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Strangford ferry timetable

The tables below gives details of when the Strangford Lough ferry sails between Portaferry and Strangford in County Down.


If you have any queries, you can send them by email to the address below:

SMS text message alert service

Passengers can register to receive SMS alerts about delays and service suspensions etc. Simply:

  • Text 'FERRY' to 66101 to register
  • Text 'STOP' to 66101 to stop

Receiving SMS alerts is free when in the UK. Registration / Stop text are charged at your network operator’s standard rate.

For information on disruptions to normal service please check the Trafficwatch Northern Ireland website:

Due to the annual refit of the MV Portaferry II, there will be a 7.5T weight restriction from Monday 13th October for 6-8 weeks. For the duration of the refit only, an additional early morning sailing will be provided at 07.15am from Portaferry (Monday to Friday).

From Strangford

The ferry departs on the hour and on the half hour.

Days First Sailing Last Sailing
Weekdays 7.30 am 10.30 pm
Saturday 8.00 am 11.00 pm
Sunday 9.30 am 10.30 pm

From Portaferry

The ferry departs on the quarter past and quarter to the hour

Days First Sailing Last Sailing
Weekdays 7.45 am 10.45 pm
Saturday 8.15 am 11.15 pm
Sunday 9.45 am 10.45 pm

The ferry sails every day of the year, except Christmas Day.

Days with different services

  • Christmas Eve - last sailing from Strangford 9.30 pm; last sailing from Portaferry 9.45 pm
  • Christmas Day - No service
  • Boxing Day - Sunday service operates
  • New Year's Day - Sunday service operates

Where to buy tickets

Single and return tickets are available:

  • on deck  - Cash (Sterling or Euros) and cheques. Please note that only Euro notes are accepted and change will be given in Sterling.
  • from the Ferry Terminal (credit card only) during opening hours (Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 12.30pm and from 1.00pm to 4.00pm)

SmartCards can be purchased / topped up at the following locations.

Location Opening hours Payment methods accepted
Strangford Ferry Terminal, Strangford

Monday to Friday:

9.00am – 12.30pm

1.00pm – 4.00pm

All Payment Methods
Rathkeltair House, Downpatrick

Monday to Friday

10.00am – 4.00pm

Cash and Cheque Only
Kevin Óg Newsagents, 15 The Square, Strangford

7.00am – 7.00pm Monday to Thursday,

7.00am – 9.00pm Friday and Saturday,

7.00am – 6.00pm Sunday

All Payment Methods
Centra, 91 High Street, Portaferry

7.00am – 10.00pm Monday to Saturday,

8.00am – 10.00pm Sunday

Cash and Debit/Credit Card

For further information on fares please visit our website:

Standard of Service

We aim to provide a safe, reliable, clean and effective service, which meets the following standards:

  • vehicle ferry available for 97% of planned crossings
  • where neither vehicle ferry is available, a foot passenger service will be provided
  • shelters, cabins and decks are to be kept clean and tidy
  • complaints thoroughly and promptly addressed
  • loading and disembarkation supervised by crew for maximum customer safety
  • performance results will be published on the internet

Who to Contact

The Ferry Manager
Strangford Lough Ferry Terminal
1 The Slip
Co. Down
BT30 7NE

Tel: 0300 200 7898


The Divisional Manager
Transport NI – Southern Division
Marlborough House
Central Way
BT64 1AD

The Department undertakes to investigate complaints thoroughly and it would be helpful if as much detail as possible regarding date and time of travel and circumstances is given. Written complaints will receive a written response within 15 working days. A written reply will not normally be issued to an oral complaint. You may also e-mail your comments on the Strangford Ferry operation directly to Transport NI staff at the e-mail address below. If you would like to receive a written response you will need to provide your name and postal code.

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