If you are new to travel,
you may never have considered using Storage
Lockers at various points during your trip.
Storage Lockers are a convenient, inexpensive,
safe and secure way to store your belongings at
various locations during your trip helping to
avoid carrying around you backpack or luggage as
you go off exploring. In fact, many
locations will not allow you entry if you are
carrying large bags or backpacks, so lockers are
a must in certain situations.
If you are traveling by
train from on location to another but want to
make an intermediate stop prior to your final
destination, using storage lockers is a
convenient way to go.
On a trip through Switzerland, we arrived in
Thun via train from Bern on our way to
Interlaken. We wanted to explore Thun
and a couple of nearby castles in the
morning before taking a boat across Thun
Lake to Spiez and then on to Interlaken.
It was very convenient to place our
backpacks in a Thun rail station storage
locker while we were out exploring.
When we returned, we collected our bags,
boarded our boat to Spiez where we walked
around the castle area before taking a train
on the Interlaken and our hotel.
Using storage lockers can be an important part
of your trip planning. They give you
alternatives to store your bags allowing you to
go off and explore places you may otherwise not
be able to.
Hotel Drop Off
If you are arriving
early at one of your destinations where you
will be staying for the night, it may be
more convenient to use a locker rather than
dropping off your bags at your hotel for
safe keeping. Depending on the rail
station location, hotel location and planned
activities we have utilized hotel drop off
as well as storage lockers.
Although we are talking about using storage
lockers, we want to mention that in most
situations, you should be able to drop off
your bags at your hotel if it's convenient
to do so. Even if your room is not yet
ready and you have arrived hours prior to
the check in time, it's a common practice
for European hotels to allow you to drop off
your bags at no charge.
You will find that
the lockers work in various different ways.
We have found that
most are simply coin operated such as the
blue ones below. You place your items
inside any open locker, hold the door shut
and insert the required amount of coins then
remove the key.
Some lockers may have
indicator lights telling you the ones that
are available and the ones that are not.
Lights may also indicate when the correct
amount of change has been deposited and you
can remove the key to secure your
The daily cost for a
locker is minimal, around 5-8 Euros/Day (or
local currency) depending on the size you
The red lockers below
worked slightly different. After
inserting your items into an empty locker
and closing the door, it will immediately
lock. You then go to the control panel
where the locker number can be selected and
you then insert your coins. It will
print a coded receipt that you take with
you; not a key. When you return, you
simply scan your receipt and it will unlock
Another advantage of traveling light with
only a backpack sized to meet airline
restrictions is that it should easily fit
into most storage lockers, even the smaller
We have been able to
easily fit two 40 Liter sized backpacks into
a single small sized locker at most
Most rail stations
will have storage lockers, especially in
high profile tourist areas. Keep in
mind that obtaining a locker is not a
guarantee. If you are traveling during
peak season, there may not always be an
available locker. As we tend to travel
Shoulder Seasons, we have not had an
issue find lockers during those times of the
Do some research ahead of time. If you
plan on using lockers at specific locations,
make sure they are actually available.
Train Station Storage Lockers