Pets can travel free of charge on our Cairnryan/Larne route – 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, and all pets must stay in the car while on board. 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.


Taking your pets on holiday

Dogs, cats or ferrets are allowed on our ships with pet passports, as long as they meet all the EU requirements.

As all pets must stay inside the vehicle during the trip, we’ve put together a few tips on how to make the journey as comfortable and hassle-free as possible for both you and your pet. 


From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme when travelling to Europe with your pet. Instead you’ll need to follow a different process, at least 4 months in advance of travel. For more information on the new process and guidance about pet travel to Europe from 1st January 2021, visit the site.

We’ve also put together a list of handy travel tips of everything you’ll need to know, so that you can be fully prepared for all your future journeys to Europe and back.


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.


When entering the UK tapeworm rules apply to pet dogs, find out more on the Gov site.

Dogs MUST' be treated against tapeworm with the treatment being administered by a vet. This treatment needs to be recorded in their EU pet passport or the third country official veterinary certificate no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (1-5 days) prior to your scheduled arrival in the UK.

The treatment must have PRAZIQUANTEL or an equivalent as its active ingredient.



You should make sure your pet has been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies 21 days before you travel.

Some countries also need your dog to have had tapeworm treatment, which is recorded in their pet passport.

Visit the Gov UK site for more information.

Your furry friends don’t need their pet passports when travelling on our Cairnryan to Larne route.

If you’re planning to take your pet abroad at some point during your trip then you can acquire a pet passport from your vet.

Make sure to feed your pet at least a few hours before boarding the ship – if you do it later then they may get travel sick.

You should also leave some water in the car in a non-spill bowl for them, so that they can stay hydrated.

Always allow time for your pet to go to the toilet before boarding.

Give your pet plenty of exercise before they travel – that way, they’re likely to be less restless on the car journey.

It’s also a good idea to give them some toys to amuse them during the voyage.

Leave your pet’s bedding in the car with them so they feel cosy and at home – we wouldn’t want them to get nervous or scared!

Make sure your car is as cool as possible when you leave them, particularly in the summer months, and always leave a window or two cracked open for them.

If your pet isn’t used to going on long journeys, taking them in the car a few times before the crossing is a good way to get them comfortable with travelling. This will make the journey enjoyable for all your passengers, not just your pet!

If your pet is poorly on the way to the ferry, you’ll find the nearest vet information for Cairnryan and Larne ports below.

As your pet stays in your vehicle during the voyage, it’s important to make sure they’re fully fit and well before boarding the ship.

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

We know how much your furry friends matter to you, which is why we're pleased to let you know that our both our Cairnryan and Larne Ferry Terminals now have two dedicated pet areas for your much-loved pets to stretch their paws and enjoy some playtime in the open-air!

Not only that, for the Crufts wannabes among your beloved companions, we also have a few obstacle tasks within the exercise areas to get them energised and exercised, as well as a seating area for you to relax.

Our staff will be happy to direct you to these dedicated pet areas once you've checked in, just ask them for directions.

Taking your pets on holiday