Larne is a popular ferry port which connects Northern Ireland with Scotland via the Larne to Cairnryan route. There are up to 42 crossings every week depending on the time of year and the crossing lasts around 2 hours.
The history of the Port of Larne stretches all of the way back to the Middle Stone Ages, through the pre-Christian and Viking era and all of the way through to the modern day. Perhaps most notably, the Port of Larne played a major role in WW2, with more than 5 million people passing through the port during this time. Among these were American troops preparing for the Normandy D-Day landings of 1944. From the 1970s onwards, there was the gradual development of the passenger ferry services.
The Larne to Cairnryan route is operated exclusively by P&O Ferries. There is just one ferry terminal for this crossing.
Directions For Getting There
If you are travelling to Larne Ferry Port by car, it can be found around a 25-minute drive north of Belfast. Once you reach Larne, the ferry port itself is very well-sign-posted. There are both short and long term car parking facilities available.
If you are travelling by rail, the Port of Larne is connected via Belfast central station to the Northern Ireland Railway network that serves all parts of Ireland.
If you are travelling by bus or coach, your best bet is to target a regular bus service to the ferry terminal operated by Ulster bus.
Port Contact Details
Larne Harbour, Larne, County Antrim, BT40 1AW
Phone: 01304 448888 (P&O Ferries)
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