Port of Larne is a deep-water port offering superb passenger and freight facilities. The passenger ferry terminal has a café providing a wide range of freshly prepared hot and cold meals and a shop selling newspapers, sweets and gifts.
The Port of Larne offers up to 38 daily sailings to ports in England and Scotland; over three quarters of a million passengers and more than half a million of vehicles pass through the Port of Larne each year. The town of Larne combines an historical past with modern port, shopping and leisure facilities.
The name of the town is believed to have derived from the Irish Prince, Lathar, who was granted the lands by his father in ancient times. The area became known as Lathar-na, and was finally reduced to Larne. Archaeologists have produced remains and artifacts in the area suggesting an ancient population lived close to the shores of the North Channel and traded with others around the coasts of Scotland. Nowadays the trade links still remain, as Larne is a busy market town.
How to get to Larne Ferry Port
Larne Ferry Port by Car
Larne Ferry port is approximately a 25 minutes drive North of Belfast.
From Belfast: Take the M2 Motorway north staying in Lane 2 (of 5) or (if overtaking), lane 3 (of 5). After about a mile, you will pas under two flyovers, which are an overhead interchange. Follow the motorway for a further 1/2 mile and you will notice that it appears to split into three.
To your left is a tight left turning slip road, to Greencastle; straight ahead are the two lanes of the M2 which actually turn to the left before rising uphill and the two lanes to the right become the M3 and follow the shoreline of Belfast Lough. It is crucial that at this point you are in lane 2 or 3. Follow the motorway up the hill for about 3 miles (5km), and after it levels out, you will be aware of a slip road to your left which will take you to Larne via the A8 (M).
Leave the M2 at this point and on the off-slip get into the right hand lane as you are approaching a roundabout type junction. As you travel around the roundabout, you will pass under a flyover - that is the Motorway. Take the next exit from the roundabout and travel uphill and then down to another roundabout. Go straight ahead at this roundabout and follow this road until you reach Larne. As you reach Larne you will become aware of good sign posting towards the ferry port.
Larne Ferry Port by Rail
The Port of Larne is connected via Belfast central station to the Northern Ireland Railway network that serves all parts of Ireland.
Larne Ferry Port by Bus
There is a regular bus service to the ferry terminal operated by Ulster bus. For more information please call +353 2827 2345
Larne Ferry Port Parking
There are short and long term car parking facilities both of which are free of charge.
Larne Ferry Port Accommodation
We can also arrange hotels in Larne and many cities and destinations throughout Europe. For more information and booking please visit our Larne accommodation page.