Ferry from Holyhead to Dublin in Ireland

Ferry from Holyhead to Dublin in Ireland

If you are travelling from Holyhead to Dublin then you have the choice of two ferry operators, Stena Line and Irish Ferries. The Holyhead Dublin route connects Holyhead in Anglesey (North Wales) with the Republic of Ireland. With up to nine departures daily it’s one of the busiest ferry connections between the UK and Ireland.

If you need to get there quick, Irish Ferries run two crossings on their Dublin Swift ship, which can get you to Dublin within 2 hours!

Holyhead to Dublin Ferries

Car & 4 passengers from £189
4 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 15m       Foot passengers from £31
Car & 4 passengers from £200
4 sailings per day       Sailing time: 3hr 15m       Foot passengers from £32
Car & 4 passengers from £231
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2 hours       Foot passengers from £36

For the cheapest prices

  • Sail October to March
  • Book in advance
  • Cheapest days to sail is usually a Tuesday and Wednesday

This Wales to Ireland route is served by the largest car ferry on the Irish Sea, the Ulysses sailing you to the heart of Dublin in just over 3 hours. If you need to get there faster the Dublin Swift fast ferry will have you in Dublin as quickly as 1 hour and 49 minutes!

Stena Line and Irish Ferries provide a stress free journey from the UK to the shores of Ireland. Dublin has one of Europe’s most vibrant and exciting nightlife cultures. So whether it’s the traditional pubs with Irish music, or the hip and trendy bar and club scene that you’re after, you’ll find it all in Dublin! If you are traveling on the fast ferry to Ireland, in less than 2 hours you will be enjoying all that the city of Dublin has to offer.

If you are travelling further into Ireland, Dublin  really is an ideal starting point, you can reach just about anywhere within a 3 hour drive and major places like Galway, Limerick, Cork or Belfast are all roughly a 2 hour drive away.

So why not take the ferry to Dublin with Irish Ferries or Stena Line and travel in comfort with your car. There are no additional charges for baggage when you travel by ferry, so you can bring as much as you can fit in your car!

Holyhead is situated in Anglesey in North Wales and is served by the A55 and A5 road networks. The A55 expressway has newly been improved reducing journey times by up to 30 minutes and A5 road networks. If you are a foot passenger Holyhead also has an excellent rail service providing connections to rail stations throughout Britain.

Stena Line offers Free WiFi and Free movies on all their sailings, so if your looking to stay connected or keep you little ones entertained then, Stena Line may be the best choice for you!

34 thoughts on “Ferry from Holyhead to Dublin in Ireland

    1. Hi Jill

      The kennels are located in the car deck of a ferry. You will not be permitted access to the kennels during a crossing, without a member of the ferry crew accompanying you. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Marianna

      For both Stena Line and Irish Ferries, they class 16 as an adult, so your son would be able to travel on his own as a foot passenger on these routes. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Peter

      Dogs are permitted on the Dublin Swift, and there is no charge for booking the kennels. Kennels must be booked prior to travelling. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Paul

      Yes, you are able to hire a car at the Dublin port for three days. Irish Car Rentals, has a base situated at the dock. Please check out their website for prices and vehicle types. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Kevin

      Yes you can take your motorcycle on this route. Just select “Motorcycle” as your vehicle choice. I hope this helps.

  1. Hi can you please tell me do I need a letter from a doctor to take my tablet with me as I am diabetic. Also if I need passport or a driving lic to go to Dublin as I am British

    1. Hi Kay

      As a general precaution you should schedule an appointment with your diabetics team as you will need to bring a letter on medical stationary stating you have diabetes and use pens/meters/pumps. We would also advise you bring a written prescription with generic terms of the medication in case you need to get extra supplies or have to visit a doctor.

      With regards to ID, as a British citizen you do not need to bring a pssport with you to Ireland, although a form of ID (like a driving license) is required. Have a look at our Passports and Identification page for more details. I hope this helps.

  2. Hello I was looking to book a minibus with 14 passengers on crossing from Dublin to Holyhead return but on website only goes up to 9 persons. Can you advise if this is possible and how to go about booking please?

    1. Hi Caroline

      For bookings larger than 9 people, you have to contact Stena Line directly to make the booking. I hope this helps.

    1. Of course. The ferry companies are always pleased to make arrangements for anyone who requires help at the ports or onboard their ships. Please contact them in advance though to ensure that someone will be in place to help.

    1. All ferries operating on the Holyhead to Dublin routes are “disabled friendly”. For the best possible travel experience you should contact the operator a few days before travelling to identify yourself as having reduced mobility, this means your booking will be flagged and every effort will be to try and position your vehicle close to the passenger lift on-board thereby making the transfer from the car deck to the upper passenger deck areas as easy as possible.

  3. Please can you tell me what, if any, identification myself and my children will need to travel as day foot passengers from holyhead to dublin, as we won’t have time to renew passports?
    Thank you very much.

    1. 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.

  4. is there a SECURE car park at the port or nearby in hollyhead i can leave my car in if i want to travel as a foot passenger to dublin im only stopping over night in sept

    1. Long Term parking is available a short distance from the main terminal building. The cost is £8.00 per day. Pay and ticket machines are located at the car park. A free “park and ride” shuttle bus will bring passengers to/from the car park.

  5. I am taking my car and staying in a cottage, will I be able to take groceries. Do you have to go through custons.

    1. Yes, your dog can remain in your vehicle or be put in the on-board kennels.

      EU pet passport rules apply throughout the European Union. All Dogs, Cats and Ferrets should have a Pet Passport to travel and it is your own responsibility to ensure that you have the correct documentation for your pet.

      However as both Ireland and the UK have not experienced indigenous rabies for many decades compliance checks on pets travelling between these two countries are not currently applied.

    2. If we should happen to miss our return journey sailing from Holyhead-Dublin.would we be allowed on the next sailing ,we will be travelling with a camper van and 2 dogs.

      1. Hi Brian

        If you miss your original booking, the ferry company will endeavour to book you onto the next sailing, subject to availability. You may be charged an amendment fee depending on your ticket type plus any difference in fare. Please note that unused tickets are not refunded. I hope this helps.

  6. I want to travel to travel to Ireland as a foot passenger and leave my car at Hollyhead. Could you please advise me of the earliest boat from Hollyhead to Dublin in the morning for both the outgoing and incoming journey and the price please.

    With many thanks.

    1. There is currently departures from Holyhead at 2.40am 11:50am 2.10pm 5.15pm with Irish Ferries and 2.30am 8:55am 1.50pm 8.30pm with Irish Ferries.

      There is currently departures from Dublin at 8.05am 8:45am 2.30pm 8.55pm with Irish Ferries and 2.15am 8:20am 3.10pm 9.15pm with Irish Ferries.

  7. How much will it cost for two people:- walking on the ferry (no vehicle), travel first class, on the 26th March and returning 27th March early evening? And of course, is there availability? That is from Holy Head to Dublin. (Once we arrive in Dublin we need to get to Ballymount Dublin 24. If you can help with trains or trams too?)

    1. The price will depend on what sailing you choose. Just use the get a quote link above to get an accurate price and availability.

      Dublin Port is very centrally located, only minutes from Dublin city centre. Buses and taxis provide a regular service from the port to the city and beyond.

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