Taking your dog on the Eurotunnel is very straightforward.
The Channel Tunnel is an easy way to travel between the the U.K. and France. The Eurotunnel shuttle runs between Folkestone and Calais 24/7, 365 days a year and takes around 35 minutes.
So, if you are planning on taking your dog to France or to Europe, taking the Eurotunnel is a easy and convenient way to travel.
In this article, we will talk you through how to take your dog on the Eurotunnel and answer the following questions:
- What documents do you need to take your dog on the Eurotunnel?
- How much does it cost to take your dog on the Eurotunnel?
- How do I book my dog onto the Eurotunnel?
- Are dogs allowed in the Eurostar terminal buildings?
- Where will your dog travel while in the Eurotunnel?
- Can I take more than one dog on the Eurotunnel?
- What happens on the day of travel?
What documents do you need to take your dog on the Eurotunnel?
You will need to bring the following documents with you:
- Booking confirmation;
- Proof of your dog’s tapeworm treatment;
- Pet Passport / DEFRA Pet Travel Documentation for your dog, including:
- Microchip; and
- Rabies Vaccination.
The DEFRA Pet Travel Documentation (Pet Passport)
Your dog must have a Pet Passport to travel on the Eurotunnel.
A Pet Passport will allow your dog to travel between EU countries and other listed non-EU countries. With a Pet Passport your dog will not have to stay in a 6 month quarantine.
If you are preparing your dog for travel in an EU country, you should get your dog an EU pet passport.
On the other hand, if you are preparing your dog in a non-EU listed country or territory you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate. This excludes those from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland, as they issue their own pet passports.
Your dog will require a microchip and a rabies vaccination in order to get its Pet Passport.
Tapeworm Treatment (travelling to the U.K.)
All dogs travelling to the U.K. require a tapeworm treatment.
This treatment must be administered by a vet between 1-5 days / 24–120 hours before travel. The date and time of your dog’s treatment must be recorded on the pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate, by an official vet.
Additionally, the tapeworm treatment must contain Praziquantel to be effective against Echinococcus tapeworm.
The following treatments are not permitted:
Stronghold, Advocate, Frontline or Frontline Combo, Nexgard or Nexgard Spectra
How much does it cost to take your dog on the Eurotunnel?
To book your dog on the Eurotunnel, it will cost £19/26€ each way.
It is recommended that you book your pet on the Eurotunnel in advance, which can done here.
However, there are additional costs that you should take into consideration.
These include the cost to obtain a pet passport, tapeworm treatment, a dog travel carrier and supplies such as food and puppy training pads to soak up any accidents.
Pet Passport Cost
A Pet Passport in the U.K. costs between £75-140. The price ranges depending on where you get your dog’s microchip and rabies vaccination, as well as the vet that completes your Pet Passport.
Tapeworm Treatment Cost (if travelling to the U.K.)
Your dog must get their tapeworm treatment by a vet who must make a record in your dog’s pet passport.
Many vets will just charge around £2.50 for the cost of one tablet. However, some may charge up to £30.
How do I book my dog onto the Eurotunnel?
You will be given the option to add pets when booking your ticket for the Eurotunnel.
- Go to fare finder and enter all of your details – date and time of travel, vehicle details and country of residence.
- Select the specific time you would like to travel.
- Select whether you would like to upgrade to Flexiplus or add insurance to your trip.
- On the same page you will see the section below. Just select how many dogs you will like to take with you, and the cost will automatically be added to your basket.
Your dog’s ticket will be added to your basket, so you can enter all of your details and continue to checkout.
If you have already booked your ticket, you can still add your dog to the booking. You can make amendments to your travel booking up to midnight on the day of travel.
With most bookings you can do this online using the password in your booking confirmation. However, if you paid for all or part of your booking using Tesco travel vouchers, you will need to contact Eurotunnel by phone.
Are dogs allowed in the Eurostar terminal buildings?
Dogs are not allowed into the terminal building where the restaurants and duty free shops are located.
However, there are dedicated pet areas for your dog to stretch its legs and have a toilet break. You will find these marked in yellow throughout the terminals. You can also find an exercise area behind the fuel garage after arriving in the U.K..
All Eurotunnel pet exercise areas have complimentary dog waste bags.
Where will your dog travel while in the Eurotunnel shuttle?
Your dog must stay in the car with you for the 35 minutes you are in the Eurotunnel shuttle.
Can I take more than one dog on the Eurotunnel?
Yes. You are permitted to bring up to 5 dogs with you.
For those travelling for a competition, show, sporting or other event, you are permitted to bring up to 10 dogs with you. It is recommended that you register your dogs beforehand, however you can register and pay at check-in. Just be sure to allow yourself plenty of extra time. For more information check here.
If you would like to travel with more dogs, you must contact Eurotunnel’s Customer Support Team here.
In all circumstances, you are not permitted to take more than 20 dogs with you.
What happens on the day of travel?
Check your dog in at least 1 hour, and no more than 2 hours before your booked departure.
If travelling from Folkestone there are automated drive through check-in gates with instructions to follow on screen. There are no pet checks, you will just need to confirm you have the dogs with you in your vehicle.
If travelling from Calais, follow the paw print signs to the Pet Reception building. They will check your dog’s documents and give you a sticker to display on your car.
#2 Boarding the shuttle
Drive your car to the Departures Area and wait for your train to be called before driving onto the shuttle.
#3 On the shuttle
As mentioned above, your dog will need to stay in your vehicle while in the Eurotunnel shuttle.
#4 After the shuttle
You’re free to go!
- Dog bed and blankets
- Food and treats
- Dog first aid kit
- Travel sickness pills
- Dog toys
- Poop bags
Travelling on the Eurotunnel with a dog is very straightforward.
Just be sure to obtain your dog’s passport, which involves getting a microchip and rabies vaccination.
If travelling back to the U.K. your dog will also require a tapeworm treatment.
Finally, we recommend that you keep a list of vets in the areas that you are planning on visiting, in case of any emergencies.
Hopefully you have found this helpful.