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Can You Take a Dog on a Bus in the UK?

Dogs are typically allowed on buses in the UK, including all TfL buses, but one major bus company doesn't allow dogs and you may face restrictions from bus companies that normally allow dogs on board.

Major UK Bus Companies that Allow Dogs

You can take a dog on most buses in the UK, with one exception, so long as you follow the rules. Here are the companies that allow dogs on board:

  • Arriva
  • First Group
  • Go-Ahead Group
  • Stagecoach

Dogs Can Go on TfL Buses

Those travelling in London can take dogs on board all TfL buses, subject to the driver's discretion. According to the conditions of carriage, dogs are allowed on Transport for London (TfL) buses regardless of which company has been contracted to run the bus.

Which UK Bus Company Doesn't Allow Dogs?

National Express is the only major UK bus company that doesn't allow dogs, with the exception of trained assistance dogs who have been trained by a member organisation of Assistance Dogs (UK). Assistant dogs must travel with their relevant identification and evidence that they are assistance dogs trained by one of the member organisations.

When Dogs Aren't Allowed on a Bus

Even when dogs are generally allowed by a bus company, there may be circumstances in which a dog will not be permitted on board. In addition, to stay on the bus you'll need to follow the rules so keep your dog on the floor—dogs aren't allowed on seats. Here are the circumstances in which your dog may be turned away:

  • Dogs may be turned away at the driver's discretion
  • Some bus lines limit the number of dogs to 1 or 2 maximum
  • If your dog is not on a lead

If you'll also be travelling by train with your dog, see which train companies allow dogs in our article, Can I Take my Dog on a Train in the UK? There are more restrictions on dog travel by train than by bus.

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