Holyhead to Dublin Ferry - Travel to Ireland
One of the most popular sea routes in Europe, the Holyhead to Dublin ferry is a quick route to Ireland from Britain. Two companies run ferries on the route with several sailings daily so it's worth knowing all the options before booking a ticket.
Irish ferries sail from Holyhead to Dublin's North Wall (Dublin Port) several times daily and offer two services on this route: a three and a quarter hour journey on their mammoth car ferry, and a one and a half hour journey on their fast ferry.
Stena Line - Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire
Stena Line has daily sailings from Holyhead to the North Wall in three and a half hours and from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire on their fast ferry in just one and a half hours.
You can take a cheap-booze cruise day-return for a tenner with either company, though with the abolishment of EU duty-free benefits you're not really going to find any bargains on board. A five-day return for foot passengers on the ferry costs about £30, add on another £6 for the fast ferry.
If you're planning to take your car try booking well in advance as you'll get the best deals. On average a five-day return with car costs about £200 in peak season on the ferry, £240 on the fast service; an open return costs about £250 on the slow boat and £280 on the fast ferry.
Getting to town
From Dublin Port at the North Wall, it's a short bus journey to town (€2.50) but the infrequent service only runs when a ferry arrives. It's fine if you don't mind waiting for every man, woman and child on board to get their act together, but an extended exercise in patience for mere mortals. A taxi costs about €10 and saves a lot of agro.
Transport from Dun Laoghaire is much better. The easiest way into the city centre is to take the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit), a light train than whisks the seven miles along the bay into town for about €1.50. Buses to town are much slower and cost roughly the same amount. A taxi to the city centre from Dun Laoghaire costs about €15.
As with most things these days, the best fares for the Holyhead to Dublin ferry can be found online. If you're planning to take the fast service with either Irish Ferries or Stena Line book well in advance as the service is more popular than the ferry and the boats are smaller.