The ferry from Liverpool Birkenhead to Douglas, Isle of Man is a seasonal ferry crossing, and runs during the winter months. The crossing is operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, with their larger ferry, the Ben-my-Chree, taking cars and passengers across the Irish Sea in around 4 and a half hours.


Journey Time
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


Is this the same as the ferry from Liverpool?
No, Birkenhead ferry port is on the opposite side of the Mersey to Liverpool ferry port. Birkenhead port is easy to get to, but please note that there isn’t any car parking.

Where in Birkenhead port does the ferry depart?
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferries depart from 12 Quays berth at Birkenhead ferry port.

Can I take my car?
Yes indeed. The Ben-my-Chree is a large ferry and can accommodate cars and motorbikes, although there is a weight limit of 4 tonnes.

Can I travel as a foot passenger?
Yes, in fact foot passengers are well catered for by the ferry operator, who offer a free bus from the Liverpool Pier Head Terminal and Lime Street Station to the 12 Quays berth at Birkenhead.

Do I have to take the same ferry for the return journey?
Not at all. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company makes it very easy for passengers to choose a variety of routes (see above for the list). So you could deaprt from Birkenhead, but if you feels that times or prices are better, then you can book your return to get to Liverpool of Heysham.