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Dog jaunt: Visit Atlantic City by train, with your dog

Photo by StangGT

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 carried by passengers in well-secured containers designed for transporting animals. The containers may not block aisles and must be moved off seats for customers.”

And once you get there? The Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority issued a really useful press release last spring that lists pet-friendly hotels, beaches and attractions in the Atlantic City area, and an offManhattan post I mentioned in March suggests staying at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel not only because of its “Love That Dog” program but also because the hotel has the world’s largest collection of Miss America pageant memorabilia. Check out BringFido and Go Pet Friendly for dog-friendly restaurant suggestions — and keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to confirm that a restaurant’s policy hasn’t changed since it was listed.

One quick note: You won’t be able to board the jitney buses that trundle around town with a pet dog (even with a small dog in a carrier, the customer service representative told me). Your remaining choices include walking, taking a taxi (if the taxi driver likes the look of your pooch), or taking a NJ Transit bus (a customer service representative re-confirmed that small dogs in carriers are allowed on NJ Transit trains and buses). You may also take a small dog in a carrier on the sightseeing trolleys operated by the Great American Trolley Company — the same company also runs trolleys around the downtown areas of nearby, smaller resorts including Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon/Stone Harbor, Cape May and Wildwood.


  • Amy@GoPetFriendly

    I love all the great tips you have – this is such a great source for people traveling with small dogs! I wish I could shrink Buster and Ty at times so we could take advantage of all the cool stuff you find. Also, thanks so much for the mention!

  • Rod@GoPetFriendly

    Always great to hear when pets are allowed on public transportation. With the options you’ve listed, there seems to be no reason for New Yorkers to leave their pets at home when visiting AC for a weekend. Good reporting!

  • Thanks so much, Amy and Rod! Karen, I’m so sorry about the UGH! Maybe it would have been better with a dog?

  • Karen Friesecke

    LOL!! If Jersey came with us I probably would had had to cover her eyes. Despite the fact that Sean & I were staying on the main drag, I witnessed two drug deals and a saw “lady” selling something that I didn’t want to buy. This was all in the span of about 10 minutes while I was waiting in the car when Sean was checking into the hotel. AC is a very depressing place, it’s pretty rundown. Some of the bigger casinos are okay, but if I want to gamble, I’m going to Vegas.

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