Strangford ferry fares

You can find details below of fares when using the Strangford Lough ferry. The ferry operates between Strangford and Portaferry in County Down.

Tickets

There are a number of ticket types available:

Single and return tickets

Single and return tickets are available:

  • on deck - pay by cash (Sterling or Euros) and cheque (please note that if paying using Euro, only notes are accepted and change will be given in Sterling)
  • from the Ferry Terminal in Strangford (credit card only) during opening hours (Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm)

Cars and other vehicles by length (fare includes driver only)

Vehicle and driver Single Return (valid for one week) SmartCard Top-up (20 journeys)
Vehicle up to six metres in length £5.80 £10.00 £50.00
Vehicle six to eight metres in length £10.00 £18.00 £120.00
Long vehicles – each additional two metres in length for vehicles over eight metres (Note: vehicles towing trailer/ caravan will be charged at the proper total train length) £4.50 £8.00 £54.00
Motorcycle and (first) rider £3.50 £5.50 £31.00

Occupants of a vehicle, other than a driver, will be charged at the proper passenger rate.

Vehicles with disabled driver or passenger

A concessionary vehicle fare is available on presentation of a Blue Badge held by either the driver or a passenger. The fare includes the vehicle and one person. Any other people in the vehicle will be charged at the proper passenger rate.

Fare category Single Return (valid for one week) SmartCard Top-up (20 journeys)
Concessionary fare (occupants of a vehicle, other than the blue badge holder, will be charged at the proper rate) £2.50 £4.00 Not applicable

Bicycles

There is no charge for bicycles. Cyclists will be charged at the proper passenger rate. Cyclists should dismount and walk on as foot passengers.

Passengers

Passenger category

Single

Return (valid for one week) SmartCard Top-up (20 journeys)
Adult passenger £1.00 £2.00 £12.00
Child (five to 15 years) £0.50 £1.00 £5.50
Child under five years Free Free Not applicable
Concessionary ticket* £0.50 £1.00 Not applicable
Concessionary ticket** Free Free Not applicable
Group warrant adults# £0.60 £1.20 Not applicable
Group warrant children# £0.30 £0.60 Not applicable

Note: *(Available on presentation of the proper valid Northern Ireland-issued SmartPass). Holders of either a Learning Disability, Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Registered Partially Sighted or Refusal of a Driving License on the Grounds of Medical Fitness SmartPass.

Note: ** (Available on presentation of the proper valid Northern Ireland-issued SmartPass). Holders of either a Senior Citizens, 60+ Senior, War Disablement, Republic of Ireland Senior Citizen SmartPass (issued by Translink), or Registered Blind SmartPass.

Note: # Group warrants are available to groups travelling together and making a minimum of 20 single journeys or 10 return journeys. They must be bought beforehand from the Ferry Terminal during opening hours (Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm)

Expiry of paper discount vouchers

Please not that:

  • paper discount vouchers are no longer accepted for travel on the ferry
  • no refunds will be given for discount vouchers not used or transferred

20 Journey SmartCards

Strangford Lough Ferry Service has a SmartCard scheme for frequent travellers. SmartCard journeys are valid for one year after the date bought. SmartCards cost £2.00 and are available from all top-up outlets.

The paper vouchers previously in use are no longer accepted for travel on the ferry.

SmartCard top-ups

Category SmartCard top-up (20 journeys)
Adult £12.00
Child (five to 15 years) £5.50
Vehicle up to six metres in length £50.00

Vehicle six to eight metres in length

£120.00
Additional two metres £54.00
Motorcycle £31.00
  • there is a £2.00 charge for a SmartCard
  • new SmartCards are not available on the ferry
  • each SmartCard can be used for one ticket category only
  • SmartCards can be topped up in multiples of 20 journeys, up to a maximum of 100 journeys
  • journeys on a SmartCard are valid for one year after it is last topped up
  • topping a SmartCard up will extend all valid journeys on the card for a further year 
  • the expiry date and card balance are printed on all tickets
  • no refunds will be given for unused journeys
  • when journeys run out on a SmartCard , the card can be re-used and topped up with 20 new journeys

Where to buy or top-up SmartCards

Location Opening hours Payment methods accepted
Strangford Ferry Terminal, Strangford

Monday to Friday:
9.00 am to 12.30 pm
1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

All payment methods
Kevin Óg Newsagents, 15 The Square, Strangford

7.00 am to 7.00 pm Monday to Thursday
7.00 am to 9.00 pm Friday and Saturday
7.00 am to 6.00 pm Sunday

All payment methods
Centra, 91 High Street, Portaferry

7.00 am to 10.00 pm Monday to Saturday
8.00 am to 10.00 pm Sunday

Cash and debit/ credit card

Lost, stolen or damaged SmartCards

  • Strangford Lough Ferry Service offers an optional card registration scheme
  • no credit can be given for un-registered cards which are lost, stolen or damaged
  • to register a card, the customer must complete the form provided when they purchased the card and return it to the Ferry Terminal in Strangford
  • please allow five working days for registration
  • the personal information provided on the registration form will be processed by Strangford Lough Ferry Service for the purposes of managing the SmartCard system only (non-personal statistical data may be collected and used to analyse usage of the service)
  • personal information will be held securely and will not be given to any other bodies
  • if a registered card is lost or stolen it can be disabled so that no-one else can use it (before a card is disabled, the customer will be asked to confirm the personal information provided when registering the card)
  • any unused balance on the card when it is disabled will be transferred to a new card (a £2.00 charge will be made for the new card)
  • to stop a card the customer must telephone the Strangford Ferry Terminal on 0300 2007 898 during opening hours Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm - the office is not open at weekends or on public holidays (the customer will be asked to confirm the personal information provided when registering the card)
  • Contacting 08 and 03 telephone number
  • please allow one working day for a card to be disabled

Non-payment of fares

It is an offence to intentionally travel on the ferry without paying the proper fare.

Action may be taken to recover unpaid fares and repeat offenders will be reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Failure to pay the proper fare at the time of travel will result in a non-payment report being issued. You will be asked to provide contact details. If you do not provide the information requested, you may be refused passage.

Late payment will not be accepted on board the ferry.

Full fare must be received at the ticket office in Strangford within one week (SmartCards will not be accepted as late payment).

All passengers and cargo are carried subject to the Conditions of Carriage, available on request from Strangford Ferry Terminal.

SMS text message alert service

Passengers can register to receive SMS alerts about delays and service suspensions, and so on. Simply:

  • Text 'FERRY' to 67300 to register
  • Text 'STOP' to 67300 to stop

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

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

Who to contact

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

or

The Divisional Manager
TransportNI – Southern Division
Marlborough House
Central Way
Craigavon
BT64 1AD

Complaints

The Department for Infrastructure undertakes to investigate complaints thoroughly and it would be helpful if as much detail as possible about 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 email your comments on the Strangford Ferry operation directly to TransportNI staff using the email address below.

If you would like to receive a written response you will need to provide your name and post code.

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