Can I Take My Cat on a Mexican Bus or Train?

A reader writes:

We are doing a West Coast RV trip with our rambunctious 8-month-old kitten in January. Would he be allowed on the Copper Canyon train if in a carry kennel? Can he ride on first class buses?

A large black tom cat

My cat, Benito Juarez, aka “El Presidente”

Churpa replies: I have never tried to take a cat on a Mexican bus (though, to be fair, it sounds like something I might attempt). I hear it’s possible to take a pet on the Primera Plus line, but the animal must ride below in the luggage compartment, which seems like it could be uncomfortable and possibly terrifying. The ETN and ADO bus lines’ websites state a similar policy. ETN recommends that the animal be sedated, and ADO requires it. All bus lines require that the pet have its health and immunization documentation in order (but you will need that anyway to transport the little fur ball across the border).

A representative from the Chepe says that pets are not allowed on the train.

Hope this helps! Keep us posted. We’d love to hear about your adventures traveling with a rambunctious kitten.

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  1. Kelly says:

    Thank You so much for your research about cats on the train.
    Tony, who has now spent a couple of weeks in Mexico, has become very wise about things like dogs and cockleburrs. He is now so involved in his studies of bugs that we doubt he will be disappointed about not being able to travel by train.