Rathlin Island ferry
The Rathlin Island ferry operates between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. There is information below about fares, how to book tickets, and the Rathlin Island Resident Pass.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, travel to the island on the ferry service continues to be restricted only to those who need to travel for essential reasons.
This situation is being kept under review in line with the 'Pathway out of restrictions' road map.
How to book your ticket
You have to pre-book tickets for the ferry to confirm availability and to reserve your space.
To pre-book your ticket, contact Rathlin Island Ferry Limited.
Some tickets will be available for sale online.
More information on tickets and ferry sailings is available on Rathlin Island ferry website.
There are a number of ticket types available:
- adult single - £6.00
- adult return - £12.00
- child single - £3.00
- child return - £6.00
- family day return - £32.00 (two adults plus two children)
- bicycles - £3.30 return (bicycles must be booked by contacting the booking office as restrictions may apply)
- vehicle restrictions apply - contact the booking office for further information and prices
All passengers must keep tickets in a readable condition for the entire sailing.
Tickets and your pass (if applicable) must be shown for inspection on demand by either a member of the ferry operator crew or staff, or a Department for Infrastructure monitoring officer.
You may be charged the full fare if you fail to show a valid ticket or pass when asked.
Discounted fares are offered on Rathlin Island ferry.
Free travel is provided for:
- Senior (65+) SmartPass holders
- 60+ SmartPass holders
- Registered Blind SmartPass holders
- War Disablement SmartPass holders
- children under the age of five years
Half fare travel is provided for:
- Half Fare SmartPass holders
- children aged five to 15 years
A valid SmartPass must be shown when you get your ticket or the full adult fare will be charged for the journey.
Rathlin Island Resident Pass
Discounted fares are also offered on the Rathlin Island ferry to holders of a Rathlin Island Resident Pass.
Tickets and Resident Passes must be shown for inspection on demand by either a member of the ferry operator crew or staff, or a Department for Infrastructure monitoring officer.
The discount rates are:
Type of Resident Pass
Discount on standard fare
Resident adult over 65
Resident adult over 60
Resident adult aged over 16
Resident child aged 5 to 16
75 per cent
Rathlin Island Resident Passes are issued by the Department for Infrastructure. For further information, contact the Department .