Travelling by ferry from Dublin ferry port to England, Wales or the Isle of Man makes a practical alternative to flying, with modern, state of the art ships and port facilities.
Almost 2 million people used the port in 2012, and almost half of Ireland’s GDP is exported from here. Dublin is also the most popular Irish port for cruise liners, with almost 100 ships docking in a typical year.
From the port, 5 ferry companies offer over a dozen sailings throughout the day, with crossing times taking between 3 and 10 hours. Irish Ferries operate the Jonathan Swift between Dublin and Liverpool, with the crossing taking just less than 3 hours; the company also operates the world’s largest car ferry.
Stena Line also operates between Dublin and Holyhead, while P&O Irish Sea has several daily sailings to Liverpool, and the Isle of Man Steam packet company offers service to Douglas.
The Dublin ferry port is conveniently located just a few miles east of the city centre, and is easily reached by bus and taxi from all over the city. For those arriving by car, the M50 goes right to the port, and also provides easy access to or from Dublin Airport, located about 12 miles to the north.
The M50 also connects with the M1 and the M2, making it easy to get to other destinations in Ireland. There is pay and display parking available immediately outside the terminals. Dublin has several railway stations, all located in the city centre and connected to the Dublin ferry port by bus.
The ferry lines operate from different terminals at Dublin terminal; Stena Line, for example has its own purpose built building. The port has a cafe and coffee shop, ticketing and tourist information facilities, disabled toilets and facilities for baby changing, as well as a play area for children.
Although check in times vary for the different ferry companies, most require no more than an hour. For those travellers with more time to spare, the city of Dublin is just a few miles away, and offers world famous sights, excellent shopping, lively nightlife and of course some of the best food and drink anywhere.