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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

  • "Trip to Larne"

    Trip to Larne with the ferryboat from Cairnryan was excellent: good weather, a ship in good condition, a good and efficient service on boat and on land, punctuality and good food on board, what do you want more!? Thanks for an enjoyable journey.

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  • "Liverpool to Dublin overnight "

    This is the 2nd year we have taken the overnight ferry as it works well with our travel plans. Great value, good food, comfortable beds and has always departed and arrived on time. A great way to start our holiday - arrive in Dublin early, refreshed and ready for a great day

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  • "Fuss free travel to Ireland"

    An efficient punctual service. The catering facilities were adequate. The toilets were clean. There was enough seating despite the return journey being busy. There was a small shop on board selling toiletries, cosmetics, chocolate and souvenirs.

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  • "Best ferry to get to Northern Ireland"

    The crossing takes about 2 hours and when we sailed it was nice and calm seas. There is a good choice of food and drink on board. The loading and unloading is very quick.

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