Amtrak allows passengers to bring small animals on select routes for a modest fee.

By Meghan Overdeep
June 21, 2018
Amtrak Dog Policy
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Lately it seems that the news has been full of horrifying tales of pet travel gone wrong. A slew of seemingly avoidable mid-flight deaths and recent crack downs on support animals have forced dog owners to look for new ways to hit the road with their four-legged companions.

Luckily, one devoted pup parent writes in The New York Times, there's Amtrak.

Amtrak announced a few years ago, to little fanfare, that it would allow travelers to bring small animals on select routes for a fee. The railroad service allows pets under 20 pounds to ride in small carriers for trips up to seven hours for $25 per pet, each way—a steep discount from the $100 each way most airlines charge for small dogs.

According to the Times, dog tickets can be reserved online, along with human tickets. There are only a few requirements involved, including a pet waiver, which basically means it's your responsibility if your furry friend causes any in-transit trouble. Seems fair, right?

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Overall, train travel with a dog sounds pretty painless, especially when compared with flying. "Traveling with a dog does not mean early access to the train or a preferred seat," the Times notes, "but it was still far easier to board a train than a plane: there was no juggling an antsy pup, a suitcase and shoes — while hoping no one asks you to put the dog on the X-ray belt."

Sounds like a pretty good deal!

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