Train Systems in the U.S. that Allow Pets

Amtrak Pet Policy

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Amtrak permits passengers to bring dogs or cats (up to 20 pounds) on board many of its train journeys that are 7 hours or less. Pets are not permitted on specific mainline routes or Thruway connecting services .

Mainline Routes Where Pets are NOT Permitted

  • Auto Train: Lorton, VA (Washington, DC) – Sanford, FL (Orlando)
  • Capital Corridor: Auburn – Sacramento – Emeryville (San Francisco) – Oakland – San Jose
  • Keystone Service: NYC – Philadelphia – Paoli – Downingtown – Lancaster – Harrisburg
  • Pacific Surfliner: San Luis Obispo – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles – Anaheim – San Diego
  • Pennsylvanian: New York – Philadelphia –  Lancaster – Harrisburg – Altoona – Pittsburgh
  • San Joaquins: San Francisco Bay Area / Sacramento – Bakersfield / Southern California

HOT TIP: The following routes designate pet-specific coaches; whereas, for other pet-friendly routes, pets are permitted in any coach cars: Amtrak Cascades, Blue Water, Carl Sandburg, Hiawatha, Illini, Illinois Zephyr, Lincoln Service, Missouri River Runner, Pere Marquette, Saluki, and Wolverine.

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State Train Operator Policy
Alabama Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting service between Mobile and Montgomery. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Alaska Alaska Railroad Pets are permitted in the baggage car in an airline-approved kennel.
Fee: $20 (counts as 1 piece of your checked luggage allowance)
Alaska White Pass & Yukon Route
Dogs are permitted on Chilkoot Hiker Service trains but not on any connecting bus services.
Fee: $25
Arizona Phoenix Valley Metro Rail Pets are permitted if they are stowed within an enclosed pet carrier that fits on the lap of the passenger or beneath the seat.
Arizona Sun Link Pets are permitted in enclosed carriers.
Arizona Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting service between Maricopa and the Grand Canyon, or Thruway from Kingman. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Arkansas Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Arkansas Little Rock Metro Streetcar Undisclosed.
California Amtrak Not permitted on all Thruway connecting services around California. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
California California Metrolink Pets are permitted if secured in an enclosed carrier, do not take up seats, do not block aisles or doorways, and do not disrupt other passengers.
California Los Angeles Metro Pets are permitted if secured in an enclosed carrier, do not take up seats, do not block aisles or doorways, and do not disrupt other passengers.
California San Diego Coaster Small pets are permitted if enclosed in a carrier on the passenger’s lap or the floor.
California San Diego Trolley Pets are permitted if fully contained inside an enclosed carrier.
California San Diego MTS Pets are permitted if fully contained inside an enclosed carrier and transported on the passenger’s lap.
California San Francisco BART Pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
California San Francisco Muni Dogs are permitted but must be leashed and muzzled, can only ride on the lap of the passenger or under their seat. Other pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Colorado Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services to Alamosa, Gunnison, Raton, Vail, or Cheyenne. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Colorado Denver RTD Pets are permitted if transported on the passenger’s lap in a secure, enclosed carrier. All dogs are required to have rabies vaccinations and tags.
Connecticut Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Connecticut Connecticut CT Rail Shore Line East Pets are permitted if leashed or contained in an enclosed, ventilated container and must not disrupt other passengers.
Connecticut Connecticut CT Rail Hartford Line Pets are permitted if transported in an enclosed, pet-safe carrier with the size and weight not exceeding 19 x 14 x 10.5 inches and 20 pounds.
Delaware Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Wilmington or Salisbury. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Florida Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, and Fort Meyers. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Florida Florida Tri-Rail Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Florida Florida Brightline Only dogs and cats are permitted on trains, and this counts towards the passenger’s carry-on or checked baggage allowance.
Florida Miami Metromover Pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Florida Orlando Sunrail Pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Georgia Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Georgia Atlanta MARTA Pets are permitted in a secure, rigid carrier with a lock or latch to prevent escape.
Hawaii Honolulu Rail Transit Undisclosed.
Idaho Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Moscow, Ontario, or Ogden. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Illinois Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Springfield, Davenport,  Paducah or Evansville to St. Louis, Galesburg, Bloomington Normal, or Chicago. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Illinois Chicago CTA Pets are permitted if secured in an enclosed carrier, do not take up seats, do not block aisles or doorways, and do not disrupt other passengers.
Illinois Chicago METRA Small pets are permitted in enclosed carriers on non-peak weekday trains (arriving in Chicago before 6:31 a.m. and after 9:30 a.m. and departing Chicago before 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m.). Pets are also permitted on all weekend trains but may be refused on overcrowded trains or during special events.
Illinois South Shore Line Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Indiana Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Indianapolis. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Indiana South Shore Line Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Iowa Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Kansas Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Newton. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Kentucky Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services through to Nashville. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Louisiana Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting service from Shreveport to Jackson. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Louisiana New Orleans Streetcar Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Maine Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services through to Orono. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Maryland Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services between Ocean City and Grantsville. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Maryland Maryland MARC Pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Maryland Baltimore Metro Pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Massachusetts Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Boston. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Massachusetts Massachusetts Bay MBTA Commuter Rail


Massachusetts Bay MBTA Subway
Non-service dogs are not permitted during rush hour. Other small pets must be kept in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Massachusetts CapeFLYER Dogs must be leashed at all times.
Michigan Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services between Hancock, Sault Ste. Marie, Gaylord, Cheboygan, Detroit, and Chicago. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Minnesota Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Duluth to La Crosse. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Minnesota Minneapolis Metro Pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Mississippi Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Jackson or Biloxi. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Missouri Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Kansas City Streetcar
Pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Montana Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Nebraska Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Nevada Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Las Vegas or Reno. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
New Hampshire Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Boston to Littleton or Berlin.

Acela route from Boston to Washington permits pets at weekends and holidays only. For other mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
New Jersey Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Atlantic City. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
New Jersey New Jersey Transit Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
New Jersey Port Authority Trans-Hudson Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
New Mexico Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from El Paso and Santa Fe. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
New York Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
New York Long Island Railroad Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
New York Metro-North Railroad Dogs up to 65 pounds are permitted but are not allowed on seats.
New York New York Subway Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
North Carolina Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Wilmington or Morehead City. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
North Dakota Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Ohio Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Toledo, Dayton, or Columbus. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Ohio Cleveland RTA Pets are permitted in a secure pet carrier and must not weigh more than 25 pounds.
Oklahoma Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Oklahoma City. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Oregon Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Ontario, Portland, Crescent City, and Astoria. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Oregon Portland TriMet Pets are permitted in a closed carrier.
Pennsylvania  Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Pennsylvania Philadelphia SEPTA (trolley/trains) Pets are permitted in a closed carrier that must fit on the passenger’s lap.
Pennsylvania New Jersey Transit Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Pennsylvania PATCO Speedline Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Rhode Island Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
South Carolina Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Tennessee Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Nashville. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Tennessee Nashville’s Music City Commuter Rail Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Tennessee Memphis MARTA Street TrolleyUndisclosed.
Texas Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Houston or Dallas. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Texas Houston METRORail Small pets are permitted providing they are caged properly.
Texas Dallas DART Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Texas Dallas M-Line Trolly Dogs must be on a leash or in a pet carrier.
Texas Dallas Tre Commuter Rail Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Texas El Paso Streetcar Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Utah Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Salt Lake City.
Utah Salt Lake City FrontRunner Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Utah Salt Lake City TRAX Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Vermont Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Virginia Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Washington, DC, Virginia Beach, or Blacksburg. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Virginia Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
Washington Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from Seattle, Spokane, or Portland. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above
Washington Seattle Sound Transit’s Link light rail Small pets are permitted in a secure, enclosed carrier.
West Virginia Amtrak For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.
Wisconsin Amtrak Not permitted on Thruway connecting services from St.Paul- Minneapolis. For mainline services, see Amtrak policy above.

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