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Indian Railways Luggage Rules: Free Allowance Limit And Other Details

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Indian Railways have certain luggage carrying rules under which, each passenger is allowed a free allowance up to which he/she can carry luggage in the compartment, free of cost. The free allowance varies for different classes of travel, noted Indian Railways on its portal- indianrail.gov.in. However, passengers can book and carry excess luggage beyond the free allowance with them in the compartment up to the maximum limit as per class mentioned on payment of charge at 1.5 times of luggage rate, added Indian Railways.

Key luggage rules of Indian Railways: 

1. The following maximum limit free allowance, marginal allowance are admissible for carriage of luggage in the compartment, according to indianrail.gov.in.

Class Free Allowance Marginal Allowance Maximum quantity permitted ( including free allowance)
AC First Class 70 Kgs 15 Kgs 150 Kgs
AC 2-Tier sleeper/First class 50 Kgs 10 Kgs 100 Kgs
AC 3-tier sleeper/AC chair car 40 Kgs 10 Kgs 40 Kgs
Sleeper class 40 Kgs 10 Kgs 80 Kgs
Second class 35 Kgs 10 Kgs 70 Kgs

2. Trunks, suitcase and boxes having outside measurement of 100 cms x 60 cms x 25 cms (length x breadth x height) will be allowed to be carried in the passenger compartments as personal luggage.  If the trunks, suitcase, and boxes, which in outside measurement exceed any one of the dimension, such articles are required to be booked and carried in the brake van and not in the passengers’ compartment. 

3. However, maximum size of the trunks/suitcase that can be carried in the AC-3 tire and AC chair car compartment is 55 cms x 45 cms x 22.5 cms. 

4. Children aged five and below 12 years are allowed half of the free allowance subject to the maximum of 50 Kgs.

5. Luggage of larger dimension are to be carried only by brake van. The minimum charge for luggage is Rs 30. There is no restriction on carriage of luggage in brake van of passenger trains as far as quantity and type (personal or merchandise) of luggage offered for booking is concerned. 

Source: NDTV Profit