Pets on Trains
Take Your Small Dog or Cat with You on Select Trains
You can take your small dog or cat along with you on select trains. Now that Rover can come over, we hope to see you and your pet onboard. Pease refer to the guidelines below. Other restrictions may apply. Note that these guidelines do not pertain to passengers traveling with service animals.
Types of Pets Allowed
Cats and dogs are the only types of pets accepted on Amtrak, and only one pet and one carrier per passenger will be allowed.
Which Trains Accept Pets
Carl Sandburg and Illinois Zephyr Trains 380, 381, 382 and 383 and Illini and Saluki Trains 390, 391, 392 and 393
- Passengers must begin the first leg of their trip at the Chicago, Naperville, Galesburg, Homewood, Champaign-Urbana or Carbondale stations during the hours that the ticket offices are open.
Note: Due to the ticket office hours, the only train accepting pet reservations at Naperville is Train 383, and at Homewood the only trains accepting pet reservations are Trains 393 and 392.
- Passengers may only pick up pet tickets at the Chicago, Naperville, Galesburg, Homewood, Champaign-Urbana or Carbondale stations. Pet tickets cannot be picked up at any other stations.
- Each Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr, Saluki and Illini train will have one railcar designated for passengers with their pets.
From October 12, 2015 to February 15, 2016, pets will also be allowed onboard the following trains:
- Northeast Regional trains between Boston - New York - Washington - Lynchburg - Newport News - Norfolk
- Downeaster trains between Portland and Boston - North Station
- Trains 79, 80 and 90 between New York and Washington
Note: Pets will not be accepted on the New Haven to Springfield shuttles, Northeast Regional trains between New Haven and Springfield and the Vermonter Train between New Haven and St. Albans.
Length of Trip
Maximum length of travel on the train will be seven hours. Passengers making connections must complete travel within seven hours from leaving their origin station.
Where Travel Must Begin
- Trips must originate at a staffed station; however, the return of a round trip may begin at an unstaffed station. The round trip ticket must be purchased at the origin staffed station. Passengers will be permitted to use the same waiver for the return from the unstaffed station.
- Round trips may be booked to an unstaffed station, but travel must begin at staffed stations, as described in the "Pet Reservations, Fare and Ticketing" section below.
- Passengers starting their trip at a staffed station must sign a pet waiver at the ticket office before boarding the train.
- Passengers boarding at unstaffed stations must speak to the conductor to sign the pet waiver.
- Ticket offices in some stations in the Northeast Corridor station are not open for all train departures. Pets will be accepted on all trains even on trains when the ticket office is closed. Passengers boarding during times when the ticket office is closed will sign a pet waiver with the train crew.
Pet Reservations, Fare and Ticketing
- Pet reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. No more than five pets are reserved per train. Service animals do not count towards this limitation.
- The fare for pets is $25.00 per carrier, for each travel segment.
- Pet reservations can only be made with a reservation agent at 1-800-USA-RAIL or at a staffed station.
- Pets are not permitted to travel with unaccompanied minors.
- Pets are not permitted on Thruway bus services.
- Multi-ride tickets cannot be used in conjunction with pet reservations. Multi-ride ticket holders traveling with a pet must reserve a coach seat and pay the applicable fare.
Arrive at Least 30 Minutes Early
Passengers traveling with pets must check in at the station ticket office no later than 30 minutes before train departure time in order to allow sufficient time to confirm pet eligibility and complete a Release and Indemnification Agreement. A waiver must be completed for each leg of travel.
If the ticket office is not open at the time of departure, passengers may check in with the conductor.
Designated Pet Car & Onboard Guidelines
- Passengers must remain with pets at all times.
- Pets must remain inside their carrier at all times and may not be removed from their carrier while in stations or onboard trains.
- Passengers must keep their pet carrier under their own seat. Pet carriers are not permitted under the seat in front of you.
- Pet carriers are not permitted on train seats.
- Pets are not permitted in Business class, Café Cars or other food service cars.
Approved Pet Carriers
- Pet owners must provide their own pet carrier.
- The maximum size for pet carriers is 19" long x 14" wide x 10.5" high.
- Carrier may be hard or soft sided but must be leak proof and well ventilated.
- For safety reasons, pet must be able to sit and lie down comfortably without touching the sides of the carrier.
- A carrier counts as one piece of carry-on baggage.
Pet Age and Health
- Pet must be at least eight weeks old.
- Pets must be odorless and harmless, not disruptive, and require no attention during travel. Amtrak maintains the right to refuse acceptance of or remove from the train any pet exhibiting these issues.
- Passengers will be required to certify that pet is up to date on all vaccinations and accepts liability for animal.
- Maximum weight of pet with carrier is 20 pounds.
- Amtrak will not accept liability for the health and well-being of pets.
- Note: In the event of an incident, Amtrak will make reasonable efforts to assist passengers with the evacuation of their pets and will seek (but cannot guarantee) pet friendly accommodations, if alternate transportation or sheltering is necessary.