Cairnryan to Belfast Ferry

The Cairnryan Belfast ferry route connects Scotland with Northern Ireland. 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 15 minutes.

Cairnryan Belfast 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

Cairnryan to Belfast Ferry Alternatives

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

Cairnryan - Belfast Ferry Operators

  • Stena Line
    • 5 Sailings Daily 2 hr 15 min
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Average Cairnryan Belfast Prices

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

Cairnryan Belfast Ferry reviews

  • "Very happy"

    We used Cairnryan to Belfast crossing and found it very clean and comfortable the staff where very helpful and friendly.We would use this service again.

    'Tracy-anne' travelled Cairnryan Belfast with Stena Line on Superfast VIII

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  • "Smooth crossing"

    I was dreading the crossing but I was pleasantly surprised how everything from boarding to disembarking went so smoothly. The staff were friendly and courteous and made my dreaded journey into a very pleasant. Would have no hesitation using this service again.

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

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  • "Good travel experience "

    As user of ferry services over many years - cross-channel, Canary Islands, and Scotland (Calmac) - I have to congratulate Stena on their efficient stress free service including excellent signage at ports, very simple check-in and well-appointed comfortable ships which sailed promptly and arrived on time. Direct Ferries saved me money too.

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

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  • "Direct Ferries"

    Good service and journey went as planned. Scheduled times met and a pleasant experience.

    'William Mackay' travelled Cairnryan Belfast with Stena Line on Superfast VIII

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Cairnryan Guide

The Scottish village of Cairnryan is located in Dumfries and Galloway and lies on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan. The village can trace its origins back to 1701 when it was established for workers employed on the Lochryan Estate which features a deer park and bowling green. facilities in the village include the Lochryan Hotel, a few guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments, a caravan site built on the site of an old war camp site, a village shop and a restaurant, The Merchant's House Restaurant.

The village is important in maritime history, with a ferry service connecting Scotland and Northern Ireland. The village has two ferry terminals connecting Scotland to Northern Ireland. The first opened in 1973, originally operated by Townsend Thoresen and now by P&O Ferries links Scotland with the port of Larne. The second at Old House Point is operated by Stena Line linking to the Port of Belfast in Belfast.

Belfast Guide

The city of Belfast lies at the mouth of the River Lagan where it becomes a deep and sheltered logh and is located in County Antrim, although parts of East and South Belfast are actually located in County Down. Belfast is Northern Ireland's capital city and is surrounded by mountains that combine to create a specific climate which is beneficial to horticulture.

Belfast is quite a green city and offers visitors plenty of parkland and forest parks to explore from Cave Hill Country Park and Lagan Valley Regional Park to the Victorian Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city. From an architectural perspective Belfast has some fine buildings including the Edwardian City Hall and the modern Waterfront Hall. Many of the city's Victorian landmarks, including the main Lanyon Building at Queen's University Belfast and the Linenhall Library, were designed by Sir Charles Lanyon. In response to increases in the number of visitors to the city, Belfast's city council created a number of cultural quarters. The Cathedral Quarter, taken from St Anne's Cathedral, has taken on the responsibility of being the city's main cultural area and hosts an annual visual and performing arts festival.

From the city's port, ferry services depart to Cairnryan in Scotland, Liverpool in England and to Douglas on the Isle of Man.