Air travel is stress­ful for an­i­mals, and in some cases, it can be dan­ger­ous too.

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Trav­el­ling by train is rel­a­tively less stress­ful than by air for any pet. The main rea­son for this is be­cause you will be by its side at all times. Un­less, of course, you don’t mind let­ting it travel in the lug­gage van — still, less se­vere con­di­tions than any air­craft’s cargo hold.

In­dian Rail­ways in­sists you book an en­tire coupe (two berths) or cabin (4 berths) in AC First Class or First Class (Non AC) for your­self and your pet. This is if you want the pet to be with you at all times dur­ing the jour­ney. How­ever, if a fel­low pas­sen­ger ob­jects to the ac­com­pa­ny­ing an­i­mal in the same car­riage, it will have to be moved to the lug­gage van.

Buy­ing your­self a ticket for any other cabin class would mean pack­ing your pet in a cage and hav­ing it placed in the break or lug­gage van. This will in­cur ad­di­tional costs, based on the route you’re trav­el­ling and weight of the an­i­mal. It is im­per­a­tive you con­tact the Rail­way Par­cel Of­fice at least 48 hours prior to the train’s sched­uled depar­ture to book the pet into the lug­gage van.

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