Did you know that there are seven ferry ports that vans and trucks can cross the Irish Sea from in the UK?
One of the most popular routes for freight and trucks is Liverpool to Dublin. This route is operated by both Seatruck and P&O Ferries with up to 7 crossings per day and crossing times of around 8-9 hours.
Liverpool is easily accessible from the M58 and M62 with truck stops and facilities available around the port of Liverpool.
Birkenhead ferry port is situated on the opposite side of the River Mersey to the Port of Liverpool and is operated by Stena Line, who operate the route to Belfast. There are 3 crossings per day with each crossing taking around 8 hours. Facilities at the port include a separate drivers lounge and shower facilities.
The port of Heysham is near Lancaster and connects the UK with Ireland via Dublin, Warrenpoint and Belfast routes. Operated by Seatruck and P&O Ferries, there are 4 crossings per day with each crossing taking 8 to 9 hours.
Located on the south west of Scotland, Cairnryan ferry port provides 2 hour crossings around 13 times a day with Stena Line and P&O Ferries. Ideally located for Scottish hauliers, Cairnryan port has modern facilities including lounges, restaurant and shops.
A popular passenger route, the port of Holyhead also services freight. 10 crossings from Holyhead to Dublin are provided every day with Stena Line and Irish Ferries, with each crossing taking approximately 3 hours. Irish Ferries also offers a fast ferry option for vehicles up to 9 metres long which takes around 2 hours.
For those hauliers operating in the south and south-west Wales, The Fishguard to Rosslare service provided by Stena Line operates twice a day with crossings taking around 3 hours. The Stena Line terminal has snack bars, a drivers lounge and shower facilities.
Irish Ferries operate ferries to Rosslare in Ireland with 2 crossings day taking around 4 hours. Pembroke Dock is situated close to the M4 making it the ideal port if you are travelling from London, the South of England or the Channel ports.
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