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Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry

Connecting the capital city of Belfast in Northern Ireland with the small town of Cairnryan on the coast of Scotland, this ferry route is one of the few ferry routes that connects Northern Ireland with Scotland.

With up to 5 ferries running per day, provided by 1 ferry operator, and with sail times of around 2 hours and 20 minutes, there is no shortage of ferries to choose from, so book now with Direct Ferries, to find the best ferry at the best price for you.

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

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Northern Ireland to Scotland page.
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Belfast Cairnryan Ferry reviews

  • "Very nice trip"

    Easy to book Easy to board Good breakfast Very nice trip

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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  • "Better "

    Was pity good journey WiFi needs to be better

    'Superfast VII' travelled on Superfast VII

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  • "Belfast Dock"

    I was coming to the port from the NW and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is of access. It is efficiently run without any fuss. I would have no hesitation using this route again.

    'Superfast VII' travelled on Superfast VII

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  • "Belfast to Cairnryan (adverse weather)"

    Great job done by the crew, also my sailing was cancelled because of bad weather,I had difficulty contacting Stena. only because of the overload to their lines,however when I did. eventually get through it was a very poor line again probably because of the horrendous weather,even with the bad line the gentleman was apologising because of the problem which was out with his control he was extremely helpful and asked if there was anything else he could do I told him he had done more than enough and I was very great full of his help. I sailed on the next ferry so all good at the end of the day.

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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Belfast to Liverpool Ferry

The city of Belfast is one of the oldest cities in Northern Ireland, thanks to its long trading history, which has links to tobacco, linen, and shipbuilding, with some of the world’s most famous ships being built here, and this city is full of the culture that you may expect from Northern Ireland. Belfast has the largest ferry port in Northern Ireland, and is only 15 minutes away from the city centre, with ferries running to England, Scotland, and the Isle of Man every day.

The town of Cairnryan is primarily known for its port, as this town is mainly a seafaring village that used to provide essential trading links from Scotland to other destinations across the UK and Europe, and is now home to some of the most popular ferry routes in the UK. There are 2 ferry routes that run from Cairnryan, providing access to Northern Ireland, and there are all the facilities that you may need at the ferry port, including parking and a departure lounge.

Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry Schedule

The ferry schedule for this ferry route has up to 5 ferries running per day, so there are up to 35 ferries running per week, provided by 1 ferry operator, Stena Line, so there is not one single ferry timetable available here. Indeed, ferry timetables for this ferry route can be affected by many different factors, such as seasonal changes, changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operators, and so on, but here at Direct Ferries, we will always give you the most relevant information regarding ferry sailings, so you can find the best ferry at the best time for you.

How long does the Ferry to Cairnryan from Belfast take?

Ferry sail durations on this ferry route can take between 2 hours and 15 minutes, and 2 hours and 20 minutes, and this variation is due to numerous reasons, such as changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operators, and external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail. This means that all sail times that are given here are to be taken as estimates only, and be sure to check before you book, what your expected sail time will be.

Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry Prices

How much the ferry to Cairnryan from Belfast will cost is defined by many separate aspects, such as what time of year you are travelling, which ferry route you are travelling on, which ferry operator you are travelling with, how you are travelling, and other such factors, so there are multiple ferry fares on offer here. Instead, we recommend checking out our helpful fare finder tool, to find the best ferry at the best price for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter, to be the first to hear about our latest deals and offers.

Can I take my Car on the Ferry to Cairnryan from Belfast?

You are currently able to take your car with you on this ferry route.

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