Traveling With Pets on Trains in Europe

I plan to bring my service dog to France in late October 2012 for about 10 days, from our home near Tacoma, Washington State, USA. She is a Diabetic Alert Dog, 2 yrs old then, 40 lb, and a hypoallergenic labradoodle. Could you let me know the regulations for travel on the TGV (high speed) train between Paris and Carcasonne, and what preparations I need to make in advance. Are the regulations different for travel between Barcelona and Carcasonne?

She will have a vet certificate and all necessary immunizations prior to our arrival, as required to bring her into the country. She is highly trained in Public Access work as well as the diabetic alert work. Thank you!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 16, 2012 18:16
    Hi Mary,

    Service dogs are allowed on trains, even if a particular train doesn't allow other pets. You can just book your tickets as normal and take your dog on these trains with you.

    You can purchase tickets under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Early connections from Barcelona to Carcassonne involve changing trains twice along the way; once in Figueres and then once in Narbonne. For these connections, you would piece together the route by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Barcelona to Figueres, another search for trains from Figueres to Narbonne, and then another search for trains from Narbonne to Carcassonne.

    Otherwise, there are connections from Barcelona to Carcassonne later in the day that would involve only one train change in Narbonne along the way; however, these connections can be pulled up just by doing one search for the full route from Barcelona to Carcassonne.

    Connections from Paris to Carcassonne involve only one train change along the way, and these connections can also be displayed just by doing one search for the full route from Paris to Carcassonne.

    Trains from Barcelona to Figueres or Barcelona to Narbonne can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure. Trains between Figueres and Carcassonne or Narbonne and Carcassonne can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, as can trains comprising of a connection from Paris to Carcassonne.
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  • Thank you Jeff, I appreciate your prompt reply. One other detail--what "proof" is needed that Abby is my service dog? She wears a vest and we have an ID card as well. Under USA law I don't even need that "proof". I will of course also have the documents I used to get her into the country (proof of immunizations, vet certificate). Do I need anything else?

    Thanks again! Mary
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 18, 2012 14:48
    Hi Mary,

    All you'll need is the paperwork from your doctor to document the need for a service dog. I also might recommend that you bring the other documentation you mentioned.
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  • I’m worried
    I need to go from Italy (Turin) to Spain (A Coruña) with my dog (he is mid size - not small!) and cannot leave him anywhere. Is it possible?

    Thank you!

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    Can I bring my dog with me from Turin to A Coruña? I cannot leave him!.
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  • I’m hopeful.
    May I take my dog on the train from Southhampton to Holy Head--then may I take my dog on the ferry to Ireland?

    I will be moving from the United States to Dublin, Ireland in another year. I can't leave my Jack Russell Terrier, who is a member of the family. He's elderly and nervous, and I can't sentence him to the baggage section of a plane. I've found that I can get us to Southhampton on Cunnard liner from New York, but then how to get him to Ireland.

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    My Sweet Dog and How to Get Him From America to Britain to Ireland.
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  • Is it correct that the only way to take a pet through the chunnel is in a car? If that is correct and I took the train from Paris to Calais, would I be able to rent a car for the chunnel trip?

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    Travel with my cat on the Eurostar.
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  • I have to take a pet cat in a carrier on trains between Montbeliard, France, and Zurich. I have read pets aren't allowed on Eurostar, but what about the TGV?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Pets on Trains.
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  • I’m Anxious
    Can I travel from BCN to Bilbao with 2 small pets (they are terrapins). Obviously they will be in a special traveling case, etc.
    Are there any restrictions on the train?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Traveling with pets (amphibians, not fluffy bunnies).
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    Are small pets allowed to travel on the trains in France and or Europe? I have a 5lb dog that travels with me everywhere. Will I be able to use the trains and bring her with me?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    ARE PETS ALLOWED ON THE TRAINS IN FRANCE AND EUROPE?.
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  • In April 2012 I took a cat in a carrier across country lines (Montbeliard, France to Zurich, Switzerland) and no body lifted an eyebrow. I saw a young man in Lyon with his guinea pig on his shoulder too. My daughter, who lived in France at the time, told me she frequently saw dogs on trains.

    I was not charged any extra fee. I had asked several agencies beforehand because I didn't want to leave anything to chance, and most agencies acted surprised that I would even bring it up. One told me there would be a small fee, but that did not happen. Good luck! Just keep it in its carrier if you want to avoid attention, unless you see other dogs.

    EXCEPTION: The Eurostar (train under the English channel between France & England) is extremely security-oriented, very similar to airline travel. They don't mess around and they have strict rules for various things! Check separately with them.
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  • I will be travelling from CDG Airport, Paris to Calais with 2 pet carriers (3 cats: 2 in one carrier and one in the other). I have seen that pets travel free, but is that for one carrier?

    Do I need to buy a seat for my 2nd pet carrier? And does the carrier go under, beside or above a seat or in a separate section of the train?

    Thank You!

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    2 Pet Carriers.
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  • In my experience just act nonchalant, keep the cats in their carriers and no one will say a word. See my earlier post that starts out, "In April 2012..."
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  • Does anyone know if I can travel with pet on the train between cities in Italy? I'm planning to travel from Rome to Florence, Venice and Lake Como by train. Kindly advise please.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 23, 2013 20:12
      Hi,

      Generally, small pets would be allowed on board trains, if caged. Dogs are allowed on many trains in Europe if transported in a closed pet carrier, including trains operating along the requested routes. You would purchase a ticket for your dog locally at the station (tickets would not be required for smaller pets). The price of the ticket would be 50% of the local price for a 2nd class ticket (even if you travel in 1st class). In many instances, you would also have to get the approval of the other passengers nearby before you take your seat. If a passenger objects to the presence of your dog, you would be moved to another part of the train.

      You can purchase your tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. For Lake Como, you would do a search to 'Como'. Generally, trains in Italy can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Traveling with dog from Berlin to Minsk (Belarussia).


    Hello We are travelling from Berlin to Minsk on the overnight train in the single be compartment. Question is are the dogs aloud on those trains and if yes then what is going to happened on the border with Belorussia? Will they be able to read microchip that dog has to confirm identity of the dog on the train? And do we need to inform carrier in advance that we will be travelling with dog or we can just get ticket on the station and start our trip?
    Thank you for help in advance.
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  • It is good to see that people are still caring and taking responsibility for Pets, when utilizing their travel Freedoms abroad and at Home. I presently have no plans to Travel to Europe, but when I was and did, I found such inquiry moderately helpful. There are so many pets and pet owners whom travel; that are either frustrated by what seem to be unfair or repetitive regulations. Unfair regulations might inhibit easy mobility with pets. There are those too, whom are only lacking the information they need to travel easily with their Pets. Such conditions sometimes lead to abuse of both Passengers and Pets. I look forward to the day, when Pets have an easy Passport/documents, and when rolling carts are allowed on planes and conveniently stored on board, so that pets are not un-necessarily left behind. In America we have problems with well behaved Pets. My two miniature dogs for instance bark and are loud, but with experience they too could become great travel companions.
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Traveling with my dog.


    I am coming from USA. Taking train from Frankfort airport to Stuttgart. Am I allowed to bring my dog? She is 25 pounds. Any special requirements and/or do I need any special paperwork for her to be on train?
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  • I’m thankful
    Thank-you for your prompt response. What a relief that I will be able to take my dog with me! She is an important member of the family

    Shelley
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  • I am travelling from Barcelona to Valencia in late August with two pet rabbits (in one carrier). Does anyone know if this will be allowed? Thank you so much!
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