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Checked baggage

CHECKED BAGGAGE ENTITLEMENT (no charge)

Some trains offer a checked baggage service depending on the car or equipment types.
 
If your train offer a checked baggage service, the allowance will be indicated on the "itinerary and receipt" email and on the boarding pass.
 
 
Equipment type Checked baggage entitlement
HEP car
Trois articles
2 checked articles (per person)
Maximum
23 kg (50 lb.) each
158 linear cm (62 linear inches) (length + width + height) each

 

Renaissance car
Trois articles

2 checked articles (per person)
Maximum
23 kg (50 lb.) each
158 linear cm (62 linear inches) (length + width + height) each

LRC car

No checked baggages

Trains
with connections
Trois articles

2 checked articles (per person)
Maximum
23 kg (50 lb.) each
158 linear cm (62 linear inches) (length + width + height) each

 

Some trains offer a checked baggage service. If you plan on checking your baggage, please arrive at least 45 minutes before departure at end terminals or 30 minutes at intermediate stations. Also, make sure to verify station operating hours for early morning departures.

If your train does not have a baggage car, no checked baggage service will be offered. You will therefore have to comply with the carry-on baggage policy. Please refer to the carry-on baggage section for more details.

Maximum size and weight restrictions

We do not accept articles weighing more than 32 kg (70 lb.) or measuring more than 180 cm (6 ft.), unless they qualify as oversize sports equipment (bicycles, canoes, skis, etc.) or pets. A surcharge will apply for any piece of baggage weighing between 23 and 32 kg (50 and 70 lb.), or measuring between 120 and 180 cm (47 and 71 in.).

Please note that the baggage allowance for your trip will be provided at the “Review” stage during the booking process. It will also be provided at time of booking confirmation. 

If you are planning a connection with one of our travel partners, please consult their website for details on their baggage policy. 

Also, don’t forget to label each piece of baggage with your name, full address and complete telephone number and e-mail address.

The following articles can only be transported if checked baggage service is available on your train. If there is no checked baggage service, you cannot carry these articles.

  • Pets
  • Camping equipment
  • Articles exceeding 66 × 46 × 23 cm (26 × 18 × 9 in.)
  • Articles weighing more than 23 kg (50 lb.)
  • Cradles
  • Bicycles
  • Canoes, kayaks, sailboards
  • Trunks
  • Tires: We can transport tires that are bagged but we do not accept tires on rims or rims on its own.
 

Articles carried at owner’s risk

The following articles can be transported only at your own risk. You must sign a document releasing VIA Rail from all liability. We recommend that you check the coverage provided by your insurer.

  • Articles intended for another person
  • Articles for sale
  • Baby articles
  • Perishable goods
  • Clothing boxes
  • Books, compact discs, audio or video cassettes, etc.
  • Trunks
  • Tools and toolboxes
  • Sailboards and masts
  • Baggage racks
  • Tennis racquets

Oversize sports equipment

VIA can transport your oversize sports equipment on most trains that accept checked baggage, with the exception of some departures on the Montréal – Halifax and Toronto – Montréal routes.

The Renaissance equipment used on some trains between Halifax and Montréal, as well as Montréal and Québec City, carry checked baggage. However, the size of their doors prevents them from carrying articles wider than 86 cm (34 in.), such as canoes, kayaks and sailboards. Bicycles and skis, however, are allowed. Please contact service@viarail.ca or call 1-888 VIA RAIL (842-7245) for more information.

Please note that one pair of skis is considered to be a regular size article regardless of length.
Check if oversize sports equipment is accepted on your departure through our online booking engine.

 

Article Conditions Surcharges

Bicycles and child carriers (baby bicycle trailers)

No limit on the number of connections

$25 per one-way trip

Tandem bicycles - Electric bikes

$50 per one-way trip

  • Canoes, kayaks, sailboards,
  • dog sleighs

Maximum length: 5.5 m (18 ft.).

$100**

** For trains 185, 186, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 692 and 693: $50 each per train (instead of $100) regardless of the price paid.

Trains Number of canoes accepted
Montreal - Toronto 6
(Non-Renaissance trains only)
Montreal - Gaspé 8
Montreal - Senneterre 12
Montreal - Jonquière 12
Toronto - Vancouver
  • East of Winnipeg: 6
  • West of Winnipeg: 4
Subbury-White River 18
Winnipeg - Churchill 8
Jasper - Prince Rupert 6

Travelling with a watercraft?

If booking online: Please send us an e-mail with your reservation confirmation number and the portion of the trip on which you would like your watercraft to be transported. We will make the necessary arrangements.

If booking by phone: Please inform our telephone sales agent you wish to transport a watercraft.
Masts and sailboards are carried at owner’s risk.
 

Musical instruments

As a preventive measure and for safety reasons, musical instruments must be checked (larger instruments, for example, cello, drums, etc.). You must make sure you comply with the following conditions before checking your musical instruments:

  • The instruments must be in rigid containers
  • The owner must fill out and sign a liability clause on baggage check
  • VIA has limited liability (not to exceed $250) in respect of checked baggage

Protecting your baggage

Make sure your belongings are properly packed and protected. Store articles in the original box or in a rigid container that provides proper protection. A plastic or paper bag alone is not sufficient.
You can obtain the following boxes and bags in major stations:

  • cardboard boxes (between $1 and $4)
  • protective bags for skis or suitcases ($5)
  • bicycle box (free for travellers, $20 for non-travellers)
  • bicycle bag (free for travellers, $5 for non-travellers)

If you put articles into a box, fasten it with string. The string serves as a handle, making handling easier, and it can also be used to attach a baggage tag.

Protecting bicycles

  • Bicycles require specific protection. We recommend that you store your bicycle in a special protective box, which you can obtain free of charge at the station. You’ll need to turn the handlebars and remove the pedals, so bring the necessary tools with you as we cannot supply them.
  • If you cannot remove the pedals from your bicycle, we can provide you with a protective bag instead of a box.
  • However, if your bicycle is not boxed, VIA Rail accepts no liability in the event of damage.

 

Regional services

List of stations serving remote communities:

  • Montreal – Jonquière
    Passengers with origin from and final destination to stations within Rivière à Pierre to Jonquière.
  • Montreal – Senneterre 
    Passengers with origin from and final destination to stations within La Tuque  to Jonquière.
  • Toronto – Winnipeg
    Passengers with origin from and final destination to the following stations: Lake Forrest, McKee’s Camp, Felix, Ruel, Westree, Gogama, Foleyet, Elsas, Oba, Hornpayne, Hillsport, Caramat, Longlac, Nakina, Auden, Ferland, Mud River, Armstrong, Collins CT / HC, Allanwater Bridge, Flindt Landing, Savant Lake, Sioux Lookout, Richan, Red Lake Road, Canyon, Farlane, Reddit, Minaki, Ottermare, Malachi, Copelands Landing, Rice Lake, Winnitoba, Ophir, Brereton Lake, Elma.
  • Winnipeg – The Pas – Churchill
    All stations.
  • Sudbury – White River
    All stations.

Grocery charges

On regional services, the first two boxes of grocery are free. A $3 charge will apply to each box from the third box onward. of groceries (or food) taken on board.

Food and liquids must be stored in hermetically sealed boxes secured with adhesive tape and must be claimed immediately upon arrival. Perishable goods stored in polystyrene containers or bags are not accepted. Large plastic bins are not included in this service and will be handled as checked baggage.

Accepted articles at remote stations: VIA recognizes that people living in certain remote communities with limited transportation options will sometimes need to bring non-standard articles on board.

List of non-standard articles that may be accepted on these routes:

Checked baggage charges (summary)

Checked Baggage
Price Conditions
ATV / Motor Boat / Snow Mobile $75 Only on trains 185 & 186.
Bicycle / Tandem $25 / $50 Per one-way trip.
Canoes, Kayaks, etc. $50
$100
Trains 185, 186, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 692 and 693: $50 each per train used regardless of the price paid.
Other trains: $100 each per train used regardless of the price paid by the customer.
Excess items $40 Per train and for each item exceeding the entitlement regardless of the price paid by the customer.
Game Animal - Carcass $75 Offered on regional train services listed above / Per train used regardless of the price paid by the customer.
Gasoline - 5 gallon jug $5 Only on trains 185 & 186.
Golf bags -- Golf bags are accepted without surcharge.
Grocery boxes $3 Offered on regional train services listed above / Per box and per train.
Miniature Fridge $50 Offered on regional train services listed above / Max 50 lbs
Miniature stove $50 Offered on regional train services listed above / Max 50 lbs
Outboard Motor up to 15 HP $20 Only on trains 185 & 186.
Outboard Motor over 15 HP $35 Only on trains 185 & 186.
Oversize/weight items $40 Per train & for each item exceeding the weight and dimension. Apply to each item between 50 and 70 lbs, must not exceed the measurement of 47 & 71 in)
Pet and cage less than 24" $30 Per train used in the Corridor and Eastern services and per overnight on the Canadian
Pet and cage 24" and more $50 Per train used in the Corridor and Eastern services and per overnight on the Canadian / Max 33"
Potable water contained in water jugs -- Offered on regional train services listed above / This is considered as one article against the entitlement.
Pressure-Treated Lumber $1 per piece Offered on regional train services listed above
- 5 cm x 10 cm x 244 cm (2 in x 4 in x 8 feets)
- 5 cm x 15 cm x 244 cm (2 in x 6 in x 8 feets)
- 5 cm x 15 cm x 366 cm (2 in x 6 in x 12 feets)
Propane tank - 20 lbs $5 Only on trains 185 & 186
Plywood $1 per piece Offered on regional train services listed above- 122 cm x 366 cm (48 in x 144 in)
Sheet metal $20 per piece Offered on regional train services listed above / Max 47 and 71 in
Skis -- Skis of any length are accepted without surcharge.
Single Door $50 Offered on regional train services listed above/ Max 48 in x 84 in
Space - 10 x 10 x 20 cubic feet $250 per trip Only on trains 185 & 186 - Passengers must call our contact center to reserve the space.
Space - 5 x 5 x 10 cubic feet $125 per trip Only on trains 185 & 186 - Passengers must call our contact center to reserve the space.
Space - 3 x 3 x 5 cubic feet $75 per trip Only on trains 185 & 186 - Passengers must call our contact center to reserve the space.
Starter plants -- Offered on regional train services listed above /  Is considered as one article against the entitlement.
Tow bars and trailer hitches -- Offered on regional train services listed above / Is considered as one article against the entitlement.
Vinyl siding $5 per piece Offered on regional train services listed above / Up to 10 in x 120 in
Window $50 Offered on regional train services listed above/ Max 48 in x 48 in

 

Station checkroom

Travellers holding valid tickets may leave their personal belongings in a station checkroom for up to the checkroom closing time. Don’t forget to retrieve your bags before departure!

Storage fees of $6 (per article) applies to the following:

  • Carry-on baggage: at any time on day of departure.
  • Checked baggage: customers who wish to check their baggage in advance exceeding the 3 hour period prior to train departure.
  • Checked baggage: items left in checkroom after the end of a trip (for up to the checkroom closing time).

 

Complimentary storage fees applies to the following:

  • Checked baggage: when dropping off within the normal checking time (up to 3 hours before departure).

 

Important notice: pets and perishable articles can never be left in checkrooms.

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