If there’s one thing we hear time and time again from our customers, it’s that the Irish Sea is essential to their business. And it’s no surprise why.
This includes routes such as Liverpool Birkenhead to Belfast with Stena Line. Although this takes a mix of passengers and freight, drivers can enjoy a good night's sleep and meals on board.
Another popular long sea crossing is Liverpool to Dublin and Heysham to Warrenpoint operated by Seatruck Ferries. These services only take 12 drivers on board, but there is a high level of service and an 8 hour crossing allows for an onboard rest break.
The shortest and most popular ferry routes to the Republic of Ireland are from Wales to Ireland, with the most common route being Holyhead to Dublin.
While there are two operators on this route – Stena Line and Irish Ferries - both ferry companies make transport simple by operating 4 sailings a day to Ireland on this route (each crossing taking less than 3 and a half hours).
You can also travel from Pembroke to Rosslare, or Fishguard to Rosslare. These are ideal freight ferries to catch if you are travelling from the South West of England, or going to Cork, Republic of Ireland.
Both services operate twice a day for maximum efficiency.
The quickest and most popular routes to Northern Ireland are from Cairnryan, near Stranraer, in Scotland.
Stena Line’s Cairnryan to Belfast is very popular with vans as it sails 6 times a day and takes just over 2 hours. It is often the cheapest way for vans to get to Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, arctic drivers going from Scotland to Northern Ireland will also appreciate the P&O Ferries Cairnryan - Larne service for a shorter sailing and longer drive.
No matter your business’ freight needs, there’s a route on the Irish Sea for you.