IRCTC Alert! You can be charged extra for excess baggage in trains. Check details
New Delhi: Railways passengers often prefer trains over flights because they can avoid baggage limit, check-in, check-out and other additional worries. However, not a lot of people know that there is a luggage limit in trains as well. Railways has its know luggage/baggage rules and not many passengers know about them.
It may be noted that while the free luggage limit in trains is a lot higher than in domestic flights, there is a fine if the passengers carry more luggage than the prescribed limit.
Here is the prescribed free luggage limit in trains:
According to railways’ website, passengers are allowed to book and carry excess luggage beyond the free allowance with them in the compartment up to the maximum limit as per class mentioned above on payment of charges at 1.5 times of the luggage rate.
Also, When a passenger is detected either en route or at the destination with unbooked or partially booked luggage weighing more than the free allowance, the excess unbooked weight exceeding free allowance of luggage is charged at six times the luggage scale rate instead of 6 times of scale mentioned earlier.
However, if unbooked or partially booked luggage is detected more than the free allowance of the luggage but within the marginal allowance, it is charged at 1.5 times the luggage scale rate. When a passenger is detected either en route or at the destination with unbooked or partially booked luggage weighing more than the maximum limit permitted the excess weight exceeding free allowance of luggage is charged at six times of the luggage scale rate subject to a minimum of Rs 50.
Worth mentioning here is that trunks, suitcase and boxes having outside measurement of 100 cms x 60 cms x 25 cms (length x breadth x height ) are allowed to be carried in the passenger compartments as personal luggage. If the trunks, suitcases and boxes, which in outside measurement exceed any one of the dimensions, such articles are required to be booked and carried in the brakevan and not in the passengers’ compartments. The maximum size of the trunks/suitcases that can be carried in the AC-3 tier and AC Chair Car compartment is 55 cms x 45 cms x 22.5 cms.