The dog policy on ferries varies from company to company. We have information on the major ferry companies serving the most popular routes around Britain.
Isle of Wight
Wightlink - Dogs travel free on Wightlink Ferries, and you do not need to book them in. Wightlink are not able to provide kennels, so all animals must be secured in suitable containers or restrained. If you are taking your car, you can leave your dog in the car during the crossing, but you are not able to stay in the vehicle during the sailing. Dogs are not allowed in the main passenger lounges, but there is a dedicated ‘pet lounge’ and they are allowed on the outside deck. Assistance dogs are allowed in all public areas.
Red Funnel - Pets are welcome and travel free. If you are travelling with your vehicle, it is recommended that pets are left inside your car for the crossing. You cannot stay in your car, but the ships crew patrol the ventilated car decks for the duration of the voyage. If you are travelling as a foot passenger, dogs are only allowed in the heated Pets Area on A Deck. should be containted in RSPCA approved pet carriers, or restrained by a harness/collar and lead. They should be kept on the floor in the Pet’s Area, and not on the passenger seats. Owners shuold ensure their pet’s do not cause a nuisance to other passengers, and if they fouls whilst transiting the passenger accommodation, a cleaning charge of £10 will be levied on the owner.
Hovertravel – Dogs are permitted to travel with foot passengers, but must be kept on a lead and must not go on the passenger seats.. There is no charge for dogs.
P&O – “P&O Ferries accept the carriage of pet animals, from £15 each way for any travelling onboard. If you are taking your pet(s) on the Dover-Calais route you will need to check-in at least one hour before departure and the animals must remain inside the vehicle at all times during the crossing. Foot passengers are able to carry pets in containers which are lockable, of sound construction and able to withstand being secured on the ship, with the animals remaining on the lower deck for the duration of the journey.
There is a charge of £15 each way for each pet travelling onboard Dover to Calais, and £17 for each pet travelling onboard the Hull – Rotterdam/Zeebrugge route, with the exception of registered guide and hearing dogs, which are carried free of charge. Please note that animals cannot travel unaccompanied.”
Brittany Ferries – Depending on your destination and the vessel you are travelling on, dogs can travel in your own car, in the ships kennels, or in a pet friendly cabin. Pont-Aven, Cap Finistère and Bretagne all have kennels, on Pont Aven and Cap Finistère there is an area next to the kennels for excercise and comfort breaks. You may visit your dog at any time if they are kennelled on these vessels. For pets who remain in vehicles on the Pont-Aven there are set times for you to visit the garage to exercise and toilet them. Pets are not permitted to stay in vehicles on Cap Finistère. In addition to this, Cap Finistère is equipped with 14 pet friendly cabins. All other vessels do not have kennels and dogs should be left in your vehicle. You can arrange a visit to the garage with staff at the Information Desk to exercise your pet and allow them a comfort break. Visits to the garage on our high speed services are not permitted unless there are exceptional circumstances.
MyFerryLink – Up to five pets per vehicle are allowed. There is a charge of £25 per animal, which is only payable on the inbound journey to the UK. You can book your pet by selecting the relevant drop down on the internet booking process. All pets must remain in the vehicle during the crossing and are subject to the necessary documentation and vaccinations required for the Pet Passport scheme.
Condor Ferries - Pets are charged £30 for the first pet, then £15 for further pets when travelling on return journeys between the UK, St Malo, Portsmouth and Cherbourg. Please note, this service is only valid for pets travelling within a vehicle and is not valid for those travelling as foot passengers. You are advised to leave your pet with water within the car and leave the window slightly open to give your pet a comfortable journey. Visits to the car deck during the journey are only permitted when accompanied by a member of the ship’s crew, and are dependent on weather conditions.
Stena Line – “Stena Line is part of the government’s Pet Travel Scheme allowing travel to and from to the UK with your dog, cat or ferret when travelling on Stena Line’s Harwich – Hook of Holland route. Stena Line and Dr. Mugford, Britain’s leading animal behaviourist and psychologist, have teamed up to offer the following useful pet travel tips when travelling with your pet.
You can choose for your pet to travel in your car or in kennels that are available onboard the ship. We recommend that you visit your pet during the crossing to ensure the comfort of your pet and to give you piece of mind as pets are not allowed on passenger decks or in cabins.
Stena Line – “Car Passengers : Cats and dogs may travel in your car free of charge on the Irish Sea. Your pet is not allowed onto the passenger decks onboard our Central and Southern routes (Dublin/Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead & Rosslare to Fishguard) or the Belfast to Liverpool route and must remain in your vehicle. If travelling on the Belfast to Liverpool route it is recommended you book a kennel. ”
“Foot Passengers : may bring small pets in a pet traveller’s case, but they will be placed on the car deck for the duration of the journey, as no animals are permitted in the passenger areas onboard. On the Belfast to Liverpool route pets are not permitted in cabins or other passenger areas onboard, and you must book a dog kennel which are available on the Promenade Deck and allow access to your pet throughout the crossing. Not only can you visit your dog but you can also exercise them under controlled conditions. This costs an additional £15 single per kennel.”
Irish Ferries - EU pet passport rules apply, and Dogs, Cats and Ferrets should have a Pet Passport to travel. However, checks on pets travelling between the UK and Ireland are not currently in force. If you are travelling with a car, pets must either remain either in your car or in the kennels provided. The kennels can be booked in advance and are free of charge, but if your pet is staying in your car there is no need to declare them before travel. If you are travelling on foot, pets must be transported to and from the ferry in a secure, rigid and appropriate pet cage. Animals must be able to stand or lie down in comfort, and the owner of the animal must be able to carry the cage or box from the terminal to the ship. On the ship, animals must travel on the car deck in their cages or boxes. If your pet does not have an appropriate pet cage or box you will not be allowed to bring your pet on board. There are no exceptions to this rule.
P&O Ferries – “P&O Ferries accept the carriage of pet animals. For customers travelling on our Irish routes there is no charge for pets. Please note that animals cannot travel unaccompanied.”
Celtic Link – EU Pet Passport rules apply. Celtic Link Ferries (IRL) Ltd has absolute discretion to accept or refuse any passenger, their vehicle, their pets or their luggage on board. If a return booking is made Ireland to France, a return booking must be made for the pet. If a pet is not returning it will be necessary to provide evidence of this or the pet and passenger may be refused travel. Passengers travelling with pets must check in at least 2 hours before the scheduled departure time. If dogs are required to be muzzled by Irish / French legislation and are not muzzled, the dog and owner will be refused travel. While travelling, your dog can be left either in your own vehicle or kennels provided on board. Pets are not allowed into any of the living quarters on the vessel at any time. If you would like your pet to be kennelled, please drive to your deck, leave your pet in your vehicle and then go to reception to request a kennel. If you are leaving your pet in the vehicle, simply leave the pet there while sailing. You can request to visit your pet in your vehicle at reception and will be entitled to visit your pet at the allocated times.
Condor Ferries - If you are a foot passenger, pets should be transported in an RSPCA approved carrier. The carrier will be left in a designated area on the car deck for the duration of the journey. There is a charge of £10 each way for pets traveling with a foot passenger. Pets may be left inside vehicles, and there is no charge for this. Pets must comply with the Pet Travel Scheme when bringing pets into Jersey.