Dogs on public transport


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Whether you are going away for a holiday in the UK or just planning a day trip, here are a few guidelines to ensure your dog enjoys his journey...
Travelling with your dog by train

Remember to find out if the rail carrier will accept dogs before purchasing your ticket. The majority will allow two dogs to travel free of charge per passenger. Owners may need to pay for additional dogs so check with the rail company. Special arrangements are made for assistance dogs.

For rail carrier contact details visit the National Rail Enquiries website, or contact National Rail on 0845 748 4950.

  • Ensure that you dog has relieved himself before the start of the journey.
  • Take fresh water and food for your dog with you. It is worth investing in a dog travel bowl.
  • Keep your dog on the lead at all times and do not let him sit on the seats.
  • If another passenger makes a reasonable objection about your dog you may be asked to move to another carriage; if alternative accommodation cannot be found, a dog can be put in a suitable container in the luggage van.
  • Dogs are allowed to travel at no extra cost on the London Underground, but they must be carried on escalators.
Travelling with your dog by bus or taxi

Some companies will allow dogs to travel in their vehicles — please check beforehand.

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Most will require the dog to be kept on a lead at all times and will not allow them to sit on the seats.

Travelling with your dog by ferry

Ask the company about its policy towards dogs prior to booking.

Some ferries will take dogs as long as they accompany travellers with a car. They must load in the car and remain either in the vehicle or in the kennels on the car deck which can be booked in advance.

They will often not be allowed on the passenger deck during the voyage.