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Ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan

Depending on the season their are usually 5 daily and 38 weekly sailings between Belfast and Cairnryan. The Belfast Cairnryan ferry is operated by Stena Line. Belfast Cairnryan Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get the latest pricing and availability for your ferry trip.

Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry Times

The earliest ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan typically departs Belfast at about 03:30. The average sailing time of a Belfast Cairnryan ferry is approximately 2h 22m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 2h 22m.

Belfast Cairnryan Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for Belfast Cairnryan ferries typically range between €80* and €469*. The average price is around €307*. The cheapest ferry prices from Belfast to Cairnryan start from €37*. The average price for a foot passenger is €113*. The average price for a car ferry is €361*.

Pricing will vary by season and depend on the number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time.

What is the distance between Belfast and Cairnryan?

The distance between Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 66.4 miles (106.8km), or 57.7 nautical miles.

Is there a Belfast Cairnryan car ferry?

Yes, Stena Line offer a car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing for car ferries between Belfast and Cairnryan.

Are foot passengers allowed on the Belfast Cairnryan ferry?

Yes, foot passengers can travel on ferries from Belfast to Cairnryan with Stena Line.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Northern Ireland to Scotland page.
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Belfast - Cairnryan Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators Stena Line
Average Price 390 €*
Average Daily Sailings 5
Average Weekly Sailings 38
Average Sailing Duration 2h 22m
First Ferry 03:30
Last Ferry 23:30
Distance 57 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

The approximate duration for ferries from Belfast to Cairnryan is 2h 22m. Durations can vary by operator and season.

How much is the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 359 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Belfast to Cairnryan?

There is 1 ferry operator for ferries from Belfast to Cairnryan and this is
  • Stena Line

How can I book ferry tickets from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Book Belfast to Cairnryan tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.

Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Yes, foot passengers are allowed onboard the ferries from Belfast to Cairnryan with
  • Stena Line

Can you take your car on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Yes, you can travel with a car from Belfast to Cairnryan with the following operators
  • Stena Line

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Yes, passengers are allowed to bring their pets onboard the ferry. Please ensure you read all the information around pet travel from the operator you decide to travel with. The following operators currently allow pets on their ferries
  • Stena Line

How far is Cairnryan from Belfast?

Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 57 nautical miles distance apart.

Belfast Cairnryan Ferry reviews

  • "Hassle free travelling "

    We recently travelled from Belfast to Cairnryan and it was a very pleasant experience. We had booked the Hygge lounge which was wonderful as our sailing times had meant very early morning starts, so it was ideal to relax on board before driving again. We will definitely travel this way again. The only thing I would say is that while the quality of the on board catering was good, it was very expensive for what you got.

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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  • "Excellent"

    Lovely trip and lovely staff

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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  • "Great Service"

    Smooth trip from booking through to arrival in Scotland. Well trained polite staff. Everywhere spotlessly clean. Great experience. 

    'Superfast VII' travelled on Superfast VII

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  • "Moter bikes "

    Great ferry, good people and fast. Thanks for the trip,

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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Belfast Guide

Belfast Harbour is a main hub in the importation and exportation of goods and for passenger ferry services. Operated by Stena Line, Belfast ferry port provides regular passenger ferry crossings to Cairnryan in Scotland and Liverpool Birkenhead in England. Run by Steam Packet, there are also seasonal services to Douglas on the Isle of Man, across the Irish Sea.

The city of Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is the capital city located in County Antrim, although parts of the city spread over to County Down. The city has a long tradition in the production of Irish linen, tobacco, rope and shipbuilding. In fact, the city's main shipbuilder, Harland and Wolf, is known for building the RMS Titanic in the early 20th Century. Today, Belfast is an important centre for commerce, the arts, higher education, law, business and of course, tourism.


Cairnryan Guide

Cairnryan is a small Scottish port village sitting on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan in Dumfries and Galloway. The harbour has two ferry terminals providing services to and from Larne and Belfast: the Larne terminal, opened in 1973 and now operated by P&O Ferries, and the second is run by Stena Line, taking ferries from Belfast.

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 one of the most popular ferry routes in the United Kingdom.

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 area, a village shop and the Merchant's House Restaurant.


Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 17/06/2024 and 23/06/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Stena Line 03:30 05:52 2 hours 22 minutes Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Stena Line 07:30 09:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 11:30 13:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 15:30 17:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 19:30 21:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 23:30 01:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
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