Ferry to Ireland from France
Most booked ferries from France to Ireland
Four direct crossings to Ireland from France
You've found the right page if you're looking for a ferry from France directly to Ireland. You can find information about the various routes from France to Ireland by boat on this page.
You can conveniently use our handy ferry map to find which crossing makes the most sense for your trip.
Comparing the different ferry crossings can be enjoyable as some boats sail much faster and others are cheaper.
Also, can a combination of 2 different routes save you a lot of money easily?
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Map with all ferry routes to Ireland from France
Ferries to Ireland from France
The ferries from France to Ireland are popular during the peak/summer season. Many Irish tourists will be returning via this crossing from a well-deserved vacation, but it's also an exciting route for Europeans looking to visit Ireland and travel by ferry.
From Spain, there is a direct ferry to Ireland. Still, for example, there aren't from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, and Italy, so the ferry route from France to Ireland can be an exciting way of traveling to Ireland.
The ferries to Ireland from France are the following:
You could choose a ferry on one of these routes depending on where you need or want to be in Ireland. You can take the car on all ferries; in most cases, it is a night crossing.
The shortest crossing is from Roscoff to Cork which takes you to Ireland from France in around 14 hours over the Channel and the Irish Sea. Rosslare to Dunkirk is one of the newest crossings.
Taking the ferry from the European mainland to Ireland is a comfortable way of starting your vacation, and it's also handy if you want to take your car along on vacation.
Ferries to Dublin from France
If you're heading for the Irish capital of Dublin by ferry, then you have only one direct option. This is the crossing from Cherbourg to Dublin. This route is operated by Irish Ferries and takes you to Ireland from France in about 19 hours. The ships of Irish Ferries sail up to 5 times per week on this route.
When this route is fully booked, Rosslare is still a good alternative option. Sailing from Cherbourg to Rosslare is only a 2-hour drive to Dublin.
France ⇔ Dublin
Traveling through Ireland
Due to a significant rise in car rental costs in Ireland, the best way to travel in Ireland is by train or by bringing your car on the ferry to Ireland. Ireland's good rail grid offers reliable intercity links between the urban city centers. Irish Rail operates these trains where you can get a neat discount by buying a leap card.
Bringing your car on the ferry is one of the other options; in most cases, this is a lot cheaper than renting a car in Ireland.
In Dublin, you can also travel with the luas (a modern-day tram service). Then there is also the option to travel by bike or public/private buses throughout the country. The Leap card also works for Irish Buses.
Frequently Asked Questions ferry France to Ireland
The cheapest crossing is the ferry from Roscoff to Cork. It is a crossing of Brittany Ferries. This is also the shortest crossing. A one way ticket for 1 person without a car is around €72, this is without a cabin, but with a sleeping seat. With a cabin the price doubles to approx €150,-.
The shortest crossing is between Cork and Roscoff. This ferry sails a distance of approximately 475 kilometers
This crossing takes you in about 14 hours to Ireland and vice versa. It is a comfortable way of traveling from the European mainland to Ireland.
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