How to travel with a dog by train in Italy and abroad
Each railway company has its own rules for traveling with a dog by train, we report them below divided by country with links to their official sites. It is mandatory to have the muzzle, the health card and the certificate of registration in the canine registry with you as regards Italy, if instead you go to the abroad, of course, you must be in compliance with all documents.
Unfortunately, it has happened more than once that we have to move, the regulation provides that if any “nice” passenger complains, even for no reason, we have to move… one of those absurd rules that should change in a civilized country.
Railway companies that accept dogs on the train in Italy
You can transport small dogs, cats and other small pets for free, under the following conditions: Transport is allowed in the first and second class of all train categories and in the Executive, Business, Premium and Standard service levels free of charge if the animals are kept in the special container. dimensions not exceeding 70x30x50 and such as to exclude injury or damage to both passengers and cars. In the case of trains made with ETR 450 material, the container must be kept on the knees.
Only one container is allowed for each traveler. On board the couchette carriages, sleeping cars, and Excelsior cars, you must purchase the compartment in full (excluding guide dogs for blind travelers).
Pets are not allowed in the restaurant / bar carriages (with the exception of guide dogs for the blind) You can transport a dog of any size under the following conditions: You can take a dog of any size on all national train categories, in first and second class and in the Business and Standard service levels. The Executive, Premium service level, the Silence Area, the lounges and the restaurant / bar carriages are excluded.
For the transport of the dog you must purchase at any ticket office or authorized travel agency (excluding web agencies) at the same time as your ticket (of any type), a second class ticket or Standard level at the Base price foreseen for the train used reduced by 50%, also for travel in first class and in the Business service level.
You must always keep the dog on a leash and with a muzzle. On board the couchette carriages, sleeping cars and Excelsior cars, you must purchase a ticket at the ordinary fare n. 1 / Second class express reduced by 50%. The purchase of the entire compartment is also always required. Outside the compartment you must keep the dog on a leash and with a muzzle.
The guide dog for travelers Blind is allowed for free on all train categories, classes or service levels and in restaurant / bar carriages. Furthermore, for these dogs there is no obligation to purchase the entire couchette compartment, VL or Excelsior.
In all cases, for the transport of the dog of any size you must always have the certificate of registration in the canine registry and health card (or, for foreign citizens, a passport to replace both documents). This obligation does not apply to guide dogs for blind travelers.
Animals weighing less than 10 kilograms
All pets weighing less than 10 kilograms can board: they must be transported in the appropriate travel containers (one per traveler) and housed in the luggage boxes or in the immediate vicinity of your seat. In the case of foreign travelers, the animals must be equipped with the identification systems and passport as per Reg. (EC) n. 998/2003, where applicable. All dogs must have a certificate of registration in the canine registry.
Dogs weighing more than 10 kilograms
Larger dogs are also allowed on board, but only if they are always kept on a leash and with a muzzle when getting on and off the train or at the request of NTV staff.
Guide dogs to assist visually impaired or blind travelers travel on Italo free of charge and without limits of size or weight. Dangerous pets or animals suffering from diseases communicable to humans are excluded from transport.
It is possible to transport animals on the train under certain conditions: EXTRA-URBAN RATE Supplement per animal equal to 50% of the cost of a single ticket MILAN URBAN RATE For the urban routes of Milan, the animal pay the ordinary urban rate
• The transport of small pets in 1st and 2nd class, kept in a special container (maximum 1 per person) of dimensions not exceeding 70x30x50 cm and such as to exclude injury or damage to both travelers and cars, it is free.
• The transport of dogs is allowed only if in possession of muzzle, leash and certificate to the canine registry. • The transport of animals of any kind It is NOT allowed on weekdays (Monday-Friday) between 7.00-9.30 and 17.30-19.30. Guide dogs accompanying the blind are excluded, as they can travel without time slot restrictions.