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.

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

  1. 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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