The Pet Bus

Need a reliable and professional pet transportation service? As a DEFRA approved organisation you can count on us.

Big or small, we deliver them all

Uk & European Coverage

We can safely transport your pet all over the UK and across Europe.

Fully Insured

Our transportation service is fully insured giving you piece of mind.

DEFRA Approved

Our transport, people and procedures are DEFRA Type 2 Transporter Authorised.

Highly Experienced

With over 20 years in dog rescue and transportation, you can be assured that your pet is in safe hands.

Reliable & Safe Pet Transport

We transport your pet by road in a specially adapted vehicle for pets, such as dogs, cats, and other small animals. Our licensed vehicles are fitted with thermostatically controlled heating/air conditioning, non-slip, washable flooring to ensure your pet’s comfort.

We understand your pets are as much a part of the family as any other beloved member of the family, and the concern you may have when entrusting them to complete strangers. We also have the same love for animals, and we recognise not all pets have the same needs. 

Our drivers are fully qualified and experienced pet transporters with the added benefit of having attended the latest Pet First Aid Course, giving you peace of mind in transit. if your pet is on medication or needs any extra care please let us know. 

Our team will work with you to plan the journey around your pets individual needs to ensure a stress-free, enjoyable, and relaxing journey. 

Leading DEFRA approved pet transport company
DEFRA approved pet transport company
Leading DEFRA approved pet transport company

Our Services

Luxury, affordable road-based pet transport across the UK and Europe

Local Trips

Comfortable pet transport across the UK

Based in North Oxfordshire, low cost, fixed price pet transport for trips within 10 miles of our base.

UK Trips

Comfortable pet transport from the UK to Europe

We collect your pet from anywhere in the UK and will deliver them to the location of your choice by road.

European Trips

Pet transport service

Long distance transportation of pets by road from the UK to your chosen location in Europe.

Happy Customers Happy Pets

Just got back with Tucker & wanted to thank you and Gary for the lovely way in which you transported him. For us it was seamless & hope Gary gets a good rest! We were so impressed at his lovely manner with Tucker & the way he organised us! Thanks again!
A stress free service from booking to transporting our precious puppy, would definitely recommend.
Helen Hague
Thanks Gary and Lesley for collecting and delivering Lobo , Ronda and Jimmy . A fabulous service from the ease of booking, right thru their journey home and drop off. A very professional and caring service . Thank you both.
Diane Bowman
The love and compassion they have for all animals I would recommend 24/7 100% Guaranteed you will have peace of mind your Animals will be in the best care.
Angelica Sue
I would like to thank Gary for dropping off my little baby Theo was Gabriel, such a kind caring man thank you once again.
Lynn Simpson
I used The Pet Bus to transport my dog Bobby up to Scotland. Lesley was great and arranged transport at short notice, reasonable priced and very efficient with answering all my questions, which made me at ease as this was the first time Bobby had travelled with someone he didn’t know. When it came to the day of transport Gary the driver was lovely, making a fuss of bobby and getting to know him, kept both me and my partner in Scotland up to date with photos and texts of how he was doing during the journey and when they stopped. Very pleased he arrived safely, calm and relaxed. Would recommend The Pet Bus 100%, they looked after my baby as if Bobby was their own ! Thank you 😊
Carley Payne
Lesley and Gary are such a perfect choice for moving your pets around. They have many years experience in this field and I feel completely relaxed in the knowledge that everything is done properly and in a safe and caring way.
Michelle Hughes
Yes absolutely recommend these guys from the first contact it was friendly and efficient.. the specially kitted out transport vehicle is lovely and offers an option for pooches of all shapes and sizes .. they transported two pooches for me from Swindon to Cleveland and took real good care of Moss and Mabel .. will definitely be using these guys in future for any transports we need .. thank you Gary and Lesley x
Jackie Honour
So much experience in transporting dogs and for the love of dogs yes - compassion and caring too.
Lisa Wilkins
Experienced and animal loving people with a lot of experience dealing with the transport, handling and care of dogs and cats.
Sharon Rowe
What a pleasure to deal with The Pet Bus. A fair price, comms were excellent and a speedy safe drop off from Gary.  Bobby the Maltese was relaxed and very calm. My partner lives in Milton Keynes too so the journey to up here in the West coast of Scotland is a long one. Thank You Team Pet Bus you were excellent!
Jon Kerr
A fantastic service, communication was great, phone call the week before with an introduction followed by a call the day before to double check times etc...... On the day the driver was punctual and really pleasant. Would definitely recommend them again to anyone Thankyou so much for transporting Paddy for me.
Sharon Webber
Well...... a fabulous service. So impressed with their standards, from the communication whilst booking through to the comfort and cleanliness level of their “happy bus”. Will definitely use them again and will recommend to anyone who needs transport. Thanks so very much. Love Lolly and Scarlett 🐶 🐾
Jayne Morgan
First class service from The Pet Bus and excellent communication. Our dog was well looked after on what was a very long journey. I would highly recommend them.
Bridget Younger
I have been working with Lesley and Gary Ford for some years and she has transported all of our patients with care and reliability. The animals are always maintained in a safe and secure environment.
Stephen Masters BVet Med MRCVS
If you are looking for someone to transport your pets, then Gary is your man! He delivered my rescue dog - Donna to me in Scotland. He genuinely cares for the dogs and animals he transports. He checks on them during journeys and will ensure they have comfort breaks and short walks if necessary. He communicates well regarding arrival time and if there are any delays or problems. I’m forever grateful to Gary for transporting Donna to me
Nina Saunders
I would strongly recommend  using The Pet Bus, they are absolute gems at looking after the animals, and organising pick-ups and drop offs, tailored to your, and the animal’s needs.Gary picked up a very difficult dog for our rescue, delivered dog and carer to a destination two or three hundred miles away. Carer was most impressed, and all at a most reasonable price.
Patricia Jones
When one of our rescues - Leon, a 32 kg GSD was being relocated from India to the UK, we were lucky to be introduced to Gary Ford. Gary helped with Leon's transportation from Heathrow to his new adoptive home. The care and attention to detail Gary had on every aspect kept us totally at ease. Leon had a smooth transfer. Gary's professionalism has been exemplary and we at Humane Animal Society (HAS), Coimbatore recommend him very highly for any of your pet transportation needs.
Humane Animal Society
Happy cat after trip with the Pet Bus

Professional, Fast & Caring

Frequently Asked Questions

About our pet transportation service

Are you licenced and insured to carry pets?

We hold DEFRA Type 2 authorisation to transport pets issued by the UK government – this is the highest level – not all pet transporters have this!. A Type 2 licence allows us to transport pets on road journeys up to and over 12 hours in duration. Please ask to see our licence when making a booking. We are fully insured to transport pets.

How expensive is a pet transport company?

You might be surprised at how reasonable our quotes are. Our rates are very competitive and for many customers, their time is worth more than what we charge.

We currently offer special fixed prices for your local trips including visits to vets, groomers, kennels within a 10-mile radius of our Banbury base in Oxfordshire (OX16) at just £10 each way .

Compare us on cost with other pet transport businesses.

Why use a pet transporter?

There are a number of reasons why you should consider using a pet transportation company. Our pet transport service is ideal for pet owners who do not have a suitable method of transport and need to take their pets to the vets or any other destination.

Your pet will be transported in a van, fully fitted with secure cages, ensuring maximum safety throughout the journey for even the largest breeds

You may prefer to keep your car clean and free from pet hair or you may just not have the time to take your pet where it needs to go.

You may not drive and taxi drivers can be very reluctant to carry pets in their vehicles.

How much experience do you have?

Our drivers are importantly all pet lovers, all are pet first aid trained and have many years’ experience transporting owned and rescue cats and dogs in the UK and Europe .We are extremely proud of our excellent testimonials and reviews .

What's the largest size of dog you can carry?

Our specially adapted vehicles have fixed cages which allow for the solid partition on the large double cages  to be removed to create a super-size cage for extra-large dogs.

How do you ensure pet areas are clean?

Pet areas are thoroughly disinfected using Parvo Virucide and cleaned after each pet in order to ensure that your pets travel safely.  Vet bedding is washed in a 90 degree disinfecting wash after each pet 

Will I be kept informed of my pet's progress?

Our driver will provide photos and updates throughout the trip. All vehicles have GPS Tracking so your pets journey is monitored and we always know exactly where your pet is.

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