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Map Showing Belfast Ferry route to Stanraer, Isle of Man and Liverpool

New Belfast to Cairnryan Route
The new Belfast to Cairnryan ferry route opens at the end of November 2011 and promises to offer passengers unrivalled comfort whilst crossing the Irish Sea. Stena Line has made a £200 million investment in building the new port at Loch Ryan in Scotland to facilitate the largest ever Irish Sea passenger ferries, Superfast VII and Superfast VIII. They will make six crossings per day in each direction, with each lasting 2 hours 15 minutes. On board facilities include jacuzzi, sauna, cinema, interactive games and shops. Read more about the new Belfast to Cairnryan ferry

Belfast Ferry Crossing Times

The Belfast to Cairnryan ferry is operated by Stena Line and takes 2 hours 15 minutes. Belfast to Cairnryan ferry timetable and local information
The Belfast to Stranraer ferry (ends November 2011) is operated by Stena Line and takes 1 hour 45 minutes (fast) or 3 hours 30 minutes (slow). Belfast to Stranraer ferry timetable and local information

The Belfast to Liverpool ferry is operated by Norfolkline and takes 8 hours. Belfast to Liverpool ferry timetable and local information

The Belfast to Douglas, Isle of Man ferry is operated by Steam Packet and takes 2 hours 45 minutes. Belfast to Douglas, Isle of Man ferry timetable and local information

Getting to Cairnryan Ferry Port
Loch Ryan Port in Cairnryan is located around eight miles from Stranraer and just over two hours drive from the England border at Gretna. If you are travelling from England, follow the A75 towards Stranraer once you have left the M6 motorway. This road is finally undergoing an upgrade with several sections now dual carriageway, making it easier to pass the numerous lorries that use it. Follow the A75 for around 95 miles until you are a couple of miles from Stranraer town and then turn right on to the A751 (signposted Cairnryan / Ayr / A77). Next take the A77 to Cairnryan and you will see the port clearly signposted. GPS users can use the postcode DG9 8RG. There is a large car park adjacent to the terminal. Bus connections are available to Ayr railway station and coach connections operate from the terminal to Glasgow, Edinburgh and other routes.
The terminal itself has a tickets and reservations desk, toilets, baby changing facilities, departure lounge for both vehicle and foot passengers, Barista Coffee House and Free Wi-Fi available throughout the port.
Getting to Liverpool Ferry Port
Liverpool is located on the North West coast of England. As you approach the area, follow signs to Liverpool and use the M57 or M58 motorways. Follow the A5036 signposted 'All Docks'. Continue on this road for for approximately 2 miles until a roundabout with flyover and then follow the signs for Crosby and Liverpool Freeport to the Ferry terminal. Approximate driving distances (in miles) London (214), Manchester (35), Nottingham (105), Southampton (239), Exeter (253). (Train) There are regular express trains from London Euston Station to Liverpool. The journey takes approximately 2 3/4-hours. There is also a 45 minute train service from Manchester. Norton Street Bus and Coach Station is only 500 yards from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station and offers connections to most parts of the UK. Taxis are available from the station rank. Allow yourself around an hour for the transfer. A snack bar and vending machines are available in the terminal building.
Getting to Douglas (Isle of Man) Ferry Port
Douglas (Isle of Man) ferry port is easy to locate by road. It is located on the south east of the island. If travelling from the west, use the A1 road. Use the A2 from the North and the A5 from the south. Follow th esign for 'docks / ferries'. GPS post code IM12RF. Both short and long term parking is available close to the terminal building. (Bus) There are frequent buses to Douglas from most areas on the island. Douglas bus station is in Lord Street which is just 200 metres from the terminal entrance. A cafe is located in the ferry departure lounge.

Getting to Stranraer Ferry Port

Stranraer is located on the west  tip of southern Scotland, around 100 miles from the English border at Gretna. Travelling north on the M6 north motorway, cross the border into Scotland and then head onto the A75 west towards Stranraer. This long winding road is mainly single carriageway and frequently used by lorries, which can make it slow going and difficult to overtake. Therefore leave plenty of time when making your journey. Normally it takes just over two hours to drive from Gretna to Stranraer but it can take over three hours if the road is busy. Stranraer ferry port is located close to the town centre and clearly signposted. Car parking is available. Stranraer railway station is adjacent to the ferry terminal. The port post code for GPS users is DG9 8EL. 

Approximate driving distances from Stranraer ferry port: Glasgow (57 miles), Carlisle (99 miles), Edinburgh (103 miles), Manchester (150 miles), Birmingham (206 miles), Nottingham (218 miles). London (322 miles)

Getting to Belfast Ferry Port

Belfast is well signposted on all major roads in Northern Ireland. Once you reach Belfast: From the North and West: Follow the gantry marked M2 Belfast. Leave the M2 at junction 1 - Fortwilliam Roundabout, following signs for Docks. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Dargan Road. Continue straight through the security post, turning left at the second set of traffic lights onto West Bank. From the South and East: Follow the gantry marked M3 Belfast. Continue past the Odyssey Complex over the M3 flyover, staying in lane and joining the M2. Once on the M2, move over to the extreme left hand lane of the 5 lane carriageway. Leave the M2 at junction 1 - Fortwilliam Roundabout, following signs for Docks. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Dargan Road. Continue straight through the security post, turning left at the second set of traffic lights onto West Bank. (Train) Most trains stop at Great Victoria Street Station in the centre of Belfast. From here it is a minimum fifteen minute walk to the ferries. Taxis are available.

Approximate driving distances from Belfast ferry port: Belfast city centre (4 miles), Belfast city airport (5 miles), Bangor (12 miles), Belfast international airport (15 miles), Newry (36 miles), Coleraine (43 miles), Londonderry (65 miles), Dublin (90 miles).

A Pet is normally allowed to travel on board the ferry if it remains in the vehicle during the crossing. With the exception of guide dogs or hearing dogs, which may remain with the owner. Please inform the ferry company when booking if you intend taking a pet.

You should ensure you reach check in at least 45 minutes before departure.

Ferry from Belfast

Alternative Ferries to Northern Ireland and Ireland

There are numerous ferries to Northern Ireland. You can sail from England, the Isle of Man or Scotland to Belfast or Larne with P&O Ferries or Stena Line.

There are also plenty of ferries to Ireland from England and Wales as well as France. Choose from Irish Ferries, Stena Line, or Fastnet Line and ports in the UK include Holyhead, Swansea, Pembroke, Fishguard, and Liverpool.

For passengers looking to travel to Holland or Belgium ferries from Hull provide a daily service from Hull to Rotterdam and Hull to Zeebrugge via P&O Ferries.