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 £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

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.

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

  1. Hello, I want to return home after many years. I don’t drive and I don’t have a passport. Do I need identity papers of some kind?

    Please advise. Thank you.

    1. StenaLine say – British or Irish citizens travelling on our 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 on our sailings.

      1. Please could you confirm that from liverpool to belfast (you don’t need a passport? if i bring I.D me being British ( even if i get a birth certificate that day, can i still go to Belfast return? as im planning to meet my other half who aint gona expect me come on that day so i need to be clear that i can get there return nxtday or 2 days later? Thank you

        1. StenaLine say – British or Irish citizens travelling on our 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.

  2. If taking a small dog across to Belfast, for a holiday, what do we need to do? Is it allowed on deck / in the cabin? Please advise.

    1. Dogs are not allowed on deck or in your cabin. If you are travelling on foot, you must book the onboard kennel for your dog. If you are travelling in vehicle your dog can stay in the vehicle or you can book the onboard kennel for your dog.

      Guide dogs are allowed to travel on the passenger decks with their owners. Please contact Stena Line a few days before you travel, so that they can alert staff onboard the ship.

  3. I have a South African passport, with an ancestrial visa, ( I am currently living in london) do I need a visa to go from Liverpool to Belfast in Ireland ?

    1. You will need to take with you all the documents you required for entry into Britain in the first place. You are not actually leaving the UK, but you will need you travel documents to travel to Northern Ireland.

    1. No there are only 2/4 berth cabins on the Liverpool Belfast Ferry. Although you can still book one of these cabins if you are traveling alone. On day sailings cabins start at £25 and on the overnight sailing they start from £55.

    1. You would be expected to leave once the ferry arrives in Belfast and docking is completed. The way that cars are loaded on to the ferry would mean that you could potentially be blocking other people from exiting the ship if you chose to remain on the ship longer.

  4. This may sound simple, but bear with me.
    Myself and granddaughter will be taking the overnight ferry to Belfast and when booking a cabin I am confused if we book one cabin for the two of us, or to each get a bed we are required to book 2 cabins?
    We do require 2 beds, and I would not want to be the one left without a bed.

  5. Hello I am Pakistani citizen and have student visa for UK which will be expiring on sept 15,2015 I’m just wondering do I need a visa for Liverpool to Belfast Ireland or I can use my existing study visa to enter into Belfast please advise

  6. Do I need a reservation for the overnight ferry from Liverpool to Belfast 1senior in a first class cabin on July 1


    1. Absolutely, the likely hood of a first class cabin being available at short notice is remote. Book as far in advance as possible for best rates.

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