Travelling with pets on the train
In many cases, you may bring your pet with you on the train. However, different rules apply per train company. Below you can read more about traveling with your pet.
Regulations per train operator
Small pets transported in a cage, bag or basket (maximum dimension 30x30x55 cm) may travel for free in the Netherlands. Is your dog too big then it should always be kept on a leash, wear a muzzle and have a valid ticket. For Intercity Brussels this is called 'day card dog'. It is a 2nd class ticket that is valid for both 1st and 2nd class in the Netherlands. You can purchase a ticket for Belgium at one of the staffed sales outlets: NS International Service Center, travel agencies and a NS International counter in one of the Ticket & Service offices at the larger train stations. There are extra costs when purchasing tickets via a staffed sales outlet: click here for more information. You can also purchase a ticket for a dog at one of the self-service ticket machines.
Obviously, this does not apply to guide dogs as these may travel for free and are not obligated to wear a muzzle.
Small dogs or other pets may travel for free when they are carried in a basket or bag no larger than 55x30x30 cm. These need to be such that the animal does not disturb other passengers. Guide dogs may also travel for free.
Other dogs are only permitted in the carriage if they are kept on your lap or on a leash and wearing a muzzle and form no disturbance to the other passengers. If a passenger complains about the presence of a dog or other pet, the train manager may ask the pet owner to move to another part of the train.
Tickets for dogs can be purchased by the Trainmanager on board, for € 30.
Guide dogs may travel for free and to not need to wear a muzzle.
Sun and Ski Thalys
Pets are not permitted on Sun and Ski Thalys services, with the exception of guide dogs. Papers indicating that your dog is indeed a guide dog must be taken along so that they can be shown if requested.
Dogs locked in a box or basket no larger than 55x30x30 cm must pay a fixed fee of € 6.90 (is not sold in the Netherlands).
Larger dogs that do not fit in a box or basket must wear a muzzle and be kept on a leash. For these dogs a 50% reduced ticket is needed (rate: ‘dog’) to travel on the TGV route. Guide dogs travel for free and do not need to wear a muzzle.
Smaller pets (cats, rabbits, hamsters etc, that do not smell or make too much noise to be of hindrance to other passengers) must be transported in a box or basket no larger than 55x30x30 cm. A ticket with the fixed fee of € 6.90 must be purchased (is not sold in the Netherlands).
Pets are not permitted! An exception is made for guide dogs, which are allowed.
Dogs are permiteed on board ICE International, but are not allowed to enter the bistro carriage. Small dogs/pets that are transported in a basket or cage and guide dogs may travel for free.
Larger dogs must be kept on a leash and wear a muzzle. For these dogs a dog ticket (rate: ‘dog’) and separate 50% reduced ICE International ticket is needed. In the Netherlands the ICE International ticket can only be purchased for direct ICE International services. Tickets for dogs cannot be purchased online but must be purchased at one of the staffed sales outlets: NS International Service Center, and a NS International counter in one of the Ticket & Service offices at the larger train stations. For other routes, the ticket must be purchased on the spot.
City Night Line
Dogs and small pets are only allowed in carriages with sleepers and couchettes if the entire compartment has been reserved. This is not possible in carriages filled with (reclining) seats. A separate ticket needs to be purchased when travelling with a dog (€ 30.00). Other small pets in a carrier are considered to be hand luggage and may be taken along free of charge.
In the Netherlands, your pet can accompany you on the train, but a few conditions do apply. More information about taking your pet with you on domestic trains can be found on www.ns.nl.