Prohibited items and alcohol

Here’s the serious bit.

To make sure everyone can travel safely with us, there are a few things we don’t allow on our trains. And we don’t just mean smoking in the toilets and clambering over the seats.

Read on to see a list of prohibited items which aren’t allowed on board under any circumstances, and restricted items that can only travel as registered luggage in the train’s hold.

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.

Just to let you know, 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.



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.



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).


Our rules on alcohol

Of course, there's no harm in a little tipple while you travel, but to make sure everyone's safe, happy and healthy, we've got some rules around how much alcohol you can travel with.

On a normal Eurostar train, each traveller can take up to 12 bottles or cans of beer or 6 bottles of wine or 3 bottles of spirits.

On our ski trains or when we’re taking lots of travellers to or from a sports event, the limit is up to 4 bottles or cans of beer or 1 bottle of wine.

If you’d like to take extra alcohol with you, you can – just use our registered luggage service.

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.