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P&O Irish Sea Ferries Ltd.

The ferry terminal is 1 mile from Larne and 22 miles from Belfast.


P&O FerriesLarne Harbour
County Antrim
BT40 1AW
Northern Ireland
Tel: 0800 130 0030


Pets can travel free of charge on our Irish Sea routes – so there’s no need to leave your furry friends behind.

If you’re travelling by car you can take up to four pets for free. All pets must stay in the car while on board, but you may visit your pet on our longer sailings subject to staff availability.

There are no facilities for foot or coach passengers to travel with their pets and the only pets allowed on the passenger decks are registered Guide or Assistance Dogs. If you’re bringing a pet from outside the UK, you will need to check the legal requirements before you travel.

Below we’ve put together a few tips on how to make the journey as hassle-free and comfortable as possible for you and your pet.

Thinking of taking your dog on holiday?

Every year thousands of dogs join their families and travel by ferry for a holiday. Most crossings require your dog to remain in your vehicle or one of the ferry’s kennels and we have teamed up with the RSPCA to help make sure that wherever your dog spends his time, his experience is a positive and enjoyable one.

Take a look at the information from the RSPCA below:


Think about when best to book your crossing:
  • Be aware that leaving your dog in a vehicle can lead to heat stroke and in some cases, can be fatal. Some types of dog are more prone to heatstroke, like very old or young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats or dogs with very short flat faces like pugs and bulldog types. Dogs with certain diseases or on some types of medication are also more at risk.
  • This risk can be avoided by never travelling on hot days and always at the coolest part of the day. For example, travel overnight or leave first thing in the morning or later at night.
  • We strongly recommend to customers to visit their vet before travel for a pet health check to ensure the pet is in fit condition especially if your dog is one which is more prone to heat stroke.

    Prepare for your trip:
  • Bear in mind that, unless you are travelling on a ship with pet-friendly cabins and you have booked one, your dog will spend most of the time at sea on his own. It may be possible to arrange to visit your car mid-voyage to check on your dog – the car deck is not accessible to passengers once the ship has sailed so you would need to be escorted, so visits depend on the availability and discretion of the crew - but it is highly unlikely that he will be allowed to leave your vehicle. You therefore need to prepare in such a way which ensures he is comfortable and happy during the journey.
  • Make sure that the area in the vehicle in which you transport and intend to leave your pet is comfortable and secure. Your dog will need plenty of space during the journey and when left in the vehicle. Whether unconfined or in a crate he or she will need to be able to sit and stand up at full height, turn around easily and lie down in a natural position, and must not be able to escape.
  • Take some absorbent bedding to help him/her feel comfortable whether left in your vehicle or taken to an on board kennel. As your dog is highly unlikely to be able to leave the vehicle once sailing, this can help if your dog has any accidents during the journey.
  • Having familiar items near him/her can help make them feel more comfortable, e.g. your dogs favourite toys.
  • Your dog will need access to water throughout the journey. Spill safe containers can be attached to the side of a travelling crate or left on the floor of the vehicle.

    Allow plenty of time at the ferry port:
  • As your dog has to remain in the vehicle during the crossing, your dog will need an opportunity to go to the toilet prior to getting onto the ferry so give yourself enough time to get him/her out of the car.
  • If you are leaving your dog in your vehicle rather than in a kennel, make sure there is enough ventilation for your pet. Creating a flow of fresh air can be helped by opening both the driver and passenger’s front windows. Take care to ensure that your dog cannot escape from their carrier or your vehicle. Some ferry companies may provide window grilles which helps with ventilation and avoids escape but not all so we would advise taking your own.
  • If you are taking your dog to an onboard kennel, make sure you take some bedding so that he/she is comfortable.
  • Make sure your dog’s water container is full with clean fresh water and accessible to him throughout the ferry crossing.
  • If you are concerned about your dog at any point during the crossing then please do speak to a member of staff who may be able to accompany you to your vehicle or the kennels. Be aware however that increased security concerns may impact on whether or not this is possible.

    Arriving at your destination:
  • Once you have left the ferry, find somewhere safe to pull over and get your dog out of the car. This will allow you to check him over and an opportunity for him to go to the toilet and stretch his legs.

    • Passengers with pets need to check in at least 45 minutes before departure.
    • It is the passenger’s responsibility to clean up after their pet.
    • All pets must stay in your car during the journey. Our policy meets EU rules on pet travel.

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    Here’s a few tips to help make your journey with your pet easier:


      Make sure your pet is up to date with all its vaccinations and it is in good health. If you are planning to take your pet abroad, please check the DEFRA website for vaccination requirements.


      You don’t need a Pet Passport to take your pet on our Irish Sea routes. If you’re planning to take your pet abroad your vet can give you a pet passport.


      Feed your pet at least a few hours before boarding ̶ do it later and they may get travel sick. Always allow time for your pet to go to the toilet before boarding.


      Give your pet plenty of exercise before they travel ̶ they’re likely to be less restless in the car. It’s also a good idea to leave them some toys to amuse them during the voyage.


      Make sure your car is well ventilated and as cool as possible, particularly in the summer months. Leave your pet’s bedding in the car with them so they feel comfortable.


      If your pet isn’t used to long journeys, take them in the car a few times before the crossing. You might want to consider a night ferry crossing when they will be used to sleeping.


    If your pet is poorly on the way to the ferry, you’ll find the nearest vets to Larne and Cairnryan below.
    As your pet stays in your vehicle during the voyage, it’s important to make sure they’re fully fit and well before you board.


    Academy Veterinary Centre
    6 Academy St, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 7DR
    Monday to Friday: 8:30am - 6pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 12noon
    Tel: 01776 703131

    Islandview Veterinary Clinic
    1b Glynn Road, Larne, BT40 3AY
    Call for opening times
    Tel: 028 2827 2199