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Pet Travel by Train: Amtrak offers new program to transport small dogs and cats

Train Pet Travel

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.

The Amtrak Auto Train, which runs from Lorton, Virginia, to Sanford, Florida does not accept pets. Small pets will only be permitted to ride the Acela train on weekends and holidays only.

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 and Buses in Other Countries

Indian Railways allows you to take your pets on their Rajdhani Express 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.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates over 8,000 buses in India and they are all pet friendly. Dogs will pay the smae fare as their owners. Rabbits, puppies, cats, birds and caged birds can travel under child's fares. Pet owners are responsible for any damages to the bus or to others luggage. Pets must be confined or leashed.

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.

In Mexico, all domestic animals on buses must travel in the luggage compartment. Only guide, official or rescue dogs are accepted on board the vehicle. There is no additional charge if the weight of the animal is less than 55 pounds (25 kilos). The trip should not last more than eight hours. Animals are not accepted when the temperature exceeds 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) at any point of the trip. Preferably, the pet must be sedated.

In Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland Transport Trains will now accept pets of all sizes on their trains. Pets are accepted at off-peak times (9am-3pm and 6.30pm–end of service on weekdays and all-day on the weekends and public holidays. All dogs can travel in a compliant pet carrier that is small enough to be stored securely under the seat or held on the passenger's lap, else they must be wearing an approved muzzle and lead.

Passengers traveling with domestic pets are responsible for their pet and must keep them caged and under control at stations, getting on or off the train, and while onboard trains. Pet owners must clean up after their pets while in stations or before they disembark their train.

Passengers may be refused entry to board the train if the train is crowded. Passengers may be asked to leave the train if their pet is causing or likely to cause a safety risk or nuisance to other customers.

There is no charge for domestic pets to ride Auckland Transport Trains.

In Qatar, only traubed service dogs assisting blind, deaf or physically disabled passengers are permitted on the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram network.

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