VIA Rail Canada

International travellers

To better plan your trip to Canada, browse this section for practical - and oftentimes essential – information for the international traveller.

Onboard the train

With such stunning landscapes and so many new people to meet, train travel is never boring. Here are some tips and tools to help enhance your onboard experience even more!

Travelling with pets

Pets — excluding guide dogs — are not allowed in passenger cars. They must travel in the baggage car, which means they can only travel on trains that offer checked baggage service.

Lost or damaged baggage

Despite our careful handling of your baggage, we trust that you will understand the following:

Prohibited baggage

VIA cannot transport articles that are improperly packed or too fragile to withstand normal handling. In addition, VIA cannot transport articles weighing more than 32kg (70 lb.) or longer than 180 cm (71 in.), except for oversize sports equipment and skis.

The following articles are prohibited as checked baggage on VIA Rail trains:

Carry-on baggage

To offer our travellers the greatest flexibility possible, there are many ways to book your train tickets or buy a rail pass. Booking with VIA is easy, fast and completely secure.

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