Ferry from Cairnryan to Larne in Ireland

Ferry from Cairnryan to Larne in Ireland

The Cairnryan to Larne ferry connection is operated by P&O Ferries. The service connects the east of Northern Ireland with the south west of Scotland. It departs up seven times each day from Cairnryan and depending on your ship, you can be in Ireland within 1 hour.

Cairnryan to Larne

Car & 4 passengers from £175
6 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2 hours       Foot passengers from £27

The ferry route is served by three ships. The European Causeway and The European Highlander carry out the majority of crossing and the journey will take 2 hours on these ships. The final vessel serving this Scotland to Ireland route is The P&O Express fastcraft which only takes an hour to speed you across the sea between Larne and Cairnryan.

If you are planning a self drive holiday to Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland or even if you are just one of the many people who need to commute home or to work, then the Cairnryan to Larne connection really is an excellent and cost effective way of travelling.

The P&O Cairnryan Larne ferries can take you wherever you need to get to Ireland, when you land in Larne you are just a 30 minute drive from the Northern Ireland capital, Belfast or a 90 minute drive from Derry.

From Belfast you can reach Dublin and Southern Ireland within 2 hours. If you are travelling further on to places like Galway, Limerick or Cork then you will need to factor in about an extra 2 hours driving after reaching Dublin.

10 thoughts on “Ferry from Cairnryan to Larne in Ireland

    1. Hi Jackie

      Cats are welcome on almost all of the routes available. They have have to be left in either the onboard kennels or in your vehicle. Unfortunately you will not be able to visit them without a crew member escorting you. They will require a passport and all relevant vaccinations depending on which country you are heading to. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Chrisie

      Unfortunately you will not be able to wait with your dog in the car. Passengers are required to wait on the main decks whilst sailing. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    1. Cats are welcome on almost all of the routes available. They have have to be left in either the onboard kennels or in your vehicle. Unfortunately you will not be able to visit them without a crew member escorting you. They will require a passport and all relevant vaccinations depending on which country you are heading to. There is no cost for this service. I hope this helps.

  1. We will be travelling to Northern Ireland to pick up our new car. Will there be any problem travelling there in one car and back in another? They are both within the same size band.

    1. Hi Ruth

      This won’t be a problem at all. Just under where you enter the dates, times and passenger details of where you want to travel to, select “Different passenger or vehicles out/return” and follow the instructions from there. I hope this helps.

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