The Department for Infrastructure announces intention to increase Strangford Lough Ferry fares

Date published: 29 November 2023

The Department for Infrastructure has announced its intention to increase fares on the Strangford Lough Ferry Service.

Strangford Ferry

The change to fares will be subject to a statutory 30-day notice period that is due to commence on 29 November 2023.

Fares for the ferry service have remained at the same level since November 2009 and an increase is therefore needed due to current budgetary pressures and the increased running costs of the ferry since that time. However, current discounts available on fares for children and Strangford Ferry SmartCard holders will remain in place.

The Department is supportive of Strangford Lough Ferry Service and provides an ongoing subvention, so that fares can be kept as low as possible.

The implementation date for the new fares will be confirmed following the statutory 30-day notice period.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The intended changes to fares include:
  • A standard single passenger fare will increase from £1 to £1.30
  • A standard single car fare will increase from £5.80 to £7.70
  • Children will remain half price (children under five are free) and SmartCard concessions remain available
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