Ferry from Birkenhead (Liverpool) to Belfast in Ireland

Ferry from Birkenhead (Liverpool) to Belfast in Ireland

There are two sailings each day (except Monday, when there is one) between Birkenhead and Belfast and the crossing time for the ferry is approximately 8 hours.

Birkenhead to Belfast

Car & 4 passengers from £199
6 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2hr 15m
Car & 4 passengers from £203
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 8 hours

Though Birkenhead is not in Liverpool, the route is often referred to as the Liverpool Belfast ferry and is the only ferry connection between England and Northern Ireland and is a great alternative to the Scotland to Northern Ireland crossings. Although the crossings to Northern Ireland are shorter from Scotland, it will save quite a few hours drive for most folk living in England.

There is currently both a day and evening sailing available, so whether or not you wish to arrive fresh in the morning the next day or relax on a day sailing, the choice is yours. The modern ferries provide passengers with comfort and reliability all year round.

Whilst on board the staff will endeavour to ensure that you have a comfortable and pleasant trip. Why not enjoy a meal in the restaurant, unwind with a drink in the lounge or simply relax in one of the spacious cabins, all equipped with en-suite facilities.

The city center is perhaps best explored on foot as it takes just an hour to walk from one end of town to the other. The heart of downtown Belfast is centred upon Donegall Square, around which can be found the Albert Memorial, the Grand Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast’s most famous pub.

If your venturing further in Belfast surrounding areas and the rest of northern Ireland, taking your car to Ireland on the ferry is great way of discovering this beautiful island.

For what ever reason you are visiting Belfast, your sure to have great time in the lively capital of Northern Ireland.

110 thoughts on “Ferry from Birkenhead (Liverpool) to Belfast in Ireland

    1. Hi Jane

      Yes, dogs are able to travel on this ferry crossing. Dogs have to be pre-booked onboard. So you will have to state at the time of booking if your dog is going to go into the onboard kennels or will remain in your car.

      By car
      Kennels can be pre-booked at no extra charge or if you prefer, your pet can remain in the vehicle for the duration of the crossing. You can pre-book a kennel on the “Stena Plus & Onboard Extras” step of the booking process. Please note that we have a limited number of kennels available. You must advise us that you intend to bring a pet in advance of travel when you book.

      By foot
      Kennels can be pre-booked at no extra charge. You can pre-book a kennel on the “Stena Plus & Onboard Extras” step of the booking process. Please note that we have a limited number of kennels available. You must advise us that you intend to bring a pet in advance of travel when you book.

      Guide, hearing and autism assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the port and onboard our vessels. Please visit our Guest Services desk when you board in order to show the relevant documentation for your dog to allow access to all areas onboard.

      It may be possible to arrange to visit your car mid-voyage to check on your dog – the car deck is not accessible to passengers once the ship has sailed so you would need to be escorted, so visits depend on the availability and discretion of the crew – but it is highly unlikely that he/she will be allowed to leave your vehicle. You therefore need to prepare in such a way which ensures he/she is comfortable and happy during the journey. It may also be possible to arrange a visit to your dog in the kennels during the crossing.

      Any food or water your pet will require during the crossing you will have to take with you. I hope this helps.

  1. Hi there,

    I just wanted to know that what would be the quote for a 19 seater coach with 17-19 passenger (excluding Driver) from Liverpool to Belfast.

    1. Hi GK Kara

      Thank you for getting in touch. Unfortunately due to the large size of your group, will will have to contact Stena Line directly. Stena Line have a dedicated Coach and Group Team who will be able to assist you with your enquiry on 08445 764 764. I am sorry we cannot be of more help.

  2. Hi,

    I am looking to travel from Liverpool to Belfast.
    I understand that I do not need a covid-19 test of any description to be able to do this – is this correct?

    My wife is mask exempt on medical grounds, however no GP will provide a certificate for this (they say that there is no such thing). Will she be refused travel, or what does she need to provide?

    Many Thanks


    1. Hi Julian

      Thank you for your question. This one has been tricky to answer, and the answer’s are not clear. With Regards to taking a PCR test, Stena Line say you do not need one. The Northern Irish Government say Lateral Flow tests are required. The UK Government is unclear whether it’s restriction count Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as one territory. It would appear The Republic of Ireland has tougher restrictions (PCR tests and quarantine). Our advice to you is to speak to Stena Line directly and see what they say on the matter. You can contact them on: 03447 707 070.

      With regards to your wife wearing a mask. If she is exempt, then she is exempt. There is no proof required of this. Stena Line do recognise that not everyone can wear a mask.

      I am sorry we cannot give you a clearer answer. We do not want to give you bad information which may impact your holiday.

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