Here’s How To Get Through The Eurotunnel With Your Dog
How the hell do you get a dog into England once you’re already in the EU?
Eurostar is not dog-friendly, a private car service could cost upwards to $600 and who wants to deal with renting a car with the hassle of city parking + more? Oh, and there are ferries but your dog is not allowed to be with you at your seat. They must stay in a separate “pet area” which is just a cluster of dirty crates—the thought of the frenchies down there all alone or worse, someone stealing them, freeeaked me out. No way. (and the ferry is not cheap either)
Our brave friend Coco + her frenchie Elle shared with us their journey going through the Eurotunnel (London to Paris) last year via the ferry and on the way back took a ridesharing service called BlablaCar. It’s almost like an Uber but for planned trips. You can look up rides like Paris to London or Paris to Nice and you can carpool with drivers which ends up being very cost effective (anywhere from €20-60 one-way + pay for a second seat for the pooch)! You just need to ask the driver beforehand if they allow dogs.
Perfect! This seemed like the way to go but there were no available rides during my dates. When a ride did pop up, it seemed to get booked right away or wasn’t pet-friendly. After waiting and crossing fingers for a week, I bit the bullet 2 days before the trip and decided to go via trains/Folkestone Taxi Co.
Paris to Calais – Eurotunnel – Calais to London
First, buy a ticket from Paris to Calais. French trains are dog-friendly (up to 2 dogs per passenger) as long as your dog is in a bag. If your dog is more than 13 lbs then no bag necessary—you can walk them on a leash and muzzle. Find routes on Loco2 + Trainline. Cost: varies; mine was €42 (with a connecting stop) and the ride takes less than an hour. With a connecting stop, it’s a bit longer. €7 for dog in carrier or half the 2nd class full fare if your dog is over 13 lbs + on leash. Book this sooner than later as they book quickly!
Thankfully, he didn’t have to wear the muzzle as I kept it in my bag just incase someone asked for it. Nobody did—in fact, no one even asked to see my ticket or the dogs’ tickets!
This is where Folkestone Taxi comes in. You can book their taxi service to ride onto the Eurotunnel and arrive in Folkestone Central Train Station in England. This is the easiest + most comfortable way. Your pup(s) get to sit with you and you never have to leave the car. They meet you at the Calais station with a sign, help you with your bags and then you settle into the car. They even provided blankets! Cost: £125 + £96 Eurotunnel ticket and the ride is thirty-five minutes.
The taxi drives to Pet Clearance first where you go in and have your pet’s passport/documents looked over. Make sure everything is correct and you have backup papers as they are very strict. There is also a local vet (cash only) nearby incase anything is missing and you need new paperwork or treatments.
Wow, lots of pets!
Then you drive through the Passport Control where they look at your passport etc then onto the Eurotunnel shuttle! The car gets turned off and you sit in the car for thirty-five minutes. A good time to charge your phone, have a chat with your friendly driver and scroll through Instagram. 🙂
Once you arrive in Folkestone, you’ll need to book another train to get from Folkestone to London. They run every half hour. Find tickets on National Rail. Cost: on average £20 and takes 55 minutes. Pets travel free (up to two). If you want to to skip the train and continue the ride with Folkestone Taxi, it’s another couple hundred pounds extra but may be worth it if you have a lot of luggage and want to make your journey easier.
All pets entering into the UK need a tapeworm treatment within 5 days of traveling and a pet passport.
What to bring: your passport, your pet’s passport(s), tickets (mine were all on mobile) + Folkestone keeps a hard copy of your Eurotunnel ticket for you, treats, pet wipes.