Traveling with a Pet On Amtrak

amtrakpetDogs and cats up to 20 pounds are now allowed to travel with you on certain United States Amtrak routes. There are certain restrictions, however. Only certain train routes allow pets. Pets travel is restricted to routes under 7 hours long. There is a maximum of five pets per train and it is first come first serve with regard to buying pet tickets. So you should make your reservation as soon as possible. A passenger may only take one pet. There is a $25 pet fee for each travel segment. In the event of a service disruption, Amtrak will try to make accommodations at a pet-friendly hotel but will not guarantee that they can. The dog must remain in a pet carrier at all times on the train. The pet carrier counts as one of your pieces of baggage allowed.

At check-in at the station you must arrive 30 minutes before departure to allow the staff to verify eligibility of your pet. They will verify the size and weight, see that the pet is not distruptive such as non-stop barking or growling and have you sign a pet document. The pet must be at least 8 weeks old. You will need to certify that your pet is up to date on vaccinations.

Pets may not be shipped on Amtrak or checked as baggage. They must travel with a person.

Here are the routes that pets are allowed on at this time. You should check at for updates as your trip approaches.

Northeast Routes:
Acela Express (Weekends and Holidays Only), Adirondack (excluding Canada), Downeaster, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf (excluding Canada), Northeast Regional, Vermonter

Eastern Routes:
Capitol Limited, Carolinian, Cardinal, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Piedmont, Palmetto, Silver Star, Silver Meteor

Midwest Routes:
California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Heartland Flyer, Hiawatha, Hossier State, Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr, Illini, Saluki, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, Lake Shore Limited, Missouri River Runner, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle

Western Routes:
Amrtak Cascades (excluding Canada), California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle

To make reservations call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit a staffed station. At this time, you cannot make your pet reservations online. Service animals are allowed on all trains and routes for no fee.

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