Cairnryan Ferry

Cairnryan ferry port in Scotland is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Larne & Belfast available. With a selection of up to 12 Sailings Daily, the port of Cairnryan connects Scotland with Northern Ireland.

Sailing durations range from 2 hours on the Larne service to 2 hours 15 minutes on the Belfast 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 Cairnryan fare search.


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Cairnryan Ferry Services

  • P&O Irish Sea
    • 7 Sailings Daily 2 hr
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  • Stena Line
    • 5 Sailings Daily 2 hr 15 min
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Cairnryan Guide

Where is the Cairnryan ferry port?

Cairnryan ferry port is a small port in the south of the Scottish west coast. Cairnryan is located next to the town of Stranraer in the area of Dumfries and Galloway. With two ferry routes leaving Cairnryan, it is the perfect connection between Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can reach Cairnryan ferry port via the M77 and A77 from Glasgow, via the A71 and A77 from Edinburgh or via the A75 and A77 from Carlisle in North-England.

How long is ferry crossing from Cairnryan?

P&O Ferries offers the fastest crossing between Great Britain and Ireland with their Cairnryan–Larne route, which takes only 2 hours to complete. The crossing to Belfast with Stena Line takes only slightly longer with 2 hours and 15 minutes on the fast ferry. You can take your car or travel as a foot passenger on both routes. Pets travel free of charge but should be booked in advance to guarantee space on the ferry. Please note that P&O Ferries only allows pets if they stay in the car. With Stena Line you can book a kennel for your pet if you travel on foot.

Can you park at Cairnryan ferry terminal?

A large car park for both short and long stay is available at the terminal building. You can park 30 minutes for free. For longer parking you will be charged from £0.50 per hour or £5.00 per day. A week-ticket costs from £25 if booked in advance.

Which facilities can I find at the Cairnryan ferry terminal?

At the port in Cairnryan you will find a café, a departure lounge, a car hire station, baby changing facilities and disabled toilets. Passengers can also use free Wi-Fi.

How To Get To Cairnryan Ferry Port

  • Cairnryan Ferry Port by Car

    Cairnryan is situated in the South West corner of Scotland, north of Stranraer on the A77.

    The Stena Line service runs from Loch Ryan Port while P&O Ferries services run from Cairnryan Port.

  • Cairnryan Ferry Port by Rail

    The nearest railway station to Cairnryan ferry port is Stranraer Railway Station, which is around 4 miles away from Cairnryan Port and 7 1/2 miles from Loch Ryan Port.
    For more information on train tickets, please visit our Trains to Stranraer or Trains to Scotland pages.

  • Cairnryan Ferry Port Address

    Stena Line,Belfast Way,Loch Ryan Port,Cairnryan,Wigtownshire,DG9 8RG,Scotland

    P&O Ferries,The Port,Cairnryan,Stranraer,Wigtownshire,DG9 8RF,Scotland

  • Cairnryan Accommodation

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