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Ferry from Holyhead to Dublin



Route: Holyhead (northwest Wales) to Dublin (east coast Ireland)
Journey time: From 1 hour 55 minutes
Journey highlights:

The speedy crossing from Holyhead to Dublin offers all the usual comforts and conveniences, eating, drinking and shopping opportunities, plus the chance to spot dolphins off the side of the ship.

The fair city of Dublin needs little introduction: Ireland’s dynamic, vibrant and friendly capital offers a warm welcome to visitors of all kinds. With beautiful Georgian streets, squares, and monuments; charming pubs that have resisted the encroaches of tourism, fine modern Irish cuisine and some of Europe’s top shopping streets, there’s much to tempt you to come to Dublin. The sights of Dublin include its lovely quays, Trinity College, the Cathedral, the atmospheric Dublin, the famed Guinness Brewery, and far more, alongside a dynamic new arts scene in neighbourhoods such as the regenerated Smithfield.

Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature, with an extraordinary literary heritage to be discovered in the National Library, National Print Museum and various sites scattered across the city. The rich history and arts of the city – and Ireland – are on display at numerous galleries and museums including the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Royal Hibernian Academy, to name just a few. Whether you come to wander the streets; enjoy the famous nightlife, beer and craic; take in the cultural scene; or to explore the verdant hinterland and beaches of the Bay – the beating heart of Ireland offers it all with a smile.

Return journey: Dublin to Holyhead


Sample itinerary: Take the 1715 fast ferry from Holyhead and arrive in Dublin at 1910, in time for an evening meal.
Price: From £25 (£15 for under 16s) single
Book a ferry ticket from Holyhead to Dublin with Stena Line
Book a ferry ticket from Holyhead to Dublin with Irish Ferries
Book a Sail Rail ticket from UK railway stations to Irish destinations
How to travel to the port:

The easiest way for foot passengers to reach the port is to take the train to Holyhead, the train station is adjacent to the ferry terminal, so it is a quick and easy transfer from the train station exit to the ferry check-in.

There are regular mainline rail services to Holyhead train station (including up to 5 trains a day from London Euston and various services from Chester, Crewe and Birmingham).

Sail Rail (a partnership between a number of the UK’s train companies, ferry operators and Irish Rail), offers cheap deals that combine train travel from rail stations throughout the UK to Holyhead with the Dublin ferry crossing included in the price of the ticket.

Holyhead Port facilities: Bureau de change, cafés, toilets, disabled access, baby changing.

Transfer time: It is just a short walk from the station platforms to the ferry check-in.
The Ferry Crossing:

Holyhead to Dublin

Irish Ferries run 2 normal services (at 0240 arriving Dublin 0555 and 1410 arriving Dublin 1725) and 2 fast services (1200 arriving 1349 and 1715 arriving 1915) daily year round.

Stena Line runs 4 services a day Monday to Saturday, at 0230 (arriving 0545), 0820 (arriving 1135), 1350 (arriving 1705) and 2130 (arriving 0045). On Sundays there are services at 0230 (arriving 0545), 1350 (arriving 1705) and 2030 (no foot passengers carried).

Frequency of service: Up to 8 ferries per day

Irish Ferries, Stena Line

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

Fáilte go Baile Átha Cliath (Welcome to Dublin) There is a bus service (local bus number 53, and a dedicated shuttle service) from Dublin Port to the Busaras (central bus station - for onward bus connections), which is located next to Connolly station in Dublin City Centre, it takes around 20 minutes and costs €2.50. If you are heading to Heuston station, which costs €1.50 on the LUAS tram from Connolly, to connect for the bus service to the port. Connolly and Heuston stations are the main stations for services across the country. Pearse station is a short walk across the river from the Busaras (or 2 stops on the DART suburban rail network from Connolly). Alternatively you can take a taxi (approx €10) from the port to city centre destinations. For more information on rail journeys to the rest of Ireland see Irish Rail

For other articles on rail and ferry journeys to and from Ireland see:
Tips on Visiting Ireland 
Top ten green holidays in Ireland
How to travel to and from Ireland without flying 
Kingfisher Cycling Trail, Ireland
Dublin's coastal walks and trains 
Getting home to Ireland in the snow



Your route to Dublin (Ireland)

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