TGV baggage allowance | Do I have to pay for the excess baggage?

TGV stands for “Train à Grande Vitesse”, which means “high-speed train” in French. It is France’s intercity high-speed rail service and it is operated by the national operator SNCF. TGV is very popular among the French citizens and foreign travellers, since it connects Paris with many major cities across the country. These cities include Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Rennes. The train service also links France with other European countries, such as Spain, Italy and Belgium.

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According to the TGV baggage allowance policy, there are no limitations regarding the (number of) luggage each passenger can bring on board. However, it is important that passengers are able to carry their bags themselves. Also, keep in mind that there might not be enough space to store all their belongings in the designated luggage areas. Moreover, there are no specifications about traveling with a musical instrument or sports equipment. Therefore, if you are planning to bring your guitar or skis onboard, we recommend contacting the company directly. Another thing you should keep in mind is that the train company offers door-to-door services for those who cannot lift their own luggage. However, there are no prices indicated for such services, but they can vary depending on the distance between the train station and the passenger’s address.

Can I travel with my pet?

TGV pet policy states that dogs and other pets are allowed onboard. Each passenger can travel with up to two animals and a ticket has to be bought for them. In case you are planning to travel with a different type of pet, such as a miniature pig, you should contact the company.


TGV pet policy for animals that weigh less than 6 kg:The pets must travel in a bag or basket (up to 45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm)The fare will be 7€.
TGV pet policy for animals that weigh more than 6 kg:The animals must wear a muzzle during the entire journeyTheir fare will be 50% of the full 2nd class


Are bikes allowed onboard?

TGV baggage allowance policy states that passengers are allowed to bring their bikes onboard, without extra charge. However, the bike must be folded to 90 cm x 120 cm or smaller. Otherwise you can remove the wheels and pack them in a carrying bag with the frame.

Cars and motorcycles on TGV trains | SNCF Auto/Train service

SNCF has a service called Auto/Train that enables passengers to travel by car or motorcycle. However, SNCF Auto/Train service must be booked at least seven months in advance. Prices for this service start from 119€.

OUIGO Baggage Allowance | Can I bring all my luggage onboard?

OUIGO is an independent subsidiary of the French national rail company SNCF that also uses some of the TGV trainsets. It is basically a low-cost high-speed train service that operates on the French rail network, connecting cities like Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Nantes.

OUIGO baggage allowance policy states that each passenger can bring one piece of hand luggage and one item of carry-on luggage, free of charge. The carry-on luggage must not be larger than 55 x 35 x 25 cm and passengers should place it under their seat. The hand luggage must not be larger than 36 x 27 x 15 cm and should be placed on the passenger’s knees during the journey. Families with small children can bring their pushchairs, without paying extra baggage fees.

OUIGO baggage allowance:

  • 1 carry-on suitcase up to 55 x 35 x 25 cm;
  • 1 personal item (e.g. a purse, a laptop bag…) up to 36 x 27 x 15 cm.

Wait, I have more suitcases. Do I need to pay excess baggage fees?

Passengers travelling with OUIGO can bring more suitcases onboard by purchasing the “extra bag” option. This will cost 5€. However, if the passenger does not select this option before the day of departure, they will have to pay 20€. At this point, please keep in mind that you will be able to bring only to additional bags by purchasing this service.

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Are bikes allowed on OUIGO trains?

OUIGO’s website mentions that passengers are allowed to take his/her bike onboard. They are treated as extra bags and you will be required to pay 5€. However, there are no specifications on of whether they should be folded or not and if there are any dimension limits. Therefore, for more information, contact the company directly.

Can I travel with my pets?

OUIGO pet policy states that pets, such as dogs and cats, are allowed onboard. Passengers can carry small animals (under 6 kg) as “hand luggage”. However, that means that they will not be able to bring an additional small bag. The fee for bringing animals that weigh more than 6kg is 30€. If you are planning to travel with a different animal, such as a ferret, we recommend contacting the company for further information.

Can I bring my guitar or snowboard onboard? | Bringing musical instruments and sports equipment in OUIGO trains

OUIGO baggage allowance policy does not include much information on musical instruments and sports equipment. That is why we would recommend you to check whether your items can fit into a case with the dimensions specified on the “extra bag” option. If you want to travel with a big musical instrument or sports equipment, we recommend you to contact the company or look for an alternative solution to bring your belongings to your destination.

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*The information concerning SNCF’s TGV and OIGU baggage allowance is based on data collected from the company’s website on 10/09/2018 and it is subject to change.