Previously, we’ve told you about how simple it is to travel on Swiss trains. In this post, I want to share with you one of the latest tricks I’ve learned that makes traveling by train even easier: Baggage Switzerland.

One of many services offered by the SBB/CFF/FFS rail system, Baggage Switzerland is a way to send your bags separately to another rail station. If you are traveling over a long distance, to a destination that will require multiple connections, with bulky bags or sports equipment, or with children or pets, consider sending your baggage in advance. You won’t have to worry about wrestling suitcases on or off the train, between tracks in large train stations, or keeping track of your bags plus your family members.

To find the baggage office in any rail station, look for the blue signs with a white suitcase symbol and follow the arrows

To find the baggage office in any rail station, look for the blue signs with a white suitcase symbol and follow the arrows

Here’s how it works: You can ship any bag/suitcase weighing up to 25 kg; skis, snowboards, or ski boots; or even bicycles. Simply take your luggage to the baggage desk at the train station, tell the attendant where you want your bag shipped, and pay a small fee. Upon arrival, bags are stored free of charge at the destination for up to 4 days; each day thereafter, the bags incur a CHF 5 storage fee.

Depending on what time of day you drop off and how fast you choose to ship it, your bag will arrive either that day (CHF 26 per bag) or the day after next (CHF 12 per bag). Hours of operation and drop off times vary by rail station and by day of the week. Check with each station in advance to find out about deadlines for same-day shipping and opening hours.

Geneva's baggage office at Gare Cornavin is temporarily located on the Track 4/5/6 platform toward the "A" boarding area

Geneva’s baggage office at Gare Cornavin is temporarily located on the Track 4/5/6 platform toward the “A” boarding area

Recently, I traveled with my family and our dog to Mürren, a small town in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, for a long stay. The four-hour trip to Mürren required transferring trains four times plus taking a cable car into the mountains, and sending my bag ahead of time made my trip much easier. Instead of figuring out multiple train transfers with heavy bags and family members and the dog, I was able to relax and enjoy the trip knowing my bag would be waiting for me at my destination!

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