Travelling with pets

See all the information about taking pets on our trains.

Portuguese law says passengers can take pets with them that do not offer any danger, so long as they are properly enclosed in a carry case that can be transported as hand luggage.

Animals that are considered dangerous, in poor health or unhygienic cannot be carried as neither can those that due to their smell, noise or other relevant objective reason, such as their size, may bother other passengers.

Passengers are responsible for guarding and supervising their pets and the passengers alone are responsible for any dame they may cause.

The following conditions are only guaranteed in normal operating conditions, not including replacement bus services, where pets cannot be carried except for guide dogs.

Lisbon, Oporto and Coimbra urban trains / Alfa Pendular / Intercidades / InterRegional / Regional
The animal goes free so long as it travels in a proper transporter box that can be carried as hand luggage. Only one box with pets per passenger.

Sud Expresso / Lusitânia Comboio Hotel
The carriage of animals up to 10 kg, is only allowed in the sleeping cars when the compartment is sold to a single family. The animals must be carried as hand luggage in a proper transporter box that has a device to retain waste and can be no larger than 60X35X35 cm. No more than two animals per compartment. The price is €30. 

Celta
Passengers can take one pet weighing up to 10kg if in a proper transporter box with a device to retain waste and which is no larger than 60X35X35 cm (which can be taken as hand luggage). The animal travels for free. 

Dogs can be taken without being in a transporter box if the owner buys a ticket for them depending non the train, as shown below:

  • Alfa Pendular and Intercidades: full-price ticket (only on sale from ticket offices);
  • Regional and InterRegional: half-price ticket (only on sale from ticket offices).

On the Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra urban trains the dogs travel for free.

In these conditions the dog has to have a muzzle and be on a short leash and the owner must have the animal's vaccination card and a valid licence. So as not to bother other passengers, the dog must stay on the floor.

Lisbon, Oporto and Coimbra urban trains / Alfa Pendular / Intercidades / InterRegional / Regional
Guide dogs accompanying a blind person travel for free, so long as they comply with the specific Portuguese regulations (Decree-Law 74/2007, of 27 March.

Sud Expresso / Lusitânia Comboio Hotel
Guide dogs accompanying a blind person travel for free in a sleeper compartment so long as the compartment was bought for a single family. The dogs must also be kept on a short leash and the owner has their vaccination card and dog licence. Only one dog per handicapped person.

Celta
Guide dogs accompanying a blind person travel for free. The dogs must also be kept on a short leash and the owner has their vaccination card and dog licence. Only one dog per handicapped person.

Portuguese law (Government order 422/2004 of 24 April), considers the following breeds as potentially dangerous:

  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Pit bull terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • American Staffordshire terrier
  • Staffordshire bull terrier
  • Tosa inu