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Traveling by Train with Pets: What You Can and Can't Do

Traveling by Train with Pets: What You Can and Can't Do
photo: / Public domain/Dog on a train
16 / 04 / 2024

Pets on trains are not uncommon, but special rules and pricing apply.

National carriers' general rules usually allow pets to be transported in 2nd carriage class. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, or other more adventurous animals may sometimes even be transported free of charge but must be kept in a cage or other type of lockable, leak-proof container for the duration of the journey. But what if you do not have such a box?

Only dogs can be transported without a crate, provided they are on a leash and muzzled. For example, Slovakian ZSSK transports dogs for half the fare. On EuroCity (EC) trains, an extra €1 is payable. On SuperCity (SC) trains, this service is free of charge. If you're heading for the mountains with your pet, you can even buy a network time ticket for your dog on the Tatra Electric Railway and the Ozubnica Railway.

Pets can be transported in two carriage types: the second-class and sleeper ones. In a sleeper carriage, if the passenger has paid for a separate compartment, they can carry small animals in a crate and a maximum of two dogs. No animals may be carried in first class or sleeper carriages, except dogs with special training. However, the owner must be a holder of a disability-S card.

It is crucial to be aware of your surroundings when transporting animals. The animal may be placed in the compartment, provided the passengers agree to this. The owners should not put their pets on seats or loungers or take them into the restaurant carriages.

Avoid problems

The best way to teach your four-legged pet to travel on public transport is to start at a young age. It's important to keep calm despite excessive noise and crowding. This way, the pet will sense there is no reason to be scared, and that train poses no danger to them. When getting on and off, go first; this will show that they are in a safe environment, explains Zoohit magazine. When transferring from platform to platform, carry your pet in your arms or use a lift.

But how do you prevent the dreaded accidents? Such situations can't always be completely avoided, but it definitely helps if you give your furry friend one last meal about 12 hours before departure. Afterward, it would be good to take every opportunity for a walk if your journey allows it.