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Destination(s) šŸ‡®šŸ‡Ŗ Ireland, šŸ‡¬šŸ‡§ Northern Ireland, šŸ‡¬šŸ‡§ Scotland
Sailings Up to 6 times per day
Duration 2 Hours
Distance 40 Miles, 65 km
Operated by P&O
2p+Car+Return in our estimation ā‚¬ 131

The Cairnryan-Larne ferry runs back and forth between Scotland and Northern Ireland up to 6 times a day. This crossing over the Irish Sea is operated by P&O Ferries and takes you in just 2 hours from Northern Ireland to Scotland and vice versa.

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Ferry to Larne and Cairnryan

On the Cairnryan-Larne route, P&O Ferries operates two ships – the European Highlander and the European Causeway – back and forth between Scotland and Northern Ireland. This crossing takes you in just 2 hours from Larne to Cairnryan and vice versa, over 65 km as the crow flies. It is a popular ferry route with six daily crossings between both countries.

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On this page, you will find information and tips about this ferry service from P&O Ferries.

Ferry Cairnryan Larne costs

If you want to travel by ferry to Cairnryan or Larne, you can expect the following prices:

  • The lowest possible price for one adult: is ā‚¬30.- for a one-way ticket,
  • Two persons with one car during peak season is around ā‚¬178-ā‚¬240 for a one-way ticket šŸ›ˆ
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Availability and prices

Ferry prices depend on the season and crowds. View the current prices in the booking engine

Schedule Cairnryan-Larne

There are several (6x) departures throughout the day in both directions. From Scotland to Northern Ireland and vice versa. This means you can book a crossing from early morning until midnight. So you can fit this ferry into your travel schedule quite well. Check the exact departure times in both directions in the booking module.

The crossing takes only 2 hours over the Irish Sea.

Timetable ferry from Cairnryan to Larne

Ferry Cairnryan Port to Larne

This ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland sails 6 times per day back and forth
DepartureArrivalFerry & sail time
04:0006:00European Highlander - 2 hours
08:0010:00European Causeway - 2 hours
12:0014:00European Highlander - 2 hours
16:0018:00European Causeway - 2 hours
20:0022:00 European Highlander - 2 hours
23:5901:59European Causeway - 2 hours

Timetable ferry from Larne to Cairnryan

Ferry Larne Port to Cairnryan

This ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland sails 6 times per day back and forth
DepartureArrivalFerry & sail time
04:0006:00European Causeway - 2 hours
08:0010:00European Highlander - 2 hours
12:0014:00European Causeway - 2 hours
16:0018:00European Highlander - 2 hours
20:0022:00European Causeway - 2 hours
23:5901:59European Highlander - 2 hours

The total sailing time of the ferries in both directions is approx. 2 hours.

On board the ferry to Larne and Cairnryan

PO ferries sails on this route with the boats European Highlander and the European Causeway.

This (and more) can be expected on the ferry:

  • Food Court
  • Bar
  • Club Lounge

  • Video Arcade
  • Children's Play Area
  • Games Machines

  • Gift Shop
  • Bureau de Change

Port information

To get to the departure port, use the address and follow the signs to the terminal when you arrive.


Larne terminal address:
P&O Ferries Larne, Redlands Ind Est, Larne Harbour BT40 1AX, Northern Ireland


Cairnryan terminal address:
A77, Stranraer DG9 8RF, Scotland / UK

Frequently Asked Questions Cairnryan-Larne

Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferry between Cairnryan and Larne is currently operated by: P&O Ferries

How long does the crossing take?

The distance covered by the ferry between Cairnryan and Larne is approximately 65 km (as the crow flies). The travel time of the ferry is 2 hours on this crossing between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

How often does the ferry go?

The ferries sail around 6 times per day back and forth between Larne and Cairnryan.

Can I bring my pet on board?

Yes, almost on all ferry routes you can bring your pet (dogs, cats and ferrets). On short crossings they stay in the vehicle and on longer crossings are often kennels available or special cabins where you can bring your pet. Keep in mind that countries often have special rules for pets that are taken across borders.