Strangford ferry timetable

The Strangford Lough ferry sails between Portaferry and Strangford in County Down every day of the year, except Christmas Day.

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

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

SMS text message alert service

Passengers can register to get 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 text are charged at your network operator’s standard rate.

For information on disruptions to normal service, check the TrafficwatchNI website.


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

Where to buy tickets

You can find information about fares and where to buy tickets at this link:

Who to contact

You should either contact the ferry manager at Strangford ferry terminal or the divisional manager at DfI Roads Southern Division.


The Department for Infrastructure aims 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 be responded to within 15 working days. A written reply will not normally be sent to a verbal complaint.

You may also email your comments on the Strangford ferry operation directly to DfI Roads staff using the email address below.

If you would like to get a written response you will need to provide your name and postcode.

Conditions of carriage

You can find the full Strangford ferry service conditions of carriage at the following link:

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