European Bus Luggage Policy | Shipping Alternatives

Bus luggage allowance | How much luggage can I take on the bus?

Passengers often wonder about the European luggage policy of a specific bus company. That is why we have gathered some of the essential information regarding bus luggage allowance for the most prominent international bus companies. Read further to find the answers to your questions and affordable shipping alternatives for hassle-free travelling.

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Bus luggage rules: What counts as free luggage and what as overweight luggage?

Most European bus companies do not have very strict luggage limits. Passengers can generally take at least one carry-on bag, and one checked bag for free. Due to limited space in luggage compartments, bus companies can limit the number and dimensions of each passenger’s luggage. If you want to take any extra luggage with you, like sports equipment, musical instruments, or a bike, or if your bags exceed the maximal dimensions stated in the selected European bus luggage policy, you might need to pay the additional charge for the overweight luggage on the bus.

Check the specific bus luggage rules on our dedicated pages for Megabus and Flixbus:


Door-to-door shipping alternatives with Eurosender

If your suitcases and other luggage are overweight, you might need to pay relatively high fees to transport them on the bus. In this case, the best solution might be to send luggage to your final destination ahead and enjoy the journey on the bus without worrying about any restrictions based on the European bus luggage policy.

We offer a wide variety of reliable and affordable door-to-door delivery services worldwide. Thanks to our luggage services, you can ship baggage of all sizes directly to your doorstep. We recommend you booking the pick-up of your additional luggage at least two days before your planned trip.

Important: While some courier companies accept suitcases for shipping, it is highly recommended to use cardboard boxes as the final packaging. Please bear in mind in certain countries, the courier company may refuse to take suitcases that are not properly packed in cardboard boxes. For specific information about your desired route, do not hesitate to contact our support team via chat.


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FAQ about the European bus luggage policy

How much luggage is allowed on the bus?
Every bus company sets its own luggage limits. Most bus companies allow you to take one carry-on and one checked bag for free. You might need to buy an additional ticket or pay an extra fee for the excess, oversized or overweight luggage.
What to do if my luggage exceeds the limit set by the bus company?
If your baggage exceeds the maximal luggage dimensions or weight stated in the bus luggage allowance, you can ship it with Eurosender. Our cooperation with numerous courier companies allows us to offer competitive prices for luggage shipping in Europe and worldwide. Find out the price for your desired destination in only a few seconds by inserting the details of your luggage in our booking tool above.
Can I take my bike as luggage on a bus?
It depends on the type of bus. Bigger buses that drive on the routes to popular tourist destinations often have special cargo holds for bikes. In such cases taking a bike, especially a folding bike, with you presents no problem. On smaller regional buses that drive between the cities, you might transport your bike in the luggage compartment if there is enough space for it.
Can pets such as dogs and cats ride on buses?
It depends on the pet policy of the bus company you are travelling with. In most cases, only service animals are allowed to travel on the buses. In other cases, small and well-behaved animals that represent no danger or nuisance for other passengers can travel with you.
How should I prepare my overweight or oversized luggage for shipping before travelling by bus?
You must pack your suitcases, musical instruments, and sports equipment according to our packing guides when using our door-to-door delivery services. Couriers may refuse to collect items that are not adequately packed. Consider using cardboard boxes as the final packaging for suitcases.
I have lost my luggage on a bus. What can I do?
If you’ve lost your luggage on the bus and it’s your fault, we recommend you contact the bus company via the contact form on their lost property page or chat with the customer support team. If the item is found, they will contact you to pick it up.
If the bus company is responsible for the loss of your luggage, you can expect financial compensation for your belonging, as long as you can prove their value. The value of financial compensation varies from bus company to bus company.
Can wheelchairs go on buses?
Yes, passengers who are restricted in their mobility and can board the bus on their own or with the help of a companion can travel on all bus lines. Their collapsing wheelchairs will be stowed in the baggage compartment of the bus. If you are travelling in your wheelchair, the driver will accommodate you onboard using the hydraulic lift (if available on the bus).
Can you take a surf board on a bus?
Taking a surfboard on most of the local buses might be problematic, especially in the passenger compartment. They may be carried in a baggage compartment on some buses, depending on space availability. You can avoid the problems by shipping your surfboard with Eurosender!