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Ferry to Spain from Ireland

The most ideal way to travel from Ireland to Spain by ferry


Spain ⇔ Ireland
18 Hours
From: 227,00


Spain ⇔ Ireland
32 Hours
From: 227,00

Travel to Spain by ferry from Ireland

Many people are looking for possibilities to travel to Spain in the summer months, one of your options is to travel by ferry to Spain from Ireland. The good news is; there is a direct ferry from Ireland to Spain. Brittanny Ferries only started sailing recently on this tourism-oriented route.[1]Pet-friendly cabins, tapas and boutique shops: Onboard the new ferry from Ireland to Spain, Euronews

There are 2 weekly sailings from Rosslare to Bilbao and Rosslare to Santander. On this page, you'll find more information on the ferries from Ireland to Spain and the alternatives to consider.

On the map below you can find the crossing from Ireland to Spain, and some alternatives you can consider. For example, travelling to Spain via France.

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Map with ferry routes to Spain from Ireland

There are several ways to travel to Spain from Ireland. It is possible to bring your car by ferry. The connection that we would prefer are the direct ferries from Rosslare to Bilbao and Rosslare-Santander – which are pretty straightforward.

Travel tip for trips to Spain: Book early

As there is only a single connection from Ireland to Spain, you won't be surprised that the boats fill up quite fast, especially during peak season the packing decks are sold out fast. Book far in advance and avoid high costs.

Option 1: Ireland to Spain – Rosslare – Bilbao or Rosslare – Santander

This is the best and most comfortable option you have if you travel from Ireland to Spain. We would highly recommend you book the ferry from Rosslare to Bilbao if you're planning a vacation in Spain or Portugal from Ireland. 
Rosslare is located in the South of Ireland, and Bilbao is in the North of Spain. Rosslare is just a 2-hour drive from Dublin and about 4 hours from Belfast.
All sailings will enjoy at least one night on board. On the return trip, it is often a 1-night crossing. You'll leave Spain for Ireland on a Thursday evening or Sunday later morning and be back the day later.
The ferry from Ireland to Spain is also a good connection for tourists to the South of France.
Sailing to Bilbao? When you depart on Friday you can then make use of the 2-night sailing, the Wednesday morning departures to Bilbao, or one-nighters. You'll be sailing on the Ship Salamanca which will be able to carry 1,000 passengers from the Europort.
Tickets start at around €190 or £170, but in peak season with 2 persons a car + a cabin it will quickly be around €500,- or £470.
Travel time for Ireland to Spain on the one-night crossings is about 28 hours and covers some 1031 km as the crow flies.

Ireland ⇔ Spain

You can now choose between the ferry to Santander or Bilbao from Rosslare.

1 brittany ferries


Since early November 2022 onwards the ferry from Ireland to Spain and vice versa started sailing sailing. The direct ferry between Bilbao and Rosslare is ideal when you want to travel to Spain and want to bring your own transport or want to enjoy an early start to your vacation. You can either sail with a one-night or two-night crossing from Rosslare to Bilbao with Brittany Ferries. there are 2 crossings back and forth every week on this connection.

2 brittany ferries


Brittany Ferries now also sails from Rosslare to Santander in the northern region of Spain. An ideal option to start your vacation to Spain or Portugal.

Option 2: From Ireland via the UK to Spain

The option above seems to us as the most logical choice but to offer tourists and tourists some alternatives we've looked into other options. There are 3 crossings from the UK to Spain. So you can also decide to travel via the UK to Ireland. 

From Portsmouth, two ferries leave for Spain: Portsmouth-Santander and Portsmouth-Bilbao. From Plymouth (Devon) you can also sail to Santander. So if the ferry from Rosslare is overbooked, or you want to sail to Santander, you can opt for one of these routes,

On the map above these alternatives are visible as well.

When you do go sailing from the UK, you first have to find a suitable ferry from Ireland to the UK[2]Ferries from Ireland to the UK, to get to the port of departure.

In case you're wondering about the prices, these are comparable with the crossing from Rosslare to Bilbao.

Ireland ⇔ UK ⇔ Spain​


England ⇔ Spain
20 Hours
Up to 2 times per week
From: 361,00


England ⇔ Spain
28h 30 mins
Up to 2 times per week
From: 273,00


England ⇔ Spain
31h 30 mins
Up to 2 times per week
From: 585,00

Option 3: From Ireland via France to Spain

This is another alternative you can consider for a trip to Spain from Ireland. Traveling from Ireland first to France by ferry and then from there travel further down to Spain. This could be an ideal scenario if you want to combine France and Spain in your vacation or trip.

Your route would then be either from Cork to Roscoff, Rosslare to Cherbourg, Rosslare to Dunkirk or from Dublin to Cherbourg. So if you would like to incorporate a visit to France into your trip to Spain this would be a reasonable alternative. Or if you just don't want to spend too much time on a ferry. 

If you want to save a bit on the ferry costs this could be an option too. But keep in mind that you will pay toll fees on the French roads + extra miles on the meter.

Ireland ⇔ France ⇔ Spain


France ⇔ Ireland
24 hours
Up to 5 times per week
From: 400,00


France ⇔ Ireland
14 Hours
Up to 2 times per week
From: 66,00


France ⇔ Ireland
18 Hours
Up to 4 times per week
From: 189,00


France ⇔ Ireland
19 Hours
Up to 5 times per week
From: 278,00

Travel and to do in Spain

Spain is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe. A lot of tourists travel by plane or car to Spain but the ferry is a comfortable alternative to these options. 

From Bilbao and Santander, you can travel further to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, or even Portuguese cities like Porto or Lisbon. There is a small time difference between Ireland and Spain, and driving on the other side of the road. 

Travelling by train is also a good option. Driving to Madrid from Bilbao is a good 4 hours trip, heading for Barcelona? Then you should take about 6 hours into account.

With vibrant cities like San Sebastian, Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, and Sevilla there are a lot of things to see and do in this stunning sunny southern European vacation destination. Whether you're looking for beaches, tapas, or siëstas Spain has it all.

FAQ: Ferries to Spain from Ireland

Yes there is, the ferry from Rosslare to Bilbao is a direct crossing from Ireland to Spain. An ideal start of your vacation / trip while enjoying all things on board of the British Ferries vessels. 

In summer / peak season you'll probably pay around €550 – €600 for 2 persons and a car on this trip to Spain. So around £470 – £510 for a return trip of 2 persons with a cabin and a car.

This would be the most direct one, so Rosslare – Bilbao. The alternatives, so traveling via either France or the UK to Spain will cost you a bit more time.

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