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Ferry Services to Ireland

There are five major ferry ports in Ireland with direct sailings to Britain and France.  All ferries are “Roll-on/roll-off” / “Car Ferries” that accommodate cars, motor-homes (RVs), caravans, buses, trucks, motorbikes, bicycles and regular foot passengers.

Ferry Services

There are a number of crossings during peak Summer service. The ferryport for Cork is at Ringaskiddy, about 30 minutes drive from Kinsale. We have listed all ferry connections here to aid journey planning but all except Cork are some distance from Kinsale (at least 3 hours driving time).

Passenger Ferry Services to/from the island of Ireland

Ferryports in Northern Ireland:

Larne, County Antrim:
Cairnryan to Larne (P&O Ferries)

(Driving distance from Kinsale: 480 km / ~5 hours)

Belfast, County Antrim:
Cairnryan to Belfast (Stena Line)
Liverpool to Belfast (Stena Line)
Douglas (Isle of Man) to Belfast (Isle of Man Steam Packet Company)

(Driving distance from Kinsale: 450 km / ~5 hours)

Ferryports in the Republic of Ireland:

Dublin Port, County Dublin:

Douglas (Isle of Man) to Dublin Port (Isle of Man Steam Packet Company)
Liverpool to Dublin Port (P&O Ferries)
Holyhead to Dublin Port (Stena Line)
Holyhead to Dublin Port (Irish Ferries)
Cherbourg to Dublin Port (ICG/Irish Ferries)

(Driving distance from Kinsale: 300 km / ~3.5 hours)

Rosslare Europort, (operated by Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail) County

Fishguard to Rosslare (Stena Line)
Pembroke Dock to Rosslare (Irish Ferries)
Cherbourg to Rosslare (ICG/Irish Ferries)
Cherbourg to Rosslare (Stena Line)
Roscoff to Rosslare (ICG/Irish Ferries)

(Driving distance from Kinsale: 220km / ~3 hours)

Cork (Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal, County Cork):

Roscoff, France to Cork (Brittany Ferries)
Santander, Spain to Cork (Brittany Ferries)
Seasonal service only – check with for schedule

(Driving distance from Kinsale: 30km / ~30 minutes)