Just a short hop across the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is a wonderful place for visitors looking for a quiet and unspoilt place to relax and enjoy the scenery. The ferry from Belfast to Douglas in the Isle of Man departs 3 times per week and takes under 3 hours.

Details

Crossing
Frequency
Journey Time
Operator
 
Belfast to Douglas3 per week2.45 hoursSteam Packet CoSteam Packet Co
Birkenhead to Douglas2 per week4.15 hoursSteam Packet CoSteam Packet Co
Heysham to Douglas2 per day3.45 hoursSteam Packet CoSteam Packet Co
Liverpool to Douglas2 per day2.45 hoursSteam Packet CoSteam Packet Co

FAQs

Which is the fastest crossing to the Isle of Man?
The Belfast to Douglas route quite a fast crossing to the Isle of Man, taking 2 hour 45 minutes.

Which ferry company runs the route?
If you’ve read our other pages about ferry crossings to the Isle of Man, then you won’t be surprised to find that the Belfast to Douglas routes is also operated by The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

How far is Isle of Man from Belfast?
The Belfast to Douglas crossing is roughly about 60 miles.

Can I take my car?
Yes, the ferry can accommodate a range of vehicles, including cars and camper vans, although please note that there is a weight limit of 4 tonnes. If you are traveling with a vehicle heavier than this, you may have to cross to the Isle of Man from Dublin instead.

Does the ferry sail overnight?
No, the ferry doesn’t sail overnight. The ferry departs from Belfast mid-morning, and arrives at the Isle of Man around lunch time.

Moving on from the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you love the outdoors – there’s so much on offer for walkers or cyclists. If you are heading from Belfast, you might also use the Isle of Man as a stop gap on your way to England, using one of the ferries from Douglas to Liverpool or Heysham.