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Rosslare to Bilbao car transfer

  • 22-03-2021 5:32pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 3 diegobernardes


    I'm in Ireland and trying to return to Portugal. My current problem is that I have a french bulldog that no airline is accepting. As far as I know, the only way of going out of Ireland at the moment is by sea.
    The Rosslare x Bilbao route would be very good as Bilbao is close enough to Porto, but I don't have a car and you can only transport a pet at the ferry if you're in a car.

    And that's the big question, I have a person that can drive me from Bilbao to Porto, I just need the Rosslare to Bilbao part. Does anyone know if there is a service like this in Ireland or maybe a recommendation of someone that does it?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,484 ✭✭✭✭ Jamie2k9


    I'm in Ireland and trying to return to Portugal. My current problem is that I have a french bulldog that no airline is accepting. As far as I know, the only way of going out of Ireland at the moment is by sea.
    The Rosslare x Bilbao route would be very good as Bilbao is close enough to Porto, but I don't have a car and you can only transport a pet at the ferry if you're in a car.

    And that's the big question, I have a person that can drive me from Bilbao to Porto, I just need the Rosslare to Bilbao part. Does anyone know if there is a service like this in Ireland or maybe a recommendation of someone that does it?

    KLM should accept the type dog in the cabin but will require a stop in AMS.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,918 ✭✭✭ Vic_08


    I'm in Ireland and trying to return to Portugal. My current problem is that I have a french bulldog that no airline is accepting. As far as I know, the only way of going out of Ireland at the moment is by sea.
    The Rosslare x Bilbao route would be very good as Bilbao is close enough to Porto, but I don't have a car and you can only transport a pet at the ferry if you're in a car.

    And that's the big question, I have a person that can drive me from Bilbao to Porto, I just need the Rosslare to Bilbao part. Does anyone know if there is a service like this in Ireland or maybe a recommendation of someone that does it?

    The ferry costs alone would be over €1k for someone to bring you and return, add in payment for them...

    Without covid if I had nothing to do then maybe, but I'd expect to be paid for 3 days travel, there and back.


    Have you tried animal transport companies? There appears to be a few specialist or freight companies that arrange pet transport here.


    https://pettransport.ie/ is the first result I found, not a recommendation, I have no idea about this company.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 diegobernardes


    Jamie2k9 wrote: »
    KLM should accept the type dog in the cabin but will require a stop in AMS.

    That's another problem, the dog has 12kg the maximum allowed at the cabin is 8kg, she can't lose 4kg.


  • Registered Users Posts: 339 ✭✭ RunningFlyer


    Although you don’t have a car, do you have a licence and can you drive? If so, you could look into a one-way car rental from say Wexford to Bilbao?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 diegobernardes


    Vic_08 wrote: »
    The ferry costs alone would be over €1k for someone to bring you and return, add in payment for them...

    Without covid if I had nothing to do then maybe, but I'd expect to be paid for 3 days travel, there and back.


    Have you tried animal transport companies? There appears to be a few specialist or freight companies that arrange pet transport here.


    is the first result I found, not a recommendation, I have no idea about this company.

    I can imagine how expensive it will be, but it's the only way I can think. And yes, I tried all these companies and they all do the transport using Lufthansa Cargo that at the moment is not operating in Ireland for live animals.

    This is really crazy because I'm kinda hostage of to this situation. I can't stay in Ireland but I also can't return to Portugal. I can't abandon my pet as it's my family and I also can't abandon it because it's a crime.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 519 ✭✭✭ blackvalley


    I'm in Ireland and trying to return to Portugal. My current problem is that I have a french bulldog that no airline is accepting. As far as I know, the only way of going out of Ireland at the moment is by sea.
    The Rosslare x Bilbao route would be very good as Bilbao is close enough to Porto, but I don't have a car and you can only transport a pet at the ferry if you're in a car.

    And that's the big question, I have a person that can drive me from Bilbao to Porto, I just need the Rosslare to Bilbao part. Does anyone know if there is a service like this in Ireland or maybe a recommendation of someone that does it?

    Do you know any dog lover who might foster your pet here for a few months until things return to normal . Then you can bring it home .


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,918 ✭✭✭ Vic_08


    I can imagine how expensive it will be, but it's the only way I can think. And yes, I tried all these companies and they all do the transport using Lufthansa Cargo that at the moment is not operating in Ireland for live animals.

    This is really crazy because I'm kinda hostage of to this situation. I can't stay in Ireland but I also can't return to Portugal. I can't abandon my pet as it's my family and I also can't abandon it because it's a crime.

    I know it isn't what you are looking for but if you needed to leave the dog here the likes of Dog's Trust or other animal charities would take him in and re-home him.

    Unfortunately Brittany Ferries only take pets in cars.

    Stena Line do take foot passengers with dogs, they are not allowed in cabins or indoor public areas but they do have kennels on a partially open deck.

    Their only route direct to Europe is Rosslare to Cherbourg so you'd need onward travel from there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,406 ✭✭✭✭ Eric Cartman


    I'm in Ireland and trying to return to Portugal. My current problem is that I have a french bulldog that no airline is accepting. As far as I know, the only way of going out of Ireland at the moment is by sea.
    The Rosslare x Bilbao route would be very good as Bilbao is close enough to Porto, but I don't have a car and you can only transport a pet at the ferry if you're in a car.

    And that's the big question, I have a person that can drive me from Bilbao to Porto, I just need the Rosslare to Bilbao part. Does anyone know if there is a service like this in Ireland or maybe a recommendation of someone that does it?

    if you have a license id just buy a car for 500 euro and bring the dog over, sell the car for parts on the other end, probably get half your money back.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,802 ✭✭✭✭ suicide_circus


    https://www.carsireland.ie/2790266

    There ye go. €500 and should be reliable enough


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,645 ✭✭✭✭ coylemj


    https://www.carsireland.ie/2790266

    There ye go. €500 and should be reliable enough

    A 17 year old car with an expired NCT. Good luck finding someone who'll insure it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 373 ✭✭ andrewfaulk


    I'm in Ireland and trying to return to Portugal. My current problem is that I have a french bulldog that no airline is accepting. As far as I know, the only way of going out of Ireland at the moment is by sea.
    The Rosslare x Bilbao route would be very good as Bilbao is close enough to Porto, but I don't have a car and you can only transport a pet at the ferry if you're in a car.

    And that's the big question, I have a person that can drive me from Bilbao to Porto, I just need the Rosslare to Bilbao part. Does anyone know if there is a service like this in Ireland or maybe a recommendation of someone that does it?

    Try TAP

    https://www.flytap.com/en-ie/travelling-with-animals/pets


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


    are there no commercial companies conveying animals in this manner? Ask the ISPCA or similar, they may know someone


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,677 ✭✭✭ strandroad


    Try finding someone making this trip by car on social media, perhaps you can car share and split the fare.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,292 ✭✭✭ 0lddog


    if you have a license id just buy a car for 500 euro and bring the dog over, sell the car for parts on the other end, probably get half your money back.

    Variation on this theme : Ask over on 'Motors buy & sell' forum ( https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=1625 )

    Where you might find LHD cars for sale in Irl ?

    Bet there are a few from people who have driven over from Europe to live here :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 373 ✭✭ andrewfaulk


    Isambard wrote: »
    are there no commercial companies conveying animals in this manner? Ask the ISPCA or similar, they may know someone

    Seems to be badly affected by reduced flight schedules with COVID.. I had a look at TAP who fly from Dublin to Lisbon direct and they only allow dogs under 8kg in the cabin, but allow up to 45kg in the hold.. The problem is that they don’t allow curtain breeds to be carried in the hold, including bulldogs and I think this may be the case across the industry as there have been a number of cases of pet fatalities in transit with certain breeds


  • Registered Users Posts: 530 ✭✭✭ Springwell


    Contact pet couriers who use their own vans - A2B Pet Courier, Petsbus, K9 Courier services. These guys are going out as far as Serbia by road and back so should be able to help.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,051 ✭✭✭✭ Del2005


    if you have a license id just buy a car for 500 euro and bring the dog over, sell the car for parts on the other end, probably get half your money back.

    Are BF taking private passengers? I though most ferries where freight only


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,968 ✭✭✭ KevRossi


    Ferry to Cherbourg and train to Portugal or to your mate in Spain. Get an Interrail ticket for 4 days. €148 if you're under 28, €196 if you're 28 or over. https://www.interrail.eu/en/interrail-passes/global-pass?gclid=CjwKCAjw6fCCBhBNEiwAem5SOz3TcJ4qsNTKJomxuvun2w2ZlXrZvM95rP5p_eqO-wI_2B3xBEWzxhoC8tgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Not sure you can take the dog in the cabin on the ferry, but I usually sleep in the bar anyway, it's very quiet. You may have to sleep outside or put him in a kennel. https://www.irishferries.com/ie-en/frequently-asked-questions/top-10-faqs/Pets-Ireland-France-routes/

    SNCF take dogs on local trains, but check this out if they take dogs on the TGV or IC.

    The Interrail ticket will get you a free ticket to Rosslare or Dublin as it's an outbound journey and possibly a discount on the ferry (depends on the month). The slow trains in Spain take dogs, I think the fast ones do too. You may have to have the dog in a bag/box, so check this out.

    If you decide to take the train and have questions that cannot be answered on the websites then get onto www.seat61.com They have loads of info.


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