Cairnryan
Belfast
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Ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast

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

Cairnryan to Belfast Ferry Times

The earliest ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast typically departs Cairnryan at about 03:30. The average sailing time of a Cairnryan Belfast ferry is approximately 2h 15m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 2h 15m.

Cairnryan Belfast Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for Cairnryan Belfast ferries typically range between €115* and €457*. The average price is around €314*. The cheapest ferry prices from Cairnryan to Belfast start from €17*. The average price for a foot passenger is €125*. The average price for a car ferry is €358*.

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

What is the distance between Cairnryan and Belfast?

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

Is there a Cairnryan Belfast car ferry?

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

Are foot passengers allowed on the Cairnryan Belfast ferry?

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

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Cairnryan - Belfast Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators Stena Line
Average Price 399 €*
Average Daily Sailings 5
Average Weekly Sailings 38
Average Sailing Duration 2h 15m
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 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 367 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability. Price exclusive of booking fees.

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 Cairnryan 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 pets on the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast?

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 Belfast from Cairnryan?

Cairnryan to Belfast is approximately 57 nautical miles distance apart.

Cairnryan Belfast 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

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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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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.


Cairnryan to Belfast Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 10/06/2024 and 16/06/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Stena Line 03:30 05:45 2 hours 15 minutes Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Stena Line 07:00 09:15 2 hours 15 minutes Mon
Stena Line 07:30 09:45 2 hours 15 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Stena Line 11:30 13:45 2 hours 15 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 15:30 17:45 2 hours 15 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 19:30 21:45 2 hours 15 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 23:00 01:45 2 hours 45 minutes Mon
Stena Line 23:30 01:45 2 hours 15 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
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