Dublin ferry port in Ireland is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Liverpool, Holyhead, Douglas & Cherbourg available. With a selection of up to 13 Sailings Daily, the port of Dublin connects Ireland with England, Wales, Isle of Man & France.
Sailing durations range from 2 hours on the Holyhead service to 18 hours on the Cherbourg 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 Dublin fare search.
Dublin ferry port is the largest and busiest in Ireland, with approximately two thirds of the nation’s passenger and freight traffic travelling through each year, equating to over 1.8 million people and 14.9 million gross tonnes of export.
A vibrant capital city, Dublin is famed for its Guinness-fuelled nightlife and vast selection of pubs (there are over a thousand), but is also known for its rich history. Historic landmarks include the 13th Century Dublin Castle, the 12th Century St Patrick’s Cathedral and extensive variety of handsome Georgian architecture.
Dublin Zoo makes a more family-friendly day out, situated within the enormous Phoenix Park, as do St Stephen’s Green and the National Museum of Ireland, where you can delve into the fascinating Irish culture and heritage.
As an important European port, ferry routes to Dublin are run by four of the leading operators in the market. The shortest and busiest ferry route, between Dublin and Holyhead, is provided by Irish Ferries and Stena Line, with up to nine daily sailings. P&O Ferries links Dublin with Liverpool up to 17 times a week, Steam Packet offers a weekly route to Douglas on the Isle of Man, while Irish Ferries also sail to and from Cherbourg.
Important both historically and economically, the Port of Dublin is situated at the eastern end of the city’s Northside, straddling the River Liffey. As an organisation, the Dublin Port Corporation has a history stretching back over 300 years to 1707 and has developed a strong relationship with the city of Dublin along the way, creating a number of cultural initiatives to acknowledge the capital’s maritime heritage.
After the corporation was formed, some of the key highlights in the port’s structural development include the construction of the first bespoke office in 1801, the appointment of Scott Tallon Walker as the architects for the new Dublin Port Offices in 1976 and the completion of the Port Centre Building in 1981.
As a popular holiday destination, particularly for weekend breaks, getting the ferry to Dublin is a convenient way of discovering Ireland. Located just two miles from the city centre, it’s only a few minutes away by public transport and is therefore easily reachable from almost anywhere in Ireland and the UK.
Ferries from Dublin to the UK arrive in numerous locations in the United Kingdom including Holyhead, the Isle of Man and Liverpool, while there are also long-haul sailings to Cherbourg, in northern France.
Dublin Ferry port is reached by the M1 from the North, the N11 from the South and the N7 from the West. Dublin Ferry Port is close to the city centre and is well signposted. From the city centre, follow the Quays from O'Connell Bridge down to the Point Depot music venue, then turn left and follow the road all the way to the port.
Connolly Station serves the North and South of Ireland and is situated 4 miles or a 15 minute bus ride from Dublin Ferry port. Heuston Station serves the West of Ireland and is situated 7 miles or a 30 minute bus ride from Dublin Ferry port.
The Central Bus Station, Busárus is situated 4 miles from Dublin Ferry port. There is a connecting bus service between the Ferry port and the city centre. Tickets can be purchased on-board the vessel prior to arrival in Dublin. Please note that on busy sailings (particularly day trips) it can be difficult to find taxis immediately available from the Ferry port to the City Centre, unless they have been pre-booked.
Pay and display parking is available immediately outside the Terminal. Long term parking is available charged on a daily basis day in a car park to the left of the main terminal building (as you approach).
North Quay Extension, Dublin
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