When you visit a new city, using public transit is a convenient way to get around. But can your pet join you? Find out which cities in the U.S. and Canada offer pet friendly public transportation.

Woman and dog riding public transportation in a pet friendly city
 

Dealing with traffic while finding your way around a new city can be daunting. Jumping on the bus or train is much easier, but can your pet go, too? We’ve done the research, and are happy to bring you this guide to pet friendly public transportation across the US and Canada!

Before we dig in, please understand that this post includes only guidelines and policies for taking pets aboard public transit. Both the United States and Canada permit service animals to accompany disabled passengers on public transportation for no charge.

Most Public Transportation Allows Small Dogs Only

Most cities limit the use of their public transportation to small pets in carriers. For those of you with larger dogs, you’ll find that many ferries will accommodate your pet. Also, the water taxies in Annapolis, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, Charleston, South Carolina, Ottawa, Ontario, and Victoria, British Columbia welcome dogs on leash. Finally, the cities of Boston, Massachusetts, Everett, Washington, Seattle, Washington, Calgary, Alberta, Brampton, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario, and Toronto, Ontario all have pet friendly public transportation policies that allow larger dogs to ride.

If you have a dog too big for a carrier, but small enough to sit on your lap, San Francisco‘s public transportation system offers another option.

Nationwide Transportation

Amtrak – United States and Canada

Amtrak allows small dogs and cats to travel in passenger cars with some restrictions.

Pet Policy: Amtrak allows one small dog or cat per passenger in carriers that can fit under seats. The combined weight of pet and carrier can’t be greater than 20 pounds, and the trip duration can’t exceed 7 hours.

You can make reservations in advance, and there is a limit of five pets per train. (Service dogs do not count toward the limit.) You must pay a small fee (or use Amtrak Guest Reward points) to travel with your pet.

Travel Tip: Amtrak allows you to purchase tickets online, by phone, and in person. However, when you’re traveling with your pet, you should speak with a live agent by either making your reservations at a train station or by calling on the phone.

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VIA Canada Rail – Canada

Canadian Rail allows small dogs and cats to travel with passengers in cabins.

Pet Policy: Pets must remain in an approved crate that fits securely under the passenger’s seat. The combined weight of the pet and crate cannot exceed 22 pounds.

Via charges a small fee to allow your pet to travel with you. The train allows a limited number of pets on board. To make sure your pet is permitted, contact VIA at least two days before your scheduled trip to reserve room.

Travel Tip: You can check whether pets are allowed on a particular train by using the online booking system.

 

Regional Transportation – New England

Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island – Viking Fleet Ferry Service

Viking provides fast ferry service between Montauk, Long Island and Block Island, RI; New London, CT and Montauk, Long Island; and Montauk and Martha’s Vineyard.

Pet Policy: Large, leashed dogs can travel on outside decks. You may bring your small dog indoors as long as they are in a carrier. Please clean up any accidents.

Travel Tip: You can save time by purchasing tickets online.

Connecticut and New York – Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company

Car ferries offer transportation across Long Island Sound between Bridgeport, CT and Port Jefferson, NY.

Pet Policy: Leashed pets, or those in a carrier, can ride the ferry at no extra charge. Pets must stay on the back or upper decks – not in the cabin.

Travel Tip: You can save time by purchasing tickets online or by phone. You can now buy a family ticket that includes the vehicle and all passengers for one low price.

Connecticut and New York – Cross Sound Ferry

Cross Sound Ferries cross the Long Island Sound from New London, CT to Orient Point, NY on Long Island. High-speed ferries transport passengers only while traditional ferries transport vehicles and passengers. The ferries operate year-round.

Pet Policy: Pets in approved pet carriers or on leashes can ride in designated areas on auto ferries. Pets must stay off the passenger seats. Pets must be in approved pet carriers on the Sea Jet (high speed ferry).

Travel Tip: Make reservations in advance to receive substantial savings over the base fare paid at the ferry terminal.

Connecticut and New York – Fishers Island Ferry

The Fishers Island Ferry provides passenger and vehicle service between New London, CT and Fishers Island, NY. The ferry runs year-round with reduced rates off-season.

Pet Policy: Dogs are are on deck (not confined to a crate or automobile) must remain leashed and attended by their owners at all times.

Travel Tip: Book your reservation online to ensure space on the ferry.

Maine and Canada – The CAT Ferry

Provides vehicle and passenger service between Maine and Nova Scotia.

Pet Policy: Only cats and dogs can travel on the CAT ferries. Pets can travel in their owner’s vehicle, or in an onboard kennel. Owners are not allowed to visit their pet during the passage, therefore you must leave them with adequate food and water. If a crew member notes a distressed pet, they will contact the owner.

Kennel space is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis. You must call after making your own reservation so your pet will be noted.

Travel Tip: You can make reservations online. Make sure to review the website for advice about requirements for border crossing.

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Massachusetts and Rhode Island – Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry

The fast ferry offers seasonal service between Quonset Point, RI and Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard.

Pet Policy: Pets on a leash or in a carrier can ride the ferry. Pets must stay off passenger seats.

Travel Tip: You can book reservations online. Be aware that ferry parking lots only accept cash.

 

Massachusetts and Rhode Island – Seastreak Ferries

Seastreak ferries passengers to Newport, Providence, Martha’s Vineyard, Bedford, Boston, Nantucket, and New Bedford seasonally. See the “Mid-Atlantic” section below for information about Seastruck commuter ferries between New Jersey and New York.

Pet Policy: Dogs and cats only are welcome onboard most trips. Pets on leash must remain on the outdoor decks, and small pets in a carrier can go inside the cabin.

Travel Tip: Tickets are available online. Providence pier offers free daytime parking.

New York and Vermont – Lake Champlain Ferries

Ferries offer vehicle and passenger ferry service between Grand Isle, VT and Plattsburgh, NY; Burlington, VT and Port Kent, NY; and Charlotte, VT and Essex, NY.

Pet Policy: Dogs can ride the ferry, but must remain leashed while on board and on LCT property.

Travel Tip: You cannot reserve space for vehicles; space is allocated on a first come, first served basis. Credit cards are only accepted at the Burlington to Port Kent ferry crossing. For other routes, you must pay with cash or a local check (NY or VT) only.

Connecticut – Connecticut Transit and Northeastern Connecticut Transit

Providing bus service throughout Connecticut.

Pet Policy: Small pets in carriers can ride the bus. The Northeastern Connecticut Transit policy specifically states, “Dogs and cats must be current on their rabies vaccination and all dogs must be licensed.”

Maine – Casco Bay Lines

Casco Bay provides passenger ferry service to the islands of Casco Bay with vehicle ferry access to Peaks Island and Downbay.

Pet Policy: Dogs (except service animals) require tickets to board and must wear a leash at all times.

Travel Tip: Passenger and vehicle rates differ for each island. You can buy tickets at the ticket office with cash, checks, MasterCard, and Visa.

Maine – DOT Ferries

Maine’s Department of Transportation (DOT) ferries connect Maine’s island communities.

Pet Policy: Each boat has a clearly marked pet friendly cabin for passengers traveling with pets. Owners must cleaned up after their pets and keep them leashed or restrained while on board.

Travel Tip: Fares for vehicles and walk-on passengers can be purchased at the ferry landing. They do not recommend buying tickets in advance.

Maine – Monhegan Island Ferry Service

Hardy Boat Cruises provides passenger service from New Harbor, ME to Monhegan Island.

Pet Policy: For a $5 fee, leashed or kenneled dogs can join you on the boat. Dogs are allowed on the island. However, island residents would prefer you leave your dog at home. You must pick up after your dog.

Travel Tip: Neither cars nor bikes are allowed on Monhegan Island. You can reserve tickets online, and advanced reservations are strongly recommended since trips sell out during the busy summer season.

Maine – Greater Portland Transit

Provides bus service in Portland, Maine.

Pet Policy: Small pets in carriers can ride the bus.

Massachusetts – Boston Water Taxi

Year-round water taxi service in Boston Harbor.

Pet Policy: Well-behaved, leashed or kenneled pets can join you on the water taxi.

Travel Tip: Catch the water taxi at one of its many stops at Boston Harbor’s major attractions, or call to arrange a pickup.

Massachusetts – Cape Cod Transit

Providing bus service on Cape Cod.

Pet Policy: Small pets in carriers can ride the bus.

Massachusetts – Capt John Fast Ferry

Fast ferries provide passenger service only between Plymouth and Provincetown.

Pet Policy: Leashed, well-behaved dogs can ride the ferry.

Travel Tip: Purchase tickets online. Snacks are sold on board, but only cash is accepted.

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Massachusetts – Cuttyhunk Ferry Company

This passenger ferry operates year round with limited trips off-season between New Bedford and Cuttyhunk.

Pet Policy: Leashed dogs are welcome at no charge.

Travel Tip: Reservations are recommended, and you can reserve your space online.

Massachusetts – Freedom Cruise Line (Hyannis to Nantucket, MA)

This passenger ferry runs seasonally, and reservations (recommended) are made by phone or online.

Pet Policy: Leashed pets can join you on board for no fee, but may not be in the main salon.

Massachusetts – Hy-Line Cruises (Hyannis, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard)

Hy-Line Cruises offers passenger ferry service all year.

Pet Policy: Pets can ride all island-bound ferries, except in the Captain’s View section of the Nantucket ferry, Grey Lady IV. There is no fee, however pets must remain leashed or crated, and cannot sit on the furniture.

Travel Tip: You can make reservations online or by phone, but you must arrive at the port at least thirty minutes before departure to pick up your tickets.

Massachusetts – Island Queen Ferry

Ferry service from Falmouth, MA to Martha’s Vineyard from May through October.

Pet Policy: Pets are welcome, free of charge, if properly leashed or crated.

Travel Tip: The Falmouth ticket office accepts credit cards, cash, and travelers checks. The parking lots and onboard purchases accept cash only.

Massachusetts – MBTA (Boston and surrounding suburbs)

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (known as “The T” by locals) operates public transportation throughout the Boston metropolitan area. MBTA ferries offer passenger access to Hull and Hingham, as well as seasonal travel to Salem and Lynn.

This is one of the most pet friendly public transit systems in the United States, allowing even large dogs on subways, buses, ferries, and regional rail trains during off-peak hours at the discretion of the operator.

Pet policy: During off-peak hours, non-service dogs can ride The T at the discretion of vehicle operators. Dogs must remain leashed and cannot annoy riders or occupy a seat.  For safety and convenience during rush hours, small, domestic animals can ride in lap-sized containers as long as they don’t block exits.

Travel Tip: The T offers several options for paying, including convenient 1-day and 7-day passes that will save you money over single fares. To take advantage of passes, you must buy a Charlie Ticket at select stations or load money onto a free Charlie Card. Charlie tickets must be used for ferries or commuter rail. To review your many options and find where to pay fares, visit the MBTA website.

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Massachusetts – Provincetown Fast Ferry (Boston to Provincetown, MA)

The Fast Ferry operates seasonally from Boston to Provincetown. It does not transport vehicles, except for bicycles.

Pet Policy: Leashed dogs can join you at no additional charge.

Travel Tip: Reserve your space online and pick up your tickets ten minutes before sailing.

Massachusetts – Steamship Authority Ferries

The Steamship Authority offers vehicle and passenger service between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard, and between Hyannis and Nantucket.

Pet Policy: Pets are welcome on board free of charge, but must be accompanied by the passenger who is responsible for their care and conduct during the passage. Owners must leash and clean up after their pets. Pets (except for service assistance animals) cannot go in any food service area or occupy a passenger seat or table.

Travel Tip: Ferries have limited room for vehicles. Check the space availabilty list to see if the ferry you want can accommodate you.

Rhode Island – Block Island Ferry (Naragansett to Block Island, RI)

The Block Island Ferry offers a high-speed ferry for foot passengers as well as a traditional ferry that also transports vehicles.

Pet Policy: Pet policies differ for the two ferries. On the high-speed ferry (Pt. Judith, Newport, Fall River), pets can ride in the cabin in a pet carrier only. Pets that are not in a pet carrier must be on a leash and remain on the outside decks.

On the traditional ferry pets can join you in the cabin, but must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Pets cannot occupy the seats or benches inside the cabins.

Travel Tip: You can purchase tickets online. The ferry does not accept any checks (including travelers checks) and only takes cash on board.

Vermont – Burlington Transit

Provides public transportation in the city of Burlington, VT.

Pet Policy: Small pets in carriers can ride public transportation in Burlington.

 

Regional Transportation – Mid-Atlantic

Delaware and New Jersey – Lewes/Cape May Ferry

The Cape May–Lewes Ferry provides vehicle and passenger travel between Lewes, DE and Cape May, NJ. The crossing takes 90 minutes.

Pet Policy: Leashed pets are welcome on all exterior decks aboard all Cape May–Lewes Ferry vessels. Pets are not allowed on seats and tables, must be cleaned up after, and unruly animals must be escorted away.

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations pets are prohibited from interior spaces where food is prepared, served, or consumed. If you would like to use the restrooms or purchase food, please contact a crew member, who will be happy to pet sit for a short period of time to allow you freedom to pursue either activity.

Pets are not permitted on the shuttles. And take care to allow for temperature and air circulation if leaving pets in a vehicle on the car deck.

Travel Tip: You must make advanced reservations to take your vehicle on the ferry.

Maryland and Washington DC – MTA

(Greater Baltimore and Washington, DC with routes to Annapolis and Columbia)

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) operates downtown buses, commuter buses, light rail, and trains predominately in the Baltimore and Washington corridor. They also link with the DC Metro.

Pet Policy: Only small pets in closed containers can ride MTA Commuter Bus coaches and downtown buses.  The container must remain on the owner’s lap and not placed on a seat or in the aisle.

Travel Tip: Use the MTA website’s Trip Planner to find the transit option that works for you. You can also find information on fares and how to pay them.

New Jersey and New York – Belford and Hudson River Ferries 

Hudson River ferries serve North New Jersey and New York City, West Midtown, Downtown, and the Financial District. Belford, NJ ferries travel to Paulus Hook/Jersey City, NJ, the World Financial Center and Pier 11/Wall Street in South Manhattan and Pier 79/W. 39th Street in West Midtown.

Pet Policy: Small pets in enclosed carriers can ride the ferries.

Travel Tip: Buy tickets online or via an app available from the website.

New Jersey and New York – PATH (Transportation between New Jersey and New York City)

The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) runs rail service between Northern New Jersey and New York City.

Pet Policy: Only small pets in enclosed carriers can ride PATH trains.

Travel Tip: PATH stations have fare vending machines that accept cash and credit/debit cards. You can save money by buying multi-ride tickets. Visit the fares page to learn more.

New Jersey and New York – Seastreak Ferry

Seastreak Ferries offers passenger routes between New Jersey and New York, including a trip to Sandy Hook beach. See “New England” section of this post for information about their routes to Massachusetts shore destinations.

Pet Policy: Dogs must be leashed at all times in and around the terminal and while on board the ferry. Only small dogs in a carrier are allowed inside the cabin. Pets are not permitted to ride on the seats, and the Captains reserve the right to deny boarding to any dog if he/she feels could be a threat to other passengers. Please remember to clean up after your pet.

Pets are not permitted on any Special Event trip or on ferries traveling from NJ/NYC to Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket.

Sandy Hook – Dogs are allowed on the bay side beaches, but the Sandy Hook Beach shuttle company does not allow animals on their buses. If you wish to bring your dog, you’ll need to either stay near the ferry landing or walk to a beach.

Travel Tip: You can buy tickets online or at special temporary ticket booths set up during the summer season.

 

New Jersey and Pennsylvania – PATCO (Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia)

The Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) operates rail service between southern New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Pet Policy: Pets can ride PATCO only in an enclosed carrier which can be accommodated in the lap of the passenger without danger or annoyance to other passengers.

Travel Tip: You can buy fares from machines at PATCO stations in Center City Philadelphia and New Jersey. The website has helpful information for first time riders on its website.

Maryland – Annapolis Water Taxi

Water taxi stops at various spots on Spa Creek and Back Creek in Annapolis and Eastport. You can also phone or radio for a pick up.

Pet Policy: Pets of all sizes ride free.

Travel Tip: Pay cash on board or buy a taxi voucher purchased at the City Dock taxi stand in downtown Annapolis. Rates vary based on the distance you travel. See the taxi rate map on the website for more details.

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New Jersey – NJ Transit

NJ Transit provides train, bus, and light rail service throughout the Garden State.

Pet Policy: Only service animals accompanying customers with disabilities or their trainers, police dogs, and small pets in carry-on travel carriers are allowed aboard NJ Transit trains or buses.

Travel Tip: Many train stations have ticket machines, or you can buy tickets using an app. You can also buy tickets on board without penalty if there is no ticket machine in the station.

New York – Fire Island Ferry

The Ferry is a thirty minute ride from Manhattan to Fire Island beach communities.

Pet Policy: Leashed dogs can ride the ferries.

PLEASE NOTE: Some Fire Island communities do not allow dogs on the beaches.

Travel Tip: Tickets are good for landing at any of the beach communities, so be sure to choose a beach that allows dogs.

New York – Ithaca

Providing bus service in Ithaca, NY.

Pet Policy: Small pets in enclosed carriers can ride the bus.

New York – Liberty Landing Ferry (New York City)

Liberty Landing Ferry provides passenger service across the Hudson River to Liberty Landing State Park and Ellis Island.

Pet Policy: Dogs can join you for no additional charge.

Travel Tip: You do not need to buy tickets in advance. You can buy them onboard with cash or credit cards.

New York – MTA (New York City and surrounding suburbs)

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) runs New York city subways and buses. It also operates three regional commuter railways: The Long Island Railroad (LIRR), Metro-North Railroad, and Staten Island Railway.

Pet Policy: The MTA pet policy for buses and subways states, “No person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.”

Commuter railways may have slightly different rules. The Long Island Railroad pet policy states, “No person except a police officer or another person authorized by LIRR shall enter in a terminal, station, or train with any animal except a seeing eye or hearing ear dog or an animal properly confined for shipment.”

The Metro-North Railroad policy says, “Small domestic pets are permitted, provided they’re carried in kennels or similar containers, or are securely controlled on leashes throughout the trip and do not annoy other customers. Pets should not occupy seats and are subject to approval by the conductor.”

Pets are not allowed at all on the Staten Island Railway.

Travel Tip: You can buy single fare tickets in subway stations or pay with exact change on buses. Purchasing a MetroCard will save on the base cost of bus and subway rides. Commuter railway tickets are available at machines in the stations. To learn more, visit the MTA’s fares and passes page.

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New York – New York City Ferry

The NYC Ferry runs six passenger routes making stops on the East River and Jamaica Bay.

Pet Policy: The NYC Ferry follows a ‘No Paws on Deck’ rule, meaning pets must be in a carrier to be allowed on board.

Travel Tip: You can buy tickets online via the ferry app and show your ticket on your phone when boarding.

New York – Rochester

Providing bus service in the city of Rochester, NY.

Pet Policy: Small pets in enclosed carriers can ride the bus.

New York – Staten Island Ferry (New York City)

The Staten Island Ferry provides free passenger ferry service between Staten Island and South Street in Manhattan.

Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed in the facilities and/or aboard the ferries, unless they are caged and/or muzzled.

Travel Tip: The ferry runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The best time to take a leisurely trip anytime other than morning and evening rush hours. Check the schedule for more information.

New York – Syracuse

Providing bus service in the city of Syracuse, NY.

Pet Policy: Small pets in enclosed carriers can ride the bus.

Pennsylvania – SEPTA (Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs)

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates subways, buses, trains, and light rail throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding area. It also links to New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, Delaware Area Rapid Transit, and other regional systems.

Pet Policy: Consistent with US Dept. of Transportation ADA regulations, companion animals, pets, therapy, comfort, mental health, or emotional support animals are not classed as service animals for purposes of public transit, and cannot ride on SEPTA vehicles except in carriers.

Travel Tip: In addition to single ride fares, SEPTA offers daily passes for individuals and families that offer substantial savings over base fares. Learn about all the options at the SEPTA website.

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Pennsylvania – Port Authority of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh)

Port Authority operates buses, light rail (called The T or trolley), and the Duquesne Incline, a funicular railway throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Pet Policy: Any animal or pet enclosed in a container or carrier, provided it is small enough to be held by the passenger, can ride Port Authority vehicles. There is no additional fare for animals.

Travel Tip: Learn all about traveling Port Authority travel vehicles (including how senior citizens can ride for free) on their webpage for new riders.

Pennsylvania – Scranton Area Transit

Providing bus service in the city of Scranton, PA.

Pet Policy: Small pets can ride the bus in carriers, but the carrier cannot take up a seat of obstruct the aisle.

Virginia – Railway Express and Richmond’s GRTC

Railway Express provides commuter railway service between Washington DC and nearby Virginia suburbs and the GRTC provides bus service in and around the city of Richmond, VA.

Pet Policy: Both Railway Express and GRTC allow small pets in enclosed carriers.

Washington, DC – Metro

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (the Metro) runs buses and rail service in Washington DC and suburbs in Maryland and northern Virginia.

Pet Policy: Service animals that assist people with disabilities are the only animals permitted to ride unconfined on Metrorail and Metrobus. Small pets can ride Metrorail and Metrobus, provided they remain in a secure container from which it cannot escape.

Travel Tip: Before you go, print out a Metro Visitor’s Kit, a handy pocket guide available in several languages to help you take the Metro to the capital’s most popular spots.

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Regional Transportation – South

Florida – HART (Tampa area)

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) provides bus and streetcar access to the Tampa area.

Pet Policy: Pets must remain in secure, clean, hand-held, and leak proof carriers. The carrier must be small enough to fit in the owners lap. During times when the transit system is likely to be crowded, passengers are asked not to transport pets.

Travel Tip: The TECO Streetcar is free and passes by many popular spots in downtown Tampa.

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Florida – Miami Dade Transit (Miami & Dade County)

Miami Dade Transit offers bus and train service throughout Dade county, including Miami.

Pet Policy: It is unlawful to board an animal on Transit when:

1. The animal/pet is not in a properly enclosed container such as a cage, kennel, or other pet carrier like a bag or a backpack while inside the bus or train.

2. The pet and/or container interferes with the operation of the bus or train.

3. The pet/animal container is not kept out of the aisles and stairwells or steps while aboard Metrobus, Metrorail or Metromover.

4. The size of the container impedes a passenger’s safe egress from the vehicle or bus. (This excludes service animals; i.e. guide dogs, signal dogs, or other animals individually trained to perform tasks for customers with a disability.)

6. The animal does damage or causes a nuisance or inconvenience while using the linear park underneath the Metrorail guideway.

Travel Tip: You must use an EASY card to ride the Metrorail, but you can use cash (exact change) on buses. The Metromover is free for all riders. To learn more, visit the fares page on the Transit website.

Florida – Tri-Rail (Southeastern Region)

This commuter railway on the Atlantic Coast of Florida provides access to major airports and communities from West Palm Beach to Miami.

Pet Policy: Small pets can ride the railway in a proper enclosed carrier.

Travel Tip: Determine your fare by choosing your departure and arrival stations on the website’s fare calculation tool.

Georgia – MARTA (Greater Atlanta)

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) offers bus and train service in the greater Atlanta area.

Pet Policy: Small pets can ride MARTA trains and buses, provided they are carried aboard in a secure rigid pet carrier with a lock or latch from which the pet cannot escape.

Travel Tip: Check out MARTA’s easy Ride Guide for everything you need to know to use the system for the first time.

Louisiana – Algiers Point Ferry (New Orleans)

The ferry travels between Algiers and Canal Street in New Orleans.

Pet Policy: Pets must travel in a carrier that fits on the person’s lap.

Travel Tip: You can buy integrated passes that allow you to use buses and ferries.

Louisiana – NORTA (Greater New Orleans)

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) operates streetcars and buses throughout the New Orleans area.

Pet Policy: Pets must travel in a carrier and the cage or carrier must fit on the person’s lap.

Travel Tip: NORTA has a mobile app that allows you to buy passes instantly, including one that allows you to ride the bus, ferry, and streetcar.

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North Carolina – Bald Head Island Ferry (Southport, NC)

Bald Head Island’s passenger ferries depart the mainland from Deep Point Marina, located at 1301 Ferry Road in Southport, NC, just before the state-operated Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Landing. Schedule varies by the season.

Pet Policy: Leashed pets can ride the ferry in the exterior areas.

Travel Tip: From the ferry landing, you’ll need to take the tram or rent a golf cart to get to your accommodations on the island. You can reserve space on the tram online.

North Carolina – NC Ferry System

The NC Ferry System offers pet friendly transportation between the Outer Banks and mainland North Carolina.

Pet Policy: Pets can remain in personal vehicles as they board the ferries. A dog can get out and walk on the main deck of the ferry, but must be leashed at all times.

Dogs in the back of open pickup trucks or in vehicles with windows down must be restrained so that it cannot reach passengers walking by. Horses can only be transported on board in a horse trailer, not ridden onto a ferry. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Travel Tip: Only the Ocracoke, Swan Quarter, and Cedar Island ferries accept reservations. Ferries run year round but the schedule varies by season.

Oklahoma – EMBARK (Oklahoma City) and Tulsa Transit (Tulsa)

Providing bus service in the cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Pet Policy: Small pets in carriers can ride the bus. Carriers must fit on the owner’s lap.

South Carolina – Charleston Water Taxi

This water taxi travels between four popular Charleston stops.

Pet Policy: Pets of all sizes ride free.

Travel Tip: The best deal is an all-day pass that allows you to get on and off all day for one price. The water taxi is also a great way to spot dolphins.

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Texas – DART (Greater Dallas)

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (Dart) runs bus and rail service in the greater Dallas area, including twelve surrounding cities.

Pet Policy: Non-service animals can ride DART vehicles when carried in an appropriate, securely latched carrier.

Travel Tip: The DART Travel agent helps you find your way to many popular entertainment, sports, and cultural sites.

Texas – Metro (Houston)

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston or Metro runs bus and light rail service in the Houston area.

Pet Policy: Small pets in enclosed carriers can ride the Metro.

Travel Tip: Check out the helpful “how to ride” guide, which even tells you how to get a text telling you when your bus is arriving.

 

Regional Transportation – Midwest

Michigan and Wisconsin – Lake Express Ferry (Muskegon, MI and Milwaukee, WI)

This high-speed vehicle and passenger ferry travels from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI in 2 1/2 hours.

Pet Policy: Pets may travel aboard the Lake Express, either in a designated kennel on the vehicle deck or inside your vehicle. If the animal is traveling inside the vehicle, be aware that U.S. Coast Guard regulations require that all windows remain rolled up for the duration of the trip. If you choose to put your pet in a complimentary kennel, you can reserve it at the time of booking.

Travel Tip: The ferry runs from spring to fall, so check the schedule before planning your trip.

Michigan and Wisconsin – Lake Michigan Car Ferry (Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI)

This vehicle and passenger ferry connects two maritime communities on opposite sides of Lake Michigan.

Pet Policy – For no additional charge, pets can ride in a well-ventilated portable kennel on the car deck, or transported in the owner’s vehicle. No pets of any kind are allowed in any passenger areas. Visit the website for extensive details on traveling with pets.

Travel Tip: Check the seasonal schedule and fares before planning your trip.

Ohio and Ontario – Jiimaan & Pelee Islander Ferry (Sandusky/Leamington/Pelee Island)

The Pelee Islander offers seasonal travel for passengers and vehicles between Sandusky, OH, mainland Ontario, and Pelee Island.

Pet Policy: Pets can remain in vehicles and in designated areas of the outside deck of the ship.

Travel Tip: Advance reservations required. You must arrive at the ferry at least an hour in advance. Learn more about taking your pets to Canada.

Illinois – CTA (Chicago)

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the country’s second largest public transit system. It serves the city of Chicago and surrounding communities.

Pet Policy: Only small pets in enclosed carriers can ride CTA buses and trains. Carriers cannot take up seats, seating areas, or obstruct pathways on buses, trains, or in stations. Carriers must be able to be carried by a single person, and animals in carriers must not disturb others.

Travel Tip: The CTA website has helpful rider guides that tell you how to ride transit and pay for it. Learn more about day passes that are the most economical way for visitors to ride.

Illinois – Metra 

Providing commuter rail lines from Chicago to surrounding suburbs.

Pet Policy: Metra train lines allow small pets in enclosed carriers during non-peak times.

Indiana – Citilink (Fort Wayne)

Citilink provides bus service to Fort Wayne.

Pet Policy: Pets must be in a proper pet carrier and properly groomed.

Travel Tip: Using the RouteWatch system on your computer or phone, you can see exactly when your bus will arrive at your stop.

Indiana – Indy Go (Indianapolis)

Indy Go provides bus service to downtown Indianapolis and the surrounding area.

Pet Policy: Pets can only ride IndyGo buses in pet carriers specifically designed to transport animals. Carriers must remain closed on the bus and must be leak-proof and well ventilated. Pet carriers must be small enough to fit on the owners lap or on the floor space in the immediate area of the owner without infringing the walkway.

Travel Tip: Use Indy Go’s easy guides to learn how to ride and pay for your transportation.

Kansas – Wichita Transit

Wichita Transit makes it easy for you to visit shopping, cultural sites, universities, and more.

Pet Policy: Small pets in pet carriers that they cannot escape from are allowed on the bus.

Travel Tip: Check the Easy Rider Guide to help you figure out how to get around on Wichita Transit.

Michigan – Beaver Island Ferry (Charlevoix/Beaver Island)

The Beaver Island Ferry provides passenger and vehicle transportation year round on a schedule that varies by season.

Pet Policy: Pets are not permitted in the shuttle bus, indoor waiting area, or vessels’ passenger cabins. Pets can stay in your vehicle at no charge or ride in a portable kennel on the car deck for $12 each way. Pets need to stay on a leash, away from other passengers, and off the seats.

Travel Tip: All passages are on a first come first served basis; no reservations are accepted.

Michigan – Star Line Ferry (Mackinac Island)

The Star Line provides passenger ferry service to Mackinac Island from the Mackinaw City and St. Ignace docks in Michigan.

Pet Policy: Dogs can ride the ferry as long as they remain leashed and under control. Most businesses on Mackinac Island do not allow pets into their establishments. By city ordinance you must have your dog on a leash and under control at all times as well as clean up after them.

Travel Tip: When you buy tickets online, you can also pay for parking and transporting your bicycle.

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Minnesota – Metro Transit (Minneapolis/St Paul)

Metro Transit operates buses in the Twin Cities as well as the light rail to the Mall of America and the Northstar Commuter Rail Line.

Pet Policy: Pets enclosed in animal carriers are welcome on buses and trains.

Travel Tip: A handy trip planner will help you find your way around and give all your transportation options.

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Missouri – Ride KC (Kansas City)

Ride KC is an interconnected transit system.

Pet Policy: Small dogs can ride as long as they remain in a small carrier.

Travel Tip: You can learn everything about riding for the first time in the “how to ride” section.

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Kansas City, Missouri

Nebraska – Metro (Omaha)

The Metro provides bus service throughout Omaha.

Pet Policy: Small pets in carriers can ride the bus.

Travel Tip: Staff will help you figure out the best way to get to your destination, or use the online trip planner.

Ohio – COTA (Columbus)

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides transportation for Columbus and central Ohio.

Pet Policy: Pets can only ride if they are inside a carrier that fits on your lap.

Travel Tip: You must have exact change to ride the bus. You can also buy a day pass directly from the driver.

Ohio – Go-Metro (Cincinnati)

Go-Metro provides public transit in downtown Cincinnati and the surrounding area.

Pet Policy: Pets, such as dogs, cats, etc., may be brought on board the bus in a pet carrier.

Travel Tip: The convenient day pass allows you to ride all day for one low price.

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Ohio – Jet Express Ferry (Port Clinton/Sandusky)

The Jet Express passenger ferry goes to Put-in-Bay and Kelly’s Island from Port Clinton and Sandusky.

Pet Policy: Pets ride free as long they are in a carrier or on a leash.

Travel Tip: Order tickets online to guarantee your seat.

Wisconsin – Madeline Island Ferry (Bayfield, WI / Madeline Island)

The Madeline Island Ferry transits Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin providing passenger and vehicle service.

Pet Policy: Pets on leash or properly kenneled can ride the ferry, but cannot be left unattended at any time.

Travel Tip: The ferry has limits on large vehicles. You must call if you’re planning to travel in a vehicle longer than 35 feet.

Wisconsin – Metro Transit (Madison)

Metro Transit provides bus service to Wisconsin’s capitol city.

Pet Policy: Small pets in enclosed carriers that will fit on your lap are allowed.

Travel Tip: Download the Ride Guide to learn everything you need to know about traveling on Metro Transit.

Wisconsin – Washington Island Ferry Line (Northpoint/Washington/Rock Islands)

The Washington Island Ferry provides passenger and vehicle access between Northpoint and Washington and the Rock Islands in Door County, Wisconsin.

Pet Policy: Pets ride free and can remain in a car or on leash on the car deck.

Travel Tip: Major credit cards accepted only at Northpoint Terminal. Credit cards are not accepted at the Rock Island Ferry/Karfi dock.

 

 

Regional Transportation – West

Washington and British Columbia – Black Ball Ferry Line (Port Angeles/Victoria)

The Black Ball Ferry offers passenger and vehicle service between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria, BC.

Pet Policy – Pets can ride in your vehicle or in the midship lounge and solarium, as long as they remain leashed or in a carrier. Dog kennels are also located in the solarium on the outer deck. Pets will need valid rabies certificates to cross the border. Learn more about taking your pets to Canada.

Travel Tip: Reserve and pay for your trip online prior to boarding.

READ MORE ⇒ Pet Friendly Things To Do in Victoria

Ty and Buster at Butchart Gardens - Victoria, BC

Washington and British Columbia – Clipper Ferry (Seattle/San Juan/Victoria)

The Clipper Ferry provides passenger service only between Seattle, the San Juan Islands, and Victoria, British Columbia.

Pet Policy: Pet space is highly limited, so reservations are advised. Pets must accompany a person – they cannot travel as cargo. Smaller pets that fit in a 20”x 11”x 11” enclosed carrier can travel in the passenger cabin. A carrier that doesn’t close, such as a purse or an open bag, is not acceptable.

Larger pets must remain in a hard-sided airline approved kennel. (You can rent a kennel for an additional $10 each way). Note that larger kennels are placed on the outside deck, subject to engine noise and the elements. Passengers must complete and sign a Pet Acceptance Waiver at check-in.

The pet fee for animals traveling to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is $10 each way. The fee for pets traveling to Victoria, BC is $20 each way, and a valid rabies certificates is required to cross the border. Learn more about taking your pets to Canada.

Travel Tip: Call 800-888-2535 to book a reservation including a pet.

Washington State Ferries (Pacific Northwest – US and Canada)

The Washington State Ferry system offers passenger and vehicle access to Seattle, Anacortes, the San Juan Islands, Sidney, British Columbia, and more.

Pet Policy: Pets in carriers can ride in interior passenger areas on vessels. Leashed pets are welcome on the auto deck and the outside decks of the ferry. When passing though the interior passenger areas, please take the most direct route to the exterior spaces. Pets will need valid rabies certificates to cross the border. Learn more about taking your pets to Canada.

Travel Tip: You can buy tickets online, at a kiosk, or at the toll booth. Visit the ferry website to learn more.

READ MORE ⇒ Pet Friendly Things To Do in the San Juan Islands 

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Alaska – People Mover (Anchorage)

The People Mover is Anchorage’s public bus service.

Pet Policy: Small pets can ride the People Mover as long as they remain in six-sided carriers and do not disrupt the safe operation of the vehicle.

Travel Tip: Get the unlimited day pass to allow you to ride all day at one low price.

Arizona – Sun Tran (Tucson)

Sun Tran operates the Tucson bus system and links to other regional transportation providers.

Pet Policy: Pets on buses must remain enclosed in small carriers or cardboard boxes.

Travel Tip: When paying on board the bus, you must have exact change, but Sun Tran offers a number of other options for paying your fare.

Arizona – Valley Metro (Phoenix)

Valley Metro provides transportation services to the greater Phoenix area.

Pet Policy: Only pets in enclosed pet carriers that fit on the passenger’s lap or beneath their seat can enter Valley Metro facilities or ride Valley Metro buses and light rail vehicles.

Travel Tip: Use the handy trip planner to figure out how to get to your Phoenix destination.

California

In addition to those listed below, the following public transit systems in California allow small pets in enclosed carriers:

California – BART (San Francisco Bay area)

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) operates commuter trains in the surrounding San Francisco area.

Pet Policy: BART allows small pets to ride for no additional charge. The only requirement is that the pet must remain secured in a container that is specifically manufactured to transport pets.

Travel Tip: Check out the useful rider’s guide for everything you need to know about using BART.

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California – Golden Gate Ferry (San Francisco/Larkspur/Tiburon/Sausalito)

The Golden Gate Ferry offers passenger commuter service between San Francisco area waterfront communities.

Pet Policy: Pets can ride ferries, provided they remain in airline-approved hand-carried containers.

Travel Tip: You can buy ferry tickets from vending machines in the terminals or online.

California – Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Los Angeles County)

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) operates buses, trains, and subways in the county.

Pet Policy: Pets in a fully enclosed and secure carriers can ride Metro vehicles, so long as they do not deprive a patron of a seat or block an aisle. An animal can be denied from boarding or ejected if it unreasonably annoys patrons.

Handlers must promptly remove all animal waste from Metro facilities and vehicles. Owners must clean up after their pets in Metro facilities and vehicles.

Animal carriers must have closable doors that remain closed during transport. Purses, backpacks, and other similar items are not considered suitable animal carriers, unless they are fully enclosed for animal transport.

Travel Tip: Metro buses require exact change, or buy a Tap Card using your credit card and load the number of trips you plan to take all at one time.

California – Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Greater San Diego Metro Area)

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) operates buses and trolleys in the greater San Diego area.

Pet Policy: Pets must remain fully contained inside an enclosed carrier that you can hold on your lap and transport by yourself. Owners must keep pets under control at all times. Operators have the right to refuse to transport your animal because of noise or odor.

Travel Tip: MTS has an online app that allows you to pay fares online and show your pass to an operator or verify it at a station.

READ MORE ⇒ Pet Friendly Things To Do in San Diego

Dogs - Ty and Buster at Seaport Village - San Diego, CA
 

California – Muni (San Francisco Metro Area)

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (Muni) operates throughout the San Francisco Metro area and integrates with other regional transportation options.

Pet Policy: Pets may not ride Muni during peak hours. During off-peak hours, only one pet can ride in each Muni vehicle. Pet owners or guardians must pay a fare equal to their own for their pet to ride.

Dogs must remain leashed and muzzled and can only ride on the lap of the rider or under their seat. All other pets in small closed containers can ride on the lap of the passenger or under their seat.

Travel Tips: Search for places to buy 1, 3 and 7 Day Visitor Passes.

California – Sacramento Regional Transit

Sacramento Regional Transit operates bus and light rail systems in the Sacramento region.

Pet Policy: Pets must be completely enclosed in a carrier which is small enough to fit on the person’s lap, and the animal must not endanger or annoy other persons.

Travel Tip: Learn how to use Sacramento Regional Transit by reviewing the new rider guide.

California – San Francisco Bay Ferry (San Francisco Bay Area)

San Francisco Bay Ferries offer commuter access to Oakland, Alameda, and San Francisco as well as to Vallejo and Mare Island.

Pet Policy: Customers may transport small pets on San Francisco Bay Ferry boats in a completely enclosed carrying case that is small enough to fit on the customer’s lap. The animal must not endanger or annoy other customers.

Should the pet become disruptive during the voyage the crew shall direct the pet owner to move the pet to the utility room for the remainder of the voyage.

Colorado – Mountain Metro (Colorado Springs)

Mountain Metro provides bus service to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak area.

Pet Policy: Pets and companion animals can ride only in a properly secured carrier.

Travel Tip: Use this handy guide for new riders to figure out how to get around on the Mountain Metro.

Colorado – The Ride RTD (Denver Metro Area)

Denver’s Regional Transit District operates buses and light rail service in Denver and the surrounding counties.

Pet policy: Pets can ride on RTD vehicles so long as they are carried on the rider’s lap in an appropriate closed container.

Travel Tip: Visitors may want to take advantage of the multi-ride pass to travel all day at one low price while exploring Denver.

Hawaii – The Bus (Honolulu)

The Bus is Honolulu’s bus transit system.

Pet Policy: Small animals can ride in a carrier that fits under the seat or on the passenger’s lap without inconvenience to other passengers.

Travel Tip: Buy a one day pass and ride all day for one low price.

Idaho – Valley Ride (Boise)

Valley Ride provides bus transportation in Boise.

Pet Policy: Pets can ride in approved containers that fit on your lap.

Travel Tip: You can buy a day pass that allows you to ride local buses, or purchase one for a slightly higher fee that allows you to travel outside downtown Boise.

Nevada – RTC (Las Vegas)

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) provides bus service to downtown Las Vegas that connects to other transit systems.

Pet Policy: All pets must remain in a carrier with a secured covered top, and can ride the bus only if there is open space not occupied by other passengers.  The full adult fare is charged if the pet occupies a seat.

Travel Tip: Check out the RTC’s Ride the Strip for information specifically for visitors to Las Vegas tourist attractions.

Oregon – Portland Aerial Tram

The Portland Aerial Tram provides stunning views on the short trip between the south waterfront and the Oregon Health & Science University’s main campus.

Pet Policy: Pets are allowed only if the animal is held at all times within a secure container appropriate and constructed for carrying the size and type of animal, and the animal can be transported without risk of injury to the animal or risk of harm or inconvenience to other riders or Tram personnel.

Travel Tip: The upper terminal provides easy access to forested trails for a splendid hike.

Oregon – TriMet (Greater Portland)

TriMet operates bus, light rail, commuter train, and the Portland street car.

Pet Policy: Pets in a carrier can ride TriMet vehicles.

Travel Tip: TriMet has a confusing fare system that includes passes, tickets, and receipts. Check the website carefully as the system continues to change.

Washington

In addition to those listed below, the following public transit systems in Washington allow small pets in enclosed carriers:

Washington – Community Transit (Everett)

Providing bus service in and around Everett.

Pet Policy: Small animals in carriers and large leashed dogs with muzzles can ride local buses.

Washington – King County Metro Transit (Seattle Metro Area)

King County Metro Transit gives visitors an easy way to get around Seattle without a car.

Pet Policy: Water taxis do not allow any animals except for service animals. Animals other than dogs may ride the buses for free, but must be in a container or carrier. Dogs of all sizes may ride the buses at the discretion of the operator under the following guidelines:

1. Drivers may refuse to transport a person and their dog if they already have another dog onboard.

2. Drivers may refuse to transport a dog if it is creating a hazard or disturbance.

3. Drivers may request the removal of a dog from the coach if it creates a hazard or disturbance.

4. All dogs that are not service animals must be on leash.

5. Dogs cannot occupy seats; they must remain either on the floor or sit on their owner’s lap.

Small dogs who remain on their owner’s lap ride for free. All other dogs pay the base fare (or reduced fare) paid by the customer accompanying the dog. No zone fare is charged and transfers are issued upon request.

Travel Tip: Metro transit has handy rider guides that include a trip planner to help you plan your trip.

READ MORE ⇒ Pet Friendly Things To Do in Seattle

Pike Place Market - Seattle, WA
 

Washington – Jefferson Transit (Port Townsend)

Jefferson Transit provides bus service in Port Townsend.

Pet Policy: Allows any small pet in a carrier held on the lap, and dogs on leash on the floor as long as there is room for them in the bus.

Washington – Pierce County Ferry (Steilacroom/Anderson/Ketron Islands)

The Pierce County Ferry provides vehicle and passenger service daily. All round trip fares are collected at the Steilacroom Terminal.

Pet Policy: Pets cannot go in terminals or in the passenger deck waiting area. Pets must be on a leash or in a pet container when on the vehicle deck. Animals that are not people-friendly must remain muzzled or transported in a pet container. Owners must clean up after their pets.

Travel Tip: You can buy tickets online, at the terminal, or via a smartphone app. Pay by cash (U.S. currency), Visa, Master Card, and the Apple app store.

Washington – Seattle Monorail

The monorail travels one mile between the Westlake Center and downtown Seattle near the space needle.

Pet Policy: Leashed, well-behaved dogs can ride the monorail. On busy/crowded days, owners should plan to hold their dog on their lap.

Travel Tip: You must pay the exact fare in cash to ride the monorail. While the monorail will take you close to stops on the King County Metro, you cannot transfer between the monorail and buses for free

Washington – Spokane Transit Authority

The Spokane Transit Authority (STA) offers bus transportation throughout Spokane.

Pet Policy: Pets can go in STA facilities and transit vehicles only in a carrier designed specifically for animals, with absorbent material on the carrier floor.

Travel Tip: STA’s easy-to-use trip planner will help you get to where you need to go.

Regional Transportation – Canada

British Columbia and Washington – Clipper Ferry (Seattle/San Juan/Victoria)

The Clipper Ferry provides passenger service only between Seattle, the San Juan Islands, and Victoria, British Columbia.

Pet Policy: Pet space is highly limited, so reservations are advised. Pets must accompany a person – they cannot travel as cargo. Smaller pets that fit in a 20”x 11”x 11” enclosed carrier can travel in the passenger cabin. A carrier that doesn’t close, such as a purse or an open bag, is not acceptable.

Larger pets must remain in a hard-sided airline approved kennel. (You can rent a kennel for an additional $10 each way). Note that larger kennels are placed on the outside deck, subject to engine noise and the elements. Passengers must complete and sign a Pet Acceptance Waiver at check-in.

The pet fee for animals traveling to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is $10 each way. The fee for pets traveling to Victoria, BC is $20 each way, and a valid rabies certificates is required to cross the border. Learn more about taking your pets to Canada.

Travel Tip: Call 800-888-2535 to book a reservation including a pet.

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the US – The CAT Ferry

The CAT provides passenger and vehicle service between Maine and Nova Scotia; New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; and Prince Edward Island and Novia Scotia.

Pet Policy: Only cats and dogs can travel on The CAT. Pets can travel in their owner’s vehicle or in an onboard kennel. Owners are not allowed to visit their pet during the passage, therefore you must leave them with adequate food and water. If a crew member notes a distressed pet, they will contact the owner.

Kennels are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Dogs must be healthy and have a valid rabies vaccine certificate to enter the United States. Learn more about taking your pets to Canada.

Travel Tip: Make reservations online. Make sure to review the website for advice about requirements for border crossing.

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – Pictou Island Ferry

Providing vehicle and passenger service to Pictou Island, located between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Pet Policy: Dogs can ride the ferry, but must wear a muzzle or a gentle lead at all times. Cats must remain in enclosed carriers.

Travel Tip: Reservations are recommended for Caribou and Pictou Island departures. The ferry schedule is available online, and reservations will be accepted for the first 36 passengers. Reservations cannot be made within 24 hours of departure, and will only be held until 15 minutes before departure. If a trip is cancelled because of weather conditions it will be postponed until the following day.

Ontario and Ohio – Jiimaan & Pelee Islander Ferry (Sandusky/Leamington/Pelee Island)

The Pelee Islander offers seasonal travel for passengers and vehicles between Sandusky, OH, mainland Ontario, and Pelee Island.

Pet Policy: Pets can remain in vehicles and in designated areas of the outside deck of the ship.

Travel Tip: Advance reservations are required. You must arrive at the ferry at least an hour in advance. Pets will need a valid rabies certificate to cross the border. Learn more about taking your pets to Canada.

 

Alberta

Alberta – Calgary Transit (city of Calgary)

Calgary Transit provides transportation throughout Calgary.

Pet Policy: Leashed dogs are welcome, and other animals can also ride, as long as they are in a carrier or cage.

Travel Tip: Buy a day pass for the most cost-effective way to ride all day.

Alberta – ETS (city of Edmonton)

Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) runs bus service to the city of Edmonton.

Pet Policy: Passengers can travel on buses and light rail trains with a pet, provided the pet is properly confined in an appropriate container and remains confined for the duration of the trip. Use care and courtesy to avoid inconveniencing or injuring other passengers. No fare is required for the animal.

Travel Tip: Use the website’s trip planner to figure out what bus you need to get to your destination.

British Columbia

British Columbia Ferries (Canadian Pacific Northwest)

BC ferries provides ferry service to Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, the Northern and Southern Gulf Islands, the Inside Passage, Haida Gwaii, and the Central Coast.

Pet Policy: Pets are welcome with the following guidelines:

  • Dogs need to remain on a leash and under the owners care at all times
  • All other pets such as cats, ferrets, and birds must be in an appropriate carrier
  • Owners must clean up after their pets
  • Bring water with you for your pet’s journey
  • Pets must be current on all vaccinations and in good health
  • Pets must remain on the car deck – not passenger areas

Travel Tip: The BC Ferries website has extensive information on traveling with pets, including costs and information about ferries for longer trips that provide kennels on board. Please read the website information carefully before planning a BC Ferry trip with your pet.

British Columbia – BC Transit (Victoria Metro Area)

Public Transit Victoria (PT) operates bus service in the Victoria metropolitan area.

Pet Policy: Only small fur-bearing or feathered pets contained in secure, clean, hand-held cages can ride the bus. Hard or soft-shell pet carriers must be small enough to fit on the owner’s lap.

Passengers must hold onto their pet’s carrier at all times. If there is room, the passenger may place and hold the carrier beside them on the floor. The carrier should not block the aisle or restrict other passengers.

Travel Tip: Check out the handy rider site to learn how to ride Victoria transit, including how to use an app that tells you when the next bus will arrive at your stop.

British Columbia – Victoria Harbour Ferry

Victoria Harbour Ferry operates a water taxi service in Victoria.

Pet Policy: Dogs are allowed on board if leashed to restrict movement to 2 feet. Pets must be seated on the floor at all times – not held on your lap or, even momentarily, on a seating area.

British Columbia – TransLink (Vancouver Metro Area)

TransLink operates buses, trains, and ferries in the Vancouver metropolitan area.

Pet Policy: Pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits and small fur-bearing or feathered animals can ride on public transit. Pet must remain fully enclosed in small, hand-held carriers that fit on your lap. Carriers placed on the floor cannot impede free passage of other passengers or block any doors. Please ensure carriers are clean, free of odor, and have no sharp edges.

When traveling with a pet, plan your trips during off-peak hours. The transit operator, at his or her discretion, may not allow you to board with your pet if there is a concern for the safety or comfort of your fellow passengers. If only standing room is available, the transit operator will refuse passage to you and your pet. Please respect their decision.

Passengers can bring one hand-held pet container, but dog strollers are not permitted on transit. Pets cannot go on HandyDART with the exception of Assistance Animals.

Travel Tip: Fares vary depending on how many zones you travel in. Get full information about paying fares on the TransLink website.

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Manitoba

Manitoba – Winnipeg Transit (city of Winnipeg)

Winnipeg Transit is the bus service in the city of Winnipeg.

Pet Policy: Pets must be in a closed carrier.

Travel Tip: Fare boxes on buses do not accept bills or pennies. You must have exact change. Or load the peggo e-pass app to your phone so you can pay electronically.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick – Coastal Transport Ferries (Deer Island/White Head Island)

Coast Transport provides passenger and vehicle ferry service to Deer and White Head Islands.

Pet Policy: Pets can stay in vehicles or on the outside passenger decks. Pets cannot go on the inside passenger decks.

Travel Tip: Call for reservations.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia – Halifax Transit (Halifax/Dartmouth/Woodside)

Halifax Transit is the public transit system of buses and ferries run by the city. It operates buses and ferries.

Pet Policy: Only pets properly restrained in a closed pet container that prevents them from escaping can ride the bus and ferries. Passengers carrying an appropriate container can travel with the container either on their lap or placed on the floor. The container cannot impede free passage of customers or block any doors. Passengers should ensure carriers are clean, free of odor, and have no sharp edges.

The transit operator, at their discretion, may not allow a passenger to board with their pet if there is a concern for the safety or comfort of fellow passengers. If only standing room is available the transit operator may refuse passage to the pet and pet owner even with an adequate container.

Travel Tip: Halifax Transit allows riders to transfer between buses and ferries.

Nova Scotia – Kings Transit

Serving Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.

Pet Policy: Allows small pets in carriers

Ontario 

Ontario – Brampton Transit (City of Brampton)

Brampton Transit provides bus service for the city of Brampton and connects riders to Toronto public transit.

Pet Policy: Service animals, leashed dogs, and small, non-exotic pets – when carried without danger or offense to other customers – can ride the bus. Any rider who brings animals onto the bus is responsible for the behavior of that animal.

Travel Tip: Use TripLinx to plan your trip between the city of Hampton and the greater Toronto area transit system.

Ontario – MiWay (Mississaugua)

MiWay is the city of Mississaugua’s bus service.

Pet Policy: Dogs, other than service animals, must remain leashed and muzzled while traveling on transit to ensure the safety of all customers.

Travel Tip: Plan your trip using the handy online guide.

Ontario – Ottawa Water Taxi (downtown Ottawa)

The water taxi provides seasonal transportation between the Ottawa dock (near the Bytown Museum) and the Canadian Museum of History as well as Richmond landing near the Canadian War Museum.

Pet Policy: The water taxi is pet friendly

Travel Tip: You can buy your tickets at the Bytown museum and at Tourisme Outaouais, or pay cash on board.

Ontario – Toronto Island Park Ferry (Toronto/Ward’s Island/Centre Island)

The Toronto Island Ferry runs seasonally to Centre Island, home of the pet friendly Centreville Amusement Park. It runs year-round to Ward’s Island, although many amenities close for the winter.

Pet Policy: Dogs are more than welcome on the ferry, on the island and in the Amusement Park – however dogs must be kept on their leashes at all times and they are not permitted on the rides. To ensure the safety of all animals, dogs cannot go on the premises of Far Enough Farm.

Travel Tip: The ferry website recommends you buy your tickets online.

Ontario – TTC (Toronto)

The Toronto Transit Commission oversees bus, streetcar, and subway service to the city of Toronto.

Pet Policy: Leashed pets, or those secured in an enclosed container are welcome to travel on the TTC on weekends and on weekdays during off-peak periods (before 6:30 am, from 10 am to 3:30 pm, and after 7 pm).

Travel Tip: Consider convenient day and family passes that allow you to ride all day for one low rate.

Quebec

Note: Quebec websites are in French. Look for a button at the top right side of the page that translates them to English.

Quebec – RTL for Longueuil

The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) provides bus service in Longueuil with connections to Montreal public transit.

Pet Policy: Pets can ride RTL vehicles if they are not dangerous to other commuters. However, the animal must be in a carrier that will protect all commuters from a possible bite. The animal’s entire body, including its head, must be inside the carrier.

Travel Tip: Use the website’s trip calculator to plan your trips.

Quebec – RTM for the Greater Montreal Area

The Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM, formerly called the AMT) runs commuter transit in the greater Montreal area.

Pet Policy: Only pets weighing less than 10 kg (22 pounds) can be brought on trains under certain conditions.

Travel Tip: With over 700 fare types, figuring out what your ride will cost can be confusing. Use the easy fare calculator to determine the cost of your trip.

Quebec – STL for St. Levis

The Société de transport de St. Levis (STL) offers bus service in the city of St. Levis.

Pets Policy: Small pets in enclosed carriers can ride the bus.

Travel Tip: That the STL website is in French with no English version. However, you can copy text into Google translate to get a rough translation into other languages.

Quebec – STM (Montreal)

The Société de transport de Montréal runs bus and subway service in Montreal.

Pet Policy: Pets inside a closed carrier can ride for free.

Travel Tip: Buy a one-day pass to travel all day for one low price.

Quebec – Traversiers Ferry Service

The Traversiers Ferry links remote communities in Quebec province across the St Lawrence River. Some ferries are short, less than ten minutes, and some are free.

Pet Policy: Pets can ride only on the outdoor decks or the car deck. Pets must remain leashed at all times. For safety reasons, passengers may not access the car deck during the crossing. In cases of genuine necessity, a crew member can accompany you.

Owners must supervise their pets on the outdoor decks at all times. Pets are strictly prohibited from the passenger cabin. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine.

On the Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout Ferry, dogs can ride in cars or on a special deck in a kennel. The trip is less than 3 hours.

Travel Tip: – Some ferries require reservations while others run on demand. Visit the website to see requirements for each ferry.

 

Pets On Public Transportation

As you can see, traveling with pets on public transportation is possible, — though it’s much easier for people who have small pets.

Before you set out, consider printing the pet policy from the public transit system’s website and take it with you for the ride. And remember that if one operator doesn’t allow you to board with your pet, you can just wait for the next bus or train and try again!

If you know of a pet friendly public transit system that we missed, let us know in the comments below and we’ll be sure to add it!

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  • This is a super helpful starting point. Since I travel with cats it’s great when that information is included. It’s hard to tell with everything related to going around with cats whether pet means dog, when dog means just dogs or if it means pet but the dog centric world hasn’t thought of cats traveling and will be fine with them on board. I’ll sometimes ask permission and sometimes assume pet friendly is pet friendly and show up and hope they won’t turn my cute leash trained cats away. :)

    • Agreed, Emilia! Pet friendly doesn’t always mean cat friendly – though it seems more places are reconsidering that stance. I’m glad we’re able to help, and wish you safe and happy travels together.

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