Animal lovers, this is for you! Dogs and cats up to 20 pounds (combined weight of pet and carrier) are now welcome on Pacific Surfliner trains. It costs $29 or 1,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards points to make a pet reservation for the Pacific Surfliner. 

The Details:

  • Five pet reservations are available per train (not including service animals), so book early
  • One pet reservation per passenger
  • Pet must be in a carrier at all times, and the carrier must be placed under your seat
  • Available in Coach (not Business Class or the Café Car)
  • Not available on Thruway bus connections
  • Pets must be 8+ weeks old, not disruptive, and up to date on vaccinations
  • Riders must sign a pet release prior to departure to confirm eligibility
  • Pet ticket is fully refundable prior to departure and can be modified or cancelled by calling 800-USA-RAIL
  • View complete program details at 

How to Book:

  1. Select the train you’d like to ride
  2. Add your traveler details
  3. Proceed until you see the option to customize your trip
  4. Add a pet to your reservation for $29
  5. Contact 800-USA-RAIL if you need to modify your reservation

How About My Service or Comfort Animal?

The Pacific Surfliner welcomes qualified service animals onboard at no charge. Service animals are animals that have been trained to perform a specific task for a person with a disability. Please indicate that you are traveling with a service animal when making a reservation (select “Passenger with Disability” as the rider type). Animals that are strictly for emotional support or security are not considered service animals, but may be booked through the pet program. Learn more on


Pet-Friendly Trips

Many Pacific Surfliner destinations offer activities that both you and your furry friend will love. Visit our partners to learn more about activities to enjoy with your pet once you arrive.

Dog parks, off-leash beaches, and dog-friendly cafes. Visit San Diego

Beachside walks on the boardwalk, pet-friendly farmers market, and al fresco dining. Visit Oceanside.

Hikes, pet-friendly bars, and outdoor boutiques. Discover Los Angeles.

Dog-friendly beaches, special restaurant menus for pets, and downtown shopping. Visit Ventura.

Trails, off-leash beaches, pet-friendly wine tasting rooms, and patio dining. Visit Santa Barbara.

Botanic garden, outdoor dining, dog-friendly vineyards, and pet boutiques. Visit San Luis Obispo.

Pet Program FAQs

Onboard Amenities

Enjoy an upgraded experience with extra perks such as guaranteed seating, free snacks and drinks, a dedicated attendant, and more.


Visit our Market Café to enjoy a variety of snacks, sweets, light meals and beverages.

Keep your devices charged and connected during your ride thanks to power outlets and free internet access via Wi-Fi.