Luggage on the train
You do not need to make a reservation for your luggage, and you do not need to weigh or measure your bags before you travel. Nevertheless, this section contains useful tips and information for travelling by train with luggage.
Frequently asked questions about taking luggage
Luggage such as briefcases, laptops, backpacks, suitcases, etc. can be taken along free of charge.
Yes. If you reserve a seat online, you can select a seat near a baggage rack in the second booking step using the graphical overview ("Reserve requested seat" and then "Select seat"). Alternatively, you can look for rows of seats in the graphical overview with the seat backs facing in opposite directions, i.e. back to back. This is because there is a space between the rows of seats in which you can store your luggage at floor level. Please put any wheeled suitcases down so that they do not roll away during the journey and endanger other passengers.
Aisles, doors and safety devices such as fire extinguishers must remain unobstructed for your safety.
Always follow the instructions of the on-board crew.
Pack important and valuable items in your hand luggage and do not pack them in your suitcase. These include medicines, medical records, keys and laptops.
In addition to bags, trolleys and suitcases, you can also take the following:
Prams and pushchairs:
For train journeys, we recommend easily foldable models or buggies that are easy to stow away. Some train types have spaces for prams and pushchairs in the family compartment, partly in the newly introduced family areas or in their immediate vicinity.
Lots of families travel during holidays, on weekends or before public holidays. On these days, it can be difficult to take prams and pushchairs on board as there is only limited space available. You should always be able to store your luggage in the luggage compartment, the luggage rack or under the seat. This also applies to prams and pushchairs because aisles and door areas (escape routes) must remain clear, and safety devices such as fire extinguishers must be accessible.
Folding bicycles, folding pedelecs, small electric vehicles:
Folding bicycles, folding pedelecs and small electric vehicles (e.g. electric scooters, tread scooters, kickboards, etc.) may be carried when folded, provided they can be stowed safely (e.g. in the luggage rack) and do not obstruct or injure other passengers, or damage the carriage.
The long-distance trains on which you may take bicycles are marked accordingly in the arrival and departure timetables, and in our travel information. You will need a long-distance transport bicycle ticket and a storage space reservation. The reservation is free of charge and included in the price of your bicycle ticket.
Storage spaces are generally located in second class carriages. You can also reserve a seat on request. The seat and the storage space will generally be in the same carriage. In certain cases, however, the storage space and the seat may be in two different carriages. Each passenger can only take one bicycle.
We will of course transport your orthopaedic aids, such as a wheelchair, rollator or walking frame, free of charge. Different regulations apply in some transport associations.
The following standard dimensions were assumed when dimensioning the luggage racks and almost always fit: 700 x 500 x 300 mm (height x width x depth).
Luggage under your own seat
Please ensure that you can stow your luggage independently in the luggage rack or underneath the seat.
Luggage racks in the open saloon section
Many of our trains offer luggage racks for large suitcases in the open saloon section. These are located either near the doors or in the middle of the carriage. If you wish to keep your bag with you, place it in one of the luggage racks above your seat or, if possible, under the seat.
Luggage racks in the compartment
Compartments only have luggage racks above the seats. The Intercity 2 is an exception, as the small shelves above the seats are not suitable for suitcases. Additional luggage racks are provided here.
In addition to your hand luggage, you are allowed to carry one additional larger piece of luggage or item free of charge, provided this load can be carried by one person alone. Due to its size, it may need to be stored outside your seating area, e.g. in the nearest luggage rack. Each passenger is responsible for supervising their own luggage.
The information provided here is applicable to long-distance trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. It also applies to local transport and international services.
The conditions of carriage for persons travelling with Deutsche Bahn AG companies (BB Personenverkehr) apply.