Ferry routes to, from and within Ireland
Ferries to Ireland
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About the ferry routes in and around Ireland
You can reach Ireland by ferry from England, Wales, France, and Spain. These are often large ferries that sometimes also include an overnight stay. The major ferry companies operate on 6 different routes.
There is also sailing with fast catamaran ferries. The Holyhead-Dublin ferry therefore only takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. Ireland is also easily accessible via the ferries from Scotland to Northern Ireland. For more information, you can view the ferry guides below.
Are you departing from Ireland? Then you can go in many directions with a ferry. There are ferries from Ireland to the UK, France and Spain. The Isle of Man is also easily accessible. In the summer you can also take small fast ferries to Islay or to the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland.
What people like to know
The ferry companies that you see most often when you book a ferry to Ireland are DFDS, P&O, Irish Ferries, and Brittany Ferries.
The cheapest ferry to Ireland we found is the Holyhead-Dublin crossing with Stena Line. You pay £32 / €36 as a foot passenger.
It is smart to book far in advance and compare multiple crossings. The shorter the crossing, the cheaper it usually is. Skip the ferries with a cabin and travel on unpopular times and days.
Depending on which ferry you book and in which season prices can vary a lot. If you're looking for the cheapest options then you'll have to look into the shorter crossings between the UK and Ireland. From either Holyhead, Fishguard, Liverpool and Cairnryan ferries are leaving for Ireland. From around €45,- you can book a ferry from the UK to Ireland.
Yes, it is usually possible to take the dog on board the boat to The United Kingdom. On the longer crossings, kennels can often be booked or the dog is allowed in the cabin. On short crossings, the four-legged friend can remain in the car. There are some formalities. For example, the dog must have an animal passport, a microchip, timely rabies vaccination, and treatment against tapeworm.
If this is not followed, there is a risk that the dog, cat, or ferret will have to be quarantined for four weeks. More info regarding bringing pets on ferries.
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