Cairnryan
Larne
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Cairnryan to Larne Ferry

The Cairnryan to Larne ferry route is provided by 1 operator and is available for booking all year round. The ferry crossing from Cairnryan to Larne takes approximately 2 hours on ferries servicing this route. Cairnryan to Larne ferry duration can range between 2 hours and 2 hours 20 minutes depending on the operator that you decide to travel with.

Cairnryan to Larne Ferry Schedules

There are around 37 weekly sailings from Cairnryan to Larne. P&O Ferries provide up to 7 sailings per day. Please note that ferry timetables often increase during the high season.

Cairnryan to Larne Ferry Time

The first ferry leaves Cairnryan port at approximately 04:00 and the last ferry leaves at approximately 23:59. Ferry schedules can vary by operator and season.

High Speed Ferry Cairnryan to Larne

The fastest ferry from Cairnryan to Larne is with P&O Ferries in 2 hours.

How much is a fast ferry from Cairnryan to Larne?

A fast ferry from Cairnryan to Larne usually costs around £282.

Are there overnight ferries from Cairnryan to Larne?

There are ferries that sail overnight from Cairnryan to Larne. The first overnight sailing from Cairnryan usually departs at 04:00.

Can I reserve a cabin on the ferry from Cairnryan to Larne?

There are no cabins on ferries from Cairnryan to Larne due to the short sailing duration.

Are pets allowed on the Cairnryan Larne ferry?

Yes, pets are allowed onboard ferries from Cairnryan to Larne with P&O Ferries. Please ensure that your dog remains on a leash throughout the journey. Other animals like cats, rabbits and birds must be transported in a cage. However, we advise contacting the operator directly for more information.

How much luggage can I bring on the Cairnryan ferry to Larne?

Passengers travelling with P&O Irish Sea can take as much luggage as they please for no additional cost. With no luggage restrictions, you can bring camping equipment and your bicycle onboard.

Cairnryan to Larne Ferry Price

The price of a ferry from Cairnryan to Larne can vary between £50 and £400 depending on the operator, season and whether you are travelling with a vehicle. The average price of a foot passenger is £100, prices can range from £50 and £168. The average price with a car is £326. Car prices can range from £174 and £415. Prices may vary for other vehicle types. All ferry prices can change from season to season.

Prices subject to change, pricing representative of searches over last 30 days. Please be aware that prices do not include booking fees.

Cheap Ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland

Find cheap ferry tickets using our deal finder. We suggest that you book in advance to ensure yourself the best possible prices and availability on the Larne ferry.

How to get from Scotland to Northern Ireland

With 7 sailings per day, you are bound to find a suitable ferry crossing to suit your needs. However, there are alternative ferries to Northern Ireland if you require additional flexibility.


Cairnryan Ferry Guide

Cairnryan port is a small port situated in the north west of Scotland and is easy to travel to from via motorway or A road from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Larne is 23 miles south of Belfast which is around a 25 minute drive. Translink buses operate from the port to a variety of destinations and Translink trains operate from Larne Harbour to Belfast and Carrickfergus.

Cairnryan to Larne Ferry Alternatives

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Cairnryan - Larne Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators P&O Irish Sea
Average Price £282*
Average Daily Sailings 5
Average Weekly Sailings 37
Average Sailing Duration 2h 0m
First Ferry 04:00
Last Ferry 23:59
Distance 47 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 Cairnryan to Larne?

The ferry crossing time from Cairnryan to Larne is approximately 2h. 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 Cairnryan to Larne?

Cairnryan to Larne ferry price can differ depending on the season. The average price of a ferry from Cairnryan to Larne is £283. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Cairnryan to Larne?

There is 1 ferry operator for Cairnryan to Larne and this is
  • P&O Irish Sea

How can I book ferry tickets from Cairnryan to Larne?

Book ferries from Cairnryan to Larne 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 Cairnryan to Larne?

Yes, you can travel as a foot passenger from Cairnryan to Larne with
  • P&O Irish Sea

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

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Cairnryan to Larne with
  • P&O Irish Sea

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

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
  • P&O Irish Sea

How far is Larne from Cairnryan?

The distance between Cairnryan to Larne is approximately 47 nautical Miles.

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Cairnryan Guide

Cairnryan is a Scottish port village located in Dumfries and Galloway, lying on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan. Important in maritime history, Cairnryan has two ferry terminals connecting Scotland to Northern Ireland. The first opened in 1973, originally operated by Townsend Thoresen and now by P&O Ferries, links Scotland with the port of Larne. The second Cairnryan ferry terminal is located at Old House Point, operated by Stena Line, linking to the Port of Belfast.

The village can trace its origins back to 1701 when it was established for workers employed on the Lochryan Estate which features a deer park and bowling green. Facilities in Cairnryan include the Lochryan Hotel, a few guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments, a caravan site built on the site of an old war campsite, a village shop and The Merchant's House Restaurant.

Larne Guide

Larne is a town and seaport located in Country Antrim in Northern Ireland and lies on the western side of a narrow inlet linking Larne Lough to the sea. The port of Larne regular receives ferries from Cairnryan of Scotland, operated by P&O Irish Sea.

The area around the town has been inhabited for over a thousand years and is believed to have been one of the earliest inhabited areas in Ireland, with the settlers thought to have arrived from Scotland via the North Channel.

In Larne’s slightly more recent history, the Scots-Irish Bissett family built Olderfleet Castle at Curran Point in the 13th century and in 1315 Edward the Bruce of Scotland, who was Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland's brother, arrived in Larne with his army on his way to conquering Ireland.

Which is better Cairnryan or Larne?

Cairnryan and Larne are both ports located on the Irish Sea, serving as gateways between Scotland and Northern Ireland. The choice between the two depends on several factors.

Cairnryan offers more ferry options and is well-connected to major cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh. It has two ferry terminals, operated by P&O Ferries and Stena Line, providing frequent sailings to Belfast and Larne. The journey from Cairnryan to Belfast takes around 2 hours, while the journey to Larne takes approximately 1 hour. Larne, on the other hand, is closer to Belfast, making it a convenient choice if your destination is in or around the capital city of Northern Ireland. The port in Larne is operated by P&O Ferries, offering services to Cairnryan. The crossing from Larne to Cairnryan takes about 1 hour.

In terms of facilities, both ports have amenities such as parking, waiting areas, cafes, and restrooms. However, Cairnryan has a wider range of facilities due to its larger size and higher passenger volume.

Overall, the choice between Cairnryan and Larne depends on your specific needs. If you prioritize more ferry options and easy access to Glasgow or Edinburgh, Cairnryan is a better choice. However, if you are heading to Belfast or prefer a shorter journey from Larne, then that port is the more suitable option.

How many days in Larne is enough?

The number of days needed to explore Larne depends on individual preferences and the desired activities. Larne, a coastal town in Northern Ireland, offers a range of attractions and natural beauty.

For a quick visit, one or two days can be sufficient to enjoy the main highlights. Visitors can explore the picturesque Antrim Coast Road, which offers stunning views of the coastline. They can also visit attractions like the Larne Museum and Arts Centre, where they can learn about the town's history and culture.

However, those looking to delve deeper into Larne's offerings may want to spend more time. Nature enthusiasts can explore the nearby Gleno Waterfall, hike in the scenic Glenarm Forest Park, or visit the Sallagh Braes, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding area. Additionally, a day trip to the nearby Giant's Causeway or Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge can enhance the Larne experience. These iconic attractions are within driving distance and offer unique natural wonders. Ultimately, it is recommended to spend at least three to four days in Larne to fully appreciate its beauty, explore the surrounding areas, and immerse oneself in its rich history and culture.


Cairnryan to Larne Ferry Timetables

Ferry Timetables between 27/05/2024 and 02/06/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
P&O Irish Sea 04:00 06:00 2 hours Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
P&O Irish Sea 08:00 10:00 2 hours Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
P&O Irish Sea 11:00 13:00 2 hours Mon
P&O Irish Sea 12:00 14:00 2 hours Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
P&O Irish Sea 14:00 16:00 2 hours Sun
P&O Irish Sea 16:00 18:00 2 hours Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
P&O Irish Sea 17:00 19:00 2 hours Mon
P&O Irish Sea 20:00 22:00 2 hours Everyday
P&O Irish Sea 23:59 01:59 2 hours Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
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