Ferries from Dublin to Holyhead

Ferries from Dublin to Holyhead

Both Stena Line and Irish Ferries sail from Dublin to Holyhead.

In total there is up to eight daily sailings from Dublin to Holyhead and you can choose to cruise across the Irish sea in just over 3 hours or take the Irish Ferries fast ferry, the Dublin Swift, that sails you from Dublin to Holyhead in under 2 hours.

Dublin to Holyhead Ferries

Car & 4 passengers from £228
4 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 15m
Car & 4 passengers from £217
4 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 15m

Both Irish Ferries and Stena Line provide a stress free journey from Ireland to the shores of the UK. So why not take the ferry to Holyhead from Dublin and travel in comfort with your car. There are no additional charges for baggage when you travel by ferry, so you can bring as much as you can fit in your car!

Holyhead is situated in Anglesey in North Wales and is served by the A55 and A5 road networks. The A55 expressway has newly been improved reducing journey times by up to 30 minutes and A5 road networks. If you are a foot passenger Holyhead also has an excellent rail service providing connections to rail stations throughout Britain.

The Dublin Ferryport is situated 2 miles from the centre of Ireland’s vibrant capital city, and is positioned at the heart of Ireland’s road and rail network. Dublin Port Tunnel is within the port complex and provides quick access to the M50 & M1 motorways, the main routes to the North and South of the country.

Stena Line offers Free WiFi and Free movies on all their sailings, so if your looking to stay connected or keep you little ones entertained then, Stena Line may be the best choice for you!

36 thoughts on “Ferries from Dublin to Holyhead

  1. Once at the port, how much time is required to check-in if an International traveler?
    We are arriving in Holyhead from London, but coming from the States

    1. Hi Carrie

      Thank you for getting in touch. Check in times for each route and craft are shown on your E-ticket and Reservation Advice. Please check before travelling. As you are an American citizen you must check that you have all the documents required for entry into Ireland or Britain, otherwise you may be refused. We are unaware of exact guidelines regarding time required for checking in if you are an international traveller. Unfortunately we cannot help you on the matter, and suggest you contact the company who you are travelling with for clarity. I am sorry we cannot be of more help.

  2. Can I get a quote for 6th July two passengers with car travelling to holyhead for the day prices if possible please coming back same day

    1. Hi Kathleen.

      Thank you for getting in touch. So there are two operators on this route: Irish Ferries and Stena Line. Both quotes are for 6th July 2022. 2 adults + standard size car. For each sailing time I have selected the cheapest option for tickets. There is also an option to sail with each operator at ~2am, this would be the first sailing of the day. Both return journeys are the last sailing of the day.

      Irish Ferries: Depart Journey: 0805-1130. Return Journey: 2015-2330. Price: ~£332.
      Stena Line: Depart Journey: 0815-1150. Return Journey: 2030-2345. Price: ~£270.

      I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Tom

      Thank you for getting in touch with us. Unfortunately we would need a little more information from you to complete the quote. What date are you looking to travel on or can you be flexible with dates? Are you flexible with the time or travel? If you get back in touch with a little more information we would be happy to give you a quote.

        1. Hi Pat

          Thank you for getting in touch. Unfortunately I will need a little more information to complete this quote. You have responded to a comment by another person, so I am unsure if your query relates to their comment or if yours is a separate quote entirely?

          Are your travelling as a foot passenger or are you travelling in a car or other vehicle? Can you be flexible with the times of travel? If you get back in touch I will try and help out.

    1. Hi Andrew

      For Both Stena Line and Irish Ferries, directly under where you enter the details for route and dates of journey. There is an option to select “different passengers/vehicles for out/return journeys”. Simply click on the link and fill out the required fields. I hope this helps.

  3. Looking to travel across in my ford transit gumbo high roof, Driver and passenger mid October from dublin to holyhead.

    1. Hi Lorraine

      All ships, but the ferries operating to/from Denmark, to/from Latvia and to/from Germany accept payments in euros and local currency such as pounds sterling (please check route and country currency before you travel). Payments can be made with cash, credit cards and debit cards with a Maestro logo. I hope this helps.

  4. My son will possibly sadly miss the crossing this night 23rd, 2.15 am. Is there any chance his crossing can be transferred to tomorrow afternoon, since the 8 am crossing has been cancelled without having to pay extra, please? He has tried several times to ring, but with no luck. Thank you. Helle

    1. Hi Helle

      Sorry to hear of your dilemma. If you miss your sailing Irish Ferries will do everything possible to transfer you to the next available Irish Ferries sailing. You will be charged an amendment fee plus any difference in fare. There is no refund due for unused tickets. Unfortunately, we would not be able to help with this issue, you would have to deal with Irish Ferries directly. I am sorry we cannot be of more help.

    1. Hi Paul

      All journey’s need to be pre-booked in advance. You will not be allowed on without a booking. I hope this helps.

  5. Do you have to book these trips to Dublin or is it okay to buy tickets on the day of travel. Is it best to book ahead?

  6. hi I want to travel to Dublin and back with my family. we have settlement visas so do we need visas to travel by ferry

    1. Hi Tiddings

      This is a complicated question. This would depend on you where you are from originally.

      If you are a citizen of a country whose nationals need a visa to enter Ireland and you have a valid UK visa or residence permit, you may be required to have a visa to enter Ireland before you arrive in Ireland. The Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme allows nationals of a number of Eastern European, Middle East and Asian countries who have a short-term UK visa to come to Ireland without the need for a separate Irish visa. Please look at the Irish Government Page for more details. I am sorry we cannot be of more help.

  7. Can I bring a cat onboard and what documentation do I need and can I stay with my cat in the car when crossing?

    1. Hi Helen

      Yes cats are able to travel on this crossing. They will have to be pre-booked onboard. Your cat is able to remain either in your vehicle or booked into the onboard kennels. Your will not be able to remain with your cat during the crossing I’m afraid.

      Your cat will require a pet passport and all relevant vaccination documentation. Please see our Travelling with Pet – Passports and Vaccination Guide for more details. I hope this helps.

  8. We are going to spend some time in Ireland in August but our return journey will depend on what is occurring. Is it possible to either buy and open ended ticket from Dublin to ahold head or buy a ticket on the day when we decide to come home?

    1. Hi Patrick.

      You would be able to do this by booking two single journeys. For your return journey it would have to be booked in advance, but in theory this could be done the night before travel. Although, we cannot guarantee there would be any availability. So we would advise keeping an eye on the website to check closer to the time. I hope this helps.

  9. What if my wife and I want to travel across with out a car and then rent a vehicle once across so we can leave it from our departure airport? We want fly into Dublin for a Wedding but then visit friends in England.

    1. Hi Andrew

      This would have to be agreed with the rental car company. Many companies allow you to pick up cars from one location and return it to another. I am sorry we cannot be of more help.

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