How to transport your luggage on Swiss rail

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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.

Traveling within Switzerland

You can ship luggage from train station to train station within Switzerland. This is available for many but not all train stations. The price is CHF 12 per item, with a limit of 25 kg per item. If you hand in your luggage before 7 PM you can collect it two days later from 9 AM. Mind the opening hours of your stations. Ordering in advance is not required.

Shipping from a station to any address or vice versa is possible as well. An addition fee applies here. Also you can send your luggage from address to address, with an optional express service for same day delivery. All these services need to be ordered two days in advance at the latest.

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Arrival by plane

Items up to 32 kg can be checked in at any airport in the world and collected from a limited number of train stations in Switzerland. Alternatively you can collect your luggage as normal upon arrival, and ship it as explained under "Traveling within Switzerland". Or, you can have it shipped from any airport to any address in Switzerland for an additional fee.

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Departure by plane

Items up to 32 kg can be shipped from selected train stations for next day delivery at Zürich airport. You'll need to check in your luggage as normal. Collection from any address in Switzerland is possible too, as well as same day express delivery. Delivery directly from any address in Switzerland to a foreign airport is possible for flights operated by Swiss and Edelweiss.

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Delivery to car free towns

Delivery to any address is not offered in case of car free towns such as Mürren, Wengen and Zermatt. In that case the luggage will be delivered to the local train station. Your accommodation will most likely be able to transport it for you.

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