At Saudi Railway Company, we make the safety and security of customers and staff our absolute priority.


To make your journey as smooth as possible and avoid unnecessary delays, we ask that you pay special attention to our security procedure.

Knowing what’s allowed and what’s not allowed before you arrive at the station – as well as allowing yourself plenty of time to follow the security procedures, will save you time and inconvenience and make your journey with SAR more enjoyable.

Please follow our top tips:
  • ​Have your ticket and ID ready before you approach the security check point.
  • Take your laptop, iPad, Kindle and any other similar, large electrical items out of your hand baggage to be x-rayed separately.
  • Remove coats, jackets and belts. They will need to be x-rayed along with your bag.
  • Be prepared to remove your shoes before going through the security archway.
Checked-in baggage
Checked-in baggage is the term we use for luggage that is checked-in and placed in our luggage coach for the duration of your journey. There are several items that you are allowed to carry in checked-in baggage that you are not allowed to carry on-board with you in your hand baggage. Items that you can have in your checked-in baggage but not in your hand baggage include:
  • Sharp items including scissors
  • Razor blades (razors that have the blade set into plastic moulding are allowing in hand baggage, but other types are not).
  • Knives with blades of any length.
  • Hypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons, for which proof will be required).
  • Tools (including multi-tools and penknives)
  • Catapults
  • Walking/hiking poles
  • Sporting bats
  • Darts
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues.
The amount of checked-in baggage you are permitted to carry with SAR, will depend on the ticket type you have purchased:
Business Class & Private Sleeper Cabins
  • 1 piece of checked-in luggage (up to 80cm long) weighing 32kg (70lbs) maximum per person.
Economy Class
  • 1 piece of checked-in luggage (up to 80cm long) weighing 25kg (55lbs) maximum per person.
Our luggage check-in desks close promptly 20 minutes prior to the train departure, so if you’re checking in luggage we recommend you arrive at the station at least 45 minutes before to ensure you have adequate time allowing for queues to check in your bags.

Hand baggage
Hand baggage is the term we use for the luggage that you carry through security and keep with you for your whole journey.

Our Security Check-Point closes promptly 5 minutes before the train departure, and we recommend that customers pass through this point at least 15 minutes prior, allowing a comfortable amount of time to clear the security checks, enter the platform and board the train (which could be located on Platform 2 via an underpass).

Customers travelling with a pacemaker or ICD should inform security staff before passing through the walk-through metal detector at the Security Check-Point, as this may set off the metal detector alarm.  Please produce your pacemaker / ICD identification card when doing so.

The amount of hand baggage you are permitted to carry with SAR, will depend on the ticket type you have purchased:
Business Class & Private Sleeper Cabins
  • 1 piece of hand luggage (maximum size 55cm x 40cm x 25cm), weighing 10kg (22lbs), plus a handbag, laptop or briefcase per person.
Economy Class
  • 1 piece of hand luggage (maximum size 55cm x 40cm x 25cm), weighing 7kg (15lbs), plus a handbag, laptop or briefcase per person.
Your hand luggage must not contain any prohibited items and these are listed below in the 'prohibited items' section:

Prohibited items
There are some items that you’re not allowed to take on our trains in either your hand baggage or your checked-in baggage.  This is not an exhaustive list, and anything that’s inherently dangerous or that could be used to commit an act of violence or threat will not be permitted for travel with SAR:
Item Type Checked-in baggage Hand baggage
All explosives and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives. No No
Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols (with the exception of personal care items or toiletries in limited quantities), carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (with the exception of Medical Person Devices, providing the item is within the hand luggage dimensions and supported by hospital or medical practitioners documentation), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen. No No
Ammunition of any caliber and in any quantity. No No
Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items). No No
Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits. No No
Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides. No No
Matches & Lighters: All matches and lighters are banned from checked baggage and hand baggage. No No
Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures. No No
Weapon: Any kind of weapon made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon. No No
Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury. No No
Drugs & Alcohol: Any kind of drugs and alcohol are not allowed. No No
Knives: Knives of any length, composition or description (except for plastic or round bladed butter knives). Yes No
Sporting Equipment: Dangerous sporting equipment Yes No
Open razors and cut-throat razors. Yes No
DIY tools: such as screwdrivers, drills and hammers. Yes No

If our security teams have any concerns about an item that they believe might represent a risk, SAR reserves the right to remove or refuse that item.
Smoking materials
Cigarettes and other tobacco products are all allowed in hand baggage.

You cannot carry any lighters or matches on board the train.  You will be asked to leave any lighters at the security check-point.

Please note that e-cigarettes are banned completely from hand luggage and smoking of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is not permitted inside the station building or onboard SAR trains at any time.