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Larger dog on train train from Paris to Barcelona?

I have a larger dog, 30 kg, and would like to travel from Paris to Barcelona. As I understand he is not allowed on AVE, but can I take him in a private compartment on a nighttrain?
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  • Hi Claes,

    Dogs may be brought on the day trains from Paris to Barcelona. They must be on a leash and muzzled. A separate ticket will need to be purchased locally for the dog. This can be done at the ticket counter in Paris.

    Currently there are no overnight trains that run this route.
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  • Thank you. And that goes for the high speed trains as well?
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    • My dog is 12 kgs. I need to get from Paris to Barcelona too. You say dogs are not allowed on trains in Spain - is the High speed train not a spanish train then. If I get to Barcelona, will we be able to get back on the train in barcelona to go back to Paris if they don't allow dogs on trains??? Will they sell me the ticket for the dog the same price as coming from pARIS
    • Jeff (Official Rep) October 13, 2015 15:38
      Hi Carol.

      By "trains operating within Spain" I was referring to trains operating solely within Spain; however, it is actually also the case that the internationally operating 'France-Spain High Speed' trains have a similar policy regarding traveling with dogs. The rules for these trains specifically state that only dogs under 10 kg are allowed to be taken on board, and that they must be contained within a carrier. With that said, there is no way to know if they would actively enforce this policy locally. I would suspect that you would not have any issue traveling with your 12 kg dog in a carrier on any of these trains.

      With regard to the 'France-Spain High Speed' trains (the train operates between Paris and Barcelona), it states that the carrier must have a maximum size of 45x30x25 cm.

      With regard to trains operating domestically within Spain, it states that the maximum size of the carrier can be 60x35x35 cm.

      Tickets for dogs can only be purchased locally at the stations. On trains operating domestically within Spain, the price would be 25% off the local price of a 2nd class ticket (even if you travel in 1st class). We don't have any information about the cost of dog tickets on the 'France-Spain High Speed' trains; however, it may be anywhere between 25% and 50% off the local price of a 2nd class ticket.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 20, 2015 20:01
    The train from Paris to Barcelona actually is a high-speed train. It is called the 'France-Spain High Speed'. On these trains, you can take your dog as long as it's kept in an enclosed carrier. You would have to purchase a special ticket for your dog, which can only be done locally at the station. The price of the dog ticket should be about 50% off the local price for 2nd class tickets (even if you travel in 1st class).

    You would purchase your actual tickets to board the train from Paris to Barcelona by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering the route. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 120 days of an intended date of departure.

    As for trains operating within Spain, it is true that larger dogs would not be allowed. However, dogs under 10 kg are allowed on Spanish trains if contained within an enclosed carrier (max 60cm x 35cm x 35cm). In Spain, the price of the dog ticket would be 25% off the local price for a 2nd class ticket (even if you travel in 1st class). Generally, trains operating within Spain can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Hi Jeff,
    You seem quite knowledgeable on the topic of dogs and trains, so hope you can clarify some points for me. I am thinking of getting the global Eurorail pass; Im already in Europe and could use it now. My question is how do I pay for my dog if I have a global Eurorail pass, if it's necessary.

    Do I get a eurail pass for him? Or will I just have to pay separately at each station? If the latter (assuming I get on a train that allows larger dogs, leashed and muzzled) can I simply board and pay the conductor? I ask this last question because sometimes the wait lines at stations to speak with a rep are painfully long.

    Finally, will each country request health papers? I have the required entry documents for Italy, and I am actually in the process of getting a EU pet passport but just curious how stringent this will be for train travel. Thanks in advance for your help.
    Thanita
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    • I suppose that does sound funny, passes for dogs ☺️. although I hear Budapest actually has them for public transit! Anyway, thank you very much for your thorough and timely response Jeff. I appreciate it. Thanita
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 18, 2015 16:24
      Not as funny as you'd think - I believe Switzerland has passes for dogs that can be purchased locally.

      You're welcome, and have a great trip!
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  • One final question. Of the countries covered by the global pass, which do not allow dogs on trains at all? Thanks again!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 16, 2015 19:23
      Hi Thanita,

      There aren’t really any countries that restrict dogs from being taken on their trains, although it is the case that larger dogs (dogs too big for an enclosed carrier with a maximum size of 60x35x35 cm) are generally not permitted on trains operating within Spain. The only company that doesn’t allow any dog on board their trains is ‘Eurostar’. Eurostar operates the trains that connect London with continental Europe (by way of Paris or Brussels).
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  • Hello, I am in Italy, trying to get to Lisbon, I have a dog of 9.5kgs with the case is around 11kgs, as I read I can get to Barcelona with no problems, but then I have to do Barcelona-Madrid, Madrid-Lisbon, is it possible to carry my dog in some way this stretches?
    In night trains, if I book a private compartment for me and my party can I leave the dog out of the case?
    Thank you very much!!!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) January 18, 2017 22:10
      Hi María,

      There aren’t really any countries that restrict dogs from being taken on their trains, although the rail network of Spain does state certain restrictions. In Spain, a dog's weight must not exceed 10 kg and would have to be able to fit within an enclosed carrier with a maximum size of 60x35x35 cm. Only with the permission of neighboring passengers would you be able to take your dog out of the carrier. The same rules would be applicable with regard to the Lusitania night train that connects Madrid and Lisbon.

      Additionally, the conductor reserves the right to move you to another part of the train if any neighboring passenger objects to the presence of your dog. You may also be charged a separate ticket for your dog. For this, you would have to check at the ticket window prior to boarding. Generally, a dog ticket would be 25-50% off the local price of a 2nd class ticket (even if you’ll be traveling in 1st class).

      Since your dog is under 10 kg, you should be able to take

      Generally, when traveling with a dog, you would just have to expect the following:

      1.) The requirement that your dog be leashed and, in some cases, even muzzled

      2.) The possibility that the conductor would move you to another part of the train if any neighboring passengers object to the presence of your dog

      3.) The need of a separate ticket for your dog. You would purchase the ticket for your dog at the station before you board. Generally, a dog ticket would be 25-50% off the local price of a 2nd class ticket (even if you’ll be traveling in 1st class).

      4.) The requirement of appropriate documentation, such as a dog registration certificate and health card.

      On any overnight train (including the Lusitania between Madrid and Lisbon), you would be able to take your dog on the board; however, you would have to book a private compartment to accommodate your party only. Once inside the sleeping compartment, you can let your dog outside of the carrier.
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