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Cairnryan to Belfast Ferry

The Cairnryan Belfast ferry route connects Scotland with Northern Ireland. 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 15 minutes.

Cairnryan Belfast 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.

Cairnryan to Belfast Ferry Alternatives

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Most popular questions

  • How long is the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast?

    The approximate duration for ferries from Cairnryan to Belfast is 2h 15m. Durations can vary by operator and season.
  • How much is the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast?

    Cairnryan to Belfast is approximately 324 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Cairnryan to Belfast?

    There is 1 ferry operator for ferries from Cairnryan to Belfast and this is
    • Stena Line
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Cairnryan to Belfast?

    Book Cairnryan to Belfast 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 Belfast?

    Yes, foot passengers are allowed onboard the ferries from Cairnryan to Belfast with
    • Stena Line
  • Can you take your car on the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast?

    Yes, you can travel with a car from Cairnryan to Belfast with the following operators
    • Stena Line
  • Can you bring dogs on the ferry from [Portfrom] to Belfast?

    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 Cairnryan to Belfast?

    Cairnryan to Belfast is approximately 57 nautical miles distance apart.

Cairnryan Belfast Ferry reviews

  • "Easy crossing"

    Everything went well left on time. Facilities good on board. Happy overall.

    'Superfast VII' travelled on Superfast VII

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  • "Excellent Service"

    I enjoyed my trip from Cairnryan to Belfast, checking in and everything else about the trip was first class.

    'Superfast VII' travelled on Superfast VII

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  • "First time on a ferry"

    I couldn't believe the amount things to do! It was at the other side before I knew I want to go back on again soon

    'Superfast VII' travelled on Superfast VII

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  • "Very relaxing and comfortable"

    Opened my eyes to the comfort and convenience of ferry travel vs flying. Will be using more I. Future with he family

    'Superfast VIII' travelled on Superfast VIII

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Cairnryan Guide

Cairnryan is a Scottish port village located in Dumfries and Galloway, lying on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan. Important in maritime history, Cairnryan has two ferry terminals connecting Scotland to Northern Ireland. The first opened in 1973, originally operated by Townsend Thoresen and now by P&O Ferries, links Scotland with the port of Larne. The second Cairnryan ferry terminal is located at Old House Point, operated by Stena Line, linking to the Port of Belfast.

The village can trace its origins back to 1701 when it was established for workers employed on the Lochryan Estate which features a deer park and bowling green. Facilities in Cairnryan include the Lochryan Hotel, a few guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments, a caravan site built on the site of an old war campsite, a village shop and The Merchant's House Restaurant.

Belfast Guide

Belfast Harbour is an important seaport in the United Kingdom, with one of the leading ferry operators, Stena Line, connecting it with Liverpool and Cairnryan. You can also reach Belfast from the Isle of Man, with seasonal services provided by Steam Packet.

Belfast is Northern Ireland's capital city, surrounded by mountains creating a specific climate beneficial to horticulture. Moreover, it lies at the mouth of the River Lagan located in County Antrim, although parts of east and south Belfast are actually located in County Down. It is, then, quite a green space and offers visitors plenty of parkland and forest parks to explore from Cave Hill Country Park and Lagan Valley Regional Park to the Victorian Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city.

From an architectural perspective Belfast has some fine buildings including the Edwardian City Hall and the modern Waterfront Hall. Many of the city's Victorian landmarks, including the main Lanyon Building at Queen's University Belfast and the Linenhall Library, were designed by Sir Charles Lanyon.

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