What are Stena Line's vehicle categories?

Vehicle categories

Below outlines the various vehicles types and categories as defined by Stena Line.


Low car, Max. length, 4.7m

Max height, 2m (including roof boxes or bicycles) & max width, 2.1m


Low car, Max length, 6m

Max height, 2m (including roof boxes or bicycles) & max width, 2.1m


Example vehicles of a low car of length greater than 4.7m and less than 6m


Aston Martin DB11 V12 Auto 2017Lexus RX 450H
Audi A4, A5 Sport, A6, A7, A8, Q7Mazda 6, BT-50
Ford Edge Titanium, Galaxy Series, Mondeo Titanium Series, Mondeo Zetec Series, Ranger Series, S-Max Series, Transit Courier, Transit ConnectMercedes 280 SL, 300 E Auto, E320, ML 320 CDI, S350, C250, CLS350, E220 D, E350 D, E350 E, E220 SE, E250 SE, E350, GL350, GLE 250, GLS 350
BMW 518D, 520D Series, 523, 530D, 530I, 540I, X5Mitsubishi L200 Series, Shogun
Chrysler Grand Voyager, VoyagerNissan Navara
Citroen C5, Dispatch, SpacetourerPeugeot 508, 807, Expert
Fiat Scudo PanoramaPorsche Cayenne, Panamera
Bentley Continental F-SP Speed A 2010, GT Speed Auto 2014Renault Grand
Honda AccordSkoda Superb SE 
Hyundai I40, Santa Fe, Sonata V6Toyota Avensis, Hilux, Land Cruiser
Infiniti Q50Vauxhall Insignia
Isuzu D-Max, TF RodeoVolvo 240 GL, V70, V90, XC90
Jaguar F-Pace, S-Type, XF, XJ, XJ6, XK8, XKR, X-Type SportVolkswagen Amarok, Caddy, California, CC, Passat series, Sharan, Touareg, T-Porter
Land Rover Discovery Series, Disco-Y, R Rover Sport, Ranger Rover series 


High Car, Max length, 6m

Max height, 3m (including roof boxes or bicycles) & max width, 2.1m


Motorhome / Campervan / Mobile Home / Minibus*

Max length, 12m, max height, 4m & max width, 2.6m

* The vehicle must be registered as a motorhome/campervan with the relevant government licensing agency.


Trailers / Caravans

Max length: 12m, max height, 4m & max width 2.6m

On our North Sea route horseboxes containing livestock are exempt from these tariffs and must book with our freight department.



Bicycles, tandems, electric bicycles and bicycle trailers are allowed onboard. Please note: one bicycle per person is required (except for tandems) and it must be possible to be cycled onboard, i.e. suitable in size for the person travelling with it. For passengers travelling with scooters, which are not considered as bicycles, they must book as a foot passenger and take the scooter across the gangway when boarding.


All 2 Wheeled Vehicles with a Motor

Motorcycles, mopeds, trikes, sidecars and trailers are permitted.



Max length, 14m max height, 4m & max width, 2.6m


Vans and Horseboxes not being used for any commercial purpose. e.g. Mercedes Sprinter van

Belfast - Cairnryan, Belfast - Liverpool, Dublin - Holyhead & Rosslare - Fishguard routes: Max length: 12m

Rosslare - Cherbourg route: Max length: 6m

Ventspils - Nynäshamn & Liepāja - Travemünde routes: Max length: 6m, max height: 4m & max width: 2.6m



The following vehicles must be booked as freight:

• all vehicles carrying commercial goods or equipment on any leg of a sailing.

• all vehicles exceeding the lengths stated above. • all vehicles constructed for commercial use towing a trailer where the combined length exceeds the lengths stated above.

• all vehicles carrying hazardous goods.

• all vehicles registered in the Republic of Ireland, and classified and taxed for Irish Motor Tax purposes as a Commercial Goods Vehicle. VAT, if applicable, will be applied to vehicles of 7m or more in length. Express boarding and disembarkation is not available for vans or horseboxes over 7m in length. Please call 048 9078 6062 for further information regarding Freight rates and how to book. Email: freightbooking.uk.roi@stenaline.com (include freight details for other markets)


Please note:

For all vehicle types, it is always the total height and length of the vehicle that is important, including all conceivable accessories such as roof boxes, bicycles, etc.

It is of utmost importance to book the right type of vehicle to ensure that the vehicle is accepted at check-in. If the wrong vehicle type has been booked, you risk additional fees or the vehicle may not be permitted to board if space is unavailable.


The transport of live animals (e.g. horses) must always be notified in advance. Other livestock must be booked via Stena Line Freight.


If a motorhome or coach is longer than the maximum lengths described above, they must be booked as a combination of a lead vehicle with a suitable trailer length. The length chosen must cover the full length of the motorhome or coach. For example, if a motorhome is 15m in length, it must be booked as a vehicle of 12 m in length with a trailer of 4m. The price will be adjusted automatically.


All vehicles booked must have a dedicated driver - if several vehicles are to be boarded with only one driver, this must be booked via Stena Line Freight.


Caravans and trailers must have an articulated vehicle that can be driven by their own power.