Ferries to Northern Ireland
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Ferry to Northern Ireland

When booking a ferry to Northern Ireland, look no further than Direct Ferries. We compare ferry prices to Northern Ireland for all ferry operators on the Irish Sea, giving you the best choice at the times and dates that suit you. You can travel to several different ports, Belfast and Larne. We recommend using our price finder to discover the times and prices to suit your journey.

Where can you travel from to Northern Ireland

There are a number of destinations and operators that offer ferries to Northern Ireland. The most popular being P&O Irish Sea with crossings between Larne and Cairnryan in Scotland, this crossing operates 7 sailings a day and takes around 2 hours. Stena Line also provide routes between Belfast and Cairnryan operating 5 sailings per day and taking around 2 hours 22 minutes and also runs a service between Belfast and Liverpool Birkenhead which offers 11 sailings a week and takes around 8 hours. You can also travel between Belfast and Douglas in the Isle of Man, where the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry runs this route once a week and takes around 4 hours 30 minutes.

Northern Ireland Guide

Northern Ireland is the smallest of the four countries that make up Great Britain, and is situated in the north east corner of the island of Ireland.

Considering its size, the variety on offer in Northern Ireland is quite amazing, from undulating countryside and breath taking mountains, intriguing towns and villages to some of the most vibrant, culturally rich and historical cities. Northern Ireland is one of those destinations that not only promises, but delivers.

Northern Ireland's size makes the country simple to navigate too which means it’s easy to visit the country's best attractions. There are of course many must-see places and sites including the Giant's Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the historic walled city of Londonderry, and aside from the usual attractions of a country’s capital city, Belfast is also the home of Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic visitor experience.

Northern Ireland features excellent fast ferry links from England and Scotland with ferries sailing to the major ports at Larne and Belfast. If you want to travel from continental Europe to Northern Ireland then you can sail from France to Ireland and drive across the border.

Ferries to Northern Ireland - FAQs

What is the quickest ferry to Northern Ireland?

Cairnryan to Larne is the quickest ferry crossing to the Northern Ireland from Scotland. This route takes approximately 2 hours. P&O Ferries operates this route with 6 daily sailings. The next quickest route is Cairnryan to Belfast, which takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, with 5 daily sailings.

Which ferries go to Northern Ireland?

Ferries to Northern Ireland sail from Cairnryan and Liverpool. P&O Ferries and Stena Line operate these ferry routes with over 50 weekly sailings. Routes travelling from Scotland to Northern Ireland are much quicker and regular than sailing from Liverpool.

What is the cheapest ferry to Northern Ireland?

The cheapest ferry to Northern Ireland with Direct Ferries last month was £25, from Cairnryan to Larne. The cheapest prices are typically during off peak times and low seasons. Compare prices Cairnryan to Larne with our deal finder to find the cheapest deals.

Northern Ireland reviews

  • "Birkenhead to Belfast"

    Very pleasent trip.

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  • "Homewardbound"

    After a long drive through England,I arrived at the terminal tired and hungry. I was very disappointed to find ther was no facilities for having a hot meal in the terminal. There were only two vending machines. One for soft drinks and the other for hot drinks .Unfortunately the Hot drinks machine would not operate. The power saving mode stayed on and I was disappointed to find it would not work at all.I spent five hours before being allowed on board the ferry. I ordered a burger with cheese and bacon from the Barissta and found the prices to be a real rip off.£1.95 for a mug of hot water and a with a tea bag thrown in. The burger price was a rip off,I got little change from £10! The trip itself was pleasant and I was most impressed with the value and service in the onboard restaurant next morning. For £8.95 I received a fresh cooked breakfast with toast and orange juice. I was also able to have as much tea as I wanted. In almost 40 yrs of using this route, this was a very pleasant surprise. Disembarking in the morning was very efficient, the staff very helpful and pleasant. All in all a very enjoyable trip home despite the disappointment of the Barrista Bar experience!

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  • "Cairnryan/Larne"

    Just back from a few days in Ireland having crossed with P@O where the staff were very friendly and helpful. Will be using them again in the future.

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  • "Better than Stena"

    For the most part I was satisfied with the trip to Ireland aboard the P&O Ship. The thing that miffed me the most was the lack of WIFI. The price was the same as Stena and I am glad I went with P&O but I am not sure I will again because we are in 2013 not 2005 so get your WIFI sorted P&O.

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