Strangford ferry timetable

Below you can find details of when the Strangford Lough ferry sails between Portaferry and Strangford in County Down. The ferry sails every day of the year, except Christmas Day.

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 text are charged at your network operator’s standard rate.

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


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

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

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 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm)

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

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

7.15 am to 7.30 pm, Monday to Thursday

7.15 am to 9.00 pm, Friday and Saturday,

7.15 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

For further information on fares please see the page below:

Standard of service

Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Roads  aims to provide a safe, reliable, clean and effective service, which meets the following standards:

  • vehicle ferry available for 97 per cent 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 quickly addressed
  • loading and disembarkation supervised by crew for maximum customer safety

Who to contact

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


The Divisional Manager
DfI Roads – Southern Division
Marlborough House
Central Way
BT64 1AD


The Department for Infrastructure undertakes to investigate complaints thoroughly. 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 comments on the Strangford Ferry operation directly to DfI Roads staff at the email address below. If you would like to receive 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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