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 one the UK’s largest and busiest, and the leader in terms of container trade with the USA. Sitting on both banks of the River Mersey, it boasts a new £400m deep-water container terminal, opened in 2016, making it one of the nation’s most advanced ports
Ferries from Liverpool connect England with the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland, each operated by Steam Packet and P&O Ferries, respectively. Ferries to Dublin embark from Gladstone docks, running up to 17 times weekly and lasting approximately eight hours, while the routes to Douglas sail from the Landing Stage Terminal up to a dozen times a week, taking almost three hours.
A maritime city, Liverpool has long been a key trading point for the UK, a popular migration port during the 18th and 19th Centuries, and was the registered port for the ill-fated RMS Titanic. However, arguably the most famous export is The Beatles, while the city is also well-known for its intense passion for football, with Liverpool FC and Everton both playing in England’s Premier League.
Earning Liverpool city status, the namesake cathedral is the largest Anglican version in the world, and Britain’s biggest church, inspiring awe to any pair of eyes set upon it, also offering panoramic views over the city on The Tower Experience. The Beatles Museum remains a popular choice, alongside the numerous art galleries, or you can spend your days exploring the iconic, historic docks where you can book a Mersey ferry trip.
The Liverpool ferry port postcode is CH41 1FE, at 12 Quays Terminal, Tower Road, Birkhenhead, Wirral; and upon arrival, you’ll have access to a range of amenities including Free Wi-Fi, a comfortable passenger lounge, disability assistance, a refreshment area, and a short term car park.
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!