Liverpool ferry port in England is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Dublin & Douglas available. With a selection of up to 24 Sailings Weekly, the port of Liverpool connects England with Ireland & Isle of Man.
Sailing durations range from 2 hours 45 minutes on the Douglas service to 8 hours on the Dublin 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 Liverpool fare search.
Liverpool ferry port is located in the city of Bootle approximately 4.5 miles outside Liverpool centre on the mouth of the river Mersey. The port is one of the UKs largest and busiest ports and connects England with the Isle of Man and Ireland across the Irish Sea.
The Liverpool ferry port is served by the 2 ferry operators P&O Ferries and Isle of Man Steam Packet, offering routes to Dublin in Ireland and Douglas on the Isle of Man respectively. The ferry port is just over an hour away from Manchester by car. The Liverpool central railway station is located roughly 45 minutes away from the ferry docks, by public transport.
Alternatives to the Liverpool ferry port are Heysham to get to Douglas and Holyhead to travel to Ireland.
The sailing time of Liverpool ferries takes 2 hours 45 minutes to Douglas and 8 hours to Dublin. Both journeys are offered 12 times a week. The crossings to Dublin are not available for foot passengers, you can only book with cars, motorhomes or motorcycles. Bookings to Douglas are possible with and without vehicle. Please be aware that the Liverpool ferry port is only served by Steam Packet in the months of March to October. In the winter months the ferries to Douglas depart from Liverpool Birkenhead. For ferry crossings to Belfast in Northern Ireland with Stena Line please visit our Liverpool Birkenhead ferry page.
At the Liverpool ferry terminal, you will find a passenger lounge, free Wi-Fi, a selection of vending machines and a left luggage facility for short term luggage storage (only for the day of travel). There are no parking facilities directly at the port. However, there are parking facilities in the surrounding area. Please inform yourself beforehand, if you want to travel on the ferry without your car.
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P&O Ferries Terminal at Liverpool Freeport (Gladstone Dock, Liverpool Freeport, Bootle, L20 1BG)
The Liverpool Terminal is within Liverpool Freeport. Go through Freeport police security entrance and take the first left. The Ferry Terminal is about one mile along on the right hand side. Take a right and follow signs past the front of terminal buildings to passenger check-in.
From Liverpool City Centre follow A565 towards Bootle. Take sign for Liverpool Freeport.
From other areas use M57 or M58 and follow signs "All Docks" on A5036. Continue on A5036 for approx. 2 miles until roundabout incorporating a flyover and follow signs for Crosby/Liverpool Freeport.
Isle of Man Steam packet Liverpool Ferry Terminal (Princes Landing Stage near the Pier Head)
Access to the edge of the city is via the M6/M62 or M58. From the M62, follow signs to the City Centre and then Pier Head signs to the Princes Landing Stage.
From M58 follow the A5036 and then the A565 to the Pier Head.
From North Wales take the M53, then the Wallasey Tunnel and the A59 to the Pier Head.
For Stena Line sailings, please visit our Liverpool Birkenhead page.
Ferry services serve the Port of Liverpool at several different locations and the nearest rail station varies according to which terminal is required. The ferry terminals are as follows:
Liverpool (PIER HEAD)
The Pier Head ferry terminal is for the Isle of Man Steam Packet (to Douglas IoM) ferry services. The nearest rail stations for this are the Liverpool City Centre stations including Liverpool Lime Street, Moorfields, Central and James Street. All of which are a short walk from the ferry terminal at Pier Head. Additionally there is an S2 / S3 FerryLink and City Centre Circular bus service which operates from Liverpool Lime Street station to Pier Head.
Liverpool (P&O Ferries terminal)
The P&O Ferries terminal is at Gladstone Dock and the nearest rail stations for this are the Liverpool City Centre stations including Liverpool Lime Street, Moorfields, Central and James Street. All of which are a short taxi ride from the P&O Irish Sea ferry terminal at Gladstone Dock.
Liverpool (Twelve Quays Birkenhead ferry terminal)
The Twelve Quays ferry terminal is for the Stena Line ferry services to Belfast. The nearest rail station for this ferry terminal is Hamilton Square (Birkenhead) which is only a short walk away. Alternatively the Twelve Quays ferry terminal is a short taxi ride away from the Liverpool City Centre rail stations.
For more information and booking, please visit our trains to Liverpool page.
Local buses depart from a variety of terminals - Queen Square (for city centre, Pier Head and Chester services); Paradise Street Bus Station (southbound and a few northbound services); and St Thomas Street (eastbound and cross-river).
Liverpool Freeport, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 1BG, United Kingdom
If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Liverpool Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Liverpool Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!