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: about 32 rail stations. Hand in before 9 AM.
  • To: about 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: Geneva or Zurich airport.
  • To: about 35 "flight luggage" rail stations. Collect the next day from 6 PM. You can also send it to other stations. In that case you'll collect it two days later from 9 AM.
  • 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 35 "flight luggage" rail stations. Hand in before 7 PM on the day before your flight.
  • To: the rail station of Geneva or Zurich airport. If your flight is operated by Swiss (LX), Lufthansa (LH) or Austrian (OS), you'll get your boarding pass at the rail station, and the luggage will be transported to your destination airport.
  • 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. If you fly by Swiss (LX), Edelweiss (WK), Air Berlin (AB), Belair (4T) or Niki (HG), you will immediately receive your boarding pass.
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