Lona wrote in from Copenhagen to say that she is was planning to bring her dog on her next visit. Is it possible to take dogs on buses in Spain? On her last two visits she stayed in La Cala and used the buses and train from Fuengirola several times but had never seen any dogs. “Do they allow animals to travel on buses in Spain?” Lona asked. “Mine is not a small one but a large poodle.”
I contacted the Movelia online bus booking company which handles all bus reservations with multiple companies in Spain and this what they said:
Can I travel with dogs on buses in Spain?
If it is a bus journey in Spain then cats and dogs can travel in a rigid cage. Depending on the company, if necessary the dog should be sedated. Animals will always travel in the luggage compartment under the bus. Only one animal can travel at a time on a bus and a small supplement is payable. The only animals allowed to travel on the bus itself are guide dogs. The owner will need to provide proof that the dog is actually a guide dog. Animals cannot travel on buses which cross international frontiers.
If you have any doubts then please ask me to check with the bus company for you.
Lona and I compared notes about dogs in Germany and Denmark. In both countries dogs are welcome almost everywhere. Restaurant owners often actually put down bowls of water for visiting dogs, something which never happens in Spain. I told her that once at Düsseldorf airport when I was flying home once, I looked down the row of check in desks. I saw four German women dog owners checking their dogs in for a flight.
Lona is not alone in wondering about travelling with her dog on a Costa del Sol bus in Spain. On the Avanza bus website I saw another traveller had written in saying: “I have a 6kg dog and I don’t really want it to travel in the luggage compartment under the bus. Can it not sit between my feet?”
Avanza Bus wrote back to say that the dog could travel but it would have to be in a proper pet travelling cage and only in the luggage compartment. In addition she would need to fill in a form thirty minutes before the bus left declaring herself as the person responsible for the animal travelling on the bus. She would need to accept that the bus company was in no way responsible for anything that might happen to the dog.
Avanza Bus also explained that their company was dedicated to transporting regular passengers by road. According to current law, only guide dogs are authorised to travel in the passenger compartments. They should be on a lead and have their papers in order!
Sorry about that Lona, I don’t like to think of dogs and their owners being separated for long!
PS: The precious dog in the photo above holds very special memories for many of us. Would you want to put such a dog into a dark noisy luggage compartment on a bus in Spain for any length of time?