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Belfast Cairnryan Ferry

The ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan typically sails 5 times daily and up to 38 times weekly. The Belfast to Cairnryan ferry is operated by Stena Line. Belfast Cairnryan Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get tickets, pricing, schedules and availability.

Belfast Cairnryan Ferry Times

The earliest Belfast Cairnryan ferry typically departs Belfast at about 03:30. The average sailing time of a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 2h 22m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 2h 22m.

Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan typically range between $244* and $882*. On average the Belfast Cairnryan ferry is $603*. The cheapest Belfast Cairnryan ferry prices start from $65*. The average price for a foot passenger is $240*. The average price for a Belfast Cairnryan car ferry is $673*.

Ferry prices may differ by season and depend on various factors, such as number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time. Pricing is taken from searches over last 30 days, last updated 05 July, 2023.

How far is Cairnryan from Belfast?

The distance between Belfast and Cairnryan is approximately 66.4 miles (106.8km), or 57.7 nautical miles.

Is there a car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

Yes, there is a car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan provided by Stena Line. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and tickets for car ferries between Belfast and Cairnryan.

Are foot passengers allowed on the Belfast Cairnryan ferry?

Yes, Belfast Cairnryan ferries allow foot passengers. You can travel as a foot passenger from Belfast to Cairnryan with Stena Line.

Belfast Cairnryan Ferry Operator Schedules

  • Stena Line - 38 weekly sailings, 5 daily sailings

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Belfast - Cairnryan Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators Stena Line
Average Price A$615*
Average Daily Sailings 5
Average Weekly Sailings 38
Average Sailing Duration 2h 22m
First Ferry 03:30
Last Ferry 23:30
Distance 57 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2023-08-01.

Most popular questions

  • How long is the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

    The typical crossing time for ferries from Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 2h 22m. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.
  • How much is the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

    The average price of a ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 325 €. The price is typically a bit higher during peak season. Price exclusive of booking fees.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Belfast to Cairnryan?

    There is 1 ferry operator for Belfast to Cairnryan and this is
    • Stena Line
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Belfast to Cairnryan?

    Ferries from Belfast to Cairnryan are available for booking through our deal finder, with live prices, timetables and operators.
  • Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

    Yes, you can currently travel as a foot passenger from Belfast to Cairnryan with
    • Stena Line
  • Can you take your car on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

    Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Belfast to Cairnryan with
    • Stena Line
  • Can you bring pets on the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan?

    Yes, pets are allowed onboard the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. However, you may require a pet passport and other documentation. Please read the operators pet guidelines. The following operators currently allow pets on the ferry
    • Stena Line
  • How far is Cairnryan from Belfast?

    The distance between Belfast to Cairnryan is approximately 57 nautical miles.

Belfast Guide

Belfast Harbour is a main hub in the importation and exportation of goods and for passenger ferry services. Operated by Stena Line, Belfast ferry port provides regular passenger ferry crossings to Cairnryan in Scotland and Liverpool Birkenhead in England. Run by Steam Packet, there are also seasonal services to Douglas on the Isle of Man, across the Irish Sea.

The city of Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is the capital city located in County Antrim, although parts of the city spread over to County Down. The city has a long tradition in the production of Irish linen, tobacco, rope and shipbuilding. In fact, the city's main shipbuilder, Harland and Wolf, is known for building the RMS Titanic in the early 20th Century. Today, Belfast is an important centre for commerce, the arts, higher education, law, business and of course, tourism.


Cairnryan Guide

Cairnryan is a small Scottish port village sitting on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan in Dumfries and Galloway. The harbour has two ferry terminals providing services to and from Larne and Belfast: the Larne terminal, opened in 1973 and now operated by P&O Ferries, and the second is run by Stena Line, taking ferries from Belfast.

The village can trace its origins back to 1701 when it was established to house the workers on the Lochryan Estate, which has a deer park and bowling green. The village has a long and important seafaring history and today is home to one of the most popular ferry routes in the United Kingdom.

There isn't a great deal of things to do and see in the village and its facilities include a hotel, some bed and breakfast guest houses, a caravan site which has been built on the site of an old war camp area, a village shop and the Merchant's House Restaurant.


Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 8/4/2024 and 14/4/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Stena Line 03:30 05:52 2 hours 22 minutes Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Stena Line 07:30 09:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 11:30 13:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 15:30 17:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 19:30 21:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
Stena Line 23:30 01:52 2 hours 22 minutes Everyday
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