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Oversized baggage

Oversized baggage

It is possible in some of our trains to transport objects larger or heavier than our authorized dimensions. However, you should check the possibilities before making your reservation.

Please note that space on board for these items 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. The transport of bicycles is an exception to this regulation. Note that certain sizes of bicycles can be considered as hand baggage, see the carry-on baggage section for all the information.

Baggage check-in fees (summary)

Pets and kennels: Planning to travel with your favorite pet? Consult the Traveling with animals section to know all about the procedures.

Animal carcass: 25 each. Trains 185 and 186 only.

Appliances: $30 each. Stoves, fridges, water tanks.

ATVs/motorboats/snowmobiles: $75 each. 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. Trains 185, 186, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 692 and 693 only: $50 per train.

Courier Service Parcels/Letters: $15 each. Trains 185 and 186 only.

Extra baggage: $40 per piece. Trains 185 and 186 only: $25 per train.

Fees for transporting food: Food and liquids must be transported in hermetically sealed boxes secured with adhesive tape, and must be claimed immediately on arrival. Perishable goods stored in bags or Styrofoam containers are not accepted.

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.

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

Jugs of drinking water: N/A. Restricted to regional trains / Counts towards checked baggage allowance.

Kayaks: $100 each. For the following trains only: 185, 186, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 606, 692 and 693 the tarif is $50.

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 each. Trains 185 and 186 only.

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

Small stoves: $50 each. 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.

NOTICE: The bicycle baggage service is currently suspended in the Corridor until further notice, due to the gradual resumption of operations, changes to our services and the implementation of preventive health measures.

Here is the list of policies applicable in normal times.

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.