What is the most cost effective way to travel with a pet (a chihuahua to be specific) from the UK to Europe and back?

It seems like no one accepts pets. Not flights, not coaches, not trains. If you want to go by taxi or pet cargo then you have to pay at least 1,000 pounds?

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    Even if a carrier would accept your pet, are you in compliance with the rules at gov.uk/take-pet-abroad ? May 28, 2014 at 18:15
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    Swimming, or maybe a canoe, would be the most cost-effective. But that's probably not what you want... this is one reason price-shopping questions are off-topic :)
    – Flimzy
    May 28, 2014 at 18:15
  • @KateGregory yes I am in compliance with the UK rules
    – anon
    May 28, 2014 at 23:29
  • There's a link on the page Kate mentioned, which lists the authorised carriers and routes. Perhaps you could contact one of the authorised carriers? May 29, 2014 at 1:25
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    Seat61 has this one covered
    – AakashM
    May 29, 2014 at 8:21

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Stena Line ferries going to Holland will take them:

Yes, you can take your pet on all vessels to Europe without them being subject to quarantine laws on re-entry to the UK. Your pet can travel in the car or in the on board kennels (where available) and you can visit during the crossing, subject to weather conditions and staff discretion.

LD Lines ferries going to France will take them too:


LD Lines is authorised by the British Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to transport pet dogs, cats and ferrets to the United Kingdom in accordance with the Pet Travel Scheme. You may therefore travel on our fleet with your pets, provided you have the mandatory papers.

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