Pet Travel by Train: Amtrak offers new program to transport small dogs and cats
Amtrak also service animals to travel with their disadvantaged owners on all routes. Additionally and with great success, Amtrak has been permanently expanding the number of routes that will accept pets under the following conditions:
- One pet per passenger for travel in a compliant pet carrier* - Coach Class only.
- Trip must be 7 hours or less.
- Your pet must be at least 8 weeks old.
- Your pet must be stowed under your seat in a compliant pet carrier.
- Combined weight of your pet and its carrier must not exceed 20 pounds.
*Carrier must be leakproof and waterproof with adequate ventilation and should not exceed 19" long x 14" wide x 10.5" high.
The costs of passage for your pet will be $25.00. Find more details about Amtrack pet friendly routes here.
Pet Friendly Trains in the United States
Medically certifiied service animals can ride on any train traveling within the continental United States.
Other than some small tourist related trains, there are no trains that operate interstate in the US that allow pets.
Many trains that operate in cities like in New Jersey and Boston will allow small pets to ride the trains and subways as long as they are leashed or in carriers.
Pets can ride on most public transportation in New York if they fit in a pet carrier.
Pets can travel on Metrorail or Metrobus in Washington DC provided they are confined in a secure carrier. Service animals are also permitted.
Pet Friendly Trains in Other Countries
Indian Railways allows you to take your pets on their trains on routes within India if you're traveling AC First Class or First Class provided you reserve either a two berth or a four berth compartment exclusively for your use. Dogs can also travel in the Luggage/Brake Van in special crates available on the train.
Pets are allowed to ride Beijing Railway in China in the baggage compartment in a strong, wire cage. They will need a animal quarantine certification and a pet cage disinfectant certification.
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