Take your dog by train or bus

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Every company, whether it circulates on rails or on the roads, has its own rules regarding dogs. Some accept them under certain conditions, others do not. Here is an overview of some companies that you know well.

SNCF 

Four-legged animals are allowed in TER, Transilians and Intercity under certain conditions. Already know that you have to book the ticket of your doggie at the same time as yours. Tickets are exchangeable free of charge until the day before departure, with “a 10% withholding during the validity of the ticket” and refundable “with a 10% withholding until the date of validity of the ticket”.

During the journey, your dog’s papers must be in order. If you go to a European Union country, your hairball must be identified with a tattoo or microchip, vaccinated against rabies, you also must have in your possession a European passport provided and filled in by a veterinary and his up-to-date health record.

According to your dog’s wieth, you have two possibilities:

  • He is less than 6 kg. In this case, he must be placed in a bag or a basket whose dimensions do not exceed 45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm. His ticket will cost you 7 euros. Remember to indicate your name on the cage, your contact informations and where you are going.
  • He is more than 6 kg. He must then be muzzled and held on a leash throughout the journey and its ticket will cost you 50% of the full fare of a 2nd class ticket (even if you are traveling in 1st).

You must also make sure that your pet remains calm during the whole journey and that no traveler present around you does not oppose its presence. Otherwise, you will be forced to stay between two wagons.

In the case of Ouigo, the TGV offer launched by SNCF, dogs weighing less than 6kg are admitted in bags of the same size, free of charge (45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm) and will take the place of one of the two luggages allowed during the journey. If they weigh more than 6kg, they must be muzzled and held on a leash all the way. Allow 30 euros per animal per trip. You must also subscribe to the “pet” option.

The only derogation to these rules (whatever you choose) applies to guide dogs: they are admitted free of charge and without any ticket. Moreover, if they aren’t used to being muzzled, you don’t have to force them to do so. Think, on the other hand, to have on you the documents that justify their education.

Eurostar

Guide or assistance dogs or assistants are the only pets allowed. They must have been drawn up by a member or affiliated organization of the Dogs Assistance, the International Guide Dog Federation or the International Dog Assistance.

RATP

Small dogs are allowed in the RER, subway and buses free of charge, provided they can fit in a bag or a basket of up to 45 cm.

Since June 2016, medium and large dogs have been admitted to the RER and the metro if they are kept on a leash and muzzled. You must also bring a reduced fare ticket for your journey. In case of control, if you don’t have a ticket for your pet, you will be fined 60 euros.

Finally, guide dogs are accepted free of charge if they wear a harness, a work vest (for those who are undergoing education) or a supporting document, such as an identification card.

What about buses?

Eurolines, Flixbus and Ouibus only accept guide and assistance dogs on board. In the case of Isilines, hairballs weighing less than 5 kg are admitted in a bag of the following dimensions: 45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm and at an additional cost.

As you understood, as much as a company accepts pets, the smaller ones must travel in a carrying bag and the larger ones must be muzzled and held for the safety of all. If you are planning a trip by train or bus and your dog is stressed, consider consulting your veterinarian or opting for natural methods that will relax him.

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