Travelling Europe with your Dog: a Guide to Pet Travel

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Europe is widely regarded as one of the most pet-friendly destinations in the world! So it’s no surprise that it is a popular choice when taking your dog abroad. 

Read our expert guide on taking your dog to Europe and find out how to make the most of your trip.

 

Decide on your destination

Despite being a pet-friendly destination, on the whole, there are definitely some countries that are more so than others, so it is important to research thoroughly to ensure your pup is welcome.

We have put together a handy guide to pet-friendly countries to make your decision easier, which you can read here.

Check the pet travel requirements

Travelling within the EU is the easiest way of taking your dog to Europe, because the same rules apply in nearly all EU countries, making it easy to keep track of what you need in order to enter.

Generally, the rules for pet travel in the EU are a microchip and rabies vaccination, however, some countries also require your dog to have a worming treatment prior to travel, so make sure to double-check.

If you decide to travel outside of the EU, make sure to take time to check the requirements for your dog so that you have a smooth journey.

Plan your itinerary

How you decide to spend your holiday depends on you and your dog’s personalities, age, and athletic abilities. If you have an older dog, a strenuous hike may not be suitable and a stroll around a local park may be easier for them.

Make a note of tourist attractions that are dog friendly, and those that aren’t, so you aren’t disappointed when you arrive. Most outdoor hikes are dog friendly, however, indoor museums and galleries don’t usually allow pets!

It is also important to plan which restaurants, cafes, and hotels you will be visiting as not all of them are dog-friendly.

Prepare for public transport

Europe is known for amazing public transport, so you will most likely want to make the most of it when taking your dog to Europe. Restrictions on dogs using public transport vary country by country, as well as vehicle-by-vehicle, so make sure to plan where you will be staying and visiting, and how to get there. 

Most countries do allow dogs on trains, but whether they travel for free, have a dog ticket, or a children’s ticket depends on the country you are in.

Make sure to plan in advance, especially if you don’t speak the country’s language so you don’t get confused with the signage!

Be respectful of the country you’re visiting

Wherever you choose to visit when taking your dog abroad, it is important to respect the rules whether written or not. Make sure to keep your dog entertained so that they stay well-behaved, bring plenty of dog toys and treats to keep them occupied, especially in busy areas.

It is also important to clean up after your dog, otherwise, you could risk a fine, as well as disapproving looks!


We hope this guide has helped you understand the tips, tricks, rules, and regulations when taking your dog to Europe. Make sure to read our checklist
 of what to bring with you when taking your dog abroad!

For any questions, please get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to assist you in organising your trip.