Ferry from Stranraer to Belfast in Northern Ireland

Ferry from Stranraer to Belfast in Northern Ireland

In 2012 Stena Line replaced their Stranraer to Belfast ferry with the brand new Cairnryan to Belfast ferry  which will be served by the biggest ferries ever to sail between Scotland and Northern Ireland, Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII.

Cairnryan is just a 10 minute drive north of Stranraer. 

No ferries to Northern Ireland operate from Stranraer now.

All ferries to Northern Ireland

Car & 4 passengers from £189
6 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2hr 15m       Foot passengers from £26
Car & 4 passengers from £175
6 sailings per day       Sailing time: 2 hours       Foot passengers from £27
Car & 4 passengers from £200
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 8 hours       Foot passengers from £22

Sailing from Cairnryan, near Stranraer to Belfast with Stena Line will take you just over 2 hours on the Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII, these ships are the biggest ferries ever to sail between Scotland and Northern Ireland

Stena BelfastIn recent years Belfast has emerged from decades of conflict to be a top tourist destination. With its relatively small size and amazing picturesque location nestled between mountains, Belfast offers it’s visitors a special holiday. Stunning coastline, a fascinating history and a vibrant atmosphere make Belfast a very popular tourist destination.

Whether your planing just a weekend trip or Belfast is the starting point for a longer self drive holiday, the Stena Line Cairnryan, near Stranraer to Belfast crossing offers you wonderful relaxed hassle free crossing. Their bright spacious ships make it easy for you to travel in comfort, with all the onboard facilities at hand to make your journey as relaxing and fun as possible!

Travel by ferry to Belfast on the Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII and be Northern Ireland in just over 2 hours. Travel from Cairnryan, near Stranraer to Belfast and explore all that this exciting city has to offer.

30 thoughts on “Ferry from Stranraer to Belfast in Northern Ireland

  1. Hi my mother would like to travel to Ireland on the ferry. However she has difficulty using stairs due to shortness of breath and will not use a lift due to anxiety, are there ramps to get her up on deck or could she stay in the car?
    Kindest regards,
    Jill Carey

    1. Hi Jill

      Thank you for getting in touch with us. Unfortunately your mother would not be able to remain in the car for the duration of the crossing. (This is due to HSE procedures in an event of an emergency) All travel companies are happy to help passengers and accommodate their needs where possible. Due to the design and layout of ships going between levels is only possible via steep stairs or lifts. I am sorry I cannot be of more help to you.

  2. Best route to go to stranraerfrom northern Ireland foot passenger is it from large or Belfast and what days do the ships sail from rather location

    1. Hi Bill

      Yes, your car can be left at Cairnryan Ferry Terminal. It has both a long stay and short stay car park. If you are leaving your car for longer than 24 hours, we recommend booking a spot in advance as this will work out cheaper. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Debbie

      Dogs are able to travel as foot passengers onboard ferries, although they would have to be checked in to the onboard kennels and remain there for the duration of the crossing. If arriving by car, you will have the option whether to leave your dog in your vehicle or check them into the onboard kennels. Both options require dogs to be booked on in advance. This is done by adding them into your passenger details whilst making your booking. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Andy

      Yes you can. Pets need to be booked on in advance, and will either remain in your vehicle or be placed in the onboard kennels for the duration of the crossing. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Bob

      Yes you can take your caravan on the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast. Just select Caravan (or Motorhome) as your vehicles option. I hope this helps.

  3. We need to go to work over to Moy, County Tyrone BT71 7JE. Which is the best ferry to take over there. We are based in Fife. Will be travelling in a Mitsubishi Barbarian

  4. We have a small dog that is very nervous of the car so we are concerned about leaving him alone in the car. 3-4 mins in his own while we load the car leaves him shaking. He needs to get to Belfast. Is there anyway he can stay with us or us with him? The vet won’t allow sedation.

    1. Hi Sarah

      I am sorry to hear of your predicament. Unfortunately you will not be able to wait with your dog while crossing. He will have to remain in your vehicle or in the onboard kennels while you wait on on the upper levels. Visiting your dog during sailing would be at the discretion of the operator and would require you to be accompanied by a member of staff. I am sorry we cannot be of more help on this matter.

  5. My daughter wants to meet in Belfast for weekend she’ll be coming via stranrar Belfast , but she has no passport is this gonna be a problem

    1. You don’t need a passport. 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.

  6. can we take a ferry from Belfast to Stranraer. we will be traveling from Dublin to Belfast by rail, and wish to go from Stranraer to Glasgow.

    1. The ferry now sails from Belfast to Cairnryan. There is bus service that connects Cairnryan port with the Stranraer train station.

    1. This particular ferry closed in 2012. But to get a price for any ferry just use the quote button as the price will depend on your time and day of travel and type of fare required.

  7. I Prefer To Travel By Rail … So Are There No More Sailings From Belfast to Stranraar Rail Terminal? Or Do You Only Cater Now, For Road Users? Buses Are Very Uncomfortable For Me As I am Disabled & I Need Leg Room …

    1. Hi Kieran. Unfortunately there are no sailings from Stranraar to Ireland anymore. All sailings moved to Cairnryan in 2012. There is now a bus service that connects Stanraar rail station with the Cairnryan ferry port, the journey time is just 10 minutes and should be fully disabled accessible.

  8. I am going to Northern Ireland to collect a puppy, will I be able to transport the puppy in my car on the Stenna Line Cairnryan to Belfast Ferry?

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