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Non-standard items

Some non-standard items are accepted as carry-on and/or checked baggage and count as part of the baggage allowance. Charges may apply for special 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. The transport of bicycles is an exception to this regulation.

NON-STANDARD ITEMS that count as 1 carry-on baggage

  • Golf bags
  • Skis
  • Oversized musical instruments (cello, guitar, etc.)*

*Conditions apply

ACCEPTED OVERSIZED SPORTING EQUIPMENT

ACCEPTED 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.

ITEM

DIMENSIONS

FEES

Bicycles/child bike trailers

Standard sizes

$25 (plus tax)

Tandem/electric bikes

Standard sizes

$50 (plus tax)

Kayaks*

Maximum length 5.5 m (18 ft.)

$100 (plus tax) per train

Sailboards*

Maximum length 5.5 m (18 ft.)

$100 (plus tax) per train

Dog sleds*

Maximum length 5.5 m (18 ft.)

$100 (plus tax) per train

Canoes *

Maximum length 5.5 m (18 ft.)

$100 (plus tax) per train

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

 

Other conditions may apply on regional remote 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

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.

  • 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. This service is now available and offered any time. 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) or the train may NOT be equipped with a baggage car.
  • 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.
  • This service is available for clients travelling with VIA only. The passenger must present a confirmation of his ticket for a departure before or after the train carrying their bike and for the same destination.

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

· 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.

LIST OF TRAINS WHERE BAGGAGE SERVICE IS OFFERED

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. This service is now available and offered any time. 
  • 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.
  • Also, the train may NOT be equipped with a baggage car and the checked baggage service would not be offered. The customer could then register his bike on the next train with a baggage car.
  • 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.  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.

 

DAYS
TRAINS WITH BAGGAGE CARS
MONDAY
20-37-24-29-64-65-669-41-75
TUESDAY
20-37-24-29-64-669-68-72
WEDNESDAY
20-37-24-29-64-669-61-668
THURSDAY
20-37-24-29-64-669-65-75
FRIDAY
20-37-24-29-64-669-72-68
SATURDAY
622-639-34-62-65-81
SUNDAY
624-637-29-63-646-80-64

 

*Train 63 has a baggage car, however the service is only available to and from terminal stations. All intermediate stations do not allow checked baggage.