Many of us have pets, but not everyone knows how to travel with them. Today we tell you everything you need to know about trips with animals on trains:
Any companion animals are allowed on trains. By law, they include:
Dogs, cats, birds (quack, pheasant, pigeon, parrot, swirl, weaver and oatmeal, quail hawk and hawk-tung), small rodents (squirrel, gray rat, sea pig, house mouse, Jungle and Syrian hamsters, gerbils, chinchilla, ornamental rabbit), small non-venomous amphibians (kwaksha, spur frog, axolotl), aquarium fish and mollusks, small non-venomous reptiles (chameleon, polo, red-weary turtle, lizard) and arthropod animals (except for animals)
Here are some rules you need to know before taking your pet on the train.
- Any pet needs a ticket. Tickets can be bought only at the ticket office of the official Railways. In general, the price depends on the class of service and the distance of the trip.
On some trains, the cost of transporting animals is already included in your ticket, check it in advance in the support service.
To transport pets in long-distance trains, most countries do not need to issue veterinary documents. But it is worth knowing in advance whether it is possible to carry animals in the class of the car that you have chosen.
- Small pets, dogs (except large breeds and guide dogs), and birds should be transported in special cages or containers. Containers must be placed in places designed to accommodate hand luggage. The size of cells and containers on the sum of three dimensions should not exceed 180 cm.
If your pet does not fit into the cage of the necessary size, according to the Railways rules, it will be considered a large animal. Large pets can be transported in a compartment car or a car SV. At the same time, you have to buy out the entire coupe. It is forbidden to transport large animals in a station wagon.
“Sapsan” and “Swallows” have special places to travel with pets. These are seats 1-4 in 3 and 13 cars and seats 65-66 in 8 and 18 cars.
Guide dogs can be transported free of charge on any trains. Transportation documents are not issued, but the guide dog must have a collar and muzzle and be at the feet of the passenger she accompanies.
- Take care of your pet’s hygiene in advance. Feed and walk the animal a couple of hours before the trip so that both your pet and the passengers around you feel comfortable. Keep everything you need your pet while you travel.
Have a safe journey!