Belfast Ferry

Belfast ferry port in Northern Ireland is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Douglas, Liverpool Birkenhead & Cairnryan available. With a selection of up to 51 Sailings Weekly, the port of Belfast connects Northern Ireland with Isle of Man, England & Scotland.

Sailing durations range from 2 hours 22 minutes on the Cairnryan service to 8 hours on the Liverpool Birkenhead service.

Although there is a brief summary on this page, as sailing information can vary based on time of year we’d advise you to get live sailing times and prices in our Belfast fare search.


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Belfast Ferry Alternatives

Belfast Ferry Services

  • Steam Packet
    • 2 Sailings Weekly 2 hr 45 min
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  • Stena Line
    • 14 Sailings Weekly 8 hr
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  • Stena Line
    • 5 Sailings Daily 2 hr 22 min
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Belfast Guide

Belfast ferry port is the largest port in Northern Ireland, transporting more than 1.5 million passengers every year. It is conveniently located less than 15 minutes driving away from the city centre of Belfast. The Belfast ferry port is served by 2 ferry operators, offering crossings connecting Belfast with Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. Stena Lines runs services to Liverpool and Cairnryan, while Steam Packet sails to and from Douglas.

How long is the crossing with a Belfast ferry?

The fastest connection is Belfast – Cairnryan near Stranraer in Scotland taking only 2 hours 45 minutes with the Stena Line fast ferry and with 5 sailings a day this gives you the perfect connection if you want to travel to Glasgow, Edinburgh or the Scottish Highlands. To Liverpool Birkenhead the crossing duration is 8 hours, running on average 13 times a week.

Where do the ferries dock in Belfast?

Stena Line ferries use the Victoria Terminal 2 and 4, while Steam Packet arrives at the Albert Quay (see port address below).

Parking and facilities at the Belfast ferry port

There is a number of shops, cafés and other amenities in direct vicinity of the port. A large car park is located right outside the terminal building, where you can stay for free for 30 minutes. Long-term parking is also available, fees apply.

How To Get To Belfast Ferry Port

  • Belfast Ferry Port by Car

    Isle of Man bound sailings operate from Albert Quay. Please follow the yellow AA signs (IOM FERRY). Passengers from the North West should follow the sign DOCKS (S) on the M2.
    Stena Line sailings operate from Victoria Terminal in West Bank Road located off the M2 motorway (Fortwilliam roundabout). This will be clearly signposted from the motorway and other routes.

  • Belfast Ferry Port by Public Transport

    The majority of trains call at Great Victoria Street Station in the centre of Belfast, with the exception of trains from Dublin and Larne which terminate at Belfast Central Station near the Waterfront Hall on East Bridge Street. For information on local public transportation, please visit the Translink website.

  • Belfast Ferry Port Addresses

    Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Terminal,Albert Quay,Belfast,BT3 9HY,Northern Ireland

    Stena Lines Belfast-Liverpool,Victoria Terminal 2,West Bank Road,Belfast,BT3 9JN,Northern Ireland

    Stena Lines Belfast-Cairnryan,Victoria Terminal 4,West Bank Road,Belfast,BT3 9JL,Northern Ireland

  • Belfast Accommodation

    If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Belfast Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Belfast Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!