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Special Items

The following items will be accepted as carry-on and/or checked baggage in lieu of a piece of baggage. Special item fees may apply.

Required Medical Devices
ADA Required Medical Devices
Carry-On — 50 lbs. — 30" x 48"
Ground Clearance of 2"
Checked — 50 lbs. — 100 Linear Inches
Allowance
  • Common/powered wheelchairs
  • Scooters
  • Oxygen equipment
  • Canes
  • Walkers
Requirements
  • Required medical devices will not count towards a passenger's allowable baggage and will be accepted free of charge if accompanied by a ticket issued at a mobility impaired fare.
  • For oxygen equipment, the total weight of all tanks must not exceed 120 lbs.; within the limit will be allowed two 50 lb tanks, six 20 lb tanks, or any number of tanks that weigh less than 20 lbs. each up to 120 lbs.
  • Mobility assistance devices brought onboard must not exceed 600 lbs. to include the passenger.
  • Items that are not required onboard may be checked if accompanied by a ticket issued at a mobility-impaired fare. For items over 50 lbs., call 1-800-USA-RAIL to make shipping arrangements.
  • Passenger assistance at stations or on trains may require a Special Service Request - call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Bicycles and Bicycle Trailers
Bicycles and Bicycle Trailers
Carry-On — 50 lbs.
Standard Bicycle Sizes Apply
Checked — 50 lbs. — 70" x 41" x 8.5"
Allowance
  • Bicycles
  • Bicycle trailers
  • Folding bicycles
Requirements
  • Bicycles/bicycle trailers may be checked in a bicycle container for $10, in lieu of a piece of baggage. Bicycle boxes are sold at most staffed locations for $15 per box. Customers may supply their own bicycle container.
  • Folding bicycles under the dimensions of 34" x 15" x 48"/860 x 380 x 1120 mm will be allowed onboard all trains in lieu of a piece of baggage. They must be considered a true folding bicycle.
  • Full-size bicycles may be carried on certain trains with designated walk-on bicycle service. Bicycles must be stowed in the designated space within the body of the car. Reservations may be made online or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.
  • Passengers utilizing the walk-on bicycle service, where bikes are carried on select trains by the passenger and stored in designated areas, must be able to fully handle their bicycle, and be able to lift their bicycle to shoulder height. Passengers are responsible for stowage and security of bicycles.
  • Recumbent, tandem and special bicycles over the standard bicycle dimensions and will not fit in a standard bicycle box are prohibited.
  • Motorized bicycles are prohibited.
Walk-On Bicycle Service
  Number of Spots Bicycle Reservation Required Checked Service Available Bicycle Fee
Amtrak Cascades 10 per train Yes Select Stations $5
Capitol Corridor 6 per train No No --
San Joaquin 6 per train No Select Stations --
Pacific Surfliner 6 per train Yes Select Stations --
Downstate Illinois Services 4 per train Yes No $10
Blue Water (trains 364 and 365 only) 4 per train Yes No $10
Missouri River Runner 4 per train Yes No $10

Downeaster

(accepted at BRK, POR and BON stations only)

8 per train Yes No $5
Piedmont 6 per train Yes No --

For more information about bicycles, visit Bring Your Bicycle Onboard.

Musical Instruments
Musical Instrument
Carry-On — 50 lbs. — 28" x 22" x 14"
Medium-sized instrument sizes apply. Instruments that do not fit in luggage racks will be considered oversize.
Checked — 50 lbs. — 100 Linear Inches
Allowance
  • Small Musical Instruments (flutes, small trumpets and harmonicas)
  • Medium-Sized Musical Instruments (guitars, trumpets and small saxophones)
  • Oversized Musical Instruments (cellos, bass violins, bass saxophones and tubas)
Requirements
  • Smaller instruments must be packed with the passenger’s luggage to be adequately protected from damage.
  • In lieu of a piece of baggage, medium-sized musical instruments may be transported for a $10.00 service fee.
  • Oversize instruments may only be carried onboard with the purchase of an additional full revenue seat – no larger than 72”/1829 mm in height.

Golfing Equipment
Golfing Equipment
Carry-On — 50 lbs.
No Larger than 72" in Height
Checked — 50 lbs. — 100 Linear Inches
Allowance
  • Golf bags
  • Golf clubs
  • Balls
  • Shoes
Requirements
  • In lieu of a piece of baggage, golf clubs may only be carried on Midwest trains as listed below. Golfing equipment must be accompanied by a ticket which can be purchased from any station agent or onboard trains if your origin station is unstaffed.
  • A $10.00 service will apply to golfing equipment transported in carry-on or checked baggage service.
  • Golfing equipment must be enclosed in a full-length protective cover (vinyl/cloth/nylon/or hard-sided case).
  • Golf bag carts must be detached and are not allowed onboard.
  • Golf bag carts may be checked separately, not counting towards the allowable baggage limit.
Train Numbers
Wolverines 350, 351, 352, 353, 354 and 355
Blue Water 364 and 365
Pere Marquette 370 and 371
Saluki 390 and 391
Illini 392 and 393
Lincoln Service 300, 31, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 and 307
Missouri River Runner 311, 313, 314 and 316
Carl Sandburg 381 and 382
Illinois Zephyr 380 and 383
Hiawatha 329 through 342

General Sporting Equipment
Sporting Equipment
Carry-On — 50 lbs. — 28" x 22" x 14"
Checked — 50 lbs. — 75 Linear Inches
Oversize Items (76 - 100 Linear Inches) — $20 Each
Allowance varies by sport. Examples include: 
  • Balls
  • Bats
  • Cleats
  • Fishing Poles
  • Helmets
  • Pads
  • Rackets
  • Roller Blades
  • Skate Boards
  • Sticks (hockey/lacrosse)
Requirements
  • Equipment not specified as weapons or hazardous will be allowed onboard free of charge in lieu of a piece of baggage.
  • Equipment may also be checked in lieu of a piece of baggage. A $20.00 service fee will apply for equipment 76 - 100 linear inches.

Skis and Snowboards
Skis and Snowboards
Carry-On —50 lbs. (23 kg)
No Larger than 72" in Height
Checked — 50 lbs. — 75 Linear Inches
Oversize Items (76 – 100 linear inches) — $20 Each
Allowance
  • Snow Skis
  • Water Skis
  • Snowboards
  • Poles
  • Boots
Requirements
  • Skis/snowboards may be carried onboard or checked free of charge in lieu of a piece of baggage.
  • Skis/snowboards must be enclosed in a full-length protective cover (vinyl/cloth/nylon/or hard-sided case). Ski bags for transport are available at most staffed locations.

Surfboards and Wakeboards
Surfboards and Wakeboards
Carry-On (Pacific Surfliner Only) — 50 lbs. (23 kg)
No Larger than 72" in Height
Checked — 50 lbs. — 120" in Height (72" Pacific Surfliner)
Allowance
  • Surfboards
  • Wakeboards
  • Skeg (fin)
Requirements
  • A $10 fee will apply to surfboards/wakeboards transported in checked baggage on all trains.
  • Whether checked or carried on, surfboards/wakeboards must be enclosed in a full-length protective cover (vinyl/cloth/nylon/or hard-sided case).

Surfboards/wakeboards of any length may not be carried onboard most Amtrak trains. There is a limited exception for passengers traveling on the west coast in equipment designated as Pacific Surfliner.

  • Surfboards/wakeboards may be carried onboard in lieu of a piece of baggage free of charge on Pacific Surfliner equipment only.
  • Surfboards/wakeboards must be stowed in the overhead racks.

Baby Items
Baby Items
Carry-On — 50 lbs. (23 kg)
Standard Baby Item Sizes Apply
Checked — 50 lbs. — 100 Linear Inches
Allowance
  • Booster Seats
  • Car Seats
  • Folding Strollers
Requirements
  • Baby items will be allowed onboard or in checked baggage service in lieu of a piece of baggage; no service fees apply.
  • Carriages, active strollers, all terrain strollers, multi-child strollers may be required to be checked.

Firearms and Ammunitions
Firearms and Ammunitions
Carry-On Prohibited
Checked — 50 lbs. (23 kg) — 62" x 17" x 7"
Allowance
  • Rifle
  • Shotgun
  • Handgun
  • Starter Pistol
  • BB Gun
  • Compressed Air Gun (including paintball marker)
  • Ammunition
Requirements


Amtrak accepts reservations of firearms and ammunition for carriage between Amtrak stations and on Amtrak trains within the United States that offer checked baggage service. Thruway Bus Services are not included. The following policies are in effect:

  • Notification that the passenger will be checking firearms/ammunition must be made no later than 24 hours before train departure by calling Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL. Online reservations for firearms/ammunition are not accepted.
  • The passengers must travel on the same train that is transporting the checked firearms and/or ammunition.
  • All firearms and/or ammunition must be checked at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled train departure. Some larger stations require that baggage be checked earlier. Please contact your departure station for more details.
  • All firearms (rifles, shotguns, handguns, starter pistols) must be unloaded and in an approved, locked hard-sided container not exceeding 62" L x 17" W x 7" D (1575 mm x 432 mm x 178 mm). The passenger must have sole possession of the key or the combination for the lock to the container. The weight of the container may not exceed 50 lbs./23 kg.
  • Smaller locked, hard-sided containers containing smaller unloaded firearms such as handguns and starter pistols must be securely stored within a suitcase or other item of checked baggage, but the existence of such a firearm must be declared.
  • All ammunition carried must be securely packed in the original manufacturer's container; in fiber, wood, or metal boxes; or in other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. The maximum weight of all ammunition and containers may not exceed 11 lbs./5 kg.
  • The passenger is responsible for knowing and following all federal, state, and local firearm laws at all jurisdictions to and through which he or she will be traveling.
  • All other Amtrak checked baggage policies apply, including limits on the number of pieces of checked baggage, the maximum weight of each piece (50 lbs./23 kg).
  • Firearms/ammunition may not be carried in carry-on baggage; therefore, checked baggage must be available on all trains and at all stations in the passenger's itinerary.
  • At the time of check-in, passengers will be required to complete and sign a two-part Declaration Form.
  • BB guns and Compressed Air Guns (to include paintball markers), are to be treated as firearms and must comply with the above firearms policy. Canisters, tanks, or other devices containing propellants must be emptied prior to checking and securely packaged within the contents of the passenger's luggage.