22.05.2024 | 04:59

Large dogs to travel on Spanish high-speed trains

17 August, 2022

Spanish rail operator Renfe has announced it will carry out a pilot test allowing passengers to travel with dogs weighing up to 40kg on their long-distance high-speed AVE-Larga Distancia trains. The trial, which will run for three months from 13 September, will affect trains on the Madrid - Barcelona line.

The pilot test aims to assess how important it is for passengers to be able to travel with their pets, and is a further sign of the company’s commitment to its customers. A series of good practices will be set out to ensure its success, such as carrying blankets and soundless toys, or feeding them before the journey, alongside other measures.

The company will run the pilot project on a selection of direct and semi-direct AVE trains on the Northeast Route, on the Madrid-Barcelona line. One ‘large’ dog per passenger will be allowed, with a maximum of two ‘large’ dogs per train, in a single carriage, and always in a fixed space of two designated seats.

Service dogs and pets weighing less than 10kg on board will be excluded, and will continue to be subject to the same commercial regulations as before, which can be consulted on the Renfe website.