Last month, Eurotunnel recorded 54,501 passages with pets, the highest number since the opening of the tunnel. Since 2000, Le Shuttle has transported over 3.7 million pets across the English Channel.
August wasn’t the only record, as July also contributed to the summer of 2022 setting a record for pet travel overall, with over 98,000 trips recorded.
In a survey of Eurotunnel customers who have traveled with a pet in the last three years, 61.5% said they regularly take their dog on holiday with them. Among the reasons given were that by traveling by Eurotunnel rather than taking the ferry, they could stay with their pet throughout the journey, making it less stressful, and the easiest way quick to get to mainland Europe.
Le Shuttle recognizes the importance of passengers traveling with their pets and allows pets and passengers to stay together in their car during the short 35 minute crossing from Folkestone to Calais. In Folkestone and Calais there are special pet receptions which provide 24 hour check-in. There are also dedicated pet facilities, including exercise areas with artificial grass and free poop bags.
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle has issued a number of tips for traveling with pets:
- Make sure the pet’s vaccinations are up to date before you book your vacation – don’t wait until the last minute.
- An Animal Health Certificate (AHC) is required as the EU Pet Passport issued in Britain is no longer valid for travel within the EU.
- If you are on a long trip, give the animal a light meal before leaving and prepare small snacks for him and his family.
- Plan plenty of stops along the way.
- Pack extra items such as spare collars, leashes, beds, and toiletry bags, as well as plenty of water.
- Be aware that there are more biting insects abroad than in the UK. Ask a veterinarian for advice on preventative measures that can protect pets.
- Print out the instructions for the vet in the language of the country you are returning from.
Travel costs for pet dogs, cats and ferrets on Eurotunnel Le Shuttle start from £22 per animal per journey, but registered guide and assistance dogs travel free. DEFRA Pet Travel Documentation is required prior to travel.
Pet rabbits, rodents, birds, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles can also travel on Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, provided that a veterinarian has completed the relevant veterinary certificate. The specific requirements for each species are detailed in the Eurotunnel Pet Checklist.
The overall ticket prices on Eurotunnel Le Shuttle are:
- Short Stay Saver ticket, valid for five calendar days – £87 each way per vehicle and up to nine passengers.
- Standard ticket for any duration, one way – £110 per vehicle and up to nine passengers.
- Flexiplus ticket for any duration, one way, show up anytime and board the next available train, with club lounge access – £269 per vehicle and up to nine passengers.
For more information visit www.eurotunnel.com