Ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan

Tickets, Prices & Schedules

There are up to 6 daily ferry crossings from the port of Belfast, Northern Ireland to the port of Cairnryan, Scotland. Find updated info, compare ferry schedules, companies and prices, and book your ferry tickets on Ferryhopper at no extra cost.

Ferry Schedules

Belfast Cairnryan Schedules frequency: Every day Earliest ferry: 03:30 Latest ferry: 23:30 Average duration: 2h 22m Price range: 36.00 € - 96.00 €
Cairnryan Belfast Schedules frequency: Every day Earliest ferry: 03:30 Latest ferry: 23:30 Average duration: 2h 30m Price range: 36.00 € - 96.00 €
Ferry companies STENA LINE

Is there a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

The Belfast - Cairnryan ferry route is available with up to 6 daily crossings all year round. The route is operated by the ferry company Stena Line.

Tip: please note that the Belfast to Cairnryan ferry timetable is subject to change. You can check real-time schedules and ferry ticket prices for the crossing on Ferryhopper.

Am I allowed to travel from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Belfast to Cairnryan. Check all the latest updates on Covid-19 including all required documents, before your trip.

What’s the ferry schedule from Belfast to Cairnryan?

At the moment, the Belfast - Cairnryan ferry route is normally operated 6 times a day.

The first ferry from Belfast usually departs at 07:30, reaching Cairnryan at 09:52. The last ferry normally leaves Belfast at 23:30 and arrives in Cairnryan at 01:52.

Ferry Tickets, Offers & Discounts

How much is the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Belfast - Cairnryan ferry tickets start from €36. The final ticket price depends on vehicle and cabin selection, discounts and offers.

Offers

On Ferryhopper, you can find all available offers for the ferry trip to Cairnryan from Belfast. Find real-time information about our ferry routes, compare fares and offers, and book your ferry tickets on Ferryhopper at the best price.

Current offers will be automatically applied when booking your ferry tickets.

Discounts

Take advantage of the available discounts and travel by ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan with lower-cost ferry tickets. Ferry companies offer special discounts for specific passenger categories, such as:

  • Children
  • Car or motorcycle groups (with a minimum of 5 motorcycles or cars)
  • Eurail and Interrail Pass holders
  • Large groups of travelers

Note: infants and toddlers up to 3 years old travel for free.

Ferry Route Info

How long is the ferry ride from Belfast to Cairnryan?

The average duration of the ferry ride from Belfast to Cairnryan is around 2 hr and 20 min.

Is there a high-speed ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

The ferries operating the route from Belfast to Cairnryan are normally conventional. The fastest ferry reaches Cairnryan in approximately 2 hr and 20 min.

What’s the distance between Belfast and Cairnryan?

The distance between the port of Belfast and the port of Cairnryan is around 81 nautical miles (approximately 150km).

Ferry Trip Tips

Useful tips for your ferry trip to Cairnryan from Belfast

Have a look at our travel tips for your trip from Belfast to Cairnryan:

  • In the busy months from May to September, we recommend arriving at the port of Belfast well in advance to avoid delays. The same applies to ferry trips on weekends.
  • From the port of Cairnryan, you can drive to Ayr in 1 hr, Glasgow in 2 hr and Edinburgh in 3 hr.
  • We recommend bringing your car to Cainryan so you can explore the surrounding Dumfries and Galloway region and see the wildlife, museums and breathtaking scenery.

Where to take the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan

Ferries to Liverpool depart from Victoria Terminal 4 in the port of Belfast. The Belfast port (VT2) is located close to the motorway network off Junction 1 of the M2 motorway (Fortwilliam roundabout).

There is also a large parking with over 300 spaces in front of the terminal building. 

Can I travel on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan with a car?

Yes, ferries operating on the Belfast - Cairnryan connection have car decks so you can transfer your vehicle.

Ferry luggage

On the ferries of Stena line from Belfast to Cairnryan, each passenger is entitled to a single piece of luggage. Hand luggage must be no larger than 60x50x40cm. If you are travelling with luggage that is larger than this it must be checked-in prior to boarding.

Good to know: any additional pieces of luggage will be charged.

Cabins

Ferries traveling from Belfast to Cairnryan have different types of cabins available, from simple ones to premium options.

Pet travel

On Stena Line, you can travel with your pet. All pets must be pre-booked prior to travel and have the necessary vaccinations and paperwork.

Dogs are not allowed in passenger areas or cabins. You are advised to book a kennel (with an extra cost). Otherwise, you can keep your pet inside your vehicle.

Where can I book cheap ferry tickets from Belfast to Cairnryan?

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