There is currently just the 1 ferry route running between Isle of Man and Northern Ireland operated by 1 ferry company – Steam Packet. The Douglas to Belfast ferry crossing operates weekly with a scheduled sailing duration from about 2 hours 45 minutes.
Whilst we’ve taken great care to ensure the information on this page is correct, as the frequency and duration of crossings on all routes can vary from time to time we’d advise that you get a live quote for current availability on this Isle of Man Northern Ireland crossing between Douglas and Belfast.
The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the heart of the Irish Sea.
Falling under Norse rule in 1079, the Isle of Man draws heavy influence from the Viking era, most notably in the name ‘Tynwald’, the oldest continuously used parliament in the world. The island is also characterised by an untouched, beautiful landscape comprising idyllic beaches, rolling green plains and a rugged coastline, earning it a UNESCO Biosphere declaration in March 2016.
The unspoilt terrain and winding country roads make it a top destination for cyclists and motorcyclists and the Isle of Man is perhaps most known for the world famous TT motorbike races held every May and June, attracting around 50,000 visitors each year.
The Isle of Man’s main port is in Douglas on the southeast coast and, given the island’s central location in the Irish Sea, it is a useful gateway for the British Isles and the Republic of Ireland.
Northern Ireland is one of the four parts of the United Kingdom, located in the island of Ireland, bordering the Republic of Ireland to the South and West.
Whether the thriving and vibrant city of Belfast and the story of the Titanic, the Giant’s Causeway coast with enchanting land and seascapes, or the ancient city of Derry with its rich cultural and architectural heritage, Northern Ireland offers so much for everyone to enjoy.
Getting in by ferry is simple with crossings on offer from England, Isle of Man and Scotland. The short hop from Scotland is regular, year round and offered by a number of ferry operators. The direct connection from England is less regular, but also year round and a popular service.
As there are numerous crossings to Ireland, including a service from the continent via France, you could also choose to sail to Ireland and drive across the border to Northern Ireland.