Pet-Friendly Train Travel

As train travel becomes an increasingly popular mode of transportation, many pet owners wonder about the logistics of bringing their dogs onboard. Our comprehensive table below provides all the details you need about train companies, their respective policies on transporting dogs, associated fees, and other pertinent information. Whether you're taking a short journey or planning an extended trip, it's crucial to be well-informed about your train's pet policy. Browse the details below to ensure a hassle-free journey with your canine companion. Remember, each train company might have its unique guidelines, so always check directly with the provider if in doubt. Safe and happy travels!

Railway Company Fee Additional Information
National Rail (United Kingdom) Free (but check with TOC if more than two pets) Pets should be kept on a lead or in a carrier and are not allowed to climb on seats
Deutsche Bahn (Germany) Small pets travel for free. Large pets need to purchase special pet fare Large pets must be on a leash and wear a muzzle
Eurostar (France/Belgium/United Kingdom) Check passenger assistance page Only dogs trained with Assistance Dogs (UK), The International Guide Dog Federation, and Assistance Dogs International are allowed
Iryo (Spain) Charge applicable (except for assistance dogs) Pets must remain inside their carrier for the whole trip and need to weight less than 10kg
Italo (Italy) Small pets travel for free. Pets over 10kg need to be booked directly with Italo Small pets must travel in a carrier placed in the baggage area next to the passenger
NS (Netherlands) Small pets and assistance dogs travel for free. Larger pets need to purchase special pet fare Contact NS directly to book the special pet fare
OBB (Austria) Small pets travel for free. Larger pets need to purchase special pet fare (10% of the price of a full price second class ticket, minimum 2€) Contact OBB directly to book the special pet fare
Ouigo (France) Pets pay 10€. Assistance dogs travel for free Pets weighting more than 6kg most be on a leash and wearing a muzzle
Ouigo (Spain) Small pets pay 10€. Assistance dogs travel for free Small pets up to 10kg
Renfe (Spain) Pets require a ticket (contact Renfe directly) Small pets up to 10kg
SBB (Switzerland) Larger animals: Purchase a 1 day travel pass Small pets travel free in a carrier, basket, or suitable container
SNCB (Belgium) Larger animals: Purchase a pet ticket Muzzles are recommended as any SNCB employee can request its use
SNCF (France) All pets require a ticket. Guide dogs: Free Large pets must be muzzled
TGV Lyria (Germany/France) Large pets: Purchase a special pet fare ticket at SNCF and SBB counters. Guide dogs: Free Large pets must be muzzled
Thello (France/Italy) Dogs between 5kg and 50kg: 50€ fee charged on board Dogs between 5kg and 50kg must be leashed and muzzled
Trenitalia (Italy) Larger dogs require a ticket. Please contact Trenitalia. Certificate of registration, health card, or 'pet passport' required