The Port of Belfast is Northern Ireland's principal maritime gateway, serving the Northern Ireland economy and increasingly that of the Republic of Ireland. It is a major centre of industry and commerce and has become established as the focus of logistics activity for Northern Ireland. Around two thirds of Northern Ireland's seaborne trade, and a quarter of that for Ireland as a whole, is handled at the port which receives over 9000 vessels each year.
With almost two million passengers and half a million freight units annually Belfast is Ireland's busiest ferry port. It is also Ireland's leading dry bulk port, dominating the market with regard to imports of grain and animal feeds, coal, fertilisers and cement, and exports of scrap and aggregates. Over 95% of Northern Ireland's petroleum and oil products are also handled at the Port
How to get to Belfast Ferry Port
Belfast Ferry Port by Car for HSS Stena Line and Seacat
Via M3 - Bangor, Newtownards and East Belfast areas:
Follow gantry signs for M3. Stay in lane marked "THE WEST, THE SOUTH" and again at the next gantry marked "THE WEST, THE SOUTH, DOCKS" Follow the gantries for "DOCKS, YORK STREET" staying in the right hand lane. At second set of traffic lights turn right and move to the left hand lane Just past Yorkgate Leisure Complex / Harry Ramsdens (on your left) turn right at the traffic lights and go under the bridge, stay in the left lane on through the lights along "DOCK STREET" to the "PORT OF BELFAST" sign for the HSS Stena Line terminal and for Seacat follow the signs marked "(SEACAT) STRANRAER ISLE OF MAN".
Via M2 from the North:
Follow gantry signs for Belfast marked 'M2 BELFAST'. Ignore signs for 'DOCKS (N), FORTWILLIAM'. Follow gantry signs for 'DOCKS, CITY CENTRE', moving to the left hand lane. This exit (1B) off the M2 will take you left into Duncrue Street. Stay in the Left Lane and then at the next traffic lights turn left into the off slip, opposite the 'Stella Maris' building. For Seacat Donegall Quay follow the "SEACAT ISLE OF MAN" signs.
Via M1 from the South:
At the very end of the M1 follow the signs for 'THE DOCKS' through the Broadway Roundabout and onto the Westlink. Follow gantry signs marked 'M2, THE DOCKS, AIRPORT / THE NORTH'. Keep in to the left hand lane at the traffic lights nearing the end of the Westlink and then turn left at these traffic lights into York Street and move across to the right hand lane. Just past Yorkgate Leisure Complex (on your left), turn right at the traffic lights and go under the bridge, then stay in the left lane through the lights along 'DOCK STREET' to the 'PORT OF BELFAST' sign for the HSS Stena Line terminal and for Seacat follow the signs marked "(SEACAT) STRANRAER ISLE OF MAN".
Beflast Ferry Port by Car for Norse Merchant
From the M2 motorway take the exit no. 2 signposted Fortwilliam, Belfast Harbour and Duncrue Industrial Estates. Follow the signs to the Industrial Estates into Dargan Road. Pass the security check into the Harbour area and continue straight ahead past the first set of traffic lights. At the second set of lights, turn left for Victoria terminal 1. For Victoria terminal 2 turn left at the third set of lights.
Belfast Ferry Port by Bus
The Laganside Bus Terminal is a five minute walk away from the Seacat Passenger Terminal.
Belfast Ferry Port by Rail
The majority of trains call at Great Victoria Street Station in the centre of Belfast, with the exception of trains from Dublin and Larne which terminate at Belfast Central Station near the Waterfront Hall on East Bridge Street. From Central Station you can hop on a connecting train to Great Victoria Street Station. Belfast Central Railway Station is a fifteen minute walk from the Seacat Terminal. Taxis meet most arrivals. If one is not available please use the free phone in the terminal.
Belfast Ferry Port Parking
Short term parking facilities for set down and pick up are available at the Seacat Terminal. Longer term parking is available in a Pay and Display car park operated by Belfast Harbour Commissioners.
Both long and short term parking is available at the HSS Stena Line terminal at a rate of £5 per 24hrs. You must keep your ticket with you and pay before returning to your vehicle. A pay station is located in the arrivals area, or you may pay at the guest services desk onboard HSS Stena Voyager, if arriving into Belfast ferry port.
Belfast Ferry Port Accommodation
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