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How to get from Liverpool to Belfast by ferry ?

Looking for the perfect Liverpool to Belfast ferry ticket? You've come to the right place. Taking a ferry from Liverpool to Belfast is a convenient and enjoyable way to travel.

We know that planning a ferry trip from Liverpool to Belfast can be stressful, so we do our best to make your Liverpool to Belfast ferry booking as quick and easy as possible.

With Vivanoda, our easy to use platform, you can compare prices, routes and services of different ferry companies like Stena Line, Isle of Man Steam Packet, P&O Ferries or Seatruck Ferries. This way you can find the best deal on a Liverpool Belfast ferry ticket to suit your needs and budget, whether you're travelling alone, as a couple or with your family.

Most Stena Line ships offer on-board facilities such as cabins, restaurants, shops, Wi-Fi and more. Often they also offer facilities for people with reduced mobility.

To find the best deals on ferries from Liverpool to Belfast simply enter your travel dates and start your search on Vivanoda.

Liverpool to Belfast Ferry Information

Port of departure
United Kingdom
Port of Arrival
United Kingdom
Northern Ireland
145 mi
Ferry Companies
Stena Line, Isle of Man Steam Packet, P&O Ferries, Seatruck Ferries
Frequency of crossings
13 crossings a week
Minimum crossing time
8 hours
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Ferry Liverpool Belfast: Fares, Timetables and Duration

To travel by ferry from Liverpool to Belfast, you'll find tickets range from £35 for one person if you're travelling without a car to £215 if you're travelling with your car. The average price we've seen on the Liverpool to Belfast route is £114. The average ferry crossing time from Liverpool to Belfast is 8 hours. The slowest ferries will take 8 hours to reach Belfast, while the fastest boats will arrive in Belfast in 8 hours. The first ferry leaves the port of Liverpool at 10:30. The last boat to Belfast leaves the port of Liverpool at 22:30.

Average price of a Liverpool to Belfast ferry crossing
Price range of ferries Liverpool Belfast (Lowest price for 1 passenger and highest price for 1 passenger and a car)
£35 - £215
Average crossing time Liverpool Belfast
8 hours
Departure time of first ferry to Belfast
Time last ferry leaves for Belfast
Arrival time of first ferry to Belfast
Arrival time of last ferry to Belfast

Why travel by ferry from Liverpool to Belfast?

Whether you're travelling alone, as a couple or with the family, a Liverpool to Belfast ferry can be a convenient and enjoyable option for getting to Belfast. Here are 3 reasons why we think a ferry from Liverpool to Belfast is an ideal way to travel.

Enjoy a very attentive staff
Every minute of the Liverpool-Belfast crossing, from embarkation in the port of Liverpool to disembarkation in Belfast, qualified and smiling Stena Line staff are at your disposal to ensure you have a pleasant time. They will orient you in the ship, guide you to your cabin, serve you in the restaurant and answer any questions you may have. An information desk is almost always located on the main deck of the ship.
Resting in a cabin
Although it is not compulsory to make the crossing from Liverpool to Belfast by booking a cabin, you are depriving yourself of a comfort that the ferry is the only mode of transport to offer. Like real hotel rooms, they offer travellers beds, bathrooms and, in some suites, portholes and balconies. While their use is most obvious on an overnight crossing, it is perfectly possible to book one during the day.
To get some sea air
The health benefits of the sea have long been proven. During the Liverpool-Belfast crossing, access the outside areas of the Stena Line ship to take a deep breath of air. The fresh sea air and the waves that rock the ferry will soothe you instantly. You'll arrive in Belfast feeling perfectly zen and energised.

Which companies operate between Liverpool and Belfast?

If you want to travel between Liverpool and Belfast by ferry, there are a number of companies to choose from including Stena Line who run regular services between the two cities. You can find out more about the different shipping companies on this route and their departure times here.

Stena Line Liverpool Belfast
Stena Line
Stena Line is a Swedish-based ferry company offering passenger and vehicle services between ports in Western Europe, including between the ports of Harwich in the UK and Hook of Holland in the Netherlands, between Hull and Rotterdam and between Liverpool and Belfast in Northern Ireland. On Vivanoda, you can compare Liverpool-Belfast fares and book a Stena Line ticket between Liverpool and Belfast. Stena Line operates 13 crossings a week to Belfast from Liverpool and the journey time is 8 hours. More information about Stena Line
8 hours
13 crossings a week

Where do the ferries leave from in Liverpool? Where do the boats arrive in Belfast?

Port of departure in Liverpool

Stena Line ferries depart for Belfast from the following ports in Liverpool:

Liverpool Birkenhead Ferry Terminal
Liverpool Isle of Man and Dublin Terminal

Port of arrival in Belfast

Stena Line ships arrive in Belfast from the following ports:

Belfast Stena Line Ferries
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If you take a ferry from Liverpool to Belfast, it will take you at least 8 hours to cover the 145 mi between Liverpool and Belfast.

This often depends on the season (there are fewer crossings between Liverpool and Belfast in winter) and the ferry company (Stena Line). There are currently 13 crossings a week between Liverpool and Belfast.

There are 1 ferry companies operating between Liverpool and Belfast: Stena Line.

Yes, absolutely, direct crossings are offered by Stena Line, Isle of Man Steam Packet, P&O Ferries, Seatruck Ferries.

Before booking, compare the prices of Stena Line, Isle of Man Steam Packet, P&O Ferries, Seatruck Ferries on our website Vivanoda. Then book the crossing of your choice easily and securely on our partner's website.

If you want to change or cancel your Liverpool Belfast ferry booking, you can do so easily by contacting our partner who manages your booking. Please note that, depending on the fare conditions, some tickets are non-refundable or non-changeable. It is important to take this into account when booking your ticket.

During your crossing between Liverpool and Belfast, you will travel 145 mi.

To go by boat from Liverpool to Belfast, you can find prices ranging from £35 for the lowest, to £215 for the highest. The average price we observed was £114.

The first ferry leaves Liverpool at 10:30 for Belfast.

The last ferry to Belfast usually departs from Liverpool at 22:30.

Experience a Liverpool to Belfast ferry crossing

If this is your first time on a ferry, it is not easy to imagine what a Liverpool to Belfast sea crossing is like. To help you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a Stena Line, Isle of Man Steam Packet, P&O Ferries or Seatruck Ferries ferry cruise, here we explain the different stages of the journey, from boarding the ship in Liverpool to disembarking in Belfast. You will also find practical information about Liverpool and Belfast.

Boarding in Liverpool

Here are the steps to embark before your Liverpool Belfast ferry journey begins:

  • Presentation at the port of Liverpool / You should arrive at the Liverpool ferry terminal within the time limit set by Stena Line. After this period, the company is entitled to refuse you boarding.
  • Checking in for the Liverpool Belfast crossing / In Liverpool, present your identity papers (passport or CNI) and the booking number at the Stena Line ticket offices at the Liverpool ferry terminal. By car, the process is the same, but directly from the boarding lanes. You remain in your vehicle.
  • Boarding the ferry to Belfast / From the Liverpool ferry terminal you will be invited to board the ferry by the voice messages broadcast. By car, follow the instructions of Stena Line staff to board and park your vehicle on board.

Life on board the ferry between Liverpool and Belfast

During the crossing, everyone can use the services on the Stena Line ship as they wish. While some people will be inclined to relax in a cosy lounge, others will be keen to shop in the boutiques or eat at the self-service restaurant.

Ferry arrival in Belfast

Finally you will find some information for the arrival of the ferry in Belfast:

  • The ferry enters Belfast Harbour / You will not be able to reach the garage until invited by the crew. There is no point in rushing. If you want to wait, we recommend that you watch the entry into Belfast Harbour from the outer decks.
  • Vacate your cabin. / You will need to vacate your cabin approximately half an hour before arrival in Belfast Harbour.
  • Leaving the ship and exploring Belfast / You can get your car out of the ferry's huge garage relatively quickly, once the doors are open. Pedestrian passengers get off the boat even faster. A customs check cannot be ruled out in Belfast. Finally, leave the port and Belfast is waiting for you!


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