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Ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan

There are usually 5 daily and 38 weekly sailings between Belfast and Cairnryan. This ferry route is operated by Stena Line. Belfast Cairnryan ferries cost between £80 and £469, depending on ticket details. Prices exclude any service fees. Ferry timetables change seasonally use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and availability for Belfast Cairnryan ferries.

Belfast Cairnryan Ferry Times

The earliest Belfast Cairnryan ferry sailings typically depart Belfast at around 03:30. The last ferry usually departs at 23:30.

How long is the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Belfast Cairnryan Ferry sail durations on this ferry route can take around 2h 22m. The fastest sailings are approximately 2h 22m. Sailing times can vary, durations often differ between ferry operators and can be impacted by weather conditions.

Belfast Cairnryan Ferry Operator Schedules

There are an average of 5 daily sailings and up to 38 weekly ferry sailings from Belfast to Cairnryan. These sailings are provided by Stena Line. Please keep in mind that ferry timetables often increase during the high season.

Belfast Cairnryan Ferry Prices

Belfast Cairnryan ferry prices typically range between £80* and £469*. The average price is typically £307*. The cheapest Belfast Cairnryan ferry prices start from £37*. The average price for a foot passenger is £113*. The average price for a car is £361*.

Pricing will vary depending on number of passengers, vehicle type, route and sailing times. Prices exclude service fees.

How far is it from Belfast to Cairnryan?

The distance between Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 66.4 miles (106.8km) or 57.7 nautical miles.

Can I travel by car on the Belfast Cairnryan ferry?

Yes, Stena Line allow cars on board ferries between Belfast and Cairnryan. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing for car ferries between Belfast and Cairnryan.

Can I travel as a foot passenger from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Yes, foot passengers can travel with Stena Line between Belfast and Cairnryan.

Can I take my pet on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Pets are allowed on ferries travelling from Belfast to Cairnryan with Stena Line. Please also note that your pet may have to stay in the vehicle during the journey unless the ferry operator supplies pet accommodation.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Northern Ireland to Scotland page.
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Belfast - Cairnryan Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators Stena Line
Average Price £307*
Average Daily Sailings 5
Average Weekly Sailings 38
Average Sailing Duration 2h 22m
First Ferry 03:30
Last Ferry 23:30
Distance 57 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

The ferry crossing time from Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 2h 22m. Sailing durations may vary from season to season and by operator so we’d advise doing a live check.

How much is the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Belfast to Cairnryan ferry price can differ depending on the season. The average price of a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan is £308. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Belfast to Cairnryan?

There is 1 ferry operator for Belfast to Cairnryan and this is
  • Stena Line

How can I book ferry tickets from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Book ferries from Belfast to Cairnryan through our deal finder and check our offers page to view the latest ferry offers.

Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Yes, you can travel as a foot passenger from Belfast to Cairnryan with
  • Stena Line

Can you take your car on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Belfast to Cairnryan with
  • Stena Line

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Yes, pets are permitted onboard the ferry. You may need a pet passport. Please read the ferry operators pet guidelines. Currently you can bring pets on ferries with
  • Stena Line

How far is Cairnryan from Belfast?

The distance between Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 57 nautical Miles.

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Belfast Guide

Steeped in history and bursting with culture, Belfast is a treasure trove of attractions. The city boasts the spectacular Titanic Belfast, an interactive museum telling the story of the world's most famous ship, and the iconic Crumlin Road Gaol. Alternatively, soak up the atmosphere in the bustling Cathedral Quarter, renowned for its thriving arts scene. Belfast ferry port offers easy access to many ferry routes, including crossings to Liverpool and Cairnryan. The ferry port is conveniently located just a few miles from the city center, and travel is a breeze with a regular bus service connecting the ferry port and city. As you step into the festive season, don't miss the enchanting Belfast Christmas Market. A world of culinary delights, unique crafts, and holiday cheer awaits you in the heart of this vibrant city.

Cairnryan Guide

Cairnryan ferry port is not merely a ferry terminal, but a gateway to Scotland's enthralling beauty. This small Scottish village is nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes, acting as a serene pitstop before you embark on your next journey. Here, you'll find the old Cairnryan Military Port a nod to the World War II era. From Cairnryan ferry port, you can easily reach Glasgow, Edinburgh, and other charming Scottish towns by train or bus, making it a fantastic base for exploring Scotland. The ferry port itself offers direct services to Belfast, opening doors to the wonders of Northern Ireland. To reach the city centre, several bus routes and taxis are readily available from the ferry port. As the festive season approaches, Cairnryan ferry port becomes a hub for travellers heading to Scotland's vibrant Christmas markets, an experience that shouldn't be missed!

Which is better Belfast or Cairnryan?

Belfast and Cairnryan are both port towns in the United Kingdom, but they offer different attractions and amenities. Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is a vibrant city with a rich history and cultural scene. It is known for its stunning architecture, including the iconic Titanic Belfast museum. Belfast offers a range of entertainment options such as theaters, galleries, and music venues. The city also boasts a variety of restaurants, pubs, and shops. Additionally, Belfast's proximity to the beautiful Giant's Causeway and the stunning scenery of the Antrim Coast make it an ideal base for exploring the natural beauty of Northern Ireland.

Cairnryan, on the other hand, is a small town located in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It is primarily known for its ferry port, which connects Scotland with Northern Ireland. While Cairnryan may not have the same range of cultural attractions as Belfast, it offers a serene coastal setting and easy access to the picturesque Scottish countryside. Visitors can enjoy scenic walks, explore nearby castles and ruins, or embark on outdoor activities like fishing or golfing. Ultimately, whether Belfast or Cairnryan is better depends on personal preferences. If you are seeking a bustling city with a diverse range of cultural offerings, Belfast may be the better choice. However, if you prefer a quieter, more nature-focused destination with convenient ferry access, Cairnryan could be the preferred option.

How many days in Cairnryan is enough?

The number of days to spend in Cairnryan depends on individual preferences and the activities planned. Cairnryan is a small village in Scotland known for its ferry port, scenic beauty, and proximity to various attractions. For those interested in exploring the village and enjoying its natural surroundings, a day or two may be sufficient. Visitors can take leisurely walks along the coastline, visit the local pubs, or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. However, if one wants to explore the wider region, a longer stay may be necessary. Cairnryan is conveniently located near popular destinations such as the Galloway Forest Park, Mull of Galloway, and the picturesque town of Portpatrick. These places offer opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, and enjoying stunning coastal views. Additionally, history enthusiasts may want to visit nearby castles like Castle Kennedy and Glenluce Abbey, which add depth to the overall experience. Overall, spending 2-3 days in Cairnryan would allow visitors to experience the village's charm, explore the surrounding nature, and visit nearby attractions.


Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry Timetables

Ferry Timetables between 20/05/2024 and 26/05/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Stena Line 03:30 05:52 2 hours 22 minutes Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Stena Line 07:30 09:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 11:30 13:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 15:30 17:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 19:30 21:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 23:30 01:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
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