How to get to Ireland

The perfect escape? The city break you’ve been dreaming of?
The cliff-path walk you’ll remember forever? Well, Ireland has you covered. 

 

This magical island is just waiting to thrill you with its stunning windswept scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way, to capture you with its history of ancient sites such as Newgrange and to entice you with its traditional music.
 
Wild, astounding, inspirational – there are so many words to describe the awesome majesty of the Irish Coast. But one thing’s for sure: this place is pure magic. From Ballycastle in the north of Country Antrim to Allahies in the west of County Cork, this stunning country is renowned for its sylvan beauty, rich shades of green and individual character. You’ll find quiet villages, rugged mountain roads, tranquil rivers and mythical tales.
 
Whether you’re looking for stories of old, dreaming of fantastical castles, or just want to visit some of the most romantic settings imaginable there is something to suit every taste. From charming coastal villages to spectacular natural wonders, taking to the road on the island of Ireland reveals surprises at every turn.
 
The most westerly island in Europe, Ireland is 450 km long and 300 km wide. With a population of 6.5million Ireland enjoys a rich diversity of ethnic groups and cultures.

By Plane
There are four international airports in Ireland, Dublin Airport in the east of the country, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport at Knock in the west of the country and Cork Airport in the south. Dublin Airport is the largest airport and has the most routes. Dublin Airport has connections to the US, Canada, Middle East, the UK and Europe.  Shannon, near the Limerick City , also has flights to the many of the same countries as Dublin Airport. Cork Airport offers routes to most major UK cities and a wide variety of European cities. 

There are 5 other regional airports throughout Ireland operating domestic and UK services include Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Sligo and Waterford.

A short distance over the border in Northern Ireland there are 2 airports in Belfast (City Airport and International Airport) and also the City of Derry Airport.

By Train
Travelling from Dublin to Belfast by train is possible on the Enterprise service which is in a cooperation between Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Railways.

By Bus
Eurolines operate services to Great Britain and beyond in conjunction with Bus Eireann and National Express (Great Britain). Bus Éireann also operates frequent services to and from Eastern Europe, in particular Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Ulsterbus, Bus Éireann and a number of privately bus companies offer cross border services to and from the Republic of Ireland.

By Boat
There are many ferry services to and from Great Britain and France which are listed below. 

  • DFDS Norfolkline operate passenger services from Liverpool to Dublin.

  • Irish Ferries operate passenger services from Holyhead, North Wales, to Dublin, and from Pembroke, South Wales, to Rosslare.

  • Stena Line operates passenger services from Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin (8 km from Dublin city centre), and Fishguard, South Wales, to Rosslare.

  • Irish Ferries and Brittany Ferries operate services from Roscoff in France to Rosslare and Cork.

  • P&O Irish Sea run a service from north-west England to Dublin