Travel to Belfast by ferry
Looking for a ferry to the Northern Irish main city of Belfast? Then you have a couple of options. There are 2 ferries running directly to Belfast. One from the UK (Liverpool Birkenhead) and one from Scotland.
There is also a good alternative route from Cairnryan to Larne. From Larne to Belfast is a 30-minute drive by car. You can also get to Belfast by bus.
You can check out our handy ferry map with all crossings to Belfast.
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Map with all ferries to Belfast
In the map above you can find the ferry routes from Liverpool and Cairnryan to Belfast and the ferry from Cairnryan to Larne. The two short crossings from Scotland take around 2 hours. The ferry from Liverpool sails in 8 hours to the capital of Northern Ireland.
It is also possible to sail to – for example – Dublin and drive to Belfast. If this is an option you might want to consider, it is best to check our Ireland page for all crossings to Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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Ferry from Liverpool to Belfast
This ferry sails from Liverpool to Northern Ireland twice a day. The duration of this route is approximately 8 hours. It is possible to either choose a day or a night crossing on this route to Belfast which is operated by Stena Line.
Ferry from Scotland to Belfast
There is one direct ferry from Scotland which takes you in just 2 hours and 15 minutes to Belfast. In total there are 6 departures to Belfast from Scotland daily.
Alternative from Scotland
The ferry from Cairnryan to Larne is a very good alternative when you travel from Scotland. This ferry from P&O does not bring you directly to Belfast but to Larne, a bit to the north. The crossings are a bit shorter and often a bit cheaper.
If the direct ferry to Belfast is fully booked or it is no problem to drive for 30 minutes, then the ferry to Larne might be a good choice.
Frequent Asked Questions
The fastest crossing to Belfast is the crossing from Cairnryan to Belfast. This crossing takes just 2 hours and 15 minutes. However, there is a big chance that the ferry from Liverpool to Belfast might be a more logical choice when you're traveling from the southern parts of England or Wales for example.
There are 2 ferry routes that sail directly to Belfast. Both are operated by Stenaline. Another option is to sail from Scotland (Cairnryan) to Larne with P&O ferries.