Luggage on the Bus

What am I allowed to take with me on the bus?

 
CheckMyBus Support LuggageYou’re looking for additional information on luggage? What are you allowed to take with you on the bus? Do you want to know if you’re allowed to take a bicycle or stroller with you? Will it be possible to take your dog or an additional piece of luggage with you – and are there going to be extra-fees?
 
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Baggage Allowance on Buses

Taking the intercity bus is easy and so is bringing luggage. As opposed to going by plane, there are no long queues in front of check-in counters. Instead, you can usually simply take your carry-on luggage on board with you and give larger suitcases to the driver for him to store in the luggage compartment of the bus. However, there are some things to consider: What is the maximum baggage allowance? How large or heavy are the pieces of luggage allowed to be? Can I take my wheel chair? What about baby strollers on the bus? If you are looking for the answer to any of these questions, then read on as we have compiled a detailed overview over the luggage policies of several major US bus companies.

Checked Baggage and Carry-On Luggage

Baggage on the BusThere’s two types of luggage: the one you take on board with you and the one that needs to be stored in specific compartments. It is highly recommendable to store valuable items in your carry-on luggage since they will be safer there. Also, taking you tablet or laptop on board with you, generally makes the time pass much faster. A rule of thumb is that the carry-on luggage should be small enough to fit in the overhead compartment of the bus or under the seat in front of you. So taking a handbag or a rucksack should not be a problem at all. When it comes to larger luggage items such as suitcases or oversized back bags, then they can usually be stored beneath the passengers’ cabin. However, the individual bus companies have individual baggage allowance policies. Whereas on Greyhound Bus, you can only take one suitcase for free, Trailways allows you to take two. Also note the size limits. In general the weight of your bag should not exceed 50lbs. If you have heavier luggage, then some companies allow you to store it in the luggage compartment, but they might charge a specific fee. Some companies like megabus, on the other hand, do not allow oversized or overweight luggage. The same goes for bicycles: Some companies are fine with you taking your bike, while others will refuse it. If your item of luggage is really big or heavy, then you might have to ship it via a bus parcel service, such as the Greyhound Package Express.

Take a look at the following table to find out how much luggage you’re allowed on Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, megabus and Trailways. You should, however, note that some companies, such as Trailways, offer journeys which are conducted by smaller bus operators. So if in doubt, find out who exactly serves the bus connection of your choice and contact them for more info on their respective baggage allowance.

Bus Company Baggage Information
Greyhound Bus
  • Checked Baggage: One bag (62″ H+L+W, 50lbs max.) for free, second bag $15
  • Carry-On Luggage: One bag (25lbs max.) that can fit into the overhead cabin
  • Oversized/Overweight Baggage: Must be shipped through Greyhound Package Express (up to 5 pieces 75lbs max.); discounts if traveling on the same trip, otherwise $35 to $45 per piece
  • Bicycle Allowance: Yes, must be packed in wooden or canvas container and securely buckled (Should it exceed the size/weight limit, it must be shipped via Greyhound Package Express)
  • Jefferson Lines
  • Checked Baggage: One bag (62″ H+L+W, 50lbs max.) for free, second bag $15
  • Carry-On Luggage: One bag that can fit into the overhead cabin
  • Oversized/Overweight Baggage: $30 to $40 will be charged; if heavier than 75lbs the baggage must be shipped via Package Express
  • Bicycle Allowance: Yes, must be packed in wooden or canvas container and securely buckled (Should it exceed the size/weight limit, it must be shipped via Package Express)
  • megabus US
  • Checked Baggage: One bag (62″ H+L+W, 50lbs max.)
  • Carry-On Luggage: One bag that can fit into the overhead cabin
  • Oversized/Overweight Baggage: Not allowed
  • Bicycle Allowance: Not available
  • Trailways
  • Checked Baggage: Two bags (62″ H+L+W, 50lbs max.), one free bag for every traveling child, additional luggage is charged $15/item
  • Carry-On Luggage: One bag that can fit into the overhead cabin
  • Oversize/Overweight Baggage: $30 to $40; items over 75lbs must be shipped via Package Express
  • Bicycle Allowance: Yes ($20 fee), must be packed in wooden or canvas container and securely buckled. (Max. size 8*32*60)
  • Snowboards: Need to be securely wrapped in canvas, nylon or leather
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    Wheel Chairs, Baby Car Seats and Strollers

    Wheel chairs, baby car seats and stollers are necessary items, which is why there are specific rules for them. They do not count as oversized/overweight luggage, but can usually be taken on board for free. Taking a baby car seat or a stroller is not a problem with any of the major US bus companies. If you want to take the bus while remaining seated in your wheel chair, then this is usually ok as well. However, note that there’s a standardized weight limit for safety’s sake. The overall weight of the wheel chair and the passenger in it must not exceed 600lbs. If it does, then the wheel chair will be stored in the luggage compartment and the passenger has to refrain to a normal seat on the bus.

    If you want to take the bus as a wheel chair user, then it is necessary to contact the respective bus company in advance. We to do this a few days prior to your desired date of travel in order to make sure that there is still a wheel chair space available. Also make sure to be at the bus stop a bit earlier so that someone can help you with baggage storage or other possible issues.

    Bus Company Wheel Chair, Mobility Scooter and Baby Stroller
    Greyhound Bus
  • Wheel Chair/Mobility Scooter: Overall weight of the passenger and wheelchair/mobility scooter combined is 600lbs max. (Max size for wheel chair: 30*48; for mobility scooter: 30*30*48)
    Note: Contact Greyhound prior to departure for assistance or baggage storage
  • Baby Stroller: One baby stroller is accepted in addition to the maximum baggage allowance; a car seat in addition to carry-on luggage
  • Jefferson Lines
  • Wheel Chair/Mobility Scooter: Overall weight of the passenger and wheelchair/mobility scooter combined is 600lbs max. (Max size for wheel chair: 30*48; for mobility scooter: 30*30*48)
    Note: Contact Jefferson Lines 48 hours prior to departure for assistance or baggage storage
  • Baby Stroller: Baby Stroller can be stored in the compartment underneath
  • megabus US
  • Wheel Chair/Mobility Scooter: Overall weight of the passenger and wheelchair/mobility scooter combined is 600lbs max. (Max size for wheel chair: 30*48; for mobility scooter: 30*30*48)
    Note: Contact megabus to reserve your wheel chair space and be at the bus station 15min prior to departure for assistance or baggage storage
  • Baby Stroller: One baby stroller is accepted in addition to the maximum baggage allowance
  • Trailways
  • Wheel Chair/Mobility Scooter: Overall weight of the passenger and wheelchair/mobility scooter combined is 600lbs max. (Max size for wheel chair: 30*48; for mobility scooter: 30*30*48)
    Note: Contact Trailways 24 hours prior to departure for assistance or baggage storage
  • Baby Stroller: Baby stroller can be stored in the compartment underneath
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    Lost and Found

    In general, every passenger is responsible for their own belongings. This is something that is particularly true for carry-on luggage. Greyhound Bus, for instance, cannot compensate you if your handbag, which you should carry with you at all times, is lost. It is different, however, for luggage items stored in the baggage compartment of the bus. If it gets lost or stolen, you can file a claim. Greyhound Bus Lines and megabus US, for instance, will reimburse you up to a maximum of $250 per adult ticket. If you have bought a child ticket on Greyhound then the maximum compensation is $150. If you travel with valuable items, then you should check whether a luggage insurance is an option for you. Greyhound, for instance, offers this. Should your luggage or parts of it be lost, then you should also contact the bus company directly. Most of the bus companies, like megabus, offer specific Lost and Found offices which try to locate missing items. Sometimes, however, there might be a time limit: Greyhound, for instance, tries to recover your lost luggage for 15 days. Afterwards the inquiry will be treated as a claim for reimbursement.

    Animals on Board

    Unfortunately, animals are not allowed on board. However, if you are in need of a guide or assistance dog, then you are usually able to take them on the bus trip as well. Make sure, though, that the service animal is properly trained and always under your control. The bus company megabus US, for instance, also demands that service animals be properly harnessed.

    10 thoughts on “Luggage on the Bus

      1. Dear Rajiv,

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    1. Hi
      I plan to travel from Postojna to Trieste on either 29 June or 30 June. I will have a folding bicycle in a bag and some other carry on luggage. Will that be Ok? Will there be extra costs to pay. How often do the buses run?

      1. Dear Carol,

        Trips from Postojna to Trieste are offered by Baltour and Autotrans. Unfortunately, in general these bus companies do not transport bicycles. However, both of them allow additional luggage if there is enough space. We therefore recommend getting in touch with the companies directly in order to ask whether taking a fold-up bicycle is ok on the trip of your choice.

        Best regards,
        Your CheckMyBus-Support

    2. Hello,
      I am moving out from Brussels to Prague and would like to send 3 pieces of luggage (around 20kg each) to Prague, without me physically going by bus. (i will take a flight).
      Is it possible to use your bus transportation for that? how much would it cost?
      Thank you
      Joanna

      1. Dear Joanna,

        Please, note that we are a search engine for bus travel and don’t have our own bus fleet.

        However, we are always happy to provide assistance to our users.

        We have checked with our partners and, unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any bagagge shipping services from Brussels to Prague.

        If there is anything else we can be of assistance with, don’t hesitate to contact us.

        Best regards,

        Your CheckMyBus Support

      1. Dear Wayne,

        the trip from Ljubljana to Villach is operated by FlixBus. Once you have found a good trip and you click on “View Deal” you are instantly redirected to the FlixBus website, where you can also see whether there’s bike slots available for the individual connections. You then have the chance to instantly book your ticket and the bike transport.

        Best regards,

        Your CheckMyBus Support

    3. Me and my wife would like to travel from Munich Central Bus Stand to Innsbruck, Austria by bus on the morning of 21st September, 2015.
      Please inform the bus timings, the best possible fares and how much luggage is permitted to be carried on the bus.

      Thank you

      1. Dear Sanjay,

        You can find the cheapest bus tickets by using CheckMyBus with just one click: When using the search engine, just type from: “Munich, Germany” to: “Innsbruck, Austria” and select your desired departure date. By clicking “Find now!” you will see all the available bus trips.

        On your desired departure date, there are currently 18 bus trips throughout the whole day, which are all operated by the bus company MeinFernbus. The first departure takes place at 07.30 am and the last one at 10:20 pm, with the fares for the trips ranging from $9 to $14 per person.

        Regarding the luggage allowance, in general, each bus company has its own luggage policy. In your case, MeinFernbus allows you to take one piece of hand luggage with a maximum size of 16 x 12 x 7in and a maximum weight of 15lb. Additionally, each passenger can take up to two pieces of normal luggage, which will be stored in the luggage compartment (maximum size of 26 x 20 x 11in per item and a total weight of 66lb). Any luggage exceeding this allowance is subject to an additional fee and needs to be registered at the customer service before the departure.

        If you need further information on the bus company MeinFernbus, you can find all the necessary data – including on overview over the company’s on-board features – when clicking “Bus Companies” and then selecting MeinFernbus.

        Best regards,
        Your CheckMyBus-Support

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