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Travelling with your pet

Want to travel with your pet or service animal aboard a TGV INOUI, INTERCITÉS or TER train? 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. You can:

  • take your pet aboard any kind of train except Eurostar
  • buy a paperless ticket for your pet
  • get special pet fares with free refunds1
  • travel with up to 2 leashed dogs or 2 pet carriers per passenger

The following animals are authorized to travel aboard SNCF trains: small2 domestic animals travelling in a closed bag or basket; muzzled dogs3; and guide dogs for the blind4.

The right fare

Guidelines

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 anxious, 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 destination address

Important documents

If you plan to travel abroad with your dog or cat7, you must ensure that your pet 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

For travel with TGV INOUI, INTERCITÉS or TER, visit the SNCF Connect website and book your pet's ticket along with your own:

  • select your journey
  • click on “More options”, then “Travel with your pet”
  • select the number of animals and their size in the appropriate drop-down menus

1 Ticket refundable up to time of departure.

2 Dogs, cats, pet rabbits and rodents, cage 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 valid as of 23 June 2022 for a leashed dog or an animal in a pet carrier, for each journey aboard a TGV INOUI, INTERCITÉS, or TER connecting train. This fare does not apply to TER trains in the following regions, which set their own fares: Normandy, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Pays de la Loire and Sud.

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.