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Ferries to Northern Ireland

What Ferries go to Northern Ireland?

There are currently several ferries that go to Northern Ireland from many different places, from Scotland to England and the Isle of Man. There are indeed 99 sailings a week, and sail times can vary from between 2 hours to 8 hours, very much depending on where you are sailing to, and so there are plenty of ferries for you to choose from when sailing to and from Northern Ireland.

How long does the Ferry to Northern Ireland take?

As there are so many different ferries that sail to Northern Ireland, there is a wide range of sail times that vary depending on which exact route you are travelling. The route from Scotland is only 2 hours long, the route to the Isle of Man is only 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the ferry from England is 8 hours long. Although sail times can vary depending on weather conditions at the time of sail, we will always do our best to give you the most accurate information before you sail.

How much does the Northern Ireland Ferry cost?

Again, the wide variety of ferries that are sailing to Northern Ireland makes it impossible to give one exact fare for the ferry, and indeed, prices can greatly vary due to times of year, what route you are travelling, and how you are travelling. We therefore recommend checking out our handy fare finder tool to find the best route and price for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter to be the first to hear about our latest deals and offers.

Can I take a Ferry to Northern Ireland from Scotland?

Yes, not only is it possible to take a ferry to Northern Ireland from Scotland, but this route is one of the most popular routes that ferries travel to Northern Ireland. Served by P&O Ferries and Stena Line, there are plenty of ferries to pick from when travelling on this route, as there are over 12 ferries sailing a day, and the route only takes about 2 hours, making it the quickest ferry service to Northern Ireland.

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Northern Ireland reviews

  • "Economical"

    Opted to travel as a foot passenger as P&O didn't double their prices, unlike StenaLine, for the Irish mid-term break. Was collected by a courtesy bus & driven onto the ship. Staff were very helpful, good humoured & attentive, even though they were understaffed. I'd recommend travelling with this company.

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  • "Adversity "

    Despite the awful conditions the ship sailed. This was due to the recent storms. The crossing was smooth, staff helpful and the food was lovely. I would recommend this crossing all the time.

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  • "Last min booking "

    Outgoing & return, every encounter with a member of staff was first class. Polite, professional, booking agent on counter, two G4s staff, catering manager…I will stop there, this was a humble, respectful crew, regardless of their position.

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  • "Disappointed with Direct Ferries "

    As we couldn’t get booked directly with P&O we made our booking with direct ferries. Having paid €303 on Tuesday evening for a sailing on Thursday evening they then informed us on Wednesday that due to weather issues our booking was cancelled however on contacting P&O we found out that sailing was going ahead. As our ferry was within 48hrs direct ferries wouldn’t deal with our inquiries. However P&O were great as usual to deal with especially Adrienne in freight as our booking was car and passenger. They looked after us brilliantly start to finish. Thank you team P&O from directional staff on ground to purser and staff on board the “Norbank” . Not one bit happy with direct ferries. Thanks for taking time to read this.

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