Ferries to Northern Ireland
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Ferry to Northern Ireland

Direct Ferries offer the best prices for ferries to Northern Ireland, a country renowned for its scenic hiking routes and its historic castles. Pick from 3 ferry operators including Stena Line with 7 daily crossings, P&O Ferries with 6 daily crossings and Steam Packet with 2 daily crossings, providing various routes from Scotland, England, Isle of Man and Wales. These travel to the most popular ports across Northern Ireland like Larne and Belfast throughout the entire year.

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 ferry route is by P&O Irish Sea with crossings from Scotland via Cairnryan to Larne. This crossing operates 7 sailings a day and takes 2 hours. Stena Line also provide routes between Cairnryan and Belfast operating 5 sailings per day and taking around 2 hours 22 minutes.

You can take a ferry from England to Northern Ireland via Stena Line’s ferry route between Liverpool Birkenhead and Belfast, which offers 11 sailings a week and takes around 8 hours.

You can also travel between Belfast and Douglas in the Isle of Man with the Steam Packet ferry which operates this route once a week and takes around 4 hours 30 minutes.

Ferry to North Ireland with a dog

All pets are welcome onboard ferries to Northern Ireland with Stena Line. You have the option of booking your furry companion into a kennel or keep them inside your vehicle. Guide dogs have full access to the passenger decks and travel free of charge.

Northern Ireland Guide

Northern Ireland is the smallest of the four countries that make up Great Britain and is situated in the northeast 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.

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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