Hi Smudges - Yes you are correct. TAP will allow cats in cabin on flights from UK (unless they are very fat and weigh more than 8 kg with carrier - should do the same with people ha, ha), Euro 70 within Europe. But how to come back with her? This is to be a 7 week recce for somewhere to settle, so probably not an expat problem because most won't go backwards and forwards. The fact remains, however, that cats cannot come into the UK as a cabin passenger, only in hold which costs a lot! Eurostar (train) won't allow cats, so stymied there. Hoping there's someone out there who's done this before???I believe (unless it's changed) that you can take cats and small dogs in the cabin on TAP flights out of the UK, but not to re-enter. There are lounges at Gatwick and Heathrow you can book which are quieter than the main concourse. It's probably all on the TAP website.
I'll be very interested to hear how you get on.
You could take the longer ferry crossing to Santander or Bilbao to cut down your car journey. Or you could go as foot passenger to Calais and then take French trains to Hendaye, then a train from Irun (same place, basically, different track). There is a sleeper train from Irun to Lisboa.Thank you, yes I too had thought that may be the best method. It was all of those 1000's of kms of driving that was putting me off!