Travel with your pet


pets go free

Everyone deserves a break – even your four legged friends! What’s more, when they travel with us they go FREE! Before you travel, please read the information below so you and your pet can be assured of a happy and healthy trip away.


Pets can travel in kennels on all routes between Ireland and Britain and can be pre-booked online on some of our vessels. Please note: Certain breeds of dogs are more sensitive to heat/poor air circulation in vehicles. We would advise owners to take extra precautions and to use the kennel facilities where available.

Pets travelling on Cairnryan - Belfast

By car

Kennels can be booked at no extra charge or if you prefer, your pet can remain in the vehicle for the duration of the crossing. Small dogs are permitted onboard if they are secured for the duration of the crossing in a pet traveller case however this is at the discretion of Stena Line personnel and, if requested, passengers may be required to place the animal on the car deck in the dedicated kennel area.


By foot

Kennels are available to pre-book at no additional cost. Small dogs are permitted onboard if they are secured for the duration of the crossing in a pet traveller case however this is at the discretion of Stena Line personnel and, if requested, passengers may be required to place the animal on the car deck in the dedicated kennel area.


Please note that pets, other than guide or assistance dogs, are not permitted in Superfast suites.

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Guide, hearing and assistance dogs

Stena Line is proud to have signed the Guide Dog Travel Charter, a code of ethics for the treatment of Guide Dogs and their owners by the travel industry.


In accordance with the charter, guide dogs are entitled to free travel and have full access to the passenger decks on all Stena Line routes and vessels.


Please note: All guide and assistance dogs must have the necessary paperwork when checking in at the port and must wear the correct harnesses and jackets at all times while travelling.

What papers will my pet need?

Under the EU pet movement system, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets moving between EU Member States must meet the same animal health rules. All pets travelling between the Republic of Ireland and the UK or Continental Europe and between the UK and Continental Europe must be micro chipped, vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by a pet passport.


Please note it is your responsibility to provide all necessary documents and make all arrangements including where necessary quarantine, to satisfy all legal requirements.


For more information, visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at www.defra.gov.uk or by calling 0870 241 1710.


You can find more information about the changes made to pet travel implemented on 29th December 2014 by viewing the EU Pet Travel Scheme.


For more detailed information on travelling with pets on our Rosslare - Cherbourg route, click here.

Embarkation and Disembarkation

CAIRNRYAN (Boarding)

Once checked in, remain in the departure lounge until an announcement is made for foot passengers to embark. Proceed to the vessel via the walkway with the other passengers as directed; upon boarding you will be met by a member of staff who will escort/direct you to the kennels on Deck 5.


BELFAST (Disembarking)

Prior to arrival when the announcement is made for vehicle drivers to return to their vehicles please proceed to Deck 5 to collect your dog(s). After all vehicular traffic has been discharged you will be permitted to disembark the vessel via the designated ramp walkway leading ashore. A member of staff will escort you directly to the Baggage Reclaim Area where you can reclaim your baggage and directly leave the Terminal building.


In the interest of hygiene please remember to dispose of any fouling in the correct manner.