Belfast - Cairnryan is one of our busiest routes - sailings regularly sell out at busy periods
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Belfast - Cairnryan Ferry Operators

    • 5 Sailings Daily 2 hr 22 min
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Belfast Cairnryan Ferry reviews

  • "Really nice"

    The ferrie was really confortable; plenty of places to sit or walk. I was able to do some of my physical activities :). The only negative thing was the toilets that did not flush (but it seems it was an isolated problem, which was corrected by the time we arrived in Scotland). I recommand it overall

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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  • "Very good "

    Another easy , hassle free trip on Stena lines, quick check inn safe parking and comfortable seating during the crossing. Easy off, very good trip

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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  • "Trip to scotland "

    Excellent service staff very friendly great facilities

    'Superfast VII' travelled on Superfast VII

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  • "Stena Lines"

    Booked the tickets thinking it was going to be a small ferry with no frills. Wow! We were so surprised when we arrived at Stena Lines. Had a wonderful time!!

    'Superfast VII' travelled on Superfast VII

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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.

Belfast Guide

Belfast Harbour is a main hub in the importation and exportation of goods and for passenger ferry services. Operated by Stena Line, Belfast ferry port provides regular passenger ferry crossings to Cairnryan in Scotland and Liverpool Birkenhead in England. Run by Steam Packet, there are also seasonal services to Douglas on the Isle of Man, across the Irish Sea.

The city of Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is the capital city located in County Antrim, although parts of the city spread over to County Down. The city has a long tradition in the production of Irish linen, tobacco, rope and shipbuilding. In fact, the city's main shipbuilder, Harland and Wolf, is known for building the RMS Titanic in the early 20th Century. Today, Belfast is an important centre for commerce, the arts, higher education, law, business and of course, tourism.

Cairnryan Guide

Cairnryan is a small Scottish port village sitting on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan in Dumfries and Galloway. The harbour has two ferry terminals providing services to and from Larne and Belfast: the Larne terminal, opened in 1973 and now operated by P&O Ferries, and the second is run by Stena Line, taking ferries from Belfast.

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 one of the most popular ferry routes in the United Kingdom.

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 area, a village shop and the Merchant's House Restaurant.