Luggage transportation in Swiss trains

How to transport your luggage on Swiss rail

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Do it yourself

Taking luggage on the trains

If you can carry your bags in one go, then you can take along your luggage yourself. You can put your luggage in the designated space over the seats, between the backrests, or at the end of the coach. Keep an eye on your luggage at all times. Theft mostly occurs at larger crowded stations.

If you have more luggage than you can carry, or if you want to travel more comfortably, then it's recommended to use a luggage service.

Storing luggage at the station

All larger rail stations have lockers you can rent for 24 hours. Many of them also have a staffed left luggage office where you can store your luggage for any amount of time.

Bike transportation

You can take along your bike in most trains. In some trains it's not possible. Some trains require a reservation. The timetable shows whether these exceptions apply. You need to buy a bike ticket. Packed folding bikes are free to take along.

Luggage services

There are various luggage services. Below is an overview of the options. Conditions may slightly vary by destination, so please check details before using the service.

Luggage services - book online

www.raileurope.com/fast-baggage: Express Luggage
www.raileurope.com/fly-rail-baggage-to-switzerland: Express Flight Luggage

Traveling within Switzerland

Basic Luggage service:

  • From: any staffed rail station. Hand in before 7 PM (during opening hours).
  • To: any staffed rail station. Collect two days later from 9 AM (during opening hours). If you collect more than 4 days after the arival day, a fee of CHF 5 per day applies.
  • Applies to: bags, suitcases, bicycles, skis, snowboards and more, weighing less than 25 kg. Insurance is included.

Express Luggage service:

  • From: 32 rail stations. Hand in before 9 AM.
  • To: 32 rail stations. Collect the same day from 6 PM.
  • Applies to: bags, suitcases, skis, snowboards and more, weighing less than 25 kg. Insurance is included.

Other services:

  • Items can be collected and delivered from any address in Switzerland.
  • Luggage can be delivered to Germany in 5 working days. There's no service to other countries.

Arrival by plane

Basic Flight Luggage service:

  • From: any airport in the world (provided that you land at Geneva or Zurich airport).
  • To: about 30 "flight luggage" rail stations.
  • Applies to: bags, suitcases, skis, snowboards and more, weighing less than 32 kg. Insurance is included.

Other services:

  • The Express service offers quicker delivery.
  • Your luggage can be delivered to any address accessible by car.

Departure by plane

Basic Flight Luggage service:

  • From: about 30 "flight luggage" rail stations. You will check in for your flight at the station when you hand in your luggage.
  • To: any destination airport around the world.
  • Applies to: bags, suitcases, skis, snowboards and more, weighing less than 32 kg. Insurance is included.

Other services:

  • The Express service allows you to hand in the luggage later.
  • Your luggage can be picked up from any address accessible by car.

All of the above is only available if you fly by the airline Swiss and depart from Geneva or Zurich airport. If not, you can send your luggage to Geneva or Zurich airport, collect it there, and check in as usual.

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