Ferries from Holyhead to Ireland

Ferries from Holyhead to Ireland

There are up to nine ferries from Holyhead daily connecting North Wales with the Republic of Ireland. With eight departures daily to Dublin and a summer sailing to Dun Laoghaire. Holyhead is the busiest ferry connection between Wales and Ireland.

Holyhead to Ireland Ferries

Car & 4 passengers from £253
4 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 15m
Car & 4 passengers from £255
4 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 15m
All routes allow foot passengers, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, vans, motorhomes & caravans.

A ferry from Holyhead will take you and your car over to Ireland in just 2 hours, if you choose the Dublin Swift from Irish Ferries. Or alternatively, the fast ferry service to Dun Laoghaire that is operated by Stena during the summer months. It won’t take much longer on the other larger ferries with the average sailing taking just 3 hours 15 minutes.

Whatever Holyhead ferry you choose, you will be sailing on some of Europe’s largest, modern and best equipped car ferries. You will find a host of facilities on-board including restaurants, video and electronic games. As well as children’s play areas, large lounge bars and shops.

Holyhead is situated in Anglesey in North Wales and is served by the A55 and A5. Therefore making it convenient for travel to or from the North of England, North Wales or the Midlands. Holyhead also has an excellent rail service providing connections to rail stations throughout Britain. If a Holyhead ferry is not how you are going to travel then you might consider Liverpool the next closest port to Holyhead.

Alternative Routes – Try Sailing from Liverpool

Car & 4 passengers from £231
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 8 hours
Car & 4 passengers from £127
11 Sailings Per Week       Sailing time: 2hr 45m
Liverpool to Dublin does not take foot passengers or solo bicycles.

and there are even more options to the south..

Alternative Routes – Try Sailing to Rosslare

Car & 4 passengers from £253
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 30m
Car & 4 passengers from £255
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 4 hours
Car & 4 passengers from £239
Up to 2 Sailings per week       Sailing time: 24 hours
Car & 4 passengers from £239
1 sailings per day       Sailing time: 18 hours
Car & 4 passengers from £249
3 sailings per day       Sailing time: 18 hours
All routes allow foot passengers, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, vans, motorhomes & caravans.

If you are looking for some inspiration for place to go and see in Ireland. Why not check out our Ireland Destination Guide for some hints and tips.

26 thoughts on “Ferries from Holyhead to Ireland

  1. Your site says 4 passengers and a car ..
    Id like to know if theres an option to book a single passenger & motorcycle from Holyhead to Ireland and would it reduce the cost down , As there is no way to check on site ,,

    1. Hi Paul

      Thank you for getting in touch! Yes there is an option to book for a single passenger and a motorcycle (and you are correct, this will undoubtedly change the price). To see this: Click on the purple box “Get a quote”. This will direct you to all the booking options for this trip. Simply select “1” for the number of passengers. Under “How you are travelling” change car to motorcycle from he drop down menu. Then select you Departure and Return Dates. Click “Book Now”. This will give you your desired price. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Sandra

      Thank you for getting in contact with us today. Unfortunately there are no tea/coffee making facilities located within the cabins. These are found on the main deck areas. With regards to check in time for cars, this will depend on the route that you are travelling on. If you are going between the UK and Ireland, you have to check in at least 30 minutes before departure. If you are travelling between the Ireland and France, you have to check in at least 60 minutes before departure. I hope this helps!

  2. Do I need a pet passport for my dog travelling from Holyhead to Dublin and back? I am rather confused as we don’t have rabies in either country. We live in the UK!!


    Tina Mistry

    1. Hi Tina, Yes you will require a pet passport on this route.

      You need a pet passport for your dog, cat or ferret if they’ll be travel-ling:
      • to the UK from an EU country, or another country the UK accepts pet passports from
      • from the UK to a listed or unlisted country and then returning to the UK – you cannot do this after your pet’s rabies vaccination has ex-pired
      From 1 January 2021, the rules for travelling to EU countries with your pet will change. You should start the process at least 4 months before you travel.
      If they’re coming from a listed or unlisted country, you need a third-country official veterinary certificate if they do not have a pet passport.
      You must bring originals of all your pet’s documents, not photocopies.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Hi I wanted to know how much a van would be to travel on the ferry from holyhead to Ireland I passenger to return the following day

    1. Hi Natalie

      Exact prices would depend on your dates of travel. Typically sailing on a Tuesday or Wednesday gives the cheapest fares. Sorry I cannot be more exact at this moment in time for you.

    1. Hi Colin

      Yes, dogs are welcome on this route. They have to be pre-booked into the onboard kennels, or they can remain in your vehicle. I hope this helps.

  4. Morning

    Can a dog be booked in to an on board kennel to travel & the passenger be a food passenger if a travel crates brings the dog for transfer to your on board kennels & once in Dublin dog transfers to travel crate & dog disembarks & can meet the family & foot passenger retrns next Ferry crossing back
    Thats 40.00 for our Dog rescue if I have to send a vehicle over will cost us 286.00 of our much needed funds at this time

    Thank you so much

    1. Hi Annmarie

      Unfortunately not. All tickets must be purchased prior to travelling. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

    1. Hi Leigh

      Yes you can bring your cat onto the ferry as a foot passenger. They will have to be pre-booked into the onboard kennels. I hope this helps.

    1. You will need to check with the ferry company you choose to travel with on their exact policy. But in general British or Irish citizens travelling on the Irish Sea routes do not need a passport to travel to Britain or Ireland but are advised to take a form of identity. A driving licence, citizenship card or utility bill will usually suffice. A birth certificate will usually provide adequate proof of identity for your children.

    1. Your dogs can be booked into the onboard Kennels or remain in your car. They are not allowed on any of the passenger decks.

    1. You can usually book 12 months in advance. Irish ferries are currently taking bookings up to December 2014 at the moment.

  5. how much will it cost for a foot passenger on the swift and normal ferry from holyhead to dublin on july 13th

    1. It all depends on when you are sailing.

      Just use the get a quote link above to get an accurate quote – takes a couple minutes to get your price.

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