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.

Limit of liability


VIA disclaims all liability for carry-on baggage missing, lost or damaged. VIA accepts limited liability for checked baggage only.


Prohibited items

We will not transport items that are poorly packaged or too fragile to withstand normal handling. Nor will we accept items weighing more than 32 kg (70 lb.) or measuring more than 180 cm (6 ft.), except skis and oversized outdoor equipment.

The following items are not accepted as checked baggage on board 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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