Holyhead to Dublin is probably the most famous UK ferry crossing after Dover to Calais. In fact it has other similarities to the Dover-Calais crossing, in that there are 2 companies running ferries on this route: Irish Ferries and Stena Line. With these two competing for our custom, there are often plenty of good deals and special offers available. Not only that, but further alternatives to this route are available from Stena Line’s Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire crossing (Dun Laoghaire is just a few miles south of Dublin city centre) and P&O’s Liverpool to Dublin crossing.

Details

Crossing
Frequency
Journey Time
Operator
 
 
Holyhead to Dublin4 per day3.15 hoursStena LineStena Line Ferries
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Holyhead to Dublin4 per day1 hour 50 minutesIrish ferriesIrish Ferries
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FAQs

Which ferry company runs the route?
Two companies in fact: Irish Ferries and Stena Line.

How many crossings per day?
Both companies currently offer 4 crossings per day, giving travellers a great choice.

So which is best: Irish Ferries or Stena Line?
If speed is important, then Irish Ferries. Their super fast ferry means the crossing take under 2 hours. Stena Line’s slower ferry takes 3 hours 15 minutes. However, don’t forget that Stena Line also have a very fast ferry running between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire, which takes just under 2 hours.

Other than speed of crossing, it’s impossible for us to say which company is best. Both offer an excellent service and on-board facilities. We suggest you look for the best deals (sometimes one or the other will have special offers) and also the departure or arrival times that most suit you.

How far is it from Holyhead to Dublin?
The ferry crossing is roughly 70 miles.

Moving on from Dublin

It’s quite easy to want to stay in Dublin for a good long while. But if you want to get on the road and explore the rest of Ireland, then you’re at the right starting point, since Dublin is well connected to the major motorways (M1 and M50) and road network. Galway is 2 hours drive, as is Limerick, and Cork is 2 and a half hours.

Alternatives Ferry Routes

Crossing
Frequency
Journey Time
Operator
 
 
Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire7 per week2 hoursStena LineStena Line Ferries
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