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Train Travel With Pets - Pet Friendly Trains

Find pet policies for dogs, cats, and other animals traveling by train, including commuter railroads and public transport in the U.S.; national railroads; and international trains.

Amtrak is a passenger railroad service in the U.S. that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States. After testing several successful pets on trains pilot programs across the country, Amtrak now welcomes small cats and dogs on even more of the Amtrak system. Pets Welcome Aboard Amtrak


OBB is the national railway system of Austria. Small animals are welcome aboard free of charge in suitable transport containers. If you take an animal along which cannot be transported as hand luggage in a transport container, you will have to pay a fare for your pet. Dogs must be secured with a muzzle and a leash.


NMBS/SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium. Small animals carried in a bag or basket travel free. Larger animals on a lead need a pet ticket. Dogs travel on a lead but without a muzzle unless the train staff asks you to use one.


Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ)
The Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) is Bulgaria's state railway company and the largest railway carrier in the country. Transported as hand luggage can be up to 3 small rabbits, one small cat or dog, placed in waterproof vessels held in the passenger’s lap or left on the floor, only in second class coaches, provided the animals do not affect the other passengers with their smell or noise, do not disturb them and nobody objects to their presence. Large domestic, hunting and service dogs are transported only in the entry lobbies of the last coach of the train. Dogs must have muzzles on and a veterinary certificate. The owners should buy for their dog ½ second-class a ticket for the corresponding train category. Animals are not allowed for transportation in sleeping cars, couchette cars and dining cars.


Via Rail Canada
Via Rail Canada is an independent Crown corporation, subsidized by the Ministry of Transport, mandated to offer intercity passenger rail services in Canada. Via Rail operates 475 trains per week in eight Canadian provinces (exceptions are Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island). Pets are not allowed in passenger cars. They must travel in the baggage car, which means they can only travel on trains that offer checked baggage service. Only cats, dogs and small rodents are allowed aboard VIA trains. They must be carried in a rigid cage (metal or hard plastic) large enough for them to stand in, and you must provide a padlock to keep it shut. Please be aware that baggage cars are often heated, but that most are not air-conditioned. From June 1 to September 22, baggage cars cannot transport animals due to lack of proper ventilation. However, pets may be transported year-round on the Ocean (Montréal – Halifax), as all cars are air-conditioned. On several trains, you are permitted to visit your animal during the trip when you are accompanied by a Service Manager.


DSB (Danish State Railways)
DSB (Danish State Railways) the largest Danish train operating company, and the largest in Scandinavia. Small dogs and other small pets which are transported in a pet carrier may ride without a fee. With a fee, each traveller may travel with one larger dog.


VR Group
VR Group is a state-owned railway company in Finland. Owners may transport their pets in trains when traveling with their pet. There are spaces for pets in all trains. Pet spaces can be located with the aid of the dog symbol which is on the outside and inside of the wagon. Pets cannot be transported without a passenger accompanying them. On trains to Russia passengers may transport two dogs on a leash, two transport boxes or one dog on a leash and one transport box.


SNCF is France's national state-owned railway company and manages the rail traffic in France and the Principality of Monaco. You can travel with up to two dogs or two containers per person on all SNCF trains except Eurostar. Dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs and other traditional pets are welcome aboard. Small pets (1) weighing no more than 6 kg and carried in a closed bag or basket and muzzled dogs (2) are allowed.

TGV is France's intercity high-speed rail service, operated by SNCF, the national rail operator. Travel around France, and to Brussels, Italy or Barcelona. You can travel with up to two dogs or two containers per person on all SNCF trains except Eurostar. Dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs and other traditional pets are welcome aboard. Small pets (1) weighing no more than 6 kg and carried in a closed bag or basket and muzzled dogs (2) are allowed.


Thalys is an international high-speed train operator originally built around the LGV Nord high-speed line between Paris and Brussels. Small dogs and domestic animals weighing less than 6 kg. and carried in a carrier of maximum size: 45 x 30 x 25 free of charge. Dogs that are not carried in a carrier are only allowed on board with a "Dog" fare ticket. They are only allowed in the carriages if they are carried on their owner's lap or kept on a lead and muzzled, on the floor of the carriage in such a manner as not to disturb those around them.


Thello trains provide both daytime and overnight travel between France and Italy. Pets under 5 kg travel free of charge and without reservation in the limit of one animal per passenger. They must travel in a bag, basket or cage of standard size. For everyone's well being, please check with the other passengers that the presence of your pet does not bother them. Dogs between 5 and 50 kg must travel in a cabin for his exclusive use or shared with family or friends. Maximum one dog per cabin. Dogs should always be leashed and muzzled when leaving the cabin, boarding or unboarding the train.


TGY Lyria
TGV Lyria is the brand name used for TGV railway lines connecting France and Switzerland. Small pets (maximum 2 per person) transported in pet carriers or baskets (with maximum dimensions of 45 x 30 x 25 cm) can travel free of charge on TGV Lyria trains on international journeys. In this case, no ticket is issued. If a traveller has more than 2 pet carriers, then a TGV Lyria Animal ticket is required for each additional carrier.


Deutche Bahn
The Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s rail system, provides service to almost every city in Germany. Take a glide-ride on a high-speed 174 mph flagship, Germany Intercity Express (ICE) train and connect to all major German cities including Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Cologne. Travelling with your dog is permitted, free of charge, unless your pet does not fit in hand luggage or in a transport container. In that case, you will need to pay a fee equivalent to a child’s fare for both standard and saver fares. Larger dogs will require a leash and muzzle for safety reasons (except guide dogs for the blind). Seats cannot be reserved for dogs.


Indian Railways
Indian Railways is a state-owned railway company, responsible for rail transport in India. Passengers can take pet dogs along with them in AC First Class or First Class only, provided he/she reserves either a two berth or a four berth compartment exclusively for his/her use, paying the due charges depending upon the type of train. Passengers traveling in other classes are not permitted to carry the dog along with them. But the dog can be booked and carried in the Luggage/Brake Van paying the charges depending upon the type of train. Specially designed Dog Boxes are available in the Brake Van for this purpose.


Irish Rail
Irish Rail is the operator of the national railway network of Ireland. Small dogs can be carried free of charge in the passenger compartment of services provided they travel on the owners lap. The dog must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a basket or in an appropriate container. Small cats can be carried free of charge in the passenger compartment of services provided they travel in a secure carrier on the customer's lap.


Trenitalia is the primary train operator in Italy, owned by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, itself owned by the Italian Government. Small dogs, cats and other small pets (kept in the appropriate container no larger than 70x30x50) are admitted free of charge in the first and second class of all categories of trains and Executive, Business, Premium and Standard levels of service. Each traveller can bring only one container.

Italo is a privately-owned high speed train running on the country’s two major trunk routes: Milan to Naples and Turin to Venice. All pets weighing under 10 kilograms can travel on Italo trains, provided they are transported in suitable travel containers (one per traveler) and kept in the luggage spaces or next to your seat. Larger dogs over 10 kilograms are allowed onboard provided they are kept on a leash and use a muzzle when getting on and off the train and whenever requested by the NTV staff.


NS is the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Small pets that fit into a bag or basket or can be kept on your lap may travel free on the train. For leashed pets you must purchase a "Day Pass dog."


Intercity Brussels
Intercity Brussels services provide direct connections between the Netherlands and Belgium. Small pets transported in a cage, bag or basket (maximum dimension 30x30x55 cm) may travel for free in the Netherlands. If your dog is too big then it should always be kept on a leash, wear a muzzle and have a valid ticket. You can also purchase a ticket for a dog at one of the self-service ticket machines.


NSB - Norwegian State Railways
NSB is a government-owned railway company which operates most passenger train services in Norway. Dogs and other small pets with a shoulder hight less than 40 cm travel for free on board all NSB's trains.


CP — Comboios de Portugal
CP — Comboios de Portugal is a state-owned company which operates freight and passenger trains in Portugal. Pets are welcome on board as long as they are properly enclosed in a carry case that can be transported as hand luggage.


Renfe is the state-owned company which operates freight and passenger trains in Spain. Small pets will be allowed on trains, always under the owner’s supervision provided that the other passengers do not object, or any inconvenience is caused to them. Pets must travel with a health certificate, if necessary, in accordance with health and safety conditions established in current legislation. Only small animals will be allowed, such as dogs, cats, ferrets and birds, which must not be heavier than 10 kilograms. Only one pet will be allowed per passenger, and must always travel inside a cage or device with a waste containment and disposal system. The cage must not be larger than 60 x 35 x 35 cm. This service is available for all Media Distancia trains but it can be limited on overcrowded trains.


SJ is a government-owned passenger train operator in Sweden. Dogs or other pets may be taken on board in specifically designated sections of the train without any extra charge. Pets are not allowed in 1 class. For larger pets, or if you want more space for your pet, there is an additional cost (the same price as a youth ticket on the route).


SBB is the national railway company of Switzerland. Small dogs up to 30 cm high at the top of their shoulder blades can travel free of charge as carriage hand luggage provided they are in a carrier, basket or other suitable container. All other dogs traveling in passenger carriages or luggage vans must always pay second-class half fare or the stipulated minimum fare (1-day travelpass for dogs, GA travelcard for dogs) if there is one.


East Midlands Trains (EMT)
East Midlands Trains (EMT) is a British train operating company providing train services in the East Midlands and parts of Yorkshire, chiefly in Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. Dogs, cats, birds and other small, domestic animals are welcome on board East Midlands Trains free of charge. There is a maximum of two pets per passenger and they must be kept within an enclosed carrier at all times. Dogs do not have to be contained as long as they are kept on a lead.

National Rail is a source for national rail tickets and bookings, covering destinations across the UK. works with carefully-selected partners to offer train tickets and train bookings at the best possible prices and fast delivery. Passengers may take with them, free of charge, dogs, cats and other small animals (maximum two per passenger) provided they do not endanger or inconvenience passengers or staff. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a basket. Dogs without leads, cats, birds and small animals must be carried in an enclosed basket, cage or pet carrier.

TransPennine Express
TransPennine Express is a British train operating company running a regular express regional railway, and intercity services between the major cities of Northern England as well as Scotland. The franchise operates all its services to and through Manchester covering three main routes. The service provides rail links for major towns and cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, York, Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. Pets travel on board for free. Passengers may be accompanied by up to two dogs on a lead or in a suitable pet carrier.

Virgin Trains
Virgin Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom owned by Virgin Rail Group. Up to two dogs, cats or other small domestic animals are welcome with every customer on the east and west coast routes between London and Scotland at no extra cost, For each additional dog, cat or other small pet there is a charge of half the adult fare of the type of ticket for your journey.

Wales: Arriva Trains Wales
Arriva Trains Wales is a British train operating company operating the Wales & Borders franchise. It runs urban and inter-urban passenger services to all railway stations in Wales. Passengers may take a dog with them (maximum two per passenger), free of charge. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a basket. Dogs without leads must be carried in an enclosed basket, cage or pet carrier.


Amtrak is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States. Amtrak serves more than 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces. Dogs and cats up to 20 pounds are welcome for trips of up to seven hours on most routes (some restrictions apply). Pets are welcome in Coach Class, but they may not travel in other accommodations or food service cars. Pet owners must provide a pet carrier.

Alaska Railroad
The Alaska Railroad extends from Seward and Whittier, in the south of Alaska, to Fairbanks (passing through Anchorage), and beyond to Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright in the interior of that state. Pets are only permitted onboard in the baggage car, and must be in an airline-approved kennel. At the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, kennels may be left next to the train upon disembarkation and picked up upon your return.

California/So. California: Metrolink
A commuter rail system serving Southern California, Metrolink operates in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties, as well as to Oceanside in San Diego County. Small animals are allowed on board; they must be in a small pet carrier under the seat or on your lap.

California/Los Angles: Metro
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, branded as Metro, is the public transportation operating agency for the County of Los Angeles. Pets are welcome aboard Metro as long as they are secured in enclosed carriers, do not block the aisle or a doorway, and do not deprive a customer of a seat,

California/San Francisco: SF Muni
The San Francisco Municipal Railway (SF Muni or Muni) is the public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco. Pets may not ride Muni during peak hours: Monday through Friday 5:00 am – 9:00 am and 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. During off-peak hours, only one pet per Muni vehicle is allowed to ride. Dogs must be leashed and muzzled and can only ride on the lap of the rider or under their seat; all other pets must be carried in a small closed container on the lap of the rider or under their seat.

California/San Francisco: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a public transportation metro system serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The rapid transit elevated and subway system connects San Francisco with cities in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties. Pets are allowed aboard at no additional charge. The only requirement is that the pet must be secured in a container that is specifically manufactured for transport of a pet.

California/San Jose: VTA
VTA Light Rail is a light rail system serving San Jose, California and its suburbs in Silicon Valley. Customers may transport small pets on VTA buses and light rail in a completely enclosed cage or carrying case that is small enough to fit on the customer’s lap.

Colorado/Denver: Regional Transportation District (RTD)
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates a bus and rail system in eight out of the twelve counties in the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Area. Pets are allowed on RTD vehicles so long as they are carried on the rider's lap in an appropriate closed container.

Connecticut: Shore Line East (SLE)
Shore Line East (SLE) is a commuter rail service which operates along the Northeast Corridor through southern Connecticut, providing access between New London and New Haven seven days a week. All pets are required to either be leashed or confined in a closed, ventilated container to be permitted on-board any train.

Florida/Southeast Florida: Tri-Rail
Tri-Rail is a commuter rail line linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, Florida, United States. It is operated by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, an agency of the State of Florida. Small pets are permitted on the trains if enclosed in a proper carrying cage.

Florida: Brightline
Starting 2018. Brightline, the only privately funded express inter-city passenger rail service in the United States, offers express inter-city passenger rail service connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with future service to Orlando. Brightline will definitely be dog and cat friendly.

Florida/Miami: Miami-Dade Transit (MDT)
Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) is the primary public transit authority of Miami and the greater Miami-Dade County area. MDT operates the rapid transit Metrorail, the Downtown Metromover people mover, Metrobus, and Paratransit (STS) systems. Pets in a properly enclosed container such as a cage, kennel, or other pet carrier like a bag or a backpack are allowed on MDT trains and busses.

Georgia/Atlanta: MARTA
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority or MARTA is the principal public transport operator in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Pets may be transported on MARTA trains and buses, provided they are carried aboard in a secure rigid pet carrier.

Illinois/Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority - CTA
Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit in Chicago, Illinois and some of its surrounding suburbs, including the trains of the Chicago "L" and CTA bus service. Only small pets in protective carriers are allowed on CTA buses and trains. Carriers cannot take up seats, seating areas or obstruct pathways on buses, trains or in stations and must be able to be carried on by a single person.

Illinois: Metra
Metra is the commuter rail agency serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in the Chicago area. Small pets in enclosed protective carriers are allowed on weekends; they must fit in a passenger’s lap or under the seat at all times. Beginning May 1, 2017 Metra will allow pets that fit into a small carrier to ride weekday trains during off-peak hours. Pets will now be permitted on weekday trains arriving in Chicago before 6:31 a.m. and after 9:30 a.m. and trains departing Chicago before 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. The six-month trial program is an expansion of the commuter rail service's existing policy allowing small pets on weekend and holiday trains. Pets on Metra

Maryland: MARC Train
MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) is a commuter rail system comprising three lines in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Only small pets confined in closed carriers are permitted on MARC trains.

Massachusetts: MBTA Commuter Rail
The MBTA Commuter Rail system serves as the commuter rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's transportation coverage of Greater Boston. During off-peak hours, non-service dogs are allowed at the discretion of T vehicle operators. Dogs must be properly leashed and are not allowed to annoy riders or take up a seat. For safety and convenience during rush hours, small domestic animals must be carried in lap-sized containers and out of the way of exits. This policy applies to all four transportation systems run by the MBTA.

Massachusetts: CapeFlyer
The CapeFlyer is a summer weekend passenger rail service between Boston and Cape Cod. Trains run from Memorial Day to Labor Day from South Station to Hyannis, with stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleborough/Lakeville, Wareham Village and Buzzards Bay. Pets are always welcome on the CapeFlyer! Dogs must be properly leashed.

New Jersey
New Jersey: NJ Transit
NJ Transit (NJT) is a state-owned public transportation system serving New Jersey; along with portions of New York, Orange, and Rockland counties in New York State; and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. Small pets in carry-on travel cages are allowed on-board NJ Transit trains or buses.

New Jersey-New York: PATH - The Port Authority of NY & NJ
The Port Authority Trans-Hudson, commonly called PATH, is a rapid transit system serving Newark, Harrison, Hoboken, and Jersey City in metropolitan northern New Jersey, as well as lower and midtown Manhattan in New York City. Small dogs and cats secured in carrying cases are allowed on all trains.

New York
New York: AirTrain to JFK
AirTrain JFK is a 8.1-mile-long people mover system and elevated railway in NYC providing a 24/7 service to John F. Kennedy International Airport. AirTrain connects with MTA New York City Transit subways and buses and the Long Island Rail Road, providing a low-cost way to travel by mass transit to major destinations in New York and New Jersey. Small domestic animals in secure carriers are allowed on AirTrain.

New York: MTA Long Island Rail Road - LIRR
The LIRR system is comprised of over 700 miles of track on 11 different branches, stretching 120 miles from Montauk - on the eastern tip of Long Island - to Penn Station in the heart of Manhattan, and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. Small domestic pets are permitted provided they are carried in kennels or similar containers that can be accommodated by you on your lap without annoyance to other passengers.

New York: Metro-North Railroad
The Metro-North Commuter Railroad is a suburban commuter rail service run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), a public authority of the state of New York. Metro-North runs service between New York City and its northern suburbs in New York and Connecticut. Small domestic pets are permitted provided they’re carried in kennels or similar containers, or are securely controlled on leashes throughout the trip and do not annoy other customers.

Oregon/Portland: TriMet
TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services in the Portland, Oregon, metro area. Pets are allowed on board TriMet buses and trains, but only in an enclosed carrier.

Texas/Dallas: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit authority (DART) operates buses, light rail, commuter rail, and high-occupancy vehicle lanes in Dallas and 12 of its suburbs. Small pets are allowed on DART vehicles when carried in an appropriate, securely latched cage or container.

Texas/Houston: Houston METRO
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) operates bus, light rail, bus rapid transit, and paratransit service (under the name METROLift) in Houston as well as most of Harris County,. Customers can carry a pet on the bus and the rail as long as it is caged properly.

Virginia: Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a regional/commuter rail service that connects the Northern Virginia suburbs to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Only small pets are allowed, and only if carried in closed containers.

Washington/Seattle: Sound Transit (ST)
Sound Transit (ST) operates light rail service (Link light rail) in Seattle and Tacoma, regional Sounder commuter rail, and Sound Transit Express bus service. Small pets are allowed on Sound Transit buses and trains if they are carried in small containers.