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Dublin to Holyhead Ferry

The Dublin to Holyhead ferry route is available with 2 operators and runs all year round. The ferry crossing from Dublin to Holyhead takes approximately 3 hours and 19 minutes on ferries servicing this route. The duration for the Dublin to Holyhead ferry can range between 2 hours 15 minutes and 3 hours 35 minutes depending on the operator that you choose to travel with.

Dublin to Holyhead Ferry Schedules

There are around 50 weekly sailings from Dublin to Holyhead. Irish Ferries offer up to 5 sailings per day and Stena Line offer up to 4 sailings per day. Please note that ferry timetables often increase during the high season.

Holyhead to Dublin Ferry Time

The earliest ferry leaves Dublin port at approximately 02:00 and the last ferry leaves at approximately 20:55. Ferry schedules can vary by operator and season.

High Speed Ferry Dublin to Holyhead

The fastest ferry from Dublin to Holyhead is with Irish Ferries in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Dublin to Holyhead is the fastest ferry route from Ireland to Wales.

What is the price of a fast ferry from Dublin to Holyhead?

The fastest ferries cost approximately from Dublin to Holyhead usually cost around £305.

Is there a Dublin - Holyhead overnight ferry?

There are ferries that sail overnight from Dublin to Holyhead. The first overnight sailing from Dublin usually departs at 02:00.

Can I reserve a cabin on the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead?

Yes, cabins are available on ferries that sail from Dublin to Holyhead with Stena Line and Irish Ferries.

Can I bring pets on the Dublin Holyhead ferry?

Pets are allowed on ferries travelling from Dublin to Holyhead with Irish Ferries and Stena Line. Those travelling with Irish Ferries can book their pet in the onboard kennel. You will be allowed to visit them during your sailing. Kennel prices range from £26 to £52 per animal each way of your travel. Please also note that pets are not allowed to remain in your car or travel on the passenger decks throughout the journey. Guide dogs are exempt from such rules.

Dublin to Holyhead Ferry Price

The price of a ferry from Dublin - Holyhead can vary between £37 and £516 depending on the operator, season and whether you are travelling with a vehicle. The average price of a foot passenger is £85, prices can range from £37 and £180. The average price with a car is £357. Car prices can range from £217 and £534. 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.

Cheap Ferries from Dublin to Holyhead

Find cheap ferry tickets using our deal finder. We recommend that you book in advance to ensure yourself the best possible prices and availability. Unfortunately, there is not an alternative ferry to Holyhead for additional flexibility.

Onboard the ferry to Holyhead

You can travel as a foot passenger or with a vehicle with Irish Ferries and Stenaline. Free Wifi is available onboard ferries and you can enjoy World Duty Free prices when traveling, with savings on a selection of products including fragrances, skin care, electronics, alcohol and more.

Can I travel in first class on ferries from Dublin to Holyhead?

First class is available on ferries from Dublin to Holyhead with Irish Ferries, Stena Line.

Dublin to Holyhead Ferry Alternatives

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Dublin - Holyhead Route summary
Departure Country Ireland
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 2
Operators Irish Ferries & Stena Line
Average Price £293*
Average Daily Sailings 8
Average Weekly Sailings 59
Average Sailing Duration 3h 20m
Fastest Sailing Duration 2h 15m
First Ferry 02:00
Last Ferry 20:55
Distance 94 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 Dublin to Holyhead?

The ferry crossing time from Dublin to Holyhead is approximately 2h 52m. 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 Dublin to Holyhead?

Dublin to Holyhead ferry price can differ depending on the season. The average price of a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead is £264. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Dublin to Holyhead?

There are 2 popular ferry operators for Dublin to Holyhead. These are
  • Irish Ferries
  • Stena Line

How can I book ferry tickets from Dublin to Holyhead?

Book ferries from Dublin to Holyhead 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 Dublin to Holyhead?

Yes, you can travel as a foot passenger from Dublin to Holyhead with
  • Irish Ferries
  • Stena Line

Can you take your car on the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Dublin to Holyhead with
  • Irish Ferries
  • Stena Line

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead?

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
  • Irish Ferries
  • Stena Line

How far is Holyhead from Dublin?

The distance between Dublin to Holyhead is approximately 94 nautical Miles.

Dublin Holyhead Ferry reviews

  • "Good trip "

    We had a great trip, good calm crossing, we didn't use too many facilities but we did use the sky bar, bit expensive but the Guinness was good, then we used the Hygge lounge, was ok but too many people snoring, including my travel buddy. It was all in all, a good trip

    'Stena Estrid' travelled on Stena Estrid

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  • "Nice journey"

    Really nice journey, lovely ship. The only issue is we were sent multiple messages to inform us of changes to travel times that were confusing and nor correct!

    'Stena Estrid' travelled on Stena Estrid

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  • "Return crossing to Dublin"

    The entire return crossing was so relaxing and comfortable, the staff were excellent and the facilities were also excellent. Much less stress free than flying.

    'Stena Adventurer' travelled on Stena Adventurer

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  • "postcode"

    The only thing I can think of was there was no postcode for the ferry port in Dublin and the Satnav did not like the address as it conflicted with Terminal 1 at the airport, it would be a good idea if you could put the postcode on your booking reference page, as it is on the Holyhead reference.

    'Dublin Swift' travelled on Dublin Swift

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Dublin Guide

The Irish city of Dublin is the capital of Ireland and lies in the province of Leinster on the east coast of Ireland, at the mouth of the River Liffey. Dating back to the Viking age, Dublin began to rapidly expand in the 17th century. Today, the city attracts millions of visitors every year to experience everything the city has to offer. One of Dublin's oldest monuments is the 13th century Dublin Castle which was founded after the Norman invasion. Trinity College, Dublin is also a popular visitor destination in order to see the Book of Kells which is an illustrated manuscript created by Irish monks in around 800 AD. One of the most photographed sights in Dublin is the Ha'penney Bridge which is an old iron footbridge that spans the River Liffey. This is considered to be one of Dublin's most iconic landmarks.

Dublin Port is the busiest passenger ferry port in Ireland, serving 1.5 million passengers per year to destinations in the UK and Europe. The port has three terminals and lies at the mouth of the River Liffey, which is under 3 km from the city centre.

Holyhead Guide

The Welsh town of Holyhead is located on Holy Island in Anglesey. At one point Holy Island was connected to Anglesey by the Four Mile Bridge but was replaced by the construction of a causeway in the 19th century. The Cobb, as the causeway is named, now carries the main road and railway line that serves the town. The Church of St. Cybi is the heart of the town and was built inside one of Europe's few three-walled Roman Forts. Other Roman sites in the town include a watchtower on the top of Holyhead Mountain inside Mynydd y Twr which is a prehistoric hill fort. There are also signs that the area has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with circular huts, burial chambers and standing stones all being found in the area. The current lighthouse is on South Stack on the other side of Holyhead Mountain and is open to the public. The area is also popular with birdwatchers.

From the Port of Holyhead, ferries depart to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.

Which is better Dublin or Holyhead?

Comparing Dublin and Holyhead depends on what factors are being considered. Dublin is the capital city of Ireland, known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and thriving nightlife. It offers a wide range of attractions, such as the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, and the Temple Bar area. Dublin also serves as a hub for international travel, with Dublin Airport providing connections to various destinations. On the other hand, Holyhead is a small town located in Wales, known for its ferry port that connects the island of Anglesey to Dublin. Holyhead is an important transportation hub for those traveling between Ireland and the UK. It offers beautiful coastal scenery and has some historical landmarks, such as St. Cybi's Church and the Holyhead Maritime Museum. Ultimately, choosing between Dublin and Holyhead depends on personal preferences and the purpose of the visit.

How many days in Holyhead is enough?

The number of days needed in Holyhead depends on individual preferences and the desired activities. Holyhead is a small town located in Anglesey, Wales, known for its stunning coastal scenery and historical sites. For those interested in exploring the town itself, one or two days might be sufficient. Visitors can wander around the charming streets, visit St. Cybi's Church, and explore the maritime history at the Holyhead Maritime Museum.

However, Holyhead's real appeal lies in its surrounding natural beauty. The town serves as a gateway to the stunning Isle of Anglesey, where visitors can spend several days exploring the coastline, hiking trails, and picturesque villages.

One popular attraction is South Stack Lighthouse, which offers breathtaking views and a chance to observe seabird colonies. The nearby Anglesey Sea Zoo is another must-visit spot, housing a variety of marine life. Additionally, nature enthusiasts can enjoy the beautiful beaches, such as Trearddur Bay and Rhoscolyn, which offer opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. For history buffs, a visit to Beaumaris Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is highly recommended. This impressive medieval fortress is worth spending a few hours exploring. Considering all these factors, a minimum of three to four days would provide a good balance of exploring Holyhead and experiencing the natural and historical attractions in the surrounding area.




Dublin to Holyhead Ferry Timetables

Ferry Timetables between 15/04/2024 and 21/04/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Irish Ferries 02:00 05:25 3 hours 25 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Stena Line 02:15 05:45 3 hours 30 minutes Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Irish Ferries 08:05 11:30 3 hours 25 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 08:15 11:50 3 hours 35 minutes Everyday
Irish Ferries 14:30 18:00 3 hours 30 minutes Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Stena Line 14:45 18:20 3 hours 35 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Stena Line 20:30 00:01 3 hours 31 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Irish Ferries 20:55 00:20 3 hours 25 minutes Everyday
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