Pets to be Allowed on Long-Distance Trains

Amtrak will begin allowing pets on all long-distance trains except the Auto Train effective Feb. 16.

Amtrak logoOnly small cats and dogs will be allowed aboard and their owners must pay a $25 fee and make a reservation at a staffed station or through an Amtrak reservation agent.

Pet reservations are limited and made on a first come, first served basis. Pets will be allowed only in coaches and cannot be brought into sleeping car rooms.

The pets must be placed in an approved pet carrier that will count as a piece of carry-on luggage and passengers must remain with their pets at all times. Pets must remain in their carrier at all times.

Other key conditions include:

  • One pet per passenger and only five pets will be allowed per train.
  • Pets cannot travel with unaccompanied minors.
  • The maximum length of a trip for a pet aboard a train is seven hours, including connections.
  • Pets cannot be removed from a carrier on the train or in stations.
  • Pet carriers are not permitted on seats.
  • Passengers must sign a release and indemnification statement prior to boarding the train.
  • Pets must be at least eight weeks old, must be odorless and harmless, and must not be disruptive. Amtrak reserves the right to refuse acceptance of pets and to remove any pet during a trip that is behaving inappropriately.

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