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Facilities and services

Train travel with a pet

Pets are welcome on board

Are you travelling with a pet? Welcome on board! All of our trains have seats suitable for travelling comfortably with dogs, cats or other pets.

Pets can travel by the feet of their owners or on their own seat.

Travel in comfort with your pet

On a train, pets have sufficient space to move around and stretch their legs. Air-conditioned coaches stay cool and comfortable even in the heat of summer. Trains ride smoothly, so even pets susceptible to motion sickness can enjoy train travel.

Commuter trains and long-distance

Pets can travel on long-distance trains for EUR 5. On commuter trains, pets travel for free. Pets can travel with their owner only in the pet seats or in the pet compartments on night trains.

Instructions and prices

  • Pets must travel with their owner in designated pet areas.
  • The pet charge is €5 per dog or pet carrier (only one pet charge is collected for two pets sharing a pet carrier).
  • You can bring along two dogs or pet carriers.
  • The size of the designated spaces for pets on the floor is approximately 50 x 50 cm
  • If you want more space, we recommend that you buy a ticket for the seat next to you (please cover the seat with a blanket, for example).
  • You can also get more space for a pet by reserving a larger floor space for a pet on a Pendolino train (approx. 70 x 110 cm) or a window space for pets on an InterCity train (88 x 56 cm).
  • Guide dogs, assistance and hearing dogs may travel in any passenger compartment free of charge.

  • Free of charge
  • Pets must travel with their owner in designated pet areas.
  • If space is available, your pet can also travel on a seat (please cover the seat with a blanket first)
  • Guide dogs, assistance and hearing dogs may travel in any passenger compartment free of charge

  • You can travel with your pet in the pet section of a regular passenger car or in a sleeping compartment.
  • In night trains and car-carriers, pets travel with their owners in pet compartments. Do not leave your pet in your car on a car-carrier. As the tap water on the train is not potable, please remember to bring some water for your pet.
  • If you travel with your pet in a regular passenger car, the pet charge is €5 per dog or pet carrier (only one pet charge is collected for two pets sharing a pet carrier)
  • If you travel with your pet in a sleeping compartment, the charge is €5 per dog or pet carrier – please make sure to purchase the entire compartment for yourself
  • Guide dogs, assistance and hearing dogs may travel in any passenger compartment free of charge (if you travel in a sleeping compartment, you need to purchase the entire compartment for yourself)

  • On Allegro trains to St. Petersburg, pets travel with their owner in 2nd class for an additional charge of €15.
  • On Tolstoi trains to Moscow, pets travel in a sleeping compartment with their owner.
  • On Tolstoi trains there is no separate charge for pets, but passengers accompanied by pets are required to purchase all of the seats in the sleeping compartment.
  • You can purchase a seat for a pet at the station ticket office or by contacting VR customer service: 0600 41 900 (€1.99 per answered call + local network charge).
  • One passenger can carry a maximum of two dogs or two pet carriers.
  • Each pet carrier can be occupied by more than one pet.
  • The maximum dimensions of pet carrier are 60 x 45 x 40 cm.
  • Please note that only cats and dogs are allowed on Allegro and Tolstoi trains.
  • Before you travel, check that your pet has had the vaccinations required for international travel and remember to bring the relevant documentation. Familiarise yourself with animal export and import regulations early enough to ensure that there is sufficient time for the necessary vaccinations and their waiting periods. 

  • The pet charge is €5 per dog or pet carrier (only one pet charge is collected for two pets sharing a pet carrier)
  • You can bring along two dogs or pet carriers
  • Guide dogs, assistance and hearing dogs may travel free of charge
  • Dogs travel on a lead and other pets in a pet carrier on the floor in front of their owner’s seat.

Travelling by train with a pet?

Please consider the following:

  • On both long-distance trains and commuter trains, pets always travel in the separately marked areas.
  • Pets may not travel in other parts of the train.
  • Pets may not travel unaccompanied. During the journey, a pet may not be left unattended.
  • Please make sure that your dog has had all vaccinations and is house-trained.
  • Dogs travel on lead on the floor in front of their owner’s seat. Other pets travel in their pet carrier on the floor in front of their owner’s seat.
  • If you would like more space, please purchase the adjacent seat as well (you can cover the seat, for example, with a blanket).
  • We also recommend that you purchase the adjacent seat if you are not sure that your pet will get along with someone sitting next to it. 
  • It is a good idea to pack some fresh water and a water bowl for the pet.
  • Your dog can travel comfortably on the floor if you bring a soft blanket.
  • Please note that there may be other pets travelling in the same coach. Please make sure that your pet will not disturb other passengers and pets.
  • Unfortunately, you cannot pop into the restaurant car with your pet. 
  • Guide dogs, assistance and hearing dogs may travel in any passenger compartment for free and they are allowed in the restaurant car as well. 

On a train with a guide dog

On a train with a guide dog

Guide dogs, assistance and hearing dogs are welcome to travel in any passenger compartment without a separate pet charge.

Travelling with a multi-ticket?

Travelling with a multi-ticket?

If you wish to purchase a seat for your pet, you can do so in the VR Matkalla app or by contacting the service station ticket office or VR customer service.