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Holyhead - Dublin (Stena Line Ferry)


The Journey

There are three types of ship that operate on this route, the Stena Nordica, the Stena Adventurer and the Stena Explorer. The Stena Explorer offers the easiest connection at Holyhead, whereas the other ships require passengers to catch a bus from the ferry terminal to the ship. For those passengers travelling to Holyhead by train, the Stena Express doesn't fit in very well with arriving trains, so this isn't the best rail and sail option.

The crossing takes between 2 hours and 3hrs 15mins depending on which ship you are sailing on. 

Passengers must make sure that they check-in in time for departure.

Latest Check-in TimeTime before Departure
Stena Adventurer45mins
Stena Nordica45mins
Stena Explorer60mins


Stena Line Ferries

Stena Line is an international ferry operator, covering three main geographical areas: Scandinavia, the North Sea and the Irish Sea. The company operates 18 routes in Europe, with a total of 35 ships, including high speed ferries.

The company, in partnership with rail operators, now offers Rail & Sail fares, which give passengers the opportunity to purchase discounted ferry and train tickets to destinations across Europe.

On certain routes, Stena Line offer cabins in addition to traditional seating. All cabins are en-suite, and provide passengers with a comfortable and relaxing environment in which to travel.

A range of cabin options are available, including:

  • 1 bed en-suites;
  • 2 bed en-suites;
  • 4 bed en-suites; 
  • 4 person private lounges; and
  • 2 person private lounges.

En-suite rooms offer passengers a comfortable bed, along with en-suite facilities which include a toilet, sink and shower. Towels and shower gel is provided, along with a desk area. Rooms larger than 1 bed all benefit from an outside window.

Private lounges offer passengers luxury leather seating, a flat screen 3D TV, Playstation 3 Console and games, as well as coffee making facilities. A fridge is also available, along with an en-suite bathroom and free wifi.

Internet Access

Free WiFi is available for passengers on all Stena Line routes. The connection is not particularly fast however, so streaming content is not permitted.


Most of the Stena Line fleet offer passengers the opportunity to watch free movies whilst on-board. Some ships operate a cinema, which charges passengers an entrance fee of £5.50 per adult, and £4 for children less than 12 years of age.

Some ships offer passengers arcade games, whilst television screens are positioned around the decks.

Food & Drink

All Stena Line services offer some form of refreshment service. Larger ships operate a full restaurant, offering a range of hot food and drinks. Passengers travelling in the Stena Plus Lounge benefit from waiter service and a premium menu. Some ships also offer coffee shops and bar areas.


The Stena Adventurer and Stena Nordica sail between Holyhead and Dublin Port, whilst the Stena HSS sails to Dun Laoghaire. Dun Laoghaire is about seven miles south of Dublin, and is linked to the city by DART suburban trains in about 25mins.

Holyhead to Dublin by Ferry:

Stena Adventurer02.3005.45
Stena Nordica08.20a11.35
Stena HSS *10.00b12.00
Stena Adventurer13.5017.05
Stena Nordica21.30c00.45

Dublin to Holyhead by Ferry:

Stena Nordica02.15a05.30
Stena Adventurer08.2011.35
Stena Explorer13.15b15.15
Stena Nordica16.00d19.15
Stena Adventurer21.15e00.30

*: Dun Laoghaire, not Dublin Port.

a: Daily. No foot passengers permitted.
b: Daily until 13th September 2011.
c: Daily. Departs 20.30 on Sundays. No foot passengers permitted. No service 24 December 2012.
d = No foot passengers permitted.
e: Departs at 18.30 on 24th December 2011.


This website lists the prices for foot passengers only. If you would like to know the prices for motorists, visit the Stena Line website through the links below.

SailingAdultChild (4-15 years)Infant (0-3 years)
Holyhead - Dublin Port£28£17FREE
Holyhead - Dun Laoghaire£33£19FREE

Combined Train and Ferry tickets to "Dublin City" include travel on the DART to Dublin Connolly. If your combined tIcket is to "Dun Laoghaire", you will need to pay an additional €2.50 each way.

A full price list for motorists etc can be found on the Stena Line website.

Valid Rail Pass holders can take advantage of a 30% reduction in standard foot passenger fares.

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