Liverpool to Dublin is one of the most famous ferry routes of the British Isles. This crossing is operated by P&O Ferries and goes from Liverpool Ferry Port to Dublin Ferry Port, taking around 7 and a half hours.


Journey Time
Liverpool to Dublin3 per day7.5 hoursP&OP & O Ferries
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How long is the ferry crossing from Liverpool to Dublin?
The crossing takes 7and a half hours on average. This makes it a good while longer than crossings from Holyhead, where the faster ferries take just 2 hours.

Does the ferry sail overnight?
There is actually a choice of travelling through the night, where you can get a good night’s rest and be up fresh and ready for your onward journey, or you can travel across during the day.

What’s it like on-board?
Well, since the crossing is 7 and a half hours, P&O Ferries have gone to great lengths to make sure passengers are comfortable. For example, all meals are included in the price and complimentary teas and coffees are available. There are shops, bars and restaurants on-board, plus you can book an en-suite cabin for extra comfort.

So is it better to depart from Liverpool or Holyhead?
As mentioned above, Holyhead offers faster crossings. But then again, Holyhead is a little more remote and therefore possibly a longer drive for most travellers. Since we don’t know where you are starting your journey from, we can’t say which is best for you. But we can suggest that you do a quite sum to add up the travel time: How long to drive to Holyhead, plus 2 hours; compared with how long to drive to Liverpool, plus 7.5. Use a route planner to find out what’s best for you.

Obviously price and departure times might also play a part in choosing which crossing is best for you. Also, remember that not all ferries from Holyhead are the fast ones – Stena Line’s standard crossing take 3 hours 15 minutes.

Liverpool is about 100 miles and a 2 hour drive from Holyhead.

When can I check in?
P&O state that you can check-in anytime during the afternoon of the day of the departure. Check-in closes at 17.00

Do I need to book a cabin?
No, there are seats similar to airline or train seats, where you can rest through the night. However, these won’t offer you anything like the comfort of a cabin bed. Cabins also offer the luxury of showers and toilets.

Alternative Routes

It’s easy to get confused with all the alternative routes to Ireland, particularly Dublin

Firstly, Dublin can be considered to have 2 ports; Dublin and Dun Laoghaire (which is just 7 miles outside Dublin). Ferries go from Holyhead to both ports, plus from Liverpool to Dublin. You will find information about all of these other routes on other pages of our web site.

Secondly, Liverpool Ferry Port can easily be confused with Liverpool Birkenhead. Norfolkline Ferries used to offer a crossing from Liverpool Birkenhead to Dublin, but this route has since been cancelled. Liverpool Ferry Port is in the Bootle area of the city. The Birkenhead port is on the other side of the Mersey.


As mentioned above, the Liverpool to Dublin route is one of the truly historical ferry crossings in the British Isles. One of the most famous companies offering this route was the City of Dubin Steam Packet Company, which began running ferries, mostly carrying mail, between the two cities in around 1823!