Belfast Ferry Port
Belfast ferry port is served by frequent sailings from Liverpool in England, and Cairnryan in Scotland.
Catch a crossing to Belfast ferry terminal on these routes:
- Liverpool - Belfast (Stena Line)
- Cairnryan - Belfast (Stena Line)
- Isle of Man - Belfast (Isle of Man Steam Packet Company)
Belfast Ferry Port
Stena Line Address: Victoria Terminal 4, West Bank Road, Belfast, BT3 9JL, Northern Ireland.
Steam Packet Address: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Terminal, Albert Quay, Belfast, BT3 9SS, Northern Ireland.
Belfast ferry port is located close to the motorway and links Northern Ireland with the Isle of Man, Liverpool and Cairnryan in Scotland. There are two terminals, the Stena Line port complex and the Isle of Man Steam Packet terminal.
Getting to Belfast Ferry Port
The Steam Packet Terminal can be reached via the M1. At the Broadway Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A12/Westlink, heading to the M2/M3, and continue to follow the A12 for 2.1 miles, then take the A2 and follow it for 0.7 miles, and you will see signs for the Port and the Steam Packet Terminal. The Stena Line terminal is located close to the motorway network off Junction 1 of the M2 Motorway (Fortwilliam roundabout) offering easy access from Belfast city centre and the rest of Ireland. The port is clearly signed 'Stena Line' on motorways and roads in the vicinity.
To compensate for the luck of public transport to the new Stena Line Terminal, black public hire taxis operate a taxi-share scheme from the terminal to the city centre.
Translink operate Metro Service 96 from Upper Queen Street near Belfast City Hall to West Bank Road. A return service is also in operation. Journey time is approximately 22 minutes. Please note that The Stena Line Belfast to Liverpool terminal is midway on the West Bank Road. The Belfast to Cairnryan Terminal is at the end of the West Bank Road.
Belfast Ferry Port Facilities
The new Stena Line terminal has a coffee bar serving snacks and refreshments. The Isle of Man Steam Packet terminal has snack bar providing hot and cold drinks as well as light snacks is open during terminal opening hours.
Disabled assistance is available at both terminals.
Parking at Belfast Ferry Port
At the Isle of Man Steam Packet Terminal there are short term parking facilities, for set down and pick up. Long term parking is available in a Pay and Display car park. A large short term car park is available at the Stena Line terminal.
Port information is provided by Eurodrive for guidance only.
More About Belfast
The port of Belfast handles two thirds of the ferry trade in Northern Ireland and a quarter of the ferry trade for the whole of Ireland. Over 9,000 vessels pass through Belfast every year, carrying two million passengers, 400,000 vehicles and half a million units of freight, making it the busiest port in Ireland. A major centre of industry and commerce, Belfast has also become established as the focus of the logistics activity for Northern Ireland. The Port of Belfast handles over 60 per cent of Northern Ireland's sea borne trade.
James I, in 1613, incorporated the town of Belfast as a borough, establishing a quay where the Rivers Lagan and Fearset meet. By 1663 there were 29 vessels owned in the town. Trade and quay size continued to expand throughout the 17th century. By the early 18th century Belfast had replaced Carrickfergus as the most important port in Ulster and additional expansion was required. In 1785 the Irish Parliament passed an act to deal with the town's up-and-coming port and established a new body, The Corporation for Preserving and Improving the Port and Harbour of Belfast, the Ballast Board. The port remained disadvantaged by the natural restrictions of shallow water, bends in the channel approach and inadequate quays. This, together with an increasing level of trade, led to a new government act of 1837, which gave powers to the reconstituted board to improve the port through the formation of a new channel. The work commenced in 1839 and by 1841 the first bend had been eliminated. The creation of what was to become the Victoria Channel had begun. In 1847 the Belfast Harbour Act repealed previous acts and led to the formation of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners that, with much wider powers, completed the second stage of the new channel two years later.
Belfast has a rich mix of cultural heritage and new attractions. Visit the Belfast Welcome Centre, located at Donegal Place in the City Centre's main shopping precinct, to plan your tour of the city. The City Hall is a fine example of Classical Renaissance style and offers free tours. Other attractions include St Anne's Cathedral, designed in Hiberno-Romanesque style, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum's carefully recreated Old Town and The Ulster Museum with its award-winning Early Ireland gallery and outstanding "Made in Belfast" exhibits. Meanwhile, Fernhill House tells the story of Belfast's Shankill district. Stroll through the Victorian streets of Belfast on a walking tour that includes The Old Town, Titanic Trail, Blackstaff Way tours and the City Centre Walk. The Odyssey Complex is great for kids and is home to W5 Interactive Discovery Centre, the IMAX Cinema, Hard Rock Café and the Odyssey Arena - home of the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey Team. Belfast Zoo, built into towering Cave Hill, offers a selection of exotic animals, while a more hands-on experience is available at Streamvale Open Farm. Visit Grand Opera House and the Lyric Theatre for the best of local theatre and drama. Belfast also offers an array of festivals throughout the year.
Belfast Shopping and Dining
Belfast's central shopping area runs from Donegal Place to Royal Avenue, taking in St George's Market (the oldest covered market and largest indoor fish market in Ireland) and the Lisburn Road in the south of the city, with a selection of chic designer boutiques and cafes. Belfast has many famous and historic pubs and a huge selection of restaurants from Michelin Star eateries to cosy brasseries and establishments serving traditional Irish food.