Port of Dublin

Ferries and Ferry Companies Operating
(Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland)

Four ferry companies serve the British mainland, the Isle of Man, and Cherbourg in France from the Port of Dublin.

Some of these companies offer multiple routes aboard a range of standard and fast ferries.

Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries operates both the Ulysses ferry and the fast Jonathan Swift catamaran between Dublin and Holyhead throughout the year. The Ulysses takes 3 hours, 15 minutes and has two return sailings per day from Terminal 1, while the Jonathan Swift only takes 1 hour, 50 minutes and runs four times per day from Terminal 1.

The Ulysses is the world's largest car ferry and can comfortably accommodate 2,000 passengers and 650 cars. There is a superb range of self-service restaurants, full-service restaurants, cafés and bars on board. The Grafton Shopping Arcade offers an extensive range of quality items, while several lounges and children's entertainment options make this ship an unforgettable experience.

Built in Australia, the Jonathan Swift is a high-speed catamaran boasting all modern creature comforts, including a comprehensive shopping area, a money changer, restaurants and bars, a club class lounge, and children's entertainment.

P&O Irish Sea

P&O Irish operates three different routes, including a crossing to Liverpool taking 4 hours, 30 minutes and a crossing to Mostyn taking 8 hours, 20 minutes. Both of these run on a daily basis from Terminal 3 at Dublin Port. A seasonal summer service runs to Cherbourg in northern France. This takes 18 hours.

P&O Irish operates two types of ship; the European Highlander with its 410 person, 375 car capacity, which travels to Cherbourg, and the fastcraft Norbank and Norbay vessels, which run to Liverpool and Mostyn.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Co

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company runs two ships per day to Liverpool aboard a standard ferry with an approximate journey time of 4 hours, 30 minutes, as well as a seasonal summer fastcraft service taking only 2 hours, 45 minutes. Services run from Terminal 1 and onboard facilities include several cafés and restaurants, a bar, lounges and a range of shops.

Stena Line

The Dublin to Holyhead Stena Line is an all year-round, twice-daily cruise ferry service which leaves from Terminal 2. Travelling time is 3 hours, 45 minutes. Stena Line caters to both passengers and vehicles and comes with a range of shops and eateries, as well as a cinema and soft play adventure areas for children.

Dublin Port

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