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Pets

Want to take your dog, cat or canary with you on vacation? With SNCF, you can travel with your pet no matter what kind of train you take. Learn more about our solutions and travel guidelines so that both of you can travel with confidence.


Book your pet’s ticket now

On the Internet

For travel aboard TGV, Intercités and TER trains, visit voyages-sncf.com and book your pet's ticket along with your own:

  • choose your journey
  • click on “advanced search”, and then “taking your pet”
  • choose the number of animals and their size in the drop-down menus

If you’re travelling on an iDTGV train, make arrangements for your pet when you book your own ticket. Choose “Choose my options” and pay the extra fee for your pet.

By telephone
  • from inside France, dial 36 35 any day of the week between 07.00 and 22.00. You pay €0.40/min including tax, plus any fees charged by your service provider
  • from outside France, call +33 8 92 35 35 35 (cost of an international call, plus any fees charged by your service provider).

Travelling
with pets

If you’re bringing your pet along, remember to book his ticket when you book your own. You can travel with up to two dogs or two containers per person on all SNCF trains except Eurostar(1).

If your dog or other pet weighs less than 6 kg:

  • he must travel in a bag or basket no larger than 45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm
  • his fare will be €7(2) on TGV, Intercités and TER trains

If your dog or other pet weighs more than 6 kg:

  • he must wear a muzzle during the entire journey
  • his fare will be 50% of the full 2nd class fare (even if you travel in 1st class) on TGV, Intercités and TER trains
  • pet-specific fares are available on other types of train

Exchanges and cancellations:
you may exchange your pet’s ticket free of charge up until the day before departure for as long as the ticket is valid. A 10% penalty applies. Tickets may not be exchanged beyond this date(3)

View Conditions of Carriage for your pet

(1) Does not apply to guide dogs for the visually impaired
(2) Fare at 2 January 2014
(3) Fares for leashed dogs and small pets valid for
TGV, Intercités and TER trains


Guide dogs
travel free

Relax. No matter where you’re headed, your guide dog can come with you. He travels free aboard all our trains and needs no ticket(1).

Does your animal usually go without a muzzle? That's fine aboard your train, too. Simply bring the papers documenting his training as a guide or service dog.

(1) “Free guide dog” tickets are no longer required.
(2) Only dogs qualify as service animals.

Information & booking


Special cases

Pets from abroad are not allowed on UK territory, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind; in Italy your animal must be identified according to EC Reg. No. 998/2003 and you must have a certificate of vaccination.

Animals not residing in the European Union must have a passport to travel within Europe

Guidelines

Your furry or feathered friend is welcome aboard SNCF trains as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. You must stay with your pet for the entire journey, and he is your responsibility at all times. You may bring dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs and other traditional pets aboard with you, provided your fellow passengers do not object.

If the other passengers agree, you may travel with:

  • small pets (1) weighing no more than 6 kg and carried in a closed bag or basket
  • muzzled dogs (2)

If your animal will travel in a pet carrier, mark the inside of the carrier with his name, his tattoo number, your name, your telephone number and your destination address.

(1) Dogs, cats, pet rabbits and rodents, birds, reptiles and amphibians
(2) Does not apply to dogs in categories 1 and 2 as defined by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Special requirements for European travel outside France:

Whenever you travel with your dog or cat in the European Union, you must ensure that your pet meets these requirements:

  • he must be identified by a microchip
  • he must be vaccinated for rabies
  • he must have a European passport, provided and completed by a veterinarian
  • you must bring an up-to-date record of vaccinations and other health data

If you plan to travel in Europe with any other type of pet, please contact the embassy of the relevant country for information on prevailing law.


Keeping your pet
comfortable

Give your pet a pleasant and comfortable journey by choosing a well-ventilated carrier that is roomy enough for the animal to turn around.

If your pet is anxious, nervous or travel-shy, consult your veterinarian, who can prescribe the right sedative if necessary.