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Dog-Friendly Private VS. Public Transportation – Which Is Better?

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So you want to travel with your dog, but how will you get from Point A to Point B? You have several options through public or private transportation but you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons to decide which method of transportation will be best for you and your furry best friend. Luckily for you, we’re giving you a breakdown of the pros and cons along with plenty of resources on regulations and protocols for dog-friendly public transportation. Let’s dive in!

Private Transportation

Car Travel

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Traveling in the comfort of your own car is usually the top pick for most pet owners. The environment is much more controlled as you can take as many stops as you need, drive the pace you want, and pack as much as you need for your trip. You can also travel any route you want and it would be less of a hassle if your dog were to have an accident in the car.

Air Travel

If you have extra saved up for your adventure, you can charter a dog-friendly jet. Of course the biggest disadvantage are the steep prices that start around $1,500/hour and go up from there depending on the plane and duration of the flight. Chartering a flight can be a good option if you are planning to relocate with multiple pets. With this method, there are no restrictions on breed and size, and you can choose the time and location of your departure. You also won’t have to deal with the TSA line and your pet can travel with you in the cabin. You can learn more about private air travel HERE.

Public Transportation

Bus and Train Travel

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Traveling by bus or train generally involves a list of regulations such as a 20 lb. weight limit and only service animals allowed. The regulations vary from state to state and company to company. Some trains only allow up to four dogs per train at a first come first serve basis. For a better understanding of travel rules, you’ll want to look up your departure point and the destination and find the best local trains or buses that will be the most accommodating to you and your pup. Major companies like Greyhound and Amtrak tend to have stricter regulations.

From Greyhound: “We don’t let animals on board (not even Greyhound puppies). The only exception is legitimate service animals riding together with a disabled person.”

From Amtrak: “Small dogs and cats travel for $26 or 800 Amtrak Guest Rewards points. Dogs and cats up to 20 pounds (combined weight of pet and carrier) are welcome on trips up to seven hours on most routes (some restrictions apply*). Our check-in process is simple, making traveling with your four-legged friend easy and enjoyable.”

Check out this article about pet-friendly public transportation in the U.S. and Canada and this resource that covers light rails, trains, buses, and ferries.

Air Travel

We’ve written two great resources about dog-friendly air travel, including all the pros and cons and regulations. Head on over to our article “Flying With Your Pup For The First Time? Here’s The 411” and our e-book titled “The Definitive Guide to Air Travel With Your Dog”.

Ride Shares

We get it, sometimes you don’t want to do the driving. Ride shares (via Uber or Lyft) are very popular options to get around locally and can be very convenient especially if you traveled to your destination via plane, bus, train, or ferry.

When booking a ride share, Uber offers a Pet-Friendly Ride option for non-service animals (at a higher rate). Typically, only one small pet is allowed but it is up to the discretion of the driver. We recommend you reach out your driver after the ride is booked to work out the details. Read more about Uber’s policy HERE. Lyft’s pet policy is really up to the discretion of the driver. They recommend calling your driver after requesting a ride to ask if you can bring your pet along. If your driver doesn’t feel comfortable with having a pet in their car, you should cancel the ride and request a new one. If you’re charged a cancellation fee, contact us below and we’ll take care of it.

Which is better?

When considering which method of travel is better, ask yourself:

  • How many pets am I bringing along?
  • Do I have a means of transportation at my destination (e.g. family/friend’s car)?
  • How large is my pet?
  • How many items am I bringing?
  • How experienced is my dog at traveling (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?
  • How socialized is my dog?
  • How much am I willing to spend on transportation?
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Some methods will be more cost-efficient than others and it is worth mapping your route so you know how much time and money you may need for each route. If your dog is prone to accidents or anxiety, perhaps it would be best to avoid public travel. If your dog is well-socialized and your routes are simple (one way there and back), then perhaps public transportation would be less of a hassle as you don’t have to worry about driving. Whichever methods you choose, be sure to do plenty of research and check in with your dog and vet!


Have you traveled publicly or privately? What are your experiences with dog-friendly transportation? Let us know in the comments and feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

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