Ferry to Scotland from Belfast
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Belfast to Scotland ferry
The ferry departing from Belfast to Scotland sails in 2 hours and 15 minutes to Cairnryan. There is also a very good alternative from Larne, as you can see on the map below.
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Map with crossings from Belfast to Scotland
If you want to travel by ferry from Belfast to Scotland, the crossing with Stenaline is the most obvious choice. The Stena Line terminal is located just 3.7 miles from the center of Belfast. This means you have very limited travel time to the departure port. However, you should also take a look at a departure from Larne. That could turn out to be more beneficial.
The terminal in Larne is a little further north than Belfast. The P&O ferry that departs from Larne docks in Scotland near the Stena Line terminal.
The Larne-Cairnryan ferry is also useful for people who are not in Belfast during departure but in other parts of Northern Ireland or Ireland. Larne is easily accessible via the A8. An additional advantage of this crossing compared to Belfast-Scotland is that it arrives fifteen minutes faster.
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Stenaline ferry from Belfast to Scotland
The direct ferry from Belfast to Scotland runs up to 6 times a day and covers 71 km as the crow flies. The starting price is about £32. You pay that if you book a single journey as a foot passenger. Do you want to go on board with a car and, for example, 2 people? Then you pay about £160. That is a rate in high season.
P&O Ferry from Larne to Scotland
Larne – Scotland is a little bit cheaper than Belfast-Scotland. You pay about £26 here for a single journey as a foot passenger. A trip for two people with a car in high season can be from around £113. You can get from Belfast to Larne by a 30-minute drive or by bus from the Europa Bus Centre.
Ferry prices are subject to change. That is why it is best to look at the prices as they are the date when you want to make your crossing. Then you can make a good decision about whether a detour can be worthwhile. You can compare prices in the following booking engine. (Directferries)
There is not much going on in Cairnryan. Most people will continue their journey to other parts of Scotland. What might be handy to know: there is a bed & breakfast in Cairnryan.
Frequently Asked Questions
From Belfast, only Stenaline sails to Scotland. However, you can also depart from the town of Larne, which is located just north of Belfast.
From Belfast, the crossing to Schotland is approximately 71km as the crow flies. However, the Ferry sails a little further because they have to go around a landing. The ferry from Larne is less affected by this. The distance is also 6 km shorter as the crow flies. With a sailing time of 2 hours, the Larne-Scotland crossing is fifteen minutes faster than the ferry from Belfast.
Sailing from Belfast is slightly more expensive than from Larne. P&O ferries, which run between Larne and Cairnryan, are generally a bit cheaper for both foot passengers and travelers with a car.
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