When we were traveling throughout Europe, we had a wedding in Santorini and so we decided to explore more of Greece afterwards! We were traveling with Bodhi so we needed to find transportation that was fast, affordable, and dog friendly! As we were researching all the different ferry options in Greece, we came across Blue Star Ferries. In this blog we will help outline our experience with Bodhi on board as well as share tips. If you’re thinking of taking your dog on Blue Star Ferries too, then read on!
How To Get Around Greece With Your Dog
Blue Star Ferries is hands down the best option if you would like to island hop around Greece with your dog! It is way less expensive than flying (which would be the only other option if you want to island hop). They are affordable, have several time slots, and are relatively fast. They also have many destinations so it would be easy to find a ferry to any of the Greek Islands. Though, the more popular islands like Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Naxos and Paros will have more time slots.
Can I take my dog in a ferry in Greece?
Yes, you can take your dog on the ferry in Greece. There are many options out there but Blue Star Ferries is the best. Dogs are allowed for free, and many of the dogs did not need to be in a carrier. This applies to small or larger dogs as well. The ferries have an upper deck with tables, chairs and ample space so it is sure to be a pleasant journey for your furry friend!
Can I bring my dog with me to Greece?
Yes! You can certainly bring your dog to Greece. We recommend obtaining an EU Pet Passport to make things a lot easier. However, it is not necessary. If you do not have an EU Pet Passport then you will need to obtain a health certificate upon arrival in Greece. if you are flying into Greece from the US. The process of entering Greece is not difficult, it’s more so the transporting of your dog and the necessary documents you may need before hand that can be confusing.
Can I stay with my dog on a ferry?
Yes! This was the best part of traveling with Bodhi. We had Bodhi sit in his pet travel carrier during the duration of the trip. Check here for our top choices of travel carriers! However, your pet does not need to be seated in any carrier, they just be kept on a lead/leash. We saw dogs of all sizes on board and since there’s ample seating space, both inside and outside, your dog will be comfortable! Another great part is that dogs get to travel for free on Blue Star Ferries!
Are Greek islands dog friendly?
The Greek islands are very dog friendly! The Greek people love dogs! Just be sure to pick up after your dog and there should not be a problem. Many hotels, restaurants, beaches, etc are dog friendly. When we went, everywhere we sat to eat, or hung out at — the staff would always be sure to bring Bodhi a bowl of water and sometimes even some treats! We would 100% recommend Greece as a top destination to travel with your dog. 🐶
Is it safe for dogs to go to Greece?
We believe that dogs are perfectly safe to go to Greece. Greece is a rabies free country and we also had no issues with Bodhi while we were in Greece. Even upon returning to the US, there was no questions or issues with Greece. While Greece does have a lot of stray cats and dogs all over, Bodhi did not pick up anything. We did make sure he didn’t get to close to the stray animals (many of them were scared of him anyway).
We hope you found this article helpful!
Travel Dog Bodhi 🐶
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