What are the Rules of carrying Luggage in Indian Railways?

As per instructions, 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 .However, the excess luggage in owner’s
charge beyond the free allowance is charged at 1.5 times the rates under

Each passenger is allowed a free allowance up to which he can carry luggage with
him in the compartment, free of cost. The free allowance varies for different
classes of travel. Children aged 5 and below 12 years are allowed half of the
free allowance subject to the maximum of 50 Kgs. You are also permitted a
marginal allowance. There is a maximum ceiling on the luggage which can be
carried inside the compartment for each class. These are indicated in the table
below :

The following maximum limit free allowance, marginal allowance are admissible
for carriage of luggage in the compartment :


Class Free allowance Marginal allowance Maximum quantity permitted ( including free allowance)
AC First Class 70 Kgs 15 Kgs150 Kgs
AC 2-Tier
sleeper/First class
50 Kgs 10 Kgs100 Kgs
AC 3-tier sleeper/AC
chair car
40 Kgs 10 Kgs40 Kgs
Sleeper class40 Kgs 10 Kgs80 Kgs
Second class35 Kgs10 Kgs70 Kgs

The maximum limit includes free allowance.