How many bags can we keep near us Glacier Express

How many bags can we keep near us Glacier Express

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wendyincali
wendyincali
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Mar 5, 2018 - 10:13 PM

I apologize in advance if this information is obvious. We are trying to determine if we are going to bring our luggage with us on the Glacier Express or send it ahead using a baggage service. If we can keep our bags with us (as we did last weekend on an Amtrak trip) we will do that. But if they must be stored out of sight then we will probably try and make arrangements to send ahead.

I have looked for the exact dimension and weight limits and can't find it.

Any help (and personal experiences) would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Wendy

rockoyster
rockoyster
3709 posts
expert
Mar 5, 2018 - 10:26 PM in reply to wendyincali

You will have no problem in 1st Class. My wife and I travelled on the GEX last year with two backpacks and two suit cases. Boarding at St Moritz you will easily be able to stow your luggage at either end of your carriage. If you can carry it on a plane you can easily you can easily take on GEX.

There are no overhead racks but backpacks fit easily under seats.

wendyincali
wendyincali
6 posts
new member
Mar 5, 2018 - 10:39 PM

On TripAdvisor there was a discussion about baggage on Swiss trains and even locals were suggesting locking bags because there is organized theft that grabs them off of the end storage at busy stations.

But I'm assuming that in 1st Class that would not be an issue?

You are very kind to take time to help newbies!

Wendy

rockoyster
rockoyster
3709 posts
expert
Mar 5, 2018 - 11:53 PM in reply to wendyincali

Hi Wendy,

We travelled around Switzerland and part of Germany by train for almost 4 weeks and took our bags with us everywhere. No problems keeping them in sight most of the time. Never saw a suitcase locked to the furniture.

On the GEX our suitcases where not in clear view from our seats but that train is particularly secure. Everyoen on board needs a reservation, there are only a few stops and the train is crawling with staff. You'll e fine.

pvonk
pvonk
53 posts
active member
Mar 6, 2018 - 12:39 PM in reply to wendyincali

On my recent trip, I brought several extra locks and some wire gizmos that you run through the luggage handle and around a pole, handle, or whatever then lock. My son and I ended up never using these. I usually had a visual on the luggage in the the luggage area (backpacks were always with us). Had no problems.

cam223
cam223
66 posts
active member
Mar 6, 2018 - 2:42 PM

We traveled in first class last year and had no problem with our luggage. We didn't notice any "extra" people around the train cars at busy stations, but if you are carrying valuables, keep them in a carry on at your seat. We also used local trains and didn't have any issues.

Arno
Arno
10757 posts
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Mar 6, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Hi Wendy,

You need to keep an eye at your luggage at stations all over Europe. In trains, one of the tricks thieves use is that one distracts a passenger and another one grabs the luggage. This happens in Switzerland too, but it is still rare. Just apply the normal travel rules: never leave luggage unattended, don't put a wallet in your back pocket, etc. I never had an issue in Switzerland.

Enjoy the ride!

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