One of the great benefits of travelling with Eurostar is that you usually do not need to check in any luggage.
Travelling on an adult ticket
If you’ve got an adult ticket, you can take a maximum of 2 bags with you on the train. That’s as long as each item is no bigger than 85cm at its longest length. You can also take one small item of hand luggage.
At Eurostar, we don’t have weight restrictions for your baggage like airlines do. However, you’ll need to be able to carry your bags onto the train by yourself and put them in the luggage racks, so make sure they’re not too heavy.
If you’d like to take more than the standard baggage allowance with you, or heavy or oversized items, you can. Read up about our registered baggage options to find out more.
Just to let you know, if you arrive at the station with more than your baggage allowance and you haven’t booked them into our registered luggage service, you might be charged an excess luggage fee.
Last but not least, before you get down to packing, take a look at our full list of prohibited and restricted items.
Travelling on a child ticket
Anyone travelling on a child’s ticket (that’s 4 to 11 year olds) can travel with a maximum of 1 bag (up to 85cm at its longest length) and 1 piece of hand luggage.
Remember, little ones under 4 years old travel free with Eurostar, so they don’t have to be included in your booking and won’t need a ticket. They won’t have a seat or baggage allowance, so they’ll need to sit on the lap of a parent or guardian. That means we can only allow one infant per adult traveller.
As for pushchairs and prams, they can travel for free in addition to your individual allowance. You’ll just need to fold your pram and store it in the luggage racks in your carriage.
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If you're travelling with extra, oversized or restricted luggage, you'll need to use our registered baggage service, EuroDespatch. We'll put your bags in a designated part of the train, so you'll know it's well taken care of and it won't take up space in your carriage.
Or, if you fancy travelling completely luggage-free (movie star style) and relaxing on your journey without lifting a finger, EuroDespatch is the perfect solution for you.
EuroDespatch is only available on our routes between London and Paris and London and Brussels.
We'll send your baggage on the next available train, as long as there's space. No matter what, we guarantee that your baggage will be ready to collect at your Eurostar destination station within 24 hours of registering it.
You can even send your baggage ahead of you before you travel, so you can collect it when you arrive at your destination. You can even register your baggage on the day you travel but in this case, it's best to arrive at least an hour before your train's departure and head straight to the registered luggage office.
|Items accepted as registered baggage and charges|
|Baggage, suitcases, bags etc (Maximum weight 30kg per item)||£18|
|Sporting and collectors’ weapons||£30|
|Large unwieldy items (eg. large musical instruments)||£30|
We know you wouldn’t dream of leaving your precious musical instrument behind, although travelling with it can be difficult.
That’s why we’ve created three options to make your journey simpler.
1. If your instrument is less than 85cm long
If your instrument is up to 85cm long, it can travel with you onboard as part of your individual luggage allowance. So, you can take one suitcase and one musical instrument (both under 85cm long), plus one item of hand luggage. Simple.
2. If your instrument is over 85cm long and can fit on a Eurostar seat
If you and your instrument would prefer to sit together, you can buy a companion fare ticket (in the same travel class), which means your instrument will travel on a seat in your carriage.
For your instrument to travel on a companion ticket, it needs to fit within these dimensions:
- Window seat: 1m (approx) x 57.5cm x 45cm
- Aisle seat: 1.36m (approx) x 57.5cm x 45cm
A companion ticket for a musical instrument cannot be booked online so to make a reservation, please call our Contact Centre team on 08432 186 186.
3. If your instrument is too big for a Eurostar seat, or you’d like to send it separately
On our London, Paris and Brussels routes, depending on how much space is available, you can pre-book for your instrument to travel on your train for just £30 each way. We’ll store it safely in our designated luggage hold on the train, rather than in your carriage.
To make a reservation or find out more, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on +44(0)844 822 5822 or visit the EuroDespatch Centre at St Pancras International. You’ll just need to quote your Eurostar reference or show your ticket.
If you decide not to pre-book, you can also just arrive on your day of travel and use our registered baggage service for your instrument – just keep in mind that it might not travel on the same train as you, but we’ll do everything we can to send it on the next available one if there’s space. It costs the same as pre-booking it (£30 each way) and you’ll need to show your Eurostar ticket or booking reference when you register. The charge is non-refundable but, subject to availability, it may be exchangeable before your departure date.
To find out more, have a look at our registered baggage page.
Just to let you know…
During the journey, your instrument will be stored in a secure luggage compartment. So, to protect it from bumps and knocks, it’ll have to travel in a hard protective case. You’ll also need to make sure your travel insurance covers it, just in case.
If your instrument is over 2m in length
We’re sorry, but we can't take any instruments over 2m in height, length or width, or over 30kg.
Your sports equipment can travel as part of your baggage allowance, as long as it’s less than 85cm at its longest length. This includes golf bags and surf boards. Don’t worry though, you can always use our convenient registered baggage service to make sure it reaches your destination safe and sound.
We know how cumbersome luggage can get when you’re travelling in a group. Perhaps you’re simply travelling on business and have more than your recommended luggage allowance. Or maybe you’re a film crew travelling with equipment, an orchestra with bulky instruments or a group of cyclists with bikes.
Either way, you can relax and enjoy your journey with us in comfort and style while we take care of your luggage. Just check it all in as soon as you get to the station and we’ll make sure it’s stored safely on your train and unloaded when you arrive at your destination.
If you’re planning to travel to London, Paris or Brussels, we offer fast and efficient luggage check-in facilities at our three main international terminals and have dedicated on-board luggage compartments for extra security and peace of mind. Email us on email@example.com for details.
If you’re travelling on our ski service, our baggage allowance is slightly different:
Skis can be taken on all Eurostar services but on our dedicated ski routes they don’t count as part of an individual’s allowance, i.e. 2 bags + hand luggage + skis is fine. On other Eurostar routes skis are permitted, but count as one of the two permitted larger items per person.