Ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast in Northern Ireland

Ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast in Northern Ireland

Sail between Scotland and Northern Ireland on the biggest ferries ever to sail into Belfast with a crossing time from only 2 hours 15 minutes and a choice of up to six daily crossings so you can travel when it suits you.

Cairnryan to Belfast

Car & 4 passengers from £189
6 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2hr 15m       Foot passengers from £26
Car & 4 passengers from £200
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 8 hours       Foot passengers from £22

The ferry connection will be serviced by the biggest ferries ever to sail between Scotland and Northern Ireland, Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII.

Sailing from Belfast to Cairnryan with Stena Line will take you just over 2 hours, during that time you can experience superior levels of comfort and enjoyment on-board the brand new Superfast ferry.

In recent years Belfast has emerged from decades of conflict to be a top tourist destination. With its relatively small size and amazing picturesque location nestled between mountains, Belfast offers it’s visitors a special holiday. Stunning coastline, a fascinating history and a vibrant atmosphere make Belfast a very popular tourist destination.

Whether your planing just a weekend trip or Belfast is the starting point for a longer self drive holiday, the Stena Line Cairnryan to Belfast crossing offers you wonderful relaxed hassle free crossing. Their bright spacious ships make it easy for you to travel in comfort, with all the onboard facilities at hand to make your journey as relaxing and fun as possible!

The Cairnryan to Belfast routewas launched in 2012 and is operated by Stena Line. The route replaces Stena’s old Stranraer to Belfast ferries and connects Scotland and Northern Ireland with six daily sailings with a crossing time of only 2 hours 15 minutes.

A little sample of what the new Stena Line Superfast ships have to offer…

FREE WiFi – The drawbacks of the Internet and modern technology is that we all become a little too dependant on them, when we fly we are cut of from our connection to the web, with wifi on board Stena’s Irish sea crossings, you will have the web at your fingertips for free!

Nordic Spa – You can revive, relax and rejuvenate in our Nordic Spa – the only ships on the Irish Sea where you can take a Jacuzzi or chill out in our sauna – just don’t forget your swim suit!

The POD Lounge – Sample the ultimate multi-sensory experience in our new concept POD Lounge – an interactive zone with all the latest in technology from iPads to Xboxes, sound pods to surf stations.

12 thoughts on “Ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast in Northern Ireland

    1. You can book online – however some sailings have a restriction on the number of wheelchairs that can be taken on-board, for that reason if you are travelling with a wheelchair, please contact Stena Line on 08447 707070 or info.uk@stenaline.com to ensure that they are aware of your requirements and can add them to your booking prior to your trip.

  1. My wife and I travelled from Cairnryan to Belfast on the 11:30AM sailing on Thursday 21st November, returning on the 11:30AM from Belfast one week later, 28th November.
    Both sailings were good and the vessels very well appointed.
    On both journeys we bought food but unfortunately there were faults on both occasions.
    On the outward journey the food my wife ordered was not hot. She took it back and it was OK after being reheated.
    On the return journey she ordered battered fish. It was not cooked properly through. I took it back and they did a second fish. She ate this but was still not happy with it, thinking that it too was not cooked through in spite of looking almost overcooked on the outside. We wondered if it had been cooked directly from frozen so that the inside did not have time to thaw out properly.
    We are not in the habit of complaining, and do so this time only to help you in your quest to give the best service possible. Hopefully it was just bad luck that there was a fault on both journeys and that this is not common. You just may be able to double-check that everything is being done correctly.
    I repeat that the trips in general were very good.
    Yours faithfully,

    Douglas McDevitte

    1. You don’t need a passport. British or Irish citizens travelling on 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.

    1. You don’t need a passport. British or Irish citizens travelling on 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.

  2. can I just rack up and hop on a ferry with my 4×4 or do I need to pre book?
    I appreciate if the ferry is full I am stuffed but I am not sure of the time I will arrive at Cairnryan and I don’t want to put pressure on myself to be there at a specific time I would rather wait around at the dock for the next sailing if that is necessary

    1. Hi Stephen

      Due to the on-going pandemic, companies are temporarily not allowing you to travel without a prior booking. Operators are offering flexi-fares, or advanced fare options, which allow you to change the booking date and time if required.

      Hope this helps!

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