Ferry Operators

Stena Line

Always going places ... Stena Line ferries to Ireland, Britain and Holland

Every year more than 450,000 people cross the North Sea between the UK and Holland on the ferries of Stena Line, the largest ferry operator in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

The company operates Europe’s most comprehensive ferry route network, with a modern fleet 35 vessels on 17 strategically located routes serving eight countries and 29 ports including the UK, Ireland, Holland, Scotland, Wales, Norway and Sweden.

With its network of ports and routes, Stena Line , which celebrates its 53rd year of service in 2015, offers a convenient way to travel between Ireland and the UK no matter where you live.

And the Harwich to Hook of Holland route, with the world’s largest superferries Stena Britannica,  provides the quickest way to the Netherlands from the UK and also the quickest way to reach many parts of Germany and northern Europe.

superferry Stena Hollandica of Stena Line Ferries
In the UK Stena Line offers two daily crossings on its Harwich to Hook of Holland route, as well as over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland (Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Holyhead to Dublin, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare) providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

On the Irish Sea routes, Stena Line operates a mixture of high-speed and conventional vessels and offers a contemporary maritime experience with outstanding service.

The operator has also invested substantial amounts in its Irish Sea operations over the past years, constructing a new £37m terminal in Belfast, adding a new vessel to its route between Scotland and Northern Ireland, announcing the construction of a new £200m Scottish port in Loch Ryan and spending over £9m on the refit and refurbishment of ships across its five routes to Ireland.

The HSS (High-speed Sea Service) ships were designed by Stena Line, and are some of the biggest fastcraft vessels in the world; powered by jet engines, they can reach 75km/h. Onboard there are lounges, including a coffee lounge, bar and observation lounge, premium Stena Plus lounges (with waiter service), a café serving hot and cold snacks, and a bar with movie watching facilities.

Stena Line also operates conventional cruise ferries on most of its UK based routes, which have many facilities including lounges, play areas, shops, Wi-Fi access, bars, cafés and a restaurant as well as a choice of comfortable en-suite cabins. On the Fishguard to Rosslare route Stena also operate a catamaran fastcraft (the Stena Lynx III, which has a restaurant, bar, lounges, video games, bureau de change and a Stena Plus lounge.

Onboard all Stena Line ferries passengers enjoy a host of facilities from fine dining to food on the go, cinemas, children’s play areas and shopping.

For those looking for extra comfort during their journey, Stena Line offers its exclusive Stena Plus Lounge. Stena Plus customers benefit from express boarding and access to spacious onboard lounges with complimentary snacks, drinks and newspapers.

Together with its subsidiary operator Scandlines, which serves Scandinavia and the Baltic routes, Stena Line’s frequent passenger and freight ferry services operates one the most comprehensive ferry networks in Europe, with about16 million passengers travelling each year, more than three million travelling with cars.


With five Stena Line routes on the Irish Sea, taking the ferry to Ireland is easier than ever.

Cairnryan - Belfast

Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII, crossing time approx. 2 hrs 15 mins

Fishguard - Rosslare

Stena Europe Superferry, crossing time approx. 3 hrs 30 mins

Holyhead - Dun Laoghaire

Stena HSS Explorer,  crossing time approx. 99 mins

Holyhead - Dublin Port

Superferries Stena Adventurer and Stena Nordica, crossing time approx. 3 hrs 15 mins. No foot passengers.

Liverpool - Belfast

Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey,  crossing time approx. 8 hours


Stena Line operate daily ferry crossings on two routes to Britain from Northern Ireland.

Belfast - Stranraer

Stena HSS crossing time approx. 105 mins
Standard ferry crossing time approx. 3 hrs 15 mins

Larne - Fleetwood

Crossing time approx. 8 hours
Fleetwood is a tidal port, therefore departure times will vary from day to day.


Go straight to Holland: take one of the world’s largest superferries, Stena Hollandica or Stena Britannica, from Harwich to Hook of Holland

Harwich - Hook of Holland

Crossing time approx. 22 hours

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