Large service dog on train from Lisbon to Malaga

I am trying to find a way to get my service dog from the airport in Lisbon over to Malaga, Spain. I am reading that large dogs are not permitted on the trains in Spain. She is approximately 65kg and 70cm tall. If I book a separate compartment, would I be able to get on the train into Spain with the dog?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 30, 2017 16:27
    Hi Jessica,

    A connection from Lisbon to Malaga would involve taking an overnight train from Lisbon to Madrid and then a high-speed train from Madrid to Malaga.

    The night train from Lisbon to Madrid departs out of the Oriente station in Lisbon.

    To get from the Lisbon Portela Airport to the Oriente station, you would take the metro. The red line of the metro from the airport to Oriente only takes 9-10 minutes. Otherwise, the Oriente station is just a short taxi ride from the airport.

    For the night train from Lisbon to Madrid and a connecting train from Madrid to Malaga, you would purchase tickets by searching the route under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. You would just have to break up your search in Madrid. Therefore, you would do one search to access the night train from Lisbon to Madrid and then another search for connecting trains from Madrid to Malaga the next morning.

    When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that the night train from Lisbon arrives into the Madrid Chamartin station, while the trains from Madrid to Malaga depart from Madrid Atocha station. To commute from Chamartin to Atocha, you would take the 'Renfe Cercanias', which is just like a local commuter train. The ride between Chamartin and Atocha only takes about 10 to 13 minutes, but you would still want to allow yourself at least 1 full hour between your arrival from Lisbon and your departure to Madrid. You would pay to take the Cercanias locally upon arrival.

    The night train from Lisbon to Madrid is called the Lusitania and is the only train that runs between these cities.

    Trains from Madrid to Malaga are AVE high-speed trains.

    Service dogs are allowed, you would just want to provide documentation. On the night train, you would also need to book a private sleeping compartment (meaning, it's just you, a single compartment would be needed) or a seat.
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