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Ferries from Stranraer to Belfast

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Journey Information

There are 4 daily ferries from Stranraer to Belfast. Traveling by ferry from Stranraer to Belfast usually takes around 2 hours and 16 minutes, but the fastest Stena Line ferry can make the trip in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance42 mi (67 km)
Shortest duration2h 15m
Cheapest price$51.60
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceStena Line
Ferry lines1

How much does a ferry ticket from Stranraer to Belfast cost?

Looking at daily average prices in last 30 days, $51.81 was the low point for ferry fares from Stranraer to Belfast. Any tickets cheaper than $51.81 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on ferry tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most ferry companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 7 days in advance. By doing so, you could save at least $8.70 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

Monthly average prices


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Stranraer to Belfast by ferry so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a ferry ticket is expected to be just C$53 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Stranraer to Belfast in January, expect to spend more on your ferry trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$69 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

What ferry companies travel from Stranraer to Belfast?

There is one ferry company that operates from Stranraer to Belfast. Stena Line is the only company that connects the two cities by ferry. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled ferries per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

FerryDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Stena Line42h 16m$54.73
  • Stena Line

    Stena Line

    Book Stena Line from Stranraer to Belfast from $52. There are 4 Stena Line schedules from Stranraer to Belfast and you can expect on average to pay for a Stena Line ticket to Belfast. In Stranraer, Stena Line departs to Belfast from Cairnryan Port and no other station. In Belfast, Stena Line arrives at Belfast (Albert Quay) and no other station.

    An average trip on Stena Line from Stranraer to Belfast takes 2 hours and 16 minutes , while the fastest available Stena Line trip will get you to Belfast in 2 hours and 15 minutes .

    On weekends, Stena Line offers 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway trip to Belfast.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by ferry from Stranraer to Belfast during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our ferry partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, ferry carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all ferry passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the ferry.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the ferry ride from Stranraer to Belfast?

The ferry usually takes around 2 hours and 16 minutes to cover the 42 miles (67 kilometers) from Stranraer to Belfast. However, the fastest ferry only takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

What is the busiest day to travel by ferry from Stranraer to Belfast?

The busiest day of the week to travel by ferry from Stranraer to Belfast is on Friday. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out. On the other hand, Sunday is typically when ferries are least crowded. If you’re looking for a little extra space, taking a ferry on Sunday is the way to go.

When do the earliest ferry and latest ferry leave Stranraer?

The earliest ferry leaves Stranraer at 7:00am. The latest ferry leaves Stranraer at 7:00pm. To see the times for all ferries between the first and last ones, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many ferries are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled ferries that travel from Stranraer to Belfast every day. Of these, 4 are direct ferries, meaning that you do not have to change ferries at any point during your trip.

Station Information

Where does the ferry leave from in Stranraer?

Main departure station: Cairnryan Port

Most ferries depart from the main station in Stranraer.

All ferry stations in Stranraer:

  • Cairnryan Port

Where does the ferry arrive in Belfast?

Main arrival station: Belfast (Albert Quay)

All ferries from Stranraer arrive at one main station in Belfast.

Ferry stations in Belfast:

  • Belfast (Albert Quay)

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