Ferries to Ireland

Ferries to Ireland

There are plenty options to choose from for ferries to Ireland, sailing from Wales, England and Scotland. The first table below deals with ferries to the republic of Ireland and you will find six different options, which include four separate routes from three operators departing from four different UK ports and sailing to two different ports in Ireland.

Ferries to Republic of Ireland

Car & 4 passengers from £217
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 30m
Car & 4 passengers from £217
4 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 15m
Car & 4 passengers from £228
4 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 15m
Car & 4 passengers from £239
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 8 hours
Car & 4 passengers from £228
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 4 hours
The Liverpool to Dublin ferry does not take foot passengers.

All of the ferries to Northern Ireland sail from Scotland with the exception of the 8 hour sailing from Liverpool to Belfast. You will have noticed from the table above that Scotland has no ferries going to the republic of Ireland.

There are four options to choose from for ferries to Northern Ireland. Three different routes from two operators (Stena & P&O) sailing from three ports in the UK to two ports in Northern Ireland.

Ferries to Northern Ireland

Car & 4 passengers from £199
6 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2hr 15m
Car & 4 passengers from £188
6 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2 hours
Car & 4 passengers from £203
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 8 hours
Ferries no longer sail from Stranraer

Where ever you may be heading to in Ireland (Northern or Republic) we are sure you will agree you have plenty of options on sailing to Ireland.

50 thoughts on “Ferries to Ireland

  1. We are travelling over to Dublin next week. Both my wife and myself are fully vaccinated (Pfizer) and will complete the PLF within 72 hours prior to departure.
    My question is … is there anything we need to do when returning to the UK ?
    Kindly advise, as I cannot find the answer on any website !

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Ian.

      Thank you for getting in touch! I am making the assumption here that you and your wife are British Citizens, living in either England, Scotland or Wales (If this is not the case, get back in touch, as the rules may vary slightly).

      Prior to travelling you will need to:
      1) Check your passport is in date. Please see our handy Is Your Passport Valid guide for more details.
      2) Fill in a Passenger Locator Form.
      3) Provide proof of vaccination. No travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary for travellers from Great Britain with valid proof of full vaccination.

      Other optional extras, we would advise, but are not necessary:
      1) take masks.
      2) complete lateral flow tests during your trip.

      Upon return to the UK:
      While most countries are classed as green, amber or red, Ireland is part of the common travel area. This means that those travelling from Ireland to the UK don’t have to quarantine on arrival in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Therefore nothing needs to be done upon arrival back into the UK. Just go back to the normal Covid rules for your home country. For peace of mind, you may wish to take lateral flow tests upon return. (This is not a legal requirement, just a personal choice).

      We hope you have a lovely holiday!

  2. I’m planning to go to Ireland in August for a week with my Mother and sister. All 3 of us have had both covid jabs. Do we need to show proof of this before travelling?

    1. Hi Paul

      Thank you for getting in touch. Yes, all three of you will have to provide proof of your vaccination status, as it will be checked upon arrival into Ireland. Please see our guide on NHS COVID Passport, which explains how to go about obtaining proof. I hope this helps.

  3. Can I add a passenger to my car on a return journey and if so how much is it? Initially booked for 3 Cairnryan-Larne.

    1. Hi Graeme

      Of course you can add an extra passenger for your return journey. Unfortunately I cannot give you a quote for this, as this may incur a slight charge (depending on the ticket type booked). To amend this you would need to call P&O Service Team on 01304 44 88 88. As a note, get them to quote a price for the extra passenger just as a foot passenger, rather than in the car. Always best to see which price works out cheapest. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Chris

      Thank you for getting in touch with us. Unfortunately we would need more information from you to complete this quote. For example. dates of travel, can you be flexible with dates? Are you flexible with ferry times? Please also be aware that in certain circumstances you would be required to isolate upon arrival in Ireland, so that would have to be factored into your journey as well. If you could provide us with more information I’d be happy to give you a quote. Thanks.

  4. I am fully vaccinated ( Astra Seneca) Can I take my car to Dublin, without been quarantined ?

    1. Hi Patrick

      Unfortunately not. Regardless of vaccination status you would still be required to quarantine for 14 days. Here’s some more information from the UK Government website. I am sorry we cannot be of more help.

  5. We cannot now take up a booked holiday in N Ireland as Sykes Holidays have cancelled the booking accommodation
    We therefore wish to have our payment of £386.00 refunded. Our booking Reference Number is 22927823 made on 16 JAN 2020 and converted into an open booking until the end of 2021

    1. Hi Raymond and Avril

      Firstly let me say how sorry we here at Ferry To Europe are that your holiday accommodation has been cancelled. Unfortunately we are not able to refund ferry tickets, this would come from the operator directly (Stena Line, P&O Ferries or Irish Ferries). Without knowing who the operator was, I unfortunately cannot help you in getting your refund. If you could provide me with more details, I can will try to help as much as I can.

    1. Hi Trevor

      Unfortunately you cannot get a ferry from Heysham to Ireland. Services have currently been suspended due to Government Guidelines. This route is used to transport freight, passengers are not allowed. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

  6. Hi, I want to I travel with my dog to Hollyhead from Dublin, I understand that the dog should stay at all times in car or in the kennel. Can I stay with my dog in the car? Is that allowed?

    1. Hi Raluca. Unfortunately you are not permitted to stay in your vehicle with your dog during the journey. If you wanted to check on your dog during the journey, you would have to speak to a staff member who would escort you to your vehicle to check on your dog. You would be expected to return to the main body of the ship for the rest of the journey.

      Hope this helps!

  7. Wish to travel from Fishguard to Rosslare with our 2 spaniels. Do not want to leave them in our car nor have them in a cage in a hold with fumes from vehicles, if for some unforeseen reason the ferry should sink, will the crew rescue the animals that are in the hold??????? Why can’t there be an allocated area for dogs on leads to stay with their owners, most dogs are more well behaved than children … I would welcome an in-depth answer & explanation…..

    1. Hi Karen

      Unfortunately this is not a question, we here at Ferry to Europe can answer. Policies regarding the safe storage of dogs, and what would happen in an emergency will be specific to each ferry operator. Our advice would be to contact them to get a more in-depth answer. I am sorry we cannot be of more help.

  8. I live in Alford Lincolnshire we are thinking of going to Southern Ireland which would be the best ferry port to go from

    1. Hi Thomas

      So the best ferry port for you would be Liverpool. Travelling Liverpool to Dublin. From Alford it is 3 hours 24 minutes drive. I hope this helps.

  9. I haven’t received an email confirmation of my booking with Irish Ferries.
    Pembroke to Rossalre Tues 4th April. Bullen.
    Please can you check and resend, thank you.

    1. Hi Alan

      Unfortunately we here at Ferry To Europe do not have access to booking confirmations, these come direct from the ferry operator. You will have to contact either Stena Line or Irish Ferries, depending on who you have booked with. Sorry we cannot be of more help.

  10. Hi do we need any sort of paperwork for our dogs as I know some places do require what they call a pet passport

  11. You say dogs can go in on-board kennels or stay in car. Our dog would become very stressed if left on his own. Are we able to stay with him in the kennels?

    1. Hi Suzie

      You would not be able to remain with your dog in the kennels for the entire journey. At the discretion of the operator you would be able to visit them being accompanied by a member of staff. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

  12. We are awaiting consent to remain in Ireland. We would like to travel to UK by ferry. Would there be any problem returning to Ireland. We have passports from Canada

  13. hi I am from Canada will be traveling from scotland to ireland is it better to purchase tickets ahead of time or day of??? thanks

    1. Taking advice from Irish ferries website today they say “”Irish Ferries recommend all passengers bring a passport with them. Irish and British citizens do not strictly require a passport to travel between the two countries – some form of identification is however required. Please note that all nationalities except Irish or British require passports. Useful means of identification when travelling on these routes are: Passport, Driving Licence, European identity Card, Bank cards, Photo ID (school or college), Utility Bills or Birth Certificate.

      Passengers who turn up at our ports without valid documentation may not be allowed to enter either Ireland or Britain.”

    1. Yes you can take your dogs to Ireland. 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. StenaLine say – British or Irish citizens travelling on our 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 provide adequate proof of identity for your child to travel on our sailings.

      Irish Ferries recommend all passengers bring a passport with them. Irish and British citizens do not strictly require a passport to travel between the two countries – some form of identification is however required.

      Please note that all nationalities except Irish or British require passports.

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