2017 London to Venice Dog Train Travel: Story & Film of a Journey

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Summer holidays may be a distant memory already, but surely nothing stops you from dreaming and planning the next ones! So why not taking inspiration from our 2017 dog train trip from London to Venice and Triest for your next dream vacation? Also useful if you are thinking to brexit after Brexit.

Dog on trains: a UK to Italy trip

Dog Thello train

If you are one of those persons for whom a holiday is not a proper one without taking your dog along, you will probably feel our choice to give up a quick and cheap plane journey, just to be include Argo in our vacation plan.

In case you don’t own a car or you simply like using alternative means of transport, you will be aware that crossing the Channel on foot with a dog is not the most straightforward thing, considered that Eurostar doesn’t allow you carrying your pooch. But don’t despair! There are some good alternatives to get to Europe mainland.

Exploring these, last year, me and Argo had gone on a solo adventure from London to Italy by train, which I recounted in our 7 things we learnt from our London to Venice dog train trip (see hyperlinked blog post) and provided all practical information of our trip (such as trains we took, hours, costs, etc.) in this blog post.

Well, this year we made it again and finally did something I had been dreaming of… My husband joined us and we filmed our whole journey! So what did our trip look like? We condensed our 29 hours journey in a 5 minutes video: ENJOY!

Travel Tips

Our schedule:

6.37am London St. Pancras – 7.28am Folkestone West (Southeastern Railway)

7.30am Pet Taxi pick up – Eurotunnel

12.26pm Calais Frethun – 2.14pm Paris Gare du Nord (TGV)

7.14pm Paris Gare de Lyon – 9.23am Venice Mestre (Thello sleeper)

9.53am Venice Mestre – 11.46am Triest Central (regional train)

Our previous post contains loads of tips for planning your own trip, so here we will just add few from this year’s journey:

  1. Take a friend/partner. As we suspected, travelling in 2 people rather than solo is quite handy. From going to the loo, to entering shops and making turns to carry the luggage.
  2. Go 1st class on the TGV from Calais Frethun to Paris. Especially if you have a large dog! This will give your dog much more room to lay down and stretch. We purchased our tickets with much advance and the price difference with a 2nd class ticket was very little. I believe Argo was very greatful he didn’t end up in a very tight and uncomfortable curl up between our feet like during the 2nd class TGV journey last year.
  3. Calais Frethun station has a public piano, so get ready to practice during the wait! If your dog has a singing desire too, you may even put up a little show.
  4. Make the most out of your hours in Paris. You can make use of our Paris-chien Guide featuring out map of dog-friendly parks and applicable access restrictions – unfortunately many – and other essential information, and doing some researches about places to eat before going (we found a dog-friendly place but weren’t impressed, so no personal tips on that, sorry). If you decide to walk from Paris Gare du Nord to Paris Gare de Lyon, you can have a stroll around the lovely Le Marais district and Île Saint-Louis, see Notre Dame de Paris (from outside since dogs are not even allowed in the surrounding gardens), before having a walk along the riverbank parallel to Quai de la Tournelle and Quai Saint-Bernard.

Other routes and transports

If you want to travel from the UK to a different destination in Europe mainland, I highly recommend The Man in Seat 61‘s website and in particular this page: it is an exhaustive resource for routes you may take to travel with a dog by train, which we found particulary helpful when deciding how to get from Paris to Italy last year.

In case you prefer travelling by car or plane, you can read the relevant information in these blog posts:

In case you have any questions, free to get in touch at any time! We will be happy to tell you more about the trip and help out where we can.

We told you about ours, what was your latest adventure?

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