Checked Baggage Service

For your convenience, check your baggage free of charge. we offer checked baggage service at a number of stations and on many trains and Thruway Services. This service is only available to ticketed passengers whose origin and destination stations offer checked baggage. Not all trains or locations are equipped to handle checked baggage. Check your station(s) when planning your trip to see if checked baggage is available. If you don't need to check a bag, get all the details about the carry-on items you can bring onboard and any fees that may apply.

2 Bags - 50 lbs. — 75 Linear Inches*

2 Additional Bags — $20 Each

Oversize Baggage (76 - 100 Linear Inches) — $20 Each

  • Luggage must be checked prior to your train's scheduled train departure. Check-in times vary by station, so check the station detail page for the stations served by your train for specific times.
  • Make sure you have a tag with your name and address on the outside of all your bags.
  • If checked baggage is not offered on a train/bus in your itinerary, it may be accepted on another train/bus bound for the same destination (excluding firearms). Advance check-in is recommended.
  • En-route transfers between stations will require at least two hours of scheduled layover time to avoid delays.

*Linear inches: length + width + height

Trainside Checked Baggage Service

Self-serve trainside checked baggage service is available to and from the following stations only: Charleston, WV; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, WI; Crawfordsville, IN; Dyer, IN; Hammond, LA; Lafayette, IN; Meridian, MS; Mount Pleasant, IA; Rensselaer, IN; Texarkana, AR; Tuscaloosa, AL; Winona, MN.


When departing from a station with trainside checked baggage service, you'll need to tag your luggage with a baggage tag for your destination city and walk your luggage to the baggage car. At the baggage car, hand your luggage to the Amtrak crew member and you'll receive a claim check to retrieve your luggage at the destination station.


When arriving at a station with trainside checked baggage service, the train crew will let you know where you can claim your luggage. When retrieving your luggage, hand the claim check to the Amtrak crew member to receive your luggage.