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Pets on Trains

Planning to travel with your pet? Now you can on Amtrak.

Pets on Trains Pilot Program

We know how important your furry friends are to you; they're important to us, too. We'll happily welcome cats and dogs 20 pounds or less for only $25. A pet may travel on trips of up to seven hours and certain restrictions apply. Pet service is available on most Amtrak routes from coast to coast, including:

East

Capitol Limited
Carolinian
Cardinal
Crescent
Lake Shore Limited
Piedmont
Palmetto
Silver Star
Silver Meteor

West

California Zephyr
Amtrak Cascades
Coast Starlight
Southwest Chief
Sunset Limited
Texas Eagle

Midwest

California Zephyr
Capitol Limited
Cardinal
City of New Orleans
Empire Builder
Hiawatha
(starting May 2)
Illinois Service
Lake Shore Limited
Michigan Service
(starting May 2)
Missouri River Runner
(starting May 2)
Southwest Chief
Texas Eagle

Northeast

Acela Express
(Weekends only)
Downeaster
Northeast Regional
Vermonter
(Washington - Springfield)

To make a reservation for you and your pet on your next Amtrak trip, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit a staffed Amtrak station.

Important Information
Making Reservations
  • Pet reservations can only be made with a reservation agent at 1-800-USA-RAIL or at a staffed station.
  • Pet reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis, and may sell out quickly, so we strongly encourage you to make your pet reservations in advance.
  • Pets are only permitted in Coach Class.
  • Only one pet per passenger will be allowed, and no more than five pets are reserved per train. Service animals do not count towards this limitation.
  • The pet fare is $25.00 for each travel segment.
  • Pets are not permitted to travel on multi-ride tickets, Thruway bus services or with unaccompanied minors.
  • In the event of a service disruption, Amtrak will make reasonable efforts to seek (but cannot guarantee) pet friendly hotel accommodations, if sheltering is necessary.
Pet Check-In
  • At staffed stations, passengers must check in at the ticket office no later than 30 minutes before departure to allow sufficient time to confirm pet eligibility and complete a Release and Indemnification Agreement. At unstaffed stations, the conductor will confirm pet eligibility and provide passengers with a Release and Indemnification Agreement to sign. Before your trip, find your station and check to see if it staffed.
  • A waiver must be completed for each leg of travel.
Onboard Guidelines
  • Pets are only permitted in Coach Class.
  • Passengers must remain with pets at all times and pets must remain inside carriers while in stations and onboard trains.
  • Passengers must keep their pet carrier under their own seat. Pet carriers are not permitted under the seat in front of you.
Approved Pet Carriers
  • Pet owners must provide their own pet carrier, which counts as one piece of carry-on baggage.
  • The maximum size for pet carriers is 19" long x 14" wide x 10.5" high. Maximum weight of pet with carrier is 20 pounds.
  • Carrier may be hard or soft sided but must be leak proof and well ventilated.
  • For your pet's safety, all pets must be able to comfortably sit and lie down without touching the sides of the carrier.
Pet Age & Health
  • Pet must be at least eight weeks old and be odorless, 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 the pet is up to date on all vaccinations and accepts liability for animal.
  • Amtrak will not accept liability for the health and well-being of pets.
Train-Specific Information
Illinois Service
  • Pet service in Illinois is available on Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr, Illini and Saluki. Pet service is not available on Lincoln Service (Chicago - St. Louis)
  • Each train will have one Coach class car designated for passengers with their pets.
Michigan Service, Hiawatha and Missouri River Runner

Each train will have one Coach class car designated for passengers with their pets.

Amtrak Cascades
  • On Amtrak Cascades trains, pet carriers shall be placed on the floor in front of a second seat adjacent to the passenger bringing the pet aboard the train.
  • Pets will only be allowed as far as Bellingham WA on Amtrak Cascades Trains 510, 513 , 516, and 517.