Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry

The Belfast Cairnryan ferry route connects Northern Ireland with Scotland. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Stena Line. The crossing operates up to 35 times each week with sailing durations from around 2 hours 22 minutes.

Belfast Cairnryan sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Route and port details

Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry Alternatives

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Northern Ireland to Scotland page.

Belfast - Cairnryan Ferry Operators

  • Stena Line
    • 5 Sailings Daily 2 hr 22 min
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Average Belfast Cairnryan Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Belfast Cairnryan route is a car and 2 passengers.

Belfast Cairnryan Ferry reviews

  • "Journey to Scotland"

    Everyone was very pleasant from the minute I checked my car through to going into Stena plus, couldn't fault anyone, Will definitely be travelling with Stena Line again.

    'Alexandra' travelled Belfast Cairnryan with Stena Line on Superfast VIII

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  • "Pleasantly surprised! "

    I used this ship/ferry service for the first time and it was brilliant To be blunt I didn't have high expectations at all before hand And then once i boarded and Ship set off I was like this is very good, I'm impressed! Good facilities and enough entertainment to keep you amused for the entirety of your journey!

    'Sulman Mehr ' travelled Belfast Cairnryan with Stena Line on Superfast VII

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  • "A Fine Start"

    I arrived early for departure and was very happy with the speed and efficiency of the service. The crossing was smooth and the seating in the Stena Plus Lounge was very comfortable. Access to my car for disembarkation was trouble free and all in all I was totally satisfied with my experience on the Stena Superfast VII ferry.

    'David' travelled Belfast Cairnryan with Stena Line on Superfast VII

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  • "First time experienec"

    First time experience. Very impressed!

    'Roisin' travelled Belfast Cairnryan with Stena Line on Superfast VIII

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Belfast Guide

The city of Belfast, in Northern Ireland is the provinces capital city and is located in County Antrim, although parts of the city are located in County Down. The city has a long tradition in the production of Irish linen production, tobacco production, rope making and shipbuilding. In fact, the city's main shipbuilder, Harland and Wolf, is famously, or infamously, known for building the RMS Titanic. Modern day Belfast is a main centre for commerce, the arts, higher education, law, business and or course, tourism.

Belfast's large port is a main hub in the import and export of goods and for passenger ferry services. There is a regular crossing to Cairnryan in Scotland with a crossing time of around 2 hours and 15 minutes by conventional ferry. There is also a regular ferry service to Liverpool in the north west of England and seasonal services to Douglas on the Isle of Man operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

Cairnryan Guide

Cairnryan is a small Scottish village that lies on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan in Dumfries and Galloway. The village can trace its origins back to 1701 when it was established to house the workers on the Lochryan Estate, which has a deer park and bowling green. The village has a long and important seafaring history and today is home to a ferry service that connects Scotland to Northern Ireland. There isn't a great deal of things to do and see in the village and its facilities include a hotel, some bed and breakfast guest houses, a caravan site which has been built on the site of an old war camp sire, a village shop and the Merchant's House Restaurant.

The village's harbour has two ferry terminals which provide ferry services to Larne and Belfast. The Larne terminal was opened in 1973 and is now operated by P&O Ferries and the second, for services to Belfast, is operated by Stena Line.