IRCTC Luggage Rules: Check Limit, Charges and Other Important Details

The Indian Railways undoubtedly provides one of the safest, convenient and most budget-friendly travel options in the country.

However, there are certain luggage rules and restrictions issued by the Railways that passengers of all classes of travel must know in order to have a smooth train trip. 

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These rules indicate what is and isn’t allowed as luggage in the trains, baggage limits as per the class of travel and excess baggage charges among other things.

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Here are the 5 most important luggage rules that you need to know before your next train journey:

1. Do not carry explosives, dangerous articles, inflammable articles, empty gas cylinders, dead poultry, acids and other corrosive substances as luggage.


Passengers must also note that merchandised items are not permitted for booking and carriage in the compartment as personal luggage.

2. The size of your trunks, suitcases and boxes should be maximum 100 cms x 60 cms x 25 cms in order to be allowed as personal luggage. However, if you are travelling in AC 3 tier and AC chair car compartments, then the maximum size of your suitcase/trunk must be 55 cms x 45 cms x 22.5 cms.

If your bags exceed this size, then they have to be booked and carried in the brake van.

3. The maximum limit of baggage differs as per the class in which the passenger is travelling. Here are the details:

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Also note that passengers can carry excess baggage beyond the free maximum limit with them in the compartment (but only up to the maximum limit as per their class) by paying 1.5 times the luggage rate.

4. Children between the age of 5 and 12 years
are allowed half of the free allowance, subject to  the maximum limit and their class of travel up to a maximum of 50 kgs.

5. In case of theft of luggage during the journey, passengers can approach the train conductor/coach attendant for the FIR form. The complaint will then be forwarded to the Police Station for necessary action. Passengers do not need to break their journey to lodge a complaint with the police.

Check the entire list of luggage rules and restrictions published by the West Central Railways here.

Note: Since train services are restricted in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, we advise passengers to travel with minimal luggage for safety purposes.

See Also:
Dos and don’t while travelling with the Indian Railways during COVID-19

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