Domestic animals are our best friends, and most people love to take their pets with them while they go away on holiday, and that’s why several European trains allow you to travel with your four-legged buddies if you follow some rules.
As per most regulations, you could take your pet with you even if you’re traveling really long distances, but you need to take care of some minor details beforehand, like vaccinating all your pets, taking all the different kinds of medications they need, having enough food, and toys to keep them busy and take all the necessary measures to keep them from bugging other passengers. Today, we’ll let you know about some pet-friendly trains:
You can take the TGV train in France and make it all the way to Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. This train offers a lot of services for tourists with domestic animals like dogs, hamsters, bunnies, and cats.
Also, people that are depending on a guide dog aren’t forced to buy an extra ticket, but for those who need to take their pets, you’ll have to pay around 7€ for animals under 6 kg, or half the price of a 2nd class ticket if you want to take a bigger animal.
Every passenger can bring as much as two pets with them, and the pet must be transported in their respective kennels. Big dogs that aren’t able to fit on a kennel must spend every second of the trip with their belt and muzzle.
The InterCity Express (ICE) can take you to 32 different German cities, or you could even use it to travel from Germany to Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, or France, and you can take your pets with you.
However, pets must be transported at a kennel at all times, as well as they must have their respective belt and muzzle, while people that need a guide dog won’t be required to buy an extra ticket for them.
As for people that want to travel with big dogs, they must buy an extra ticket that could go from 45€ to even a 100€. Unfortunately, you cannot buy a ticket for your pet online, so you’ll have to go all the way to the train station.
You can take the Thalys to go across the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, and England and you can even take your small pets like hamsters or small dogs for free, as long as they can fit into a 55x30x30 cm kennel.
As for big dogs, their owner must buy a special ticket for 30€, and the dog will be required to wear a muzzle at all times and will travel on his owner’s laps, in case there’s no other seats available.
Also, you’ll need to have the authorization of every passenger in the wagon to travel with your pet. Otherwise, the warden will be forced to take your pet to a whole different wagon or even with the luggage if there’s no more room available.