Greyhound Bus Lines offers bus service to over 2,300 destinations across North America and Canada. Every year, close to 25 million passengers travel aboard Greyhound buses. In most cases, traveling on Greyhound buses is much more affordable compared to traveling on air and train. Apart from providing transportation to people traveling across the U.S. Greyhound also provides transport for packages and belongings via their Greyhound Package Express Service. As part of purchasing your Greyhound bus ticket, you are entitled to carry certain baggage that is determined to be acceptable on your trip with you and the transportation of this is included in the ticket price.
Shipping luggage on a Greyhound bus is a useful and safe way to transport luggage from one place to another, even if you are not traveling yourself. This is also a reliable method for sending luggage to a certain location that you intend to travel later and don’t want to worry about carrying your own luggage. This is a popular option for those long trips that you plan to take by car and want to optimize your trunk space.
What is considered Acceptable Baggage? Greyhound considers the following to be acceptable: Suitcases, Duffel Bags, Trunks, Chests, Tool Boxes and Cardboard Boxes if securely tied. If you don’t have any of these items deemed acceptable, many greyhound bus stations can provide you with a shipping container for a nominal fee.
Greyhound Baggage Policy
1. Greyhound Baggage Limits
Every passenger is limited to the standard Greyhound baggage allowance is currently: one carry-on bag of 25 pounds or less and one checked bag of not more than 50 pounds. If the bags are more than 2, extra fees are charged. A bag heavier than this is charged a fee based on the company’s rates. The carry-on baggage must be fit into the overhead compartment or below the seat in front of the passenger.
2. Greyhound Baggage Fees
The Greyhound baggage policy allows one piece of baggage free for every ticketed adult and child. However, all packages exceeding 62 inches will be charged extra fees, with the exception of skis and ski poles. The ‘no charge’ allowance for checked baggage is restricted to 50 pounds per bag. Any luggage exceeding 50 pounds is subject to overweight baggage charges. The charges are between $30 and $40, depending on distance traveled. In the case of an extra bag, you have to pay an extra $15 for the luggage. Baggage over 70 pounds per bag is not allowed.
3. Prohibited Greyhound Baggage Items
Items that are prohibited within carry-on baggage include corpses, animals, all guns and firearms. Items such as prescription medication, money and laptops are not allowed in checked baggage and must be carried by the passenger himself or in the passenger’s carry-on bag. Just like most bus lines, some additional items are prohibited as carry-on items but can be shipped in the checked baggage. Such items include sporting goods, glass bottles and containers, metal cutlery, scissors, corkscrews and any other tools. No unlawful or hazardous materials are allowed. Neither are items that are considered objectionably, such as odorous materials. Greyhound also prohibits the transport of the following items; electric batteries, acids, explosives, combustible liquids, hazardous waste materials, flammable materials, corrosive materials, radioactive materials, fireworks, used fuel tanks, any gases in cylinders, nitrogen and any other dangerous materials. Refer to the official Greyhound website for additional details and current policies.
All materials must be inspected prior to the transporting of the luggage. If possible leave your package open, as Greyhound Bus Lines reserves the right to open, inspect and reject any packages that are not adequately packed. They may refuse to ship items that are damaged or inappropriate for shipping.
Greyhound’s maximum liability for the checked baggage is capped at $250 for all the bags checked per adult passenger and $125 for a child’s ticket. Greyhound doesn’t accept liability for any
unchecked, carry-on bags or for excess and oversize baggage.
If you happen to have Greyhound lost baggage, you need to file a claim for your lost or damaged package with Greyhound baggage claim. Passengers may also insure Greyhound bus baggage worth over $250 for an extra fee.
As an added service, in some locations you can utilize the Greyhound Luggage storage option offered in select locations. With this service you can wander about the city and not have to lug your baggage around with you. Fees are charged in 24 hour increments so you can maximize your time and take in the sites worry free.