Bringing pets on the ferry

Travelling with pets?

Everyone deserves a break - even your four legged friends! 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 your vehicle for the duration of the crossing or they can be placed in one of our onboard kennels (subject to availability) but must be pre-booked online. 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.


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 areas on all Stena Line routes, vessels and ports. Hearing and autism assistance dogs also have full access at our ports and onboard our ships.


Brexit Advice: From 1 January 2021, the rules for travelling with your dog, cat or ferret from Britain to the EU (including pets returning to the Republic of Ireland from Britain) and pet travel between Northern Ireland and Britain has changed. For more details please visit the links below.


Travelling with Pets from Britain to the EU >>

Travelling with Pets between Britain and Northern Ireland >>

Travelling with Pets from Republic of Ireland to Britain >>

Pets Go FREE on the Irish Seas
Pet Travel to Ireland & Britain

Pets travel free of charge on our routes to Ireland, Britain and France! Find out more about the pet facilities available onboard our ships and how to pre-book online.


Take your pet to Holland with Stena Line
Pet travel to Holland

You and the whole family, including your pet (dog, cat or ferret) can travel with Stena Line to Holland and the continent. Take your pet in the car or in the kennel. Book it online today.


RSPCA Top Tips when travelling with your pet
Pet Travel Top Tips

The Chamber of Shipping and the RSPCA have been working together to provide welfare guidance for dogs travelling on ferries.

Stena Line are delighted to be able to share this document with you and hope you will find it useful and helpful when preparing for your next journey.