Bringing Dogs on the Eurostar from the United Kingdom to France

Are dogs allowed on the Eurostar?

Are dogs allowed on the Eurostar?

The Eurostar is the nifty high-speed railway that connects England and France via the Channel Tunnel. The train rockets passengers between London, Paris and Brussels in only a few short hours.

I’m sorry to report that Archie and his kind are not welcome, even if they are traveling inside carriers.

Eurostar’s inexplicable pet policy is as follows:

With the exception of guide dogs and hearing dogs, Eurostar doesn’t allow pets on board, so you’ll need to find an alternative route into Europe. Once you’re there it’s easy to travel with your four-legged friend. Each rail company is slightly different, but the general rule is that your pet will need to be kept in a carrying cage. Larger dogs should be kept on a lead with a muzzle. In France, dogs are charged 50% of a full adult fare if they’re on a lead, while dogs and other pets in a carrying cage are charged a fixed fare of around £5. You’ll need to book in advance.

If you want to take your pet on an overnight train, you’ll need to reserve a whole compartment for yourself and your pet.

You can’t book a ticket for your pet online, so give us a call on 08448 484 064.

In other words, as a dog traveler, you’ll need to fly or catch a ferry to the continent, then take a dog-friendly train onwards from the port.

Here’s an idea. When you’re done making your alternative ferry or flight reservations, take a moment to visit the Eurostar website and ask them to reverse their no-dog policy, would you? Considering the popularity of dogs in both the United Kingdom and France, a dog-friendly policy that took dog travelers into account would surely boost ticket sales and revenues.

Plus it would be the decent thing to do.

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1 Flo September 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Dogs being allowed on the Eurostar would be brilliant.

They are, however, allowed on the Channel shuttle (the train that goes under the Channel which you board with your vehicle in Calais or Dover. I’ve tried it with my dog and it was an easy and pleasant experience.
Contrary to ferries, the dog stays with you.

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