Pet Travel on Public Transport: A Short Guide

cat on a bus

Are you taking the train or the metro with your furry pal? Public transport such as trains, buses, and metros, is never the best option for pet travel. In fact, in some cases, pets aren’t allowed on public transport at all. However, in the case where you can bring along your cat or dog on public transport, it is crucial to take the right measures, so that they can have a positive, stress-free experience.

This short guide provides you with tips for traveling with cats or dogs by public transport, provided that pets are allowed on the public transport that you use.

Travel Information for Pets Allowed on Public Transport

In the Netherlands, pets are allowed on public transport free of charge under two conditions:

  • They are confined within a carrier bag or a small cage.
  • They are small enough for you to hold or keep on your lap.

If you have a large dog, you must pay for a day ticket dog at a service desk or a ticket machine. Moreover, pets are not allowed to occupy a seat. Thus, you must make sure that your dog stays on the floor and does not block the aisle of the bus, metro, or train.

In most cases, you are allowed to bring your pet on the train. However, check the site of NS International, as different rules may apply per train company.

Note on Service Animals

Service animals are typically trained dogs that assist a person with a disability such as the visually impaired or those with epilepsy. In the Netherlands, service animals always travel for free, as long as they wear the logo of an assistance (dog) organization to prove that they are recognized as such.

Cats on Public Transport Travel Tips

For safe and smooth trips with cats on public transport, here are some tips you can follow:

  • Security: Keep your cat in an enclosed carrier or a bag to reduce stress, and do not leave them unattended.
  • Comfort: Avoid using a harness on them, so that they don’t feel vulnerable, anxious, or panicky. Place something in their carrier or bag that reminds them of home such as a small toy. Moreover, line the carrier with absorbent material in case of cat urination.
  • Safety: Try to avoid traveling on public transport during peak hours. Make sure your carrier has handles at either end to avoid swinging the carrier around while you walk.

Dogs on Public Transport Travel Tips

  • Security: Keep your dog on a leash and evaluate if they need to be muzzled (check the website of the public transport you want to use).
  • Comfort: Take them on a long walk before using public transport, so that they are more relaxed. In addition, carry water at all times along with a spill proof bowl.
  • Safety: Avoid rush hours to eliminate stress.

Pet Travel Resources

Looking for more information on pet travel? Check out the following resources:

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