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Strangford ferry timetable

You can get details of when the Strangford ferry sails between Portaferry and Strangford in County Down below.


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 text message service updates. You can:

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

Text messages are free in the UK.

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

From Strangford

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

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

Sailings are 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
  • Boxing Day - Sunday service operates
  • New Year's Day - Sunday service operates

Where to buy tickets

Discount multi-journey books can be purchased:

The Strangford Lough Ferry Terminal

1 The Slip
County Down
BT30 7NE

Open location in Google Map

In person at Rathkeltair House, Market Street, Downpatrick. The hours are from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday (cash or cheque sales only).

Rathkeltair House
Market Street
County Down
BT30 6AJ

Open location in Google Map

If you are a regular user of the ferry service, discount vouchers can be purchased at:

  • Kevin Og Newsagents in Strangford from 07.00am to 07.00pm (Monday to Thursday), 07.00am to 09.00pm (Friday and Saturday), and 07.00am to 06.00pm (Sunday).
  • Centra, 91 High Street, Portaferry, BT22 1QU from 07:00am to 10:00pm (Monday to Saturday) and from 08:00am to 10:00pm (Sunday).

Please note that single/return tickets are purchased on board the ferry (cash or cheque only).

If you require any further information on the Ferry Service, please contact the Ferry Terminal:

The online facility for purchasing 20 journey voucher books is no longer available.