Prohibited Items in Baggage

The following prohibited items list is not exhaustive. Any item that is similar to the prohibited items below, even if not specifically mentioned, is also prohibited. Amtrak personnel may determine if an item not mentioned in this list is prohibited.

Item Type Carry-On
Animals including comfort animals
*Service animals are allowed onboard with restrictions. Pets are allowed onboard select trains with the purchase of a ticket.
Yes* No
Archery equipment
Bows, arrows and other archery supplies are allowed in checked baggage when transported in a suitable hard case container. Restrictions apply.
No Yes*
Batteries with acid that can spill or leak
*Batteries used in motorized wheel chairs or similar devices for the mobility-impaired are allowed.
No* No*
Canisters, tanks or other devices containing propellants
*Oxygen equipment for medical reasons is allowed onboard with restrictions.
No* No
Corrosive or dangerous chemicals or materials, including but not limited to liquid bleach, tear gas, radioactive and harmful bacteriological materials
No No
Firearms or ammunition
*Firearms are accepted on many trains with restrictions.
Black powder, percussion caps or any ammunition used with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion-cap ignition system or similar type are never permitted; this includes self-loaded, gunpowder-based modern ammunition.
No Yes*
Fragile and/or valuable items, including but not limited to credit cards, electronic equipment, jewelry, identification, and money
*Amtrak accepts no liability for theft or damage for any items brought onboard.
Yes* No
Household and automotive items, including but not limited to antiques, appliances, artwork, furniture, machinery and car parts, powered tools, silverware, tires, and tow bars
No No
Prohibited in stations and on platforms. Also not permitted in vehicles on the Auto Train.
No No
Incendiaries, including but not limited to flammable gases, liquids, fuels, fireworks and other explosive devices
No No
Martial-arts and self-defense items, including but not limited to billy clubs, nightsticks, and nunchuks
No No
Overweight items
No No
*Small amounts of food or drink is allowed onboard for the passengers trip.
No* No
Sharp objects, including but not limited to axes, ice picks, knives, spears, and swords
*Scissors, nail clippers, corkscrews, and razors are allowed in carry-on baggage.
**Sheathed equipment, to include fencing equipment, are allowed in checked baggage.
No* No**
Standard-size bicycles - bicycles that can fit into one bicycle box no larger than 70” length x 41” height x 8.5” width with handle bars and pedals removed
*Bicycles are allowed onboard certain trains with restrictions.
No* Yes