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

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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