I was wondering if anyone can help - I am travelling through Europe with my dog and car. I was planning on staying in south eastern France by the Pyranees and travelling up to Calais and across to the UK early next year. Is there a train that travels from the south eastern France (specifically Pyranees) to Calais that will accept my dog, car and myself? and that will run in winter?
Yes there is, from a couple of destinations (Narbonne or Toulouse probably best bets). You can take your car (subject to size), and your dog, although be aware they don't always run on every day (typically 2 or 3 times a week), and seasonal traffic varies year in year out as to what they believe to be viable. Also, they are unlikely to be cheap.
in my links here, the only one i've got is - www.eurodestination.com/rail/motorail
If you need more info, let me know and i'll dig it out from home.
There are also normally services to the Bruxelles area - whilst more of a drive to Calasi or a ferry port, last year i belive they were only about half the rice of French services, so may be worth the effort.
You can put your car on Motorail down to Toulouse or Narbonne if you like, but you'll find the Pyrenees in the south-west, not east!
Unfortunately I have realised that the Motorail is only for small cars - I have a landrover ... anything for bigger cars ? :o)
Depending what sort of LandRover you have, you might get away with it. It just depends on the maximum dimensions, rather than the actual make, although French services have slightly more restrictive sizes than German motorrail for example.
Other than that, i think your either going to have to drive or ditch the car altogether - there are no freight shuttles in the area which you can use (where you accompany your vehicle).
Best solution without driving would be to go to Santander or Bilbao, in Northern Spain, near the End of the Pyrenees and Fra - Spa border, and get the ferry to Portsmouth or Plymouth. I believe they are both run by P&O and take 24-28 hours depending on route, but my memory is sketchy. Also, i have no idea if animals are allowed or not.