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

The Cairnryan Larne ferry route connects Scotland with Northern Ireland. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, P&O Irish Sea. The crossing operates up to 42 times each week with sailing durations from around 2 hours.

Cairnryan Larne 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.

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Most popular questions

  • The approximate duration for ferries from Cairnryan to Larne is 2h. Durations can vary by operator and season.
  • Cairnryan to Larne is approximately 289 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability.
  • There is 1 ferry operator for ferries from Cairnryan to Larne and this is
    • P&O Irish Sea
  • Book Cairnryan to Larne tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.
  • Yes, foot passengers are allowed onboard the ferries from Cairnryan to Larne with
    • P&O Irish Sea
  • Yes, you can travel with a car from Cairnryan to Larne with the following operators
    • P&O Irish Sea
  • 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
    • P&O Irish Sea
  • Cairnryan to Larne is approximately 47 nautical miles distance apart.

Cairnryan Larne Ferry reviews

  • "My trip"

    Sailed on time and arrived on time. Only critism is the seating in the Club Lounge that you pay extra for £16, needs replacing, the springs in the seat are tired and there is no comfort sitting in them. My motorbike was safely secured, the staff are very pleasent and polite. Other than the seating I have no complaints.

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  • "Great experience "

    Well organised and helpful staff made boarding and I boarding easy. Comfortable crossing - pleasant staff. Great experience  

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  • "Brilliant "

    Really enjoyed the journey. All the staff on land and onboard is so nice. I definitely recommend it. And I ll travel this way again.

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  • "very pleasant travelling !!"

    Always find P&O ferry between Larne and Cairnryan a very pleasant experience Ferry always immaculate, restful and all staff are very helpful Will look forward to my next trip °°!!

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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.

Larne Guide

Larne is a town and seaport located in Country Antrim in Northern Ireland and lies on the western side of a narrow inlet linking Larne Lough to the sea. The port of Larne regular receives ferries from Cairnryan of Scotland, operated by P&O Irish Sea.

The area around the town has been inhabited for over a thousand years and is believed to have been one of the earliest inhabited areas in Ireland, with the settlers thought to have arrived from Scotland via the North Channel.

In Larne’s slightly more recent history, the Scots-Irish Bissett family built Olderfleet Castle at Curran Point in the 13th century and in 1315 Edward the Bruce of Scotland, who was Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland's brother, arrived in Larne with his army on his way to conquering Ireland.

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