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Belfast - Cairnryan is one of our busiest routes - sailings regularly sell out at busy periods
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Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry

The Belfast Cairnryan ferry route connects Northern Ireland with Scotland. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Stena Line. The crossing operates up to 35 times each week with sailing durations from around 2 hours 22 minutes.

Belfast 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.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Northern Ireland to Scotland page.
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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 325 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability.
  • 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 [Portfrom] 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 dogs on the ferry from [Portfrom] to Cairnryan?

    Yes, passengers are allowed to bring their dogs 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 dogs on their ferries
    • Stena Line
  • What is the distance from Belfast to Cairnryan?

    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.

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