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Travelling with your dog on public transport in Ireland

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Travelling with your Dog on Public Transport in Ireland - these are the current policies in terms of Dogs on Public Transport in Ireland (see full policy plus link at end of article):

Dublin Bus

Assistance Dogs and Working Guide Dogs allowed.
Pet dogs at driver’s discretion.

LUAS

No animals are allowed on board with the exception of guide dogs.

Note: No reference to Assistance / Therapy Dogs.

Iarnrod Eireann / Irish Rail including DART (Update April 2022)

Small dogs can be carried free of charge provided they travel on the owners lap
The dog must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a basket or in an appropriate container. Dogs on the restricted breeds list must be muzzled while travelling onboard our services.

Small cats can be carried free of charge provided they travel in a secure carrier on the customer's lap.
Animals are not allowed in restaurant cars with the exception of Guide dogs or Assistance dogs
If a customer objects to the presence of a dog in their carriage, the owner will be requested to move to another part of the train.

Dogs On-board Trains

Guide dogs and Assistance dogs are permitted to travel on all our services without restriction. An assistance dog must be clearly identifiable by official coat, medallion and lead to distinguish it as a working dog and not a pet. A Guide dog must be clearly identifiable by official coat and harness. Only one Guide dog or Assistance dog is permitted per passenger.

Accompanied dogs, other than those described above, can only be conveyed on Intercity services in a Guards Van (non-passenger compartment) if available (eg Dublin/Cork and Dublin/Belfast services only). Charges will apply. Dogs conveyed in a Guard's Van must be

  • secured with a collar and chain and efficiently muzzled
  • The construction of the muzzle must render it impossible for the dog to bite any person or animal, but it should not prevent the dog from breathing freely or lapping water; or it must be contained in a wooden case, cage, basket or hamper constructed to make it impossible for the dog to bite any person or animal
  • The receptacle must be sufficiently large to allow the dog to stand up and lie down with ease and comfort and must be adequately ventilated
  • All dogs conveyed in the Guards Van (non-passenger compartment) must be properly labelled giving the name, address and destination of the owner

If there is no guard's van (non-passenger compartment) on a service, dogs (other than Guide Dogs, Assistance dogs and small/lap dogs) may not be carried on that train.

Iarnród Éireann reserve the right to refuse to carry any animal which, in the opinion of station staff, is causing or is likely to cause inconvenience to passengers due to its size or behaviour. On train staff are also authorised to have such animals removed from the train.

Bus Eireann (Updated April 2022)

DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS
Guide dogs and Assistance dogs accompanying passengers are permitted to travel on all Bus Éireann services free of charge and without restriction. An Assistance dog must be clearly identifiable either by coat or harness to distinguish it as a strong>working dog and not a pet. Apart from the foregoing exceptions, dogs, cats or any other animals or live fowl of any description WILL NOT be carried.

Private Bus Operators

Private bus operators have their own policies (see below).

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Full Policies & Links

Dublin Bus

Passengers With Assistance Dogs
Assistance dog must wear its harness or jacket so that the driver knows it is an assistance dog.

There is no limit to the number of assistance dogs the bus driver can allow on a bus, as long as there is space.

The assistance dog is the responsibility of its owner and must be kept under control, whether it is in a harness, leash or carrier.

An assistance dog must not block the aisle or travel on a seat.

https://www.dublinbus.ie/Your-Journey1/Accessibility/Passengers-with-assistance-dogs/

Animals other than guide dogs are carried on Dublin bus services at the discretion of the driver.
https://www.transportforireland.ie/wp_super_faq/bus/

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Bus Eireann

Guide dogs and Assistance dogs accompanying passengers are permitted to travel on all Bus Éireann services free of charge and without restriction. An Assistance dog must be clearly identifiable either by coat or harness to distinguish it as a working dog and not a pet.

Apart from the foregoing exceptions, dogs, cats or any other animals or live fowl of any description WILL NOT be carried.

http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=376#animals

LUAS

Both the policy and onboard signs state: No animals are allowed on board with the exception of guide dogs.

https://www.luas.ie/passenger-behaviour.html

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Iarnrod Eireann / Irish Rail

Iarnrod Eireann operates intercity passenger train services between Dublin and Belfast, Sligo, Ballina, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Ennis, Tralee, Cork, Waterford and Rosslare Europort.

Iarnród Éireann also jointly operates the Dublin to Belfast Enterprise service with Northern Ireland Railways.
Regional services include the new Limerick to Galway line, Cork commuter network including the new Cork-Midleton line, Limerick Junction to Waterford, and Limerick to Ballybrophy (via Nenagh) services.

Pets on Trains

Small Dogs and Cats
Small dogs can be carried free of charge in the passenger compartment of services provided they travel on the owners lap.

The dog must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a basket or in an appropriate container.

Small cats can be carried free of charge in the passenger compartment of services provided they travel in a secure carrier on the customer's lap.

Animals are not allowed in restaurant cars with the exception of Guide dogs or Assistance dogs.

If a customer objects to the presence of a dog in their carriage, the owner will be requested to move to another part of the train.

http://www.irishrail.ie/travel-information/travelling-with-animals/

Transport For Ireland's current list of Private Bus Operators

https://www.transportforireland.ie/wp_super_faq/private-bus-operators/