Ferry from Dublin to Holyhead

 

Overview

Route: Dublin to Holyhead
Journey time: From 1 hour 55 minutes
Journey highlights:

Keep a look out for dolphins and other marine life as you relax on board a quick and comfy crossing from the Irish capital to Holyhead.

Long before the ferry, Holyhead’s human history started as a sacred place for the Celtic peoples of the region. The Holy Island on which the little port town stands is littered with ancient standing stones and burial grounds, which you can still admire these days, part of a rugged rocky scenery interrupted by shallow sandy bays. You can also visit the spectacularly-sited South Stack Lighthouse, and the town has an excellent Maritime Museum.

Linked by causeway, bus and train to Holy Island, the isle of Anglesey is the largest in Wales, and a heartland of traditional Welsh and Celtic culture – three-quarters of its population are Welsh speakers. Find out about its history as the land of the Druids: Anglesey’s many ancient sites feature stone hewn from the many types of rock that make the island a UNESCO-protected geological hotspot. They also form a jagged coast with many fine, blue flag sandy beaches and honeypot fishing villages where you can sample the local catch, or maybe have a go yourself. Across the Menai straits on the mainland, it is easy to access some of Wales’ most magnificent scenery in Snowdonia National Park by quick train from Holyhead.

 

Itinerary

Sample itinerary: Take the 1430 fast ferry from Dublin and arrive in Holyhead at 1625.
Price: From £25 (£15 for under 16s) single
 
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How to travel to the port:

The easiest way for foot passengers to reach the port is to take the train to one of Dublin's main central stations.

There is a regular bus service (local bus number 53, and a dedicated shuttle service) from the Busaras (central bus station) to Dublin Port. The Busaras is located next to Connolly station in Dublin City Centre, it takes around 20 minutes and costs €2.50. If you are arriving at Heuston station, it costs €1.50 on the LUAS tram to Connolly, to connect for the bus service to the port. Connolly and Heuston stations are the main destinations for services from across the country. From Pearse station it is a short walk across the river to the Busaras (or 2 stops on the DART suburbn rail network to Connolly). Alternatively, you can take a taxi from any station to the port, though it is advisable to book one ahead to avoid delays getting to the port.

Dublin Port facilities: Café, toilets, baby changing, shop, disabled facilities, bureau de change.

Transfer time: Allow 1 hour from city centre railway stations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Ferry Crossing :

Dublin to Holyhead

Irish Ferries runs 2 normal services (at 0805 arriving Holyhead at 1130 and 2055 arriving 0020) and 2 fast services (at 0845 Mon-Sat only arriving Holyhead at 1040 and 1430 arriving 1625) daily.

Stena Line runs 4 services daily Monday to Saturday, at 0215 (arriving Holyhead at 0530), 0820 (arriving 1135), 1600 (arriving 1915, no foot passengers) and 2115 (arriving 0030). There is no 0215 service on Sundays, but the other 3 ferries still make the crossing.

Frequency of service: Up to 8 ferries per day
Operator:

Irish Ferries, Stena Line

Journey time: From 1 hour 55 minutes
Onward travel from the port:

Welcome to Holyhead

Holyhead railway station is located immediately adjacent to the ferry terminals, so it is a quick and easy transfer from the ferry to your platform. There are regular mainline services to destinations across the UK, including up to 5 trains a day to London Euston and various services to Chester, Crewe and Birmingham for connections to the rest of the country.

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Your route back from Dublin

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the ferry.