Buses

Can I take my dog on a bus? – it depends on the company you are traveling with!

Unlike trains, there is no national legislation requiring buses to accept dogs, and although dogs are allowed on board lots of bus services, some restrictions and charges apply.

We have summarised the conditions of carriage of national and local bus companies below to give guidance on their pet policies.

National

First Group –  only one dog or small animal may be carried per Customer (at the driver’s discretion). All dogs must be kept on leads at all times and dogs must be muzzled where they are likely to be dangerous or where this is legally required in accordance with the Dangerous Dogs Act or other equivalent legislation. Small animals must be caged, boxed or kept on
a lead. Any animal carried must remain under control and must not be allowed to sit on the seats.

Megabus – only service animals are allowed to travel on the buses.

National Express – only Assistance Dogs are allowed on National Express services.

Stagecoach – One well behaved dog which is not a danger or may cause a nuisance for other customers may travel at the discretion of the driver. A fare may be charged depending on the route.

South East

Abellio – Accompanied, well behaved dogs or other small animal which will not be a danger or a nuisance for other customers or our staff are allowed to travel with you.

Arriva – welcomes all types of assistance dog free of charge when accompanying either a registered disabled person or a trainer who can show an appropriate means of identification.
Other dogs are accepted at the discretion of the driver. All dogs must be on a harness or lead and, if necessary, muzzled in accordance with the Dangerous Dogs Act. They reserve the right to ask you to leave the vehicle at any time if you permit your dog to behave unacceptably.

Cardinal

Carlone

Compass Travel – Domestic pets may be carried at the discretion of the driver. Dogs are not allowed on seats, and must be kept under full control on a leash at all times. All other pets must be carried in a suitable pet carrier. Pets must not be allowed to cause a nuisance to other passengers. Assistance dogs will always be allowed to accompany their owners.

Courtney Buses – allow pets and sell a ‘Rover’ ticket which is charged at £1 for the day. Registered guide and hearing dogs or aid dogs will be carried without charge.

Excetera – Assistance dogs for disabled customers, guide dogs, and hearing dogs are permitted to travel on Company vehicles at no charge.
Other dogs or inoffensive animals can be brought onto the vehicle only if permitted by the driver, who has complete discretion in this matter. Reasons why animals will not be carried include if the animal appears dangerous or likely to upset either other customers or animals already on the vehicle. No animal should sit or be placed on vehicle seats. It is the responsibility of the customer bringing an animal onto a Company vehicle to ensure it is being kept under proper control at all times on a lead or in a suitable container, and does not cause a nuisance to the driver
or other customers.

London Buses (Transport for London) – You can take an assistance dog on our bus and Underground services. You can also take any other dog or inoffensive animal on our bus and Underground services, unless there is a good reason for us to refuse it (such as if the animal seems dangerous). You must keep it under control on a lead or in a suitable container, and must not allow it on a seat. Staff are not allowed to take charge of any animal.

Metrobus – assistance dogs are welcome aboard at all times. Other dogs (or a small animal) are welcome at the discretion of drivers and must be well behaved and of no danger or nuisance to other customers or employees. Dogs must travel in accordance with the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Please remember that animals are not permitted to travel on seats (although they can sit on your lap)

Metroline – Guide dogs and other assistance dogs must be allowed to travel at all times and all animals travel free. Other dogs and „inoffensive‟ animals may be carried at the discretion of the driver. Under certain circumstances the driver can refuse to allow animals on the bus. In such circumstance the driver must be courteous.

Reading Buses – Dogs are welcome on all Reading Buses with a Doggy Rover Day Ticket, which allows unlimited travel on our network for your four-legged friend. Guide dogs, hearing for the deaf dogs and accessibility dogs all travel free.  Other small pets may be carried (they are not allowed on the seats) at a charge of £1.00.  For your own comfort and theirs, we recommend that you travel off-peak whenever possible.

Safeguard – Working dogs may travel at any time. Other dogs will be carried at the discretion of the driver. No charges are made for dogs.

South West

First Kernow –  only one dog or small animal may be carried per Customer (at the driver’s discretion). All dogs must be kept on leads at all times and dogs must be muzzled where they are likely to be dangerous or where this is legally required in accordance with the Dangerous Dogs Act or other equivalent legislation. Small animals must be caged, boxed or kept on
a lead. Any animal carried must remain under control and must not be allowed to sit on the seats.

MoreBus (Wiltshire and Dorset) – a maximum of two dogs are allowed on any one bus at a time, at the discretion of the driver. They must be well behaved and not be a nuisance and of no danger to other customers. Where appropriate, they must travel in accordance with the Dangerous Dogs Act. The driver has the right to ask you to leave the vehicle with your animal at any time if they feels that the animal in question is a danger to the driver, the passengers or you.

Plymouth City Bus – assistance dogs are welcome aboard at all times. Other dogs (or a small animal) are welcome at the discretion of drivers and must be well behaved and of no danger or nuisance to other customers or employees. Dogs must travel in accordance with the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Please remember that animals are not permitted to travel on seats (although they can sit on your lap)

Scotland

Edinburgh Bus Tours – welcomes well behaved dogs on board tour buses.