We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.
Transportation

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

What Is Left Luggage?

By C. Mitchell
Updated: May 23, 2024

In most cases, left luggage is luggage that passengers have deliberately left in designated luggage storage facilities. Airports, train stations, and hotels throughout Europe have offices where travelers can store bags, usually for a fee. The same offices exist in the United States and Canada, but are usually referred to as baggage check facilities.

Some of the most familiar left luggage offices are in hotels. Guests who arrive at a hotel before their room is ready may have the option of storing luggage with the hotel’s luggage service. The same services are usually available to guests who must check out of their rooms before their scheduled departure time. Hotel luggage storage service is usually free of charge, though patrons are often encouraged to tip baggage attendants.

Left luggage offices in more public settings are sometimes also monitored luggage storage rooms. Most left luggage rooms charge a per-piece fee, assessed on either an hourly or daily basis. More often than not, however, these facilities take the form of locker banks. Lockers provide the same basic benefit — namely, to afford travelers a way to store their bags in order to sightsee or travel about unencumbered — but usually at a much lower cost.

Baggage lockers are mainstays of most of Europe’s airports and train stations. The lockers are usually large enough to accommodate many sizes and types of luggage. Storing left luggage in these systems once required patrons to supply or rent their own locks, though most use a digital combination system today.

They are coin or credit card operated, based either on the hour or the day. When time expires, the lockers usually automatically open. This discourages long-term storage and prevents locker space from being monopolized by abandoned property.

In some circumstances, left luggage can refer not to luggage meant to be stored but rather to luggage that has been lost or unclaimed during travel. Bags that are unclaimed at a luggage carousel, for instance, are sometimes referred to as left luggage in that they were left or forgotten by their owners. Left luggage in this sense is lost, not intentionally checked or temporarily stored.

Most airlines and train carriers maintain lost luggage offices where passengers can make inquiries and file claims for bags that have been left or have not arrived when promised. Lost luggage officials find lost bags either through computer database searches based on claim number or by identifying bags that have been unclaimed at the destination where they erroneously wound up. Airlines usually store lost luggage for a certain amount of time in hopes of reconnecting it with its owner.

WiseTour is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
Share
WiseTour, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseTour, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.