Larne to Cairnryan Ferry

The Larne Cairnryan ferry route connects Northern Ireland with Scotland. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, P&O Irish Sea. The crossing operates up to 49 times each week with sailing durations from around 2 hours.

Larne Cairnryan sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Route and port details

Larne to Cairnryan Ferry Alternatives

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Northern Ireland to Scotland page.

Larne - Cairnryan Ferry Operators

  • P&O Irish Sea
    • 7 Sailings Daily 2 hr
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Larne Cairnryan Average Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Larne Cairnryan route is a car and 2 passengers.

Larne Cairnryan Ferry reviews

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  • "Excellent service from start to finish"

    This was our third ferry experience and it was another outstanding example of good organisation from check in to drive off. The lounges are comfortable and even on the smaller ferry there were opportunities for refreshments and food that reasonable. We are very impressed with the entire system.

    'Thomas' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway

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  • "Lovely and calm trip !"

    Good and friendly staff ...

    'Wolfgang' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway

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  • "Great crossing"

    We got a standard room for 4 with a window, which was largely enough for 2 adults 3 kids, next time would get economy with window (outside). Kids loved crossing, was quite smooth. Onboard entertainment cheesy but fun. Brought our own sandwiches for tea and breakfast too, onboard food is pricey. There's a cinema too, good price but times are all IRL times not French which threw us a little.

    'Robert' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Highlander

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  • "Larne to Cairnryan"

    Facilities - good. Cleanliness - good. Punctuality good. Staff competence & courtesy - good. Catering - good, but I do consider £1.50 for a very small cup of tea to be poor value for money! Other than that, good all round.

    'John' travelled Larne Cairnryan with P&O Irish Sea on European Causeway

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Larne Guide

The town and port of Larne is located on the east coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The town's maritime history dates back over 1,000 years and is now a major cargo and passenger port. The town is only around 25 miles from the Scottish mainland and lies on the western side of a narrow inlet that links it to the sea. The eastern side of the inlet is the Island Magee Peninsular and to the west is the ancient volcanic formation of Antrim Plateau. Due to the town's proximity to Scotland, there are magnificent views to be had towards the Mull of Kintyre, Rhins of Galloway, Islay and Paps of Jura.

Larne is Northern Ireland's busiest ferry port and handles around 1 million passengers and 200, 000 cars every year. Passenger facilities at the port are excellent with lounge areas, a restaurant, cash machines, shops, tourist information and a rail and bus station. The two main ferry services operating out of the port to mainland Britain are to Cairnryan, with a crossing time of around 1 hour and 45 minutes. There is also a service to Troon with a crossing time of around 2 hours. There is also a ferry that operates between Larne and Fleetwood in the north west of England.

Cairnryan Guide

Cairnryan is a small Scottish village that lies on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan in Dumfries and Galloway. The village can trace its origins back to 1701 when it was established to house the workers on the Lochryan Estate, which has a deer park and bowling green. The village has a long and important seafaring history and today is home to a ferry service that connects Scotland to Northern Ireland. There isn't a great deal of things to do and see in the village and its facilities include a hotel, some bed and breakfast guest houses, a caravan site which has been built on the site of an old war camp sire, a village shop and the Merchant's House Restaurant.

The village's harbour has two ferry terminals which provide ferry services to Larne and Belfast. The Larne terminal was opened in 1973 and is now operated by P&O Ferries and the second, for services to Belfast, is operated by Stena Line.