Amtrak Pet Policy Now Allows Small Pets to Travel on All Midwest Routes

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PetMD Editorial
Published: July 18, 2018

Amtrak recently announced that they are now allowing pets up to 20 pounds travel with their pet parents on all routes in the Midwest.

This Amtrak pet policy revision follows substantial track improvements to the route that spans the Chicago to St. Louis corridor. The renovations allow for pets to now travel alongside their owners on the two trains that serve the route--the Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains.

This expanded Amtrak pet policy that took effect in early July now completes the five-state Amtrak Midwest network that welcomes dogs and cats on trains. The change will connect popular destinations with pet-friendly trains, including the state capitals of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri.

To travel with pets on the Amtrak Midwest network, you must reserve a seat. A maximum of five pets are allowed per train, so reserving a seat well in advance is encouraged. Service animals do not count toward this limit.

When booking, a surcharge of $25 is assessed for travel each way. Only cats and dogs up to 20 pounds (including the carrier) are welcome; they need to be able to fit inside a carrier that can be placed under the seat of the pet parent. Pets can only travel on trips up to seven hours.

Since the pet-friendly policy was initiated in 2015, Amtrak has safely carried over 5,600 pets on the state-sponsored trains in the Chicago hub.

For more information on traveling with pets on Amtrak, visit

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