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Travelling with your pet

Want to travel with your pet or service animal aboard TGV, Intercités or TER trains? We’ve got the solutions you need for a stress-free journey.

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Your pet’s ticket

To enjoy your pet’s company during your journey, book its ticket when you book your own—and be sure to choose the right fare for its size. You can:

  • bring your pet aboard any kind of train except Eurostar
  • exchange your pet’s ticket or get a refund1
  • bring up to 2 pets or 2 containers per passenger

The following animals are authorized to travel aboard SNCF trains: small domestic animals2 travelling in a closed bag or basket; muzzled dogs3; and guide dogs for the blind4.

The right fare

If your pet weighs less than 6 kg 

It must travel in a bag or basket no larger than 45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm, placed on your knees or at your feet, and its ticket costs €75.

If your pet weighs more than 6 kg

Your pet must be muzzled throughout your journey and it must travel at your feet. Its ticket is priced at 50% of the full 2nd class fare, calculated using the standard rate per kilometre

If your animal is a guide dog

It travels at your feet aboard all our trains6. There’s no charge, and it doesn’t need a ticket. If your guide dog usually goes without a muzzle, that’s fine aboard your train.


During your journey:

  • you must stay with your pet, and it is your responsibility at all times
  • dogs, cats and other domestic animals (such as hamsters and guinea pigs) may travel with you, provided your fellow passengers do not object
  • you must bring all of your pet’s identification papers

If your animal will travel in a pet carrier

  • be sure that it is well ventilated and that the animal has enough room to turn around
  • if your pet is nervous, ask your veterinarian for a sedative
  • mark the inside of the carrier with its name, its registration tattoo, your name, your telephone number and your final address

Important documents

If you plan to travel abroad with your dog or cat7, you must ensure that it meets the necessary requirements. In some countries, your pet must:

  • be identified by a microchip
  • be vaccinated for rabies
  • have a European passport, provided and completed by a veterinarian
  • have an up-to-date health certificate

Special cases

IMPORTANT: policies on pets are not the same in every European country.

  • In Italy, pets are not allowed, except 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 in Europe

Learn more and book your tickets

Tickets for pets cannot be booked on line. Please visit an SNCF sales office or call us at +33 892 35 35 35. (You pay the cost of an international call, plus any fees charged by your service provider.)

From inside France, dial 3635 any day of the week, 08.00-20.00. (Our service is free: you pay only the cost of your call.)
From outside France, call +33 892 353 535 (cost of an international call, plus any fees charged by your service provider).

1 You may exchange your pet’s ticket free of charge until the day before departure, for as long as the ticket is valid. A 10% penalty applies. No exchanges beyond that date. Your ticket is refundable for as long as it is valid. A 10% penalty applies.

2 Dogs, cats, pet rabbits and rodents, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

3 Does not apply to dogs in categories 1 and 2 as defined by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

4 Simply bring the papers documenting your animal’s training as a guide or service dog. Only dogs qualify as service animals.

5 Fare at 2 January 2014

6 “Free guide dog tickets” are no longer required. Simply bring the papers documenting your animal’s training as a guide or service dog. Only dogs qualify as service animals.

7 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.