Traveling with your pet


Small pets can be transported on all Rodalies de Catalunya [suburban commuter trains] services, for free in the case of the suburban trains, and with advance payment of 25% of the base fare if traveling on regional services.


What does the regulation say?

There are no specific regulations that indicate how dogs - or other animals - should travel in a car or what devices or accessories to use. However, the latest reform of the Traffic Act does specify the driver's responsibility to "take special care to maintain proper position and also the rest of the passengers, and proper placement of objects or animals transported to avoid interference between the driver and any of them".

According to this general precept, traveling with loose animals can result in a fine of 100 euros because of the risk that they may interfere with the driver's freedom of movement or field of vision. If deemed negligent driving, the penalty could reach 200 euros.

What restraint systems are safest for traveling with our dog?

Discarding the option for the animal to travel loose or - what is the same - in the arms of its owner, there are several options on the market for the safe transport of dogs. The choice of the most suitable system will primarily depend on the size of the animal and the characteristics of the vehicle.

As detailed in the magazine Tráfico-published by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT)-in the article Mascotas sobre ruedas [Pets on wheels], the main restraint systems are:

RENFE (Long distance and AVE high-speed train

Travel on AVE, Larga Distancia (Long Distance), Avant, Media Distancia Convencional (Conventional Mid-Distance), Cercanías (Commuter) and Feve trains is limited to small pets, such as, dogs, cats, ferrets and birds (not farmyard animals). They will be allowed on trains, always under the owner's custody on all journey legs and provided that the other passengers do not object or are inconvenienced. The following indications apply:



Pets can travel as baggage if the corresponding fare is paid, which will depend on each airline, regardless of the passenger fare.

As a general rule, animals should be checked in and stowed in the hold of the aircraft, where they will be placed in a travel box or container that can be obtained from some airlines.

In the correct conditions, they can sometimes travel with their owners in the passenger cabin, but the maximum dimensions of the carrier and the maximum permissible animal weight applied by each airline must be respected.

We recommend that you consult with the airline when you make a reservation or buy a ticket; they will inform you about the specific conditions of transport (identification documentation, vaccination, microchip, sizes and weight of the transport container...)

Guide and service dogs can board with passengers at no additional cost, provided they have a muzzle, collar and lead. If the dog is traveling in the cabin, it will be placed next to the passenger in a place indicated by the crew. We recommend you notify the airline a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

(Text extracted from: Government of Catalonia)