The ferry crossing to Dún Laoghaire is a great option for anyone travelling to the Dublin area of Ireland. Dún Laoghaire ferry port is just a stone’s throw from Dublin city, a little further south along the coast. But even if you intend to travel north from Dublin, Dún Laoghaire is still a good option, being close to the major road network and the motorway at the M50.

Details

Crossing
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Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire7 per week2 hoursStena LineStena Line Ferries
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FAQs

How long is the ferry crossing to Dún Laoghaire?
The crossing takes just under 2 hours, thanks to the super fast type ferry used by Stena Line, the Stena Eplorer. This makes it a direct competitor to the fast Holyhead to Dublin crossing with Irish Ferries.

What can I expect on-board?
This is a state of the art ferry. There are plenty of lounges to relax in, a restaurant and cafe, plus the Metropolitan bar. There are shops and a kids’ play area too. Ad if you needed to do a bit of work or just browse online, there’s also free Wi-Fi.

When is the crossing?
Of course departure times are subject to change, but at the time of writing, the ferry departs Holyhead at 10am and arrives in Dun Laoghaire two hours later at 12pm.

Is it possible to do a day trip to Dublin by ferry?
Well, it would be a shame to have to spend such a short visit to Ireland, but yes, it is possible. There are ferries from Holyhead that arrive early in the morning – the Stena Line arrives in Dun Laoghaire at 12 midday. It wouldn’t be such a good idea to get this same ferry back, since it departs Dun Laoghaire 13.15 and you need 30 minutes check-in. But you could take one of the other ferries from Dublin port for your return.

So, how do I pronounce “Dún Laoghaire” then?
Er, good question. “Dun Leary” will just about pass, though you might hear something more like “Doon Layer-eh” said by the locals.

Moving on from Dún Laoghaire

If you’re just stopping over for a short stay before heading onwards to the rest of Ireland, it’s quite easy to find your way out of Dún Laoghaire. The N11 will take you away from the town. Bray is only five miles away, Tullamore is fifty-six miles, and Dundrum is ninety-four miles.

Alternative Ferry Routes

Crossing
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Journey Time
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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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