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Current Luggage Restrictions on AVE train between Barcelona and Mardid

Hello,

I was wondering what the current restriction on AVE trains between Barcelona and Madrid? I found a couple answers but they both are different from each other. One says that I could have 3 bags with a total of 20kg (44lbs), and the other says that the three bags can be up to 55lbs. I am confused. Also the answers came from two different people.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 08, 2012 18:44
    Hi Whitney,

    On the AVE high-speed trains in Spain, each passenger can bring up to 3 bags that do not exceed 44 lbs.
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  • That is total of all three bags, right? Or is can it be each? I am planning on bringing one large suitcase, which is under 250 cm, one large duffel bag, and one purse. How is it possible to have three bags that weigh less than 44lbs? Is it okay to be a little over? Do they weigh your bags before you get on the train, meaning how will they know if I am over the weight limit?

    Sorry about all the questions. I want to be sure that I can ride the train before I buy a ticket.
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  • Hi Whitney,

    In answer to your first question, it is 3 bags per person. They do not weigh your bags, however, I would recommend tring to stick with the weight limit. This also a requirement of the airlines. Also remember, you are responsible for your own luggage and you may need to carry it up and down stairs with in the train stations. While traveling, pack as light as possible so that way you are able to travel around with ease.
    If the conductors see that you are struggling with your luggage, they may weigh your luggage and possibly charge you additional monies for being over the weight limit.

    As long as you keep the weight down, you will be fine while traveling.

    Thanks.
    Jen
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  • What would be the additional charge for extra weight or more than 3 bags? What is the maximum allowed amount and weight of luggage?
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    • Yes, it would be exactly the train from Madrid to Barcelona.

      So does that mean one is not allowed to take more suitcases? What happens if I have 4 bags with me in total. Will I have to leave one in Madrid or is there a way to pay for extra luggage? If the latter is the case, maybe you could tell me what price it would be for this specific route.

      Thank you.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 26, 2012 16:51
      These are the guidelines provided by the actual train company. Rail Europe is the North American ticket supplier for these companies. They do not check baggage, but you may be charged extra if you have more than what they say is allowed. Since this is a fee that would be assessed locally by the operator of the train, we would not have any information regarding how much it would cost. If you feel as though you may be transporting an excessive amount of luggage, then you would have to contact the national tourism board of the country or countries you will be traveling in. The website for the National Tourism Board of Spain is http://www.spain.info/.
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