Does AmTrak Weigh Luggage?

AmTrak operates over 300 trains daily, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states and 3 Canadian provinces, while doing so, they also offer the most generous baggage allowance in the travel industry, with two carry-on baggage and two personal items (hand baggage) completely free.

Even with the mentioned generous luggage policy, some travelers might find minutes before departure that their luggage is overweight, so the question of AmTrak weighing the luggage comes to mind.

“What if AmTrak won’t weigh my luggage?” - They will.
So, does AmTrak Weigh Luggage?

Yes, they do!

AmTrak offers up to 150 lbs of free luggage weight, which has to be distributed in two carry-on baggage and two personal items (hand baggage).

The weight of the carry-on luggage shouldn’t exceed 50 lbs, AmTrak will weigh the luggage before departure, and if it’s over the limit, the excess has to be moved to the other luggage, assuming you have two of them and that you have room.

The personal items (hand baggage), shouldn’t exceed 25 lbs, same story as above, AmTrak will weigh them.

How strict are they regarding the weight of the baggage?

The policy is strictly enforced, at least it was in my experience and the others that traveled many times with AmTrak. If your luggage weighs 51 lbs, make sure you repack it under 50 lbs, otherwise chances that you won’t be able to check in are high.

Does AmTrak weigh luggage in train stations like Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland?

Yes, AmTrak weighs luggage on all train stations, doesn’t matter where you are boarding.

Can I pay a fee if my luggage is overweight?

No, AmTrak doesn’t offer the option of paying fees for the extra weight. However, they will charge you $20 for the oversize baggage.

What are the carry-on luggage maximum dimensions?

28 x 22 x 14 inches and 28 x 22 x 11 inches for Pacific Surfliner.

What are the personal items maxim dimensions?

14x11x7 inches each, such as small bags, backpacks, purses, or laptops.

For more information about AmTrak's luggage policy please visit their website here.

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