylated spirits) except in minimal quantities.

Dangerous sporting equipment (e.g  javelins, spears and spear guns).

Butane gas.

Open razors.

Flick knives/gravity knives, lock knives and daggers, any knives with a blade over 3 inches/75mm in length (note that standard folding knives with a blade no greater than 3 inches/75mm long are permitted to be carried).

 Musical instruments longer than 85cm.

Imitation, replica or deactivated firearms or toy guns that have the appearance of a genuine weapon.

Sports equipment (including golf clubs and surf boards) longer than 85cm.

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

Kitchen knives and household utensils.

Any item possession of which is prohibited in the country of boarding or destination.

Bikes which cannot be folded or fitted into a bag less than 85cm long.

Animals (with the exception of guide and assistance dogs).

Cases of wine.


 D.I.Y. tools such as screwdrivers,drills, hammers etc

Excessive quantities of alcohol.


Large household items (for example furniture or large household electric appliances such as televisions, large plasma screens, washing machines, dish washers and similar items).


If you’re not sure about a particular item, email our registered baggage 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
(also applies to equivalent in other currencies or assets.)