Ferries – Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

Wightlink – Dogs travel free on Wightlink Ferries, and you do not need to book them in. Wightlink do not 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 they have to be left alone as 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.
Wightlink also publish a guide to taking your dogs to the Isle of Wight called ‘Pawprint’ which can be found here – http://www.wightlink.co.uk/isle-of-wight-guide-and-events/walking/pawprint


Red Funnel – There is no charge for dogs travelling with Red Funnel. They recommend that dogs stay in vehicles during the crossing, but they are allowed to travel in one of the designated pet areas on Decks A or B. Drinking water is available on Deck A. Red Funnel request that owners abide by the following rules to avoid complaints from other passengers:
– Dogs must be restrained by a harness/collar and lead at all times.
– They must not be allowed to interfere with other pets, passengers or crew.
– They are only permitted in the designated areas marked onboard – for food hygiene reasons, they are not allowed near any food areas.
– They must not be allowed to occupy a seat or climb over seats – you may want to consider bringing a floor blanket for them.
– A £50 cleaning charge (to be paid at the time) applies if a dog fouls whilst onboard. To allow for ‘calls of nature’, we recommend you allow sufficient time to exercise your dog before boarding the ferry (there are suitable areas within a short walk of both ferry ports).
Red funnel advise that nervous or aggressive dogs are muzzled or left in vehicles for the duration of the trip. The car decks are ventilated and patrolled by the ship’s crew during the voyage, but windows of cars should be left ajar to aid ventilation.


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, but there will be a penalty fare if dogs foul on the craft, pad or terminal.