Travel to Dublin

Getting to Dublin, Ireland is cheap and accessible. You can get there from many British airports and from many European cities. You can also go to the city by bus and coach, by train, by car, and by ferry or boat.

By plane

Aer Lingus, Cityjet, British Airways, Ryanair, and Easyjet all offer services into Dublin from Britain’s major cities. Adria Airways, AB aer-lingusAirlines, Aeroflot, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Air France, Iberia, Maersk, Lufthansa, SAS, and Ryanair also offer flights from many European cities into Dublin, Ireland.

Tourists from major US cities can take United Airlines TWA, and Aer Lingus to get to Dublin. But there are no direct flights from Asian cities and Australia. So you have to take a flight to London and then make a flight connection there.

By bus and coach

You can also get to Dublin by bus and coach. Bus Éireann operates a system of bus routes between many cities and towns in the Northern Ireland and the Republic. You can buy tickets from bus stations on the day of the trip or in advance. You can have discounted fares if you buy an Emerald Card or Irish Rover. These tickets allow unlimited travel on rail of bus for 3, 5, 8, or 15 days.

By train

The fastest way in getting to Dublin from other areas in Ireland is by train. But trains cover fewer destinations than buses and, in general, are more expensive. Iarnród Éireann is the official rail provider. You can book train tickets online.

Dublin has 2 intercity railway stations. The Connolly Station on Amiens Street, serves Belfast, Derry, Roslaire, and Sligo. The Heuston Station on St. John’s Road West serves Galway, Cork, Westport, Killarney, Tralee, Wexford, Limerick, and Waterford.

By car

Motorways connect Dublin and Dundalk in the north, Kildare in the south, and Maynooth in the west. Major roads vary in quality beyond these destinations. Dublin cars are left hand drive and driving speed limits vary from 110 kph (70 mph) on motorways to 91 kph (60 mph) on open roads and 50 kph (30 mph) in built-up areas.

Driving can get slow in the rural areas. Fuel is much cheaper in Dublin than in towns and cities in the UK. We suggest that you book car rentals well in advance, especially in the summer season.

By ferry and boat

The Dublin port has a number of ferry services to England and Wales. But the suburban Dún Laoghaire port is more popular. Located 10km south of Dublin, this port is serviced by the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART).

Overall, getting to Dublin is easy. But that will still depend on your location, budget, and time.