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Checked baggage - Non-standard items

Space is subject to availability.

If you intend to make a connection with one of our partners, please visit their website for complete details on their baggage policy.

For security reasons, baggage is not allowed on board without its owner

Oversized sporting equipment

Please contact our call centre to let us know that you’ll be travelling with a non-standard item at 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (TTY for hearing impaired).

*Space is subject to availability.

600 et 602 JONQ-MTRL / 601 MTRL-JONQ / 603 MTRL- SENN / 604 et 606 SENN-MTRL / 692 CHUR-WPEG / 693 WPEG-CHUR/ SUDBURY-WHITE-RIVER 185,186

ITEM

DIMENSIONS

FEES

Bicycles/ child bike trailers

Standard sizes

$25 (plus tax)

Canoes*

Maximum length 5.5 m (18 ft.)

$100 (plus tax) per one-way trip

$50 (plus tax) per one-way trip only for trains 185, 186, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 692 and 693

Please contact our call centre to let us know that you’ll be travelling with a non-standard item

Kayaks*

Maximum length 5.5 m (18 ft.)

$100 (plus tax) per one-way trip

$50 (plus tax) per one-way trip only for trains 185, 186, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 692 and 693

Please contact our call centre to let us know that you’ll be travelling with a non-standard item

 

Golf bags

Standard sizes

Count as 1 carry-on baggage

Skis

Standard sizes

Count as 1 carry-on baggage

Sailboards*

Maximum length 5.5 m (18 ft.)

$100 (plus tax) per train

Dog sleds*

 

$50 plus taxes, regardless of distance, stopovers allowed

Tandems and recumbent bicycles

 

$50 plus taxes, regardless of distance, stopovers allowed

Some conditions differ on regional trains

*Restrictions applicable to Renaissance trains:

Canoes are not allowed. Kayaks, sailboards, and any item more than 86 cm (34 in.) wide cannot be checked on these trains. No other type of boat, raft or water vehicle may be carried in the baggage car.

Only one checked item per passenger is allowed.

All accessories must be secured (ropes, paddles, etc.).

Sailboards and hang-gliders must be disassembled, packed and as easy to carry as possible. Sailboards and masts are transported at the owner’s risk.

These items cannot be checked on board the Ocean.

*Restrictions applicable to Ocean trains:

These items cannot be checked on board the Ocean

Bicycles and child carrier trailers

Verify that your train offers a checked baggage service and accepts the registration of a bike: A checked baggage service may be available, however, some stations may not accept bikes. Before travelling, be sure to confirm that this service is offered by checking the station profiles on your route.

  • This service is available for clients travelling with VIA only. The passenger must present a confirmation of his ticket at the counter.
  • The fees for the transportation of a bicycle are $ 25 plus taxes, per direction. VIA Rail accepts 1 bike per passenger.
  • The vast majority of our baggage cars have a bicycle rack that can accommodate up to 12 bicycles. It is possible to check bikes for intermediate stations where there is a service of checked baggage.
  • For security reasons, baggage is not allowed on board without its owner. The transport of bicycles is an exception to this regulation. The bicycle must be put on board without any bag or equipment attached.
  • On most trains, bicycles are placed on a bicycle rack. On trains that are not equipped with a bicycle rack, a box or a bag will be used to protect the bicycle and the other items in the baggage car.
  • A box must be used if the journey includes a transfer.
  • Nothing other than the bicycle may go in the box. The owner is required to turn the handlebars and remove the pedals. VIA Rail does not provide tools to dismantle or assemble bicycles.
  • VIA Rail assumes no liability in case of damage if the bicycle is not placed on a bicycle rack or in a box, or if other items are also placed in the same box.
  • The following trains are equipped with a baggage car but don't have a bicycle rack: The Jasper - Prince Rupert (peak), Winnipeg - Churchill, the Ocean and the Canadian routes continue to offer the option to transport bikes as they are equipped with a baggage car. Note: For the transportation of a bike on board a train without a bicycle rack and equipped with baggage car, the bike will have to be dismantled and boxed or bagged.
  • Battery-powered bicycles are not accepted

Collapsible bicycle trailer can be placed in suitable box. VIA assumes no liability if the bicycle trailer is not crated or is non-collapsible. Partial release reliability will have to be signed by customer.

Bikes

IMPORTANT: Bike baggage service is currently suspended in the Corridor until further notice, as a result of gradual operations resumption, changes to our services and implemented preventive health measures.

  • This service is available for clients travelling with VIA only. The passenger must present a confirmation of his ticket at the counter.
  • The fees for the transportation of a bicycle are $ 25 plus taxes, per direction. VIA Rail accepts 1 bike per passenger.
  • The vast majority of our baggage cars have a bicycle rack that can accommodate up to 12 bicycles. It is possible to check bikes for some intermediate stations where there is a checked baggage service. Please refer to the profile of the station.
  • For security reasons, baggage is not allowed on board without its owner. The transport of bicycles is an exception to this regulation. The bicycle must be put on board without any bag or equipment attached.
  • On most trains, bicycles are placed on a bicycle rack. On trains that are not equipped with a bicycle rack, a box or a bag will be used to protect the bicycle and the other items in the baggage car.
  • A box must be used if the journey includes a transfer.
  • Nothing other than the bicycle may go in the box. The owner is required to turn the handlebars and remove the pedals. VIA Rail does not provide tools to dismantle or assemble bicycles.
  • VIA Rail assumes no liability in case of damage if the bicycle is not placed on a bicycle rack or in a box, or if other items are also placed in the same box.
  • The following trains are equipped with a baggage car but don't have a bicycle rack: The Jasper - Prince Rupert (peak), Winnipeg - Churchill, the Ocean and the Canadian routes continue to offer the option to transport bikes as they are equipped with a baggage car. Note: For the transportation of a bike on board a train without a bicycle rack and equipped with baggage car, the bike will have to be dismantled and boxed or bagged.
  • Battery-assisted bikes are not accepted.

Trains equipped with a baggage car

  • Baggage cars equipped with a bicycle rack - The vast majority of our baggage cars have a bicycle rack that can accommodate up to 12 bicycles. It is possible to check bikes for intermediate stations where there is a service of checked baggage.
  • However, due to operational reasons or change of equipment, a train may not have a rack. If this is the case, the bicycle must be dismantled and boxed or bagged. The customer could also check his bike on the next train with a baggage car.
  • Tandems and recumbent bicycles - $50 plus taxes, regardless of distance, stopovers allowed.
  • Boxes available (2 bicycle boxes) are recommended.
  • Child carriers (Baby Bicycle Trailers) - $25 each, plus taxes, regardless of distance, stopovers allowed.
  • Collapsible bicycle trailer can be placed in suitable box. VIA assumes no liability if the bicycle trailer is not crated or is non-collapsible. Partial release reliability will have to be signed by customer.

 

Checked items

Fee

Conditions

Animal carcass

$25 each

Trains 185 and 186 only

Appliances

$30 each

Stoves, fridges, water tanks

ATVs/motorboats/snowmobiles

$75 ea.

Trains 185 and 186 only

Bird carcass

$5 each

Trains 185 and 186 only

Building materials other

$10 each

Windows, doors, shingles, concrete mix, etc.

Canoes

$100 each

$50 (plus tax) per one-way trip only for trains 185, 186, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 692 and 693

Courier Service: Parcels/Letters

$15 each

Trains 185 and 186 only

Extra baggage

$40 per piece

Trains 185 and 186 only: $25 per train

Fuel – 5-gallon

$5 each

Trains 185 and 186 only

Furniture

$30 each

 

Game animal carcasses

$75 each

Restricted to regional trains / Per train, regardless of passenger fare.

Garbage / Recycling

$3

Must be properly packaged and sealed

Glass panes

$50 each

Restricted to regional trains –

Max. 48 in. x 48 in.

Grocery boxes

$3 each

Restricted to regional trains / Per box and per direction.

First 2 items are free.

Jugs of drinking water

N/A

Restricted to regional trains / Counts towards checked baggage allowance.

Kayaks

$100 each 

$50 (plus tax) per one-way trip only for trains 185, 186, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 692 and 693

Lawn mowers (drained)

$25 each

 

Lumber

$2 each

Includes: 2X4, 2X6, 2X8, plywood sheet

Miniature fridges

$50 each

Restricted to regional trains / Max. 50 lb.

Outboard motor

$25 each

Trains 185 and 186 only

Oversized box

(greater than 71")

$40

Trains 185 and 186 only.

Overweight box

(greater than 70 lb.)

$40

Trains 185 and 186 only.

Pallets of worms/bait

$3

Trains 185 and 186 only

Minimum $15 charge

Propane tanks – 20 lb.

$5 ea.

Trains 185 and 186 only

Skis and golf bags

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Skis of any size and golf bags are permitted at no extra charge.

Small stoves

$50 ea.

Restricted to regional trains / Max. 50 lb.

Space: 0.9 x 0.9 x 1.5 m

 (3 x 3 x 5 ft.)

$75 per trip

Trains 185 and 186 only

Space must be reserved through our call centre.

Space: 1.5 x 1.5 x 3 m

(5 x 5 x 10 ft.)

$125 per trip

Trains 185 and 186 only

Space must be reserved through our call centre.

Space: 3 x 3 x 6 m

(10 x 10 x 20 ft.)

$250 per trip

Trains 185 and 186 only

Space must be reserved through our call centre.

Tow bars or trailer hitches

N/A

Restricted to regional trains / Counts towards checked baggage allowance

Treated lumber

$1 per piece

Restricted to regional trains

–5 x 10 x 244 cm (2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft.)
–5 x 15 cm x 244 cm (2 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft.)
–5 x 15 cm x 366 cm (2 in. x 6 in. x 12 ft.)

Vinyl floor coverings

$5 each

Restricted to regional trains /

Max. 10 x 120 in.

 

Musical instruments

String instruments (e.g. guitars, violins and cellos) can be carried on board - even if their dimensions slightly exceed the baggage allowance allowed. As a precautionary measure and for security reasons, musical instruments must comply with the following instructions:

  • Musical instruments should always be in a rigid or in a hard shell container specifically designed for shipping such items.
  • The owner must sign the waiver of responsibility on the baggage registration tag
  • VIA's liability for checked baggage is limited to $ 250

Cellos

Any passenger traveling with a cello must contact our call center advising that they will be traveling with a non-standard item by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1-888-842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (ATS for the hearing impaired)

  • Cellos not allowed on Renaissance trains

Because of their size and fragility, double basses are not allowed.

Planning to transport a watercraft?

If you book your trip online: Please send us an email with your confirmation number and the leg of the trip you’d like us to transport your watercraft, and we’ll make the necessary arrangements.

If you book by phone: Please inform the agent that you’d like to transport a watercraft. Sailboards and masts are transported at the owner’s risk.

Stations served by regional/remote trains

Regional Services

  • Montréal – Jonquière

To/from or within Montréal and Senneterre.

  • Montréal – Senneterre

To/from or within La Tuque and Senneterre.

  • Toronto – Winnipeg

To/from or within: Lake Forrest, McKee’s Camp, Felix, Ruel, Westree, Gogama, Foleyet, Elsas, Oba, Hornepayne, 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 – Le Pas – Churchill

All stations.

  • Sudbury – White River

All stations.

  • Jasper à Prince Rupert

All stations.