Guide and assistance dogs

Guide dogs are permitted on all TFI services. All guide-dog owners should carry identification cards and the dog should have a tag on its lead which will read “Irish Guide Dog for the Blind”.

Assistance dogs are permitted on most services at the discretion of transport operator staff. An assistance dog should wear an official coat, medallion and lead to distinguish it as a working dog and not a pet. A parent or guardian who is accompanying a child with an assistance dog should be carrying an identity card for the dog.

Therapy Dogs are permitted on most services. Therapy dogs and their owners wear a uniform at all times. The dog has a yellow coat, collar and lead to show that he is a a member of Irish Therapy Dogs.

Other animals


Dogs (with the exception of guide, assistance and therapy dogs described above), cats or any other animals or live fowl of any description are not permitted to be carried on TFI bus services. They may be permitted on Dublin Bus or Go-Ahead Ireland services provided that they are unlikely to cause annoyance or damage to any customer or damage to any property.


Animals are allowed on Luas services provided they are in an appropriate enclosed pet carrier case / box.


Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail allow animals on board their services with the below conditions:

  • Small dogs can be carried free of charge provided they travel on the owners lap. The dog must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a basket or in an appropriate container. Dogs on the restricted breeds list must be muzzled while travelling onboard Irish Rail services
  • Small cats can be carried free of charge provided they travel in a secure carrier on the customer’s lap.
  • Animals are not allowed in restaurant cars with the exception of Guide dogs or Assistance dogs.
  • If a customer objects to the presence of a dog in their carriage, the owner will be requested to move to another part of the train.
  • Accompanied dogs, can only be conveyed on Intercity services in a Guards Van (non-passenger compartment) if available (eg Dublin/Cork and Dublin/Belfast services only). Charges will apply.
  • If there is no guard’s van (non-passenger compartment) on a service, dogs (other than Guide Dogs, Assistance dogs and small/lap dogs) may not be carried on that train. Dogs conveyed in a Guard’s Van must meet the below requirements:
    • Be secured with a collar and chain and efficiently muzzled.
    • The construction of the muzzle must render it impossible for the dog to bite any person or animal, but it should not prevent the dog from breathing freely or lapping water; or it must be contained in a wooden case, cage, basket or hamper constructed to make it impossible for the dog to bite any person or animal.
    • The receptacle must be sufficiently large to allow the dog to stand up and lie down with ease and comfort and must be adequately ventilated.
    • All dogs conveyed in the Guards Van (non-passenger compartment) must be properly labelled giving the name, address and destination of the owner. 

*Transport operator staff have the right to refuse to carry or to remove any animal that is causing or is likely to cause inconvenience to passengers due to its size or behaviour.