Chloe and I took planes, trains, and automobiles together on our recent trip around New England — and when I say trains, I mean Metro-North commuter trains, since Amtrak doesn’t allow pet dogs on board. After driving around Massachusetts and New Hampshire and New York and Connecticut for a couple of weeks, I planned to meet my husband in Brooklyn, and since I will not drive anywhere near Manhattan, I opted to drop off the rental car in New Haven … Read more
Taking your dog on a train
Amtrak doesn’t currently allow pet dogs on board, but there is one U.S. passenger train system that does: The Alaska Railroad Corporation allows you to bring your pet dog with you, with some important caveats. She must travel in “an airline-approved kennel,” and only in the baggage car. I called the ARRC for more details, and learned that they charge a $20 fee per pet. The baggage car is not heated, nor does it have … Read more
Reader Reinell wrote to me back in November 2010 about her upcoming trip from Canada to Sweden with Rocky and River, her two Yorkshire Terriers. Her plans were a bit complicated (a domestic flight to Toronto, an international flight to Copenhagen — both on Air Canada — and a train trip to Sweden), and she wondered, too, about sedating her dogs en route. She kindly agreed to send a report when all the dust settled, and here it is:
This topic came up yesterday in a tweet from a new follower who wondered if I knew of a way for her car-less aunt to get from her new home in D.C. to NYC, with a dog. I’ve written about this before, but the details are buried in several posts about public transit pet policies. So here’s what I’ve learned, in an easy-to-reach location.
You can almost travel between New York and Washington D.C. via pet-friendly public transit systems, except for … Read more
I am always happy to hear about trains that allow pets onboard, so you can imagine how pleased I was to hear about the ACES trains that take weekenders to Atlantic City. Trains run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. They travel between New York’s Penn Station and Atlantic City’s Rail Terminal, and stop only once (at Newark’s Penn Station). Total trip time? Just under three hours.
Pet dogs are allowed on ACES trains “free of charge when … Read more
This week’s picture was taken earlier this year on the Madrid metro. Photographer Hipnos was impressed with this Boston Terrier’s stare, and so am I.
Small pet dogs are allowed on board the Madrid metro, but they must be in a carrier (which, you’ll note, this dog is not). Pet dogs are also allowed on the Cercanías Madrid, the city’s commuter rail service, but they must be leashed and muzzled (carriers are not required).
And yep, I realize he’s not wearing a … Read more
Today’s photo was taken almost a year ago somewhere in Britain — you can tell it’s not the U.S. because the train looks so sleek and because there’s a dog on board (Amtrak has not allowed dogs on board since 1976). When I first saw this picture, I thought the dog’s owner was surely breaking some rule, but it turns out that leashed dogs are allowed on National Rail trains (other small animals must be enclosed in a carrier).
Leashed dogs … Read more
Thanks so much to everyone who entered Dog Jaunt’s giveaway for an Outward Hound Roll Along Pet Carrier, and thank you to The Kyjen Company for sponsoring it!
The randomly-selected winner is Bruin, who recommends the Redwood Valley Railway in Berkeley, CA. Here’s why:
At Tilden Park in Berkeley, dogs on leash are allowed to ride the Redwood Valley Railroad for free! My Ruby loved it so much, we had to go twice. 🙂
I … Read more
I saw Murder on the Orient Express at an impressionable age, I guess — ever since, the Orient-Express train from London to Venice has seemed the acme of luxury to me. Someday I’ll go, but it won’t be with Chloe. The Orient-Express‘s extremely courteous Luxury Travel Manager tells me that dogs are not allowed on any of the Orient-Express trains (there are four in Europe and one each in Peru and Southeast Asia), or on either of their cruises (France … Read more
Since Chloe was a puppy (and for many years before that), this post was accurate. But a year or so ago, Amtrak launched a pilot program in the suburban Chicago area, trying out the experiment of allowing passengers to travel with pet dogs and cats, and recently the company announced a wonderful expansion of its pet travel pilot program. Keep your fingers crossed, be polite pet travelers, and let’s all hope that the expansion continues!
Amtrak’s pet policy bans all pets except … Read more