How to travel UK—Europe with your dog without a car

Each year the same dilemma, how to take the dog with us for holidays out and into the UK? Inexplicably, despite the high demand and the fact that trains both in the UK and France are dog-friendly Eurostar trains still don't accept dogs abroad. Fortunately, there are other many ways to travel abroad with your dog without a car, and these don't need to overcomplicate things for you. Below you will find all the options available.

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© Bruce Mars

 

Before you go

It is your responsibility to make sure that your pet complies all requirements by the country you are entering

Entering the UK

  1. Your dog must have been microchipped

  2. Your dog must have a pet passport

  3. Your dog must have been vaccinated against rabies no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom

  4. Your dog must have a tapeworm treatment signed by a certified vet, the treatment must have been given no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before you enter the UK

More information here

 

Entering France

  1. Your dog must have been microchipped

  2. Your dog must have a pet passport

  3. Your dog must have been vaccinated against rabies no sooner than 21 days before entering the United Kingdom

More information here

 
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By taxi

Pet Travel Abroad

Pet Travel Abroad will drive you from the UK to France and also France to the UK, they have the best prices. A ride will cost you around £200 Folkestone—Calais, they also have longer options available, like for example, Paris—London. You will need to contact them in advance to book your taxi.

pettravelabroad.co.uk

 

By ferry

UK—Netherlands

Stena Line (Harwich—Hook)

Although they do have some limited places, the ferries at Stena Line will allow you to travel to and from the Netherlands without a car. The route is Harwich—Hook. We recommend you contact them before booking.

www.stenaline.co.uk

UK—France

DFDS Seaways (Newhaven—Dieppe)

You need to book this ferry way in advance as it just has one place for dogs without a car. The best way to book them is through the number 0800 917 12 01

www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

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© Raduzak

 
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Carpool

Sharing a car can be the cheapest option when crossing the English Channel, a trip London—Paris can cost you around £40 although you depend on people with seats available in their car and that they are willing to travel with your dog. Here the most popular websites:

Blablacar

www.blablacar.co.uk

Liftshare

liftshare.com

Europe carpooling

www.europe-carpooling.uk

 

If you want to find more dog-friendly places like these in Europe, download our app: "Dogout dog-friendly map" for iPhone and Android.