Dublin is the largest of the ferry destinations in Ireland. The city not only has symbols of the past, the Dublin Castle built in 1204, but also symbols of the future, the brand-new Spire of Dublin, an enormous conical stainless-steel spire.
|Fishguard to Rosslare||2 per day||3.5 hours||Stena Line|
|Holyhead to Dublin||4 per day||3.15 hours||Stena Line|
|Holyhead to Dublin||4 per day||1 hour 50 minutes||Irish ferries|
|Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire||7 per week||2 hours||Stena Line|
|Liverpool to Dublin||3 per day||7.5 hours||P&O|
|Pembroke to Rosslare||2 per day||4 hours||Irish ferries|
Irish Ferries runs ships out of the North Wales town of Holyhead, directly off the A55 and A5. One-way fares start from £69 fare for a car and driver. The first conventional ferries leave Holyhead early morning and arrive in Dublin 6 AM, and leave early afternoon, arriving in Dublin 5:30 PM. The fast ferry leaves Holyhead at noon and 5:15 PM and takes less than two hours. The return from Dublin is 8 AM and 9 PM on the conventional ferry, and 8:45 AM and 2:30 PM on the fast ferry.
P&O Irish Sea Ferries has twice-daily service Tuesday through Saturday and once-daily service Sunday and Monday between Dublin and Liverpool. One-way fares start from £69 for a car and driver and cabin. A ferry departs Liverpool and Dublin for the opposite destination every night at 9 PM, arriving 5 AM. Tuesdays through Saturdays, there are departures from both cities at 9 AM, arriving 5 PM.
The Stena Line operates two different routes to the Dublin area, both out of the North Welsh town of Holyhead, easily reachable via the A5 and the A55 North Wales Expressway. A conventional ferry leaves Wales for Dublin every six hours each day, taking about three hours to make the voyage for a fare of £69 – return trips are also every six hours. A “Fastcraft” leaves once a day Monday through Saturday, April through September, at 10 AM from Holyhead and arrives at noon at Dún Laoghaire, a town just south of Dublin, for a fare of £118 — the return trip leaves at 1:15 PM.
The county of Wexford in the southeast of Ireland contains the port of Rosslare, called “the sunniest spot in Ireland.” Beaches line the coast and golf courses fill the region. Both Irish Ferries and the Stena Line service Rosslare from the Welsh region of Pembroke, accessible from the A40.
Irish Ferries runs twice-a-day service from the Pembroke Dock for a four-hour run at fares from £69; ships leave Pembroke at 2:45 AM and 2:45 PM, and leave Rosslare 8:45 AM and 8:45 PM.
Stena Lines has two three-and-a-half hour conventional ferry runs per day to Rosslare out of Fishguard Harbour, Pembrockshire, Wales. Ships leave Fishguard 2:45 AM and 2:30 PM, and leave Rosslare 9 AM and 9:15 PM. From July to September, Stena Lines also runs a daily high-speed two-hour Fastcraft that leaves Fishguard at 11 AM and departs Rosslare 3 PM. Fares for the conventional ferry start at £69; the Fastcraft fare starts at £120.