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Fast Ferry video Holyhead-Dublin


Destination(s) 🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom, 🇬🇧 Wales
Sailings Up to 10 times per day
Duration 2h 15 mins.
Distance 108 km, 67 miles
2p+Car+Return in our estimation € 195
Operated by Irish Ferries, Stena Line
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The Holyhead-Dublin ferry takes you from Wales to Ireland (and vice versa) in about 2 hours and 15 minutes. This crossing is operated by Irish Ferries and Stenaline and usually has around 10 departures per day in total.

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Ferry to Dublin and Holyhead

The Holyhead-Dublin crossing is a relatively fast crossing between Wales and Ireland. That's thanks to the Dublin Swift, a pretty fast ferry. This will take you to Dublin in just over two hours.

On this page, you will find information and tips about this ferry service from Stena Line.

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Ferry Holyhead Dublin costs

If you want to travel by ferry to Holyhead or Dublin, you can expect the following prices:

  • Tickets are available from Irish Ferries for €45. That is for 1 person without a car and a single journey in a chair.
  • In high season, a crossing with a car and two people quickly costs between €190 and €270.

Boat ticket prices depend on the season and the crowds. Book early to get the most value.

  • The starting price for foot passengers is relatively low, with Stena Line at €36. However, a car with 2 people quickly costs €240 for a single journey. This makes Stenaline not much cheaper than the faster boats from Irish Ferries.

Stena Live VS Irish Ferries for Ferry Holyhead-Dublin

The advantage of sailing with Stena Line is that the boats have fewer problems sailing in bad weather than the smaller boats of Irish Ferries. There is also more entertainment on board the Stena Estrid and Stena Adventurer.

Because the prices of both ferry companies are close to each other, there is no clear cheap option. It is, therefore, best to compare all departures by price and thus make the most affordable choice. You can do this conveniently via the Direct Ferries booking engine.

You can then book or purchase tickets directly from Stena Line or Irish Ferries.

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Availability and prices

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

Timetable, availability, and compare prices

Booking your ferry tickets from Holyhead to Dublin or vice versa has never been easier! With our online booking module, you can easily find and book your desired ferry crossing in just a few clicks. Enter your travel dates and destination; the system will show you all available options. You can then choose the one that best suits your needs and budget. It’s that simple!


There are several departures throughout the day in both directions. 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.

  • Irish ferries have up to 6 departures per day in both directions.
  • Stena Line has up to 4 departures per day in both directions

Both ferry companies start the crossings between 02:00 and 03:00 and end between 20:00 and 21:00.

Sail time

3 hours 15 minutes / 3 hours 35 minutes

  • Stena Adventurer (Stena Line)
  • Stena Estrid (Stena Line)
  • Ulysses (Irish Ferries)
  • Epsilon (Irish Ferries)

2 hours 15 minutes

  • Dublin Swift (Irish Ferries)

On board the ferry

Stena Line sails on this route with the boats Stena Estrid and Stena Adventurer.

This (and more) can be expected on the Stenaline ferries

  • Casual Dining
  • Coffee House
  • Bar
  • Casino

  • Shops
  • Spa
  • Liquor store
  • Multiple lounges

  • Superior cabins
  • Game Zone
  • Playground
  • Free WIFI

This (and more) can be expected on the Irish Ferries ferries

Irish Ferries sails with the Epsilon, Ulysses, and Swift.


  • Sandycove Promenade Deck
  • Volta Picture Theatre – what's showing onboard
  • Cyclops Family Entertainment Centre

  • James Joyce Balcony Lounge
  • Leopold Blooms Bar
  • Ulysses Walking Tour

  • Boylan's Brasserie
  • Café Lafayette
  • Free WiFi onboard


  • Boylan’s Brasserie – Sample menu
  • Café Lafayette – Sample Menu

  • Java Republic Served onboard
  • Small onboard shop for your travel essentials

  • Café Lafayette – full bar service
  • Free WiFi onboard


  • Boylan's Brasserie
  • Arcadia Games Zone

  • TV Lounge
  • The Shop

  • Café Lafayette
  • Free WiFi onboard

Port information

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


Stena Lines & Irish Ferries Holyhead terminal address: Both ferries depart from the same port entrance. You can navigate to: Stena House, Station St, Holyhead LL65 1DQ, UK, and follow the signs.


Dublin terminal address: North Dock, Dublin, Ireland.

Alternative for Holyhead Dublin ferry?

Looking for a good alternative to the ferry to Dublin from Holyhead? You could also board the ferry from Liverpool to Dublin, which is a good and fast connection between England and Ireland.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Holyhead Dublin Ferry Crossing

Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferries between Dublin and Holyhead are operated by: Stenaline and Irish Ferries.

How long does the crossing take?

The distance covered by the ferry between Holyhead and Dublin is approximately 108 km (as the crow flies). The travel time of the fast ferry is around: 2 hours and 15 minutes. The regular ferry sails in 3 hours and 15 minutes to Wales and Ireland

How often does the ferry go?

Both Ferry companies sail around 4 times per day back and forth between Dublin and Holyhead.

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.

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