Pet Travel Between The United Kingdom, France and Spain
Our company has been moving family pets with their owners to Spain and back for over 20 years and therefore has built up a vast knowledge and experience in every aspect of the pet travel service.
Fully Bespoke Pet Travel To Spain and the UK
Pet Travel UK specialises in transporting dogs, cats, birds and other small household pets by road between France, Spain and the whole of the United Kingdom. We pride ourselves on knowing everything there is to know about professional pet moving by road. Over the years we have moved many hundreds of pets and their owners.
When we quote a price to new potential pet travel customer for a trip they often tell us that some companies will move a pet for £300 or less. That will definitely be in a van along with 10 or 12 other dogs and cats or may be along with a removal job. There will be either one or maybe two people on the journey to look after them. This is not safe and is bound to be very stressful for the pet.
Let us assure you this is not our way of transporting a pet. As a consequence of the personal accompanied service we offer our customers many clients regularly use us year after year.
If cost is the only factor you will use to find the pet transport company you want then do not call us. The cheapest is never the best. We are by no means the cheapest but we are definitely not the most expensive for the personal pet travel service we offer.
Our company offers a safe, personal one to one bespoke pet travel service for pets and their owners (should they want to travel). That is why we only usually move one families pet/pets at a time.
We only use air conditioned estate cars and people carriers to assure a comfortable trip for pets and owners in both summer and winter months.
Each pet travel trip is individually designed for the pet and its owners needs. For instance some people may like short ferry crossings whilst others may prefer a longer direct to Spain ferry or even a Eurotunnel crossing. Some customers may like a shorter days drive compared to another person. We realise that all our clients different but they all care more about their pets safety and travel conditions rather than just the price alone.
Owners Travelling with Pets
Owners with Pets. A very popular extra service we offer our customers is the ability to travel along with their pets free of charge (terms & availability apply). This is a very popular because it eliminates the need for the customer trying to organise their own flights or taxis to coincide with the pet travel logistics. This also keeps the pets and their owners happy and secure throughout the whole journey.
On most pet travel journeys an overnight hotel stop will be required on route. In those circumstances we always use one of the pet friendly hotels from our list. These hotels allow pets to stay in the room overnight. A small selection of these rooms are in the pet friendly hotel section below.
If owners wish to travel with their pets they will be responsible for the cost their own ferry ticket and cabin (if required) as well as any hotel costs on the journey. Obviously our company will take care the ferry and hotel room bookings for the customer. Our company enjoys generous discounts with ferry companies which will be passed on to our clients.
Many of our customers comment on the trip being more like a mini holiday rather than a unavoidable chore because of the relaxing drive, beautiful views and hotels used on route. For more details contact us now for availability and cost.
Whether travelling to Spain from the UK or from the UK to Spain we usually follow one of the two travel itinerary below.
1: To Spain Through France (short crossings using cross channel ferries)
Longer Road Journey
Travel itinerary when travelling from the UK through France to Spain. We would normally collect the pet/owner from the UK collection address in time to catch the overnight ferry from Plymouth or Portsmouth. This would leave either at 22.00 hrs from Plymouth or 20.45 hrs or 23.00 hrs from Portsmouth. These ferries will arrive in St Malo, Caen or Roscoff, France early the next morning.
After a good free breakfast on the ferry we will disembark and set off on our journey to Spain. The route we use to drive down through France is via the west coast (as per picture) and is always the same route whichever ferry port we arrive at. From St Malo, Caen or Roscoff we will drive to Rennes then on to Nantes. From there we head for La Rochelle then Saintes and on to Bordeaux. After that we cross the French border at Hendaye into Spain sometime late afternoon. That night we would spend in a pet friendly hotel in Southern France or Northern Spain (Customer to pay for their own room, food etc.). We should arrive at the hotel at between 17.00hrs and 19.00hrs ish.
If the pet owner is not traveling, the pet/s will sleep in the room with the driver. Obviously if the owner is traveling then their pet/s will stay in the room with them. The hotel will always have food and drinks available.
The next morning we will set off from the hotel at about 08.00hrs for the final part of the journey down to our destination, via Zarragoza, Valencia then Alicante arriving in the Costa Blanca at around 15.00hrs ish. During the journey we have set comfort stops on the way but we will also stop at any time the customer wants to, for dog walks and comfort breaks. Just ask the driver and he will find the nearest services to pull in.
Travel itinerary for the return journey from Spain through France. This road journey to the UK is an exact copy of the route taken down to Spain but just in reverse. Collection times and the overnight hotels used will differ because we will be stopping overnight in France instead of Spain.
We would normally leave the Costa Blanca at about 07.00 hrs to set off to our overnight pet friendly hotel stop in Southern France. This stage takes about 10 hours inc. stops.
After breakfast the next day we would set off from the hotel at about 08.00hrs to head to our preferred ferry port for the crossing to Portsmouth or Plymouth. This is about another 10 hour journey inc. stops.
When the ferry arrives at the chosen port we will disembark and set off to the destination address.
2. Through Spain Only (Long sea crossings using Spanish ferries)
Shorter Road Journey
When using the Spanish ferries for your journey the route options for travelling are the Portsmouth/Santander crossings or the Portsmouth/Bilbao crossings. In the summer months there are 5 or 6 crossings a week to Spain and back. Also there is a ferry crossing from Plymouth to Santander which leaves Plymouth on a Sunday and then leaves Santander for the return trip on Wednesdays.
The Plymouth crossings does stop at the end of October ish and starts again in mid-March. Depending on the port used the ferry crossing is either an 18 hour or a 24 hour crossing.
Where possible Pet Travel UK usually uses Brittany Ferries for the ferry crossings between the UK, France and Spain. This company has beautiful ships and is more sympathetic to pet transportation on the sea crossings.
When we are traveling via Franch ports we sometimes use other companies ferry crossings. We may use the DFDS Newhaven/Dieppe ferry crossing because the sailing times are often more convenient for us depending on the destination.
These routes are shorter crossings than the Spanish ferry route. The pet accommodation on the ship depends on the ship used and the route taken.
French Ferry Crossings
- Portsmouth to Caen (pet in vehicle on the short crossing)
- Portsmouth to St Malo (pet taken to kennels on pet deck)
- Plymouth to Roscoff (pet in vehicle, on short crossing)
- Newhaven to Dieppe (pet in vehicle on the short crossing)
Spanish Ferry Crossings
- Portsmouth to Santander (Kennel deck or pet friendly cabin)
- Portsmouth to Bilbao (Kennel deck or pet friendly cabin)
- Plymouth to Santander (Kennel deck or pet friendly cabin)
Pet Accommodation on Ships
The company uses two main ferry crossings for journeys between Spain and the United Kingdom
Direct to Spain. We only use the Brittany Ferries Plymouth/Portsmouth to Bilbao/Santander crossings (through Spain). There are two types of dog accommodation on these ships. There are pet friendly cabins and dog kennel spaces.
Pet Friendly Cabins
Pet Friendly cabins are normally booked up a very long time in advance so early booking is essential to guarantee a cabin. If no pet friendly cabins are available then a kennel in the kennel area is the only other option.
There are large and small kennels available please click link to see the actual sizes. Kennel Sizes Info. These are also booked fairly well in advance but there is a better chance of getting kennels at shorter notice. There are fewer large kennels so early booking is also advised.
Traveling Through France
Our company use various Brittany Ferries routes, as well as P&O and DFDS Ferries to cross the English Channel. There are almost no pet friendly cabins on these crossing so dogs and cats have to stay in the vehicles during these crossings. These sea crossings are much shorter and the pets just sleep peacefully during the short crossing. The car deck is lit at all times with security cameras. We have taken the English Channel crossings hundreds of times and never had a problem with any pet during the crossing.
If a pet collection or delivery is not to be from mainland UK then various other ferry companies will be used. For example to Ireland, Isle Of Man, Isle of White Etc. Etc. Details and pricing on pet travel using these crossing vary so more details upon request.
If there are no pet friendly cabins are available when booking a ferry then dogs are allocated their own kennel in the kennel area. Clients are able to access their dogs at any time during the journey (day or night). Two sizes of kennels are available, Small and large. Early booking is advised to guarantee availability. Clients can sit with their dog in the kennel area or take them out on deck for a walk. You may even see a whale or some dolphins during your time out there. No dogs are allowed in a non-pet friendly cabin.
Cats always have to remain in the vehicle during any ferry journey for obvious reason. Access is allowed three or four times during the journey to check and feed the cats. This can only be when accompanied by a member of Brittany Ferries staff. Visits are prearranged by the ferry staff at predetermined times. The car deck is fully light throughout the whole journey.
Should you require any further information on the sea crossings or would like us to check the availability of pet friendly cabins or kennel spaces on a particular crossing please call or email us and we’ll check immediately for you.
As an alternative to sea ferry crossings we could use the Eurotunnel to cross the channel from Calais to Folkstone but it will mean a longer journey time and extra mileage in the vehicle. Of course it also will mean that your dog will not be alone at all through out the whole journey. Because of the extra mileage this option would normally mean another overnight hotel stop on route and a higher cost to the customer. An extra hotel stop close to Calais would generally insure that you are not being delivered to your required destination at unsociable hours.
The Euro tunnel crossing only take about 35 minutes from Calais to Folkstone and you stay in the vehicle all the way with your pet. To some customers the Eurotunnel can be a simpler way for pet travel to Spain and back.
Pet Friendly Hotels
When traveling to and from Spain an overnight hotel stop may be is required, if so we always use pet friendly hotels. All pets if travelling alone will be taken in the hotel room overnight with the driver. Should the owner be traveling with their pet/s then they can have their pet in their room with them overnight. The price for the room is usually between 50€ and 75€, depending on the number of pets in the room and the time of year. Food is often available in the hotel or nearby but is not included in the room price.
If a customer is traveling with their pet then they are responsible for paying for their own room cost on and any other costs they might incur during the stay. The hotel costs are never included in any price we quote for pet travel, unless specifically agreed in writing beforehand. If you click on the main hotel pictures you will visit their websites and will be able to see each hotels facilities in more detail.
Pictured below is a small selection of the many pet friendly hotels we usually stop off at on route to or from a port.
Should you want any more information or want to book a trip please go to the contact us page or call us now on the numbers below: UK: 01209 630604 or Spain: 960 130 537 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Bruyers Hotel Castets, France
This hotel is 50 miles from the Spanish border, just below Bordeaux.
Pet Travel Checklist
Before setting off on the journey with us it is best just to double check that you have done everything you need to for the trip and have everything you need to take for the journey.
Getting an animal health certificate
You need an animal health certificate for your dog, cat or ferret if you’re travelling from Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) to an EU country or Northern Ireland.
You do not need an animal health certificate if you have a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.
How to get an animal health certificate
You must take your pet to your vet to get an animal health certificate. You need to do this no more than 10 days before you travel.
The certificate needs to be signed by an ‘official veterinarian’ (OV). Check your vet can issue animal health certificates. If they cannot, ask them to help you find an OV.
When you visit your vet, you’ll need to take proof of your pet’s:
Your pet’s animal health certificate will be valid after the date of issue for:
- 10 days for entry into the EU or Northern Ireland
- 4 months for onward travel within the EU
- 4 months for re-entry to Great Britain
Your pet will need a new animal health certificate for each trip to an EU country or Northern Ireland from Great Britain.
You must get your pet microchipped before, or at the same time as, their rabies vaccination. If you do not, they’ll need to be vaccinated again.
Microchipping for pet travel can only be done by:
- a vet
- a vet nurse, student vet or student vet nurse (directed by a vet)
- someone trained in microchipping before 29 December 2014, and with practical experience
- someone who has been assessed on an approved training course – contact the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) if the course was in Northern Ireland
Make sure your vet puts the microchip number in your animal health certificate. The date must be before your pet’s vaccinations.
Reading the microchip
Airlines, train and ferry companies in the EU can read microchips that meet International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards ISO 11784 and ISO 11785.
You may have to bring your own microchip reader when you travel if your pet’s microchip does not meet ISO standards. You should check with your travel company before you leave.
If the microchip cannot be read
You’ll have to do all the preparation again if your vet cannot read the microchip. This means you’ll have to ask your vet to:
- rechip your pet
- revaccinate your pet
- issue a new animal health certificate if you’re travelling to the EU or Northern Ireland
- record new microchips in the ‘Marking of animals’ section of the new animal health certificate
You’ll have to wait the required time before you can travel if your pet is revaccinated or has new blood tests.
If the microchip can only sometimes be read
Your vet should try to read the microchip. If they get a reading, they can rechip your pet (the original chip is not removed).
This must be recorded in the animal health certificate in the ‘Marking of animals’ section with:
- the number of the old and new chips
- the date they were read
- the date the new chip was inserted
The vet must sign and stamp the page in the animal health certificate.
A worming treatment must be carried out the day before leaving. This must be carried out by a registered vet and they must record the date and time of the treatment in the pet passport (Dogs only as cats are exempt from this).
Each pet will need enough of its own normal food packed to last the whole trip. This applies whether the owner is travelling with their pet or not.
Make sure you have any medicines for the pet and/or owners travelling may require during the journey.
Please just double check your own passports for all travelers and make sure you have them with you. Have enough money or cards to pay for the hotel and food on route.
Luggage. Some people seem to think our cars are like Dr Who’s tardis. The price quoted is for one large case, one overnight case and a handbag. If there is any more goods than this we need to know well beforehand and may have to make other arrangements for the extra. Please have everything ready to go when we arrive to collect you.
Tel: 960 130 537
Calle Triton, Torrevieja
03183, Alicante, Spain
UK Number 01271 221489
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