Ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan in Scotland

Ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan in Scotland

Travel on the biggest ferries ever to sail between Northern Ireland and Scotland. Sail from Belfast to Cairnryan on the Stena Superfast VII & Stena Superfast VIII in a crossing time from only 2 hours 15 minutes with a choice of up to six daily crossings.

Belfast to Cairnryan

Car & 4 passengers from £199
6 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2hr 15m

stena line benefitsThe Stena Superfast ships are the largest, most luxurious ferries sailing to Scotland, possibly providing you the best ferry experience on the Irish Sea! The crossing will take around 2 hours 15 minutes and there are up to six sailings each day departing from Belfast for Scotland.

Onboard the Belfast to Cairnryan route there is lots to enjoy such as the Pure Nordic Spa, the POD Lounge, The Living Room and Taste restaurant. And of course, there’s still free Wi-Fi, free movies, Curious George and the exclusive Stena Plus Lounge. Don’t forget that there are no baggage charges, so if you can fit it in the car, then you are good to go.

With dramatic landscapes and a friendly welcome, a visit to Scotland is an unforgettable experience! Take your car to Scotland and from the moment you arrive in Cairnryan, you’ll discover and enjoy traveling through the breath-taking land of Scotland.

Planning on visiting friends or family? Fancy a shopping trip to let your hair down or perhaps it’s a trip over to see your favourite team? Whatever the occasion the Belfast to Cairnryan ferry is the ideal way to travel with friends or family over to Scotland.

Alternative Sailings to Cairnryan

Car & 4 passengers from £217
6 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2 hours

Alternative Sailings from Belfast

Car & 4 passengers from £231
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 8 hours

Cairnryan to Belfast By Ferry

  • Operated by Stena Line
  • Served By The Ships: Superfast VII, Superfast VIII
  • Sailing Time: 2hr 15m | Up To 6 Sailings Per Day
  • Foot passengers from just £26 one way
Cairnryan  to Belfast

On-board Facilities

  • Cabins Available
  • WiFi Available
  • Food Court
  • Shopping Onboard

Traveling With Dogs

  • Dogs allowed to travel

Accessible Travel

  • Disabled Cabins Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available
  • Lifts Available

Traveling With Children

  • Child Friendly Cabins Available
  • Childrens Entertainment

Getting To Port (Cairnryan )

By Train: Stranraer is the closest train station to Cairnryan Ferry Terminal, approximately four miles away. There are taxis available outside the station.

By Bus: There is also a local bus service, the 350 from Stanraer, which runs Monday-Saturday.

Walking: This journey is too far to walk.

Getting To Port (Belfast)

By Train: Great Victoria Street train station is the nearest train station to Belfast ferry Terminals. It is an 11 minute drive (4.8 mi) via M2.

By Bus: Translink operate Metro service (96) from Upper Queen Street, near Belfast City Hall, to the terminal daily for the 07:30, 11:30, 15:30 & 19:30 departures. The return service from the terminal drops you off at Donegall Place in Belfast City Centre.

Walking: To walk from Great Victoria Street train station to Belfast ferry port would take approximately 1 hour 26 minutes (4.3 mi) via W Bank Road.

6 thoughts on “Ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan in Scotland

  1. I am planning to travel to as a foot passenger to Cairnryan from Belfast to purchase a motorbike. How much will this cost

    1. Hi John

      I am assuming the mean the cost of the ferry and not the price of the motorcycle – that we can’t help you with. So Cairnryan to Belfast is operated by Stena Line with a crossing time of 2 hours and 15 minutes. I’d need to know exact dates to give you a more accurate quote. As a rough estimate for a single journey out as a foot passenger in June, prices would start from £30. The return journey back with a motorcycle, prices would start from £45. If you get back in touch with dates and preference on ticket types, I will try and give you a more accurate quote. I hope this will at least help get you started.

  2. Hello,
    I will be traveling from Belfast to Cairnyan on August 25. Is it necessary to pre-purchase my ticket as I am not sure what time I will be departing?

  3. Hi. I’m planning a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland and would like to take the ferry to Cairnryan, Scotland. Is it possible to take the ferry there and walk around for two or three hours and then take another ferry back to Belfast in the same day? Please let me know and thank you very much for your help!

    Best wishes,
    Phil Ammar
    California, USA

    1. Hi Phil

      Sounds like a wonderful trip you are planning. Yes, that is entirely possible. To get from the ferry port into Belfast town centre, you can go by bus, car or taxi.

      Belfast City Translink operate a return Metro bus shuttle service (number 96) from Upper Queen Street near Belfast City Hall in Belfast City Centre to West Bank Road. Journey time is approximately 22 minutes but allow 30 minutes incase of traffic build up. Please Note: The Stena Line Belfast to Liverpool terminal is midway on the West Bank Road and the Belfast to Cairnryan Terminal is located at the end of the West Bank Road.

      The Stena Line terminal is conveniently located close to the Northern Ireland expressway network. Leave at Junction 1 of the M2 expressway (Fortwilliam roundabout) and follow signs easily to / from Belfast city centre and the rest of Ireland. The port is clearly signposted “Stena Line” on the expressways and roads in the vicinity to help you find the port without and hassle. Parking Lot: There are a limited number of car parking lot spaces available at the Belfast terminal and these are on a first come, first served basis. Please advise a member of check-in staff that your vehicle will be left at the terminal.

      There is a taxi-share scheme in operation to the city centre which is offered by black public hire taxis just outside the main terminal building. These taxis cover most areas throughout the city including central railway station where you can get trains to Colraine, Derry City and to the South. You may share a taxi or have single occupancy from £9 per taxi to the city centre. Taxis may also be pre-booked through FonaCAB, please visit http://www.fonacab.com.

      Why not check out our Dublin destination guide, to give you some inspiration for your trip!

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