Traveling in Ireland
Ireland – arrival
Airplane: the main Irish airlines are Aer Árann, Air Lingus andRyanair. While Aer Árann primarily offers domestic flights and connections to Great Britain, Air Lingus denies the international flight connections. Ryanair offers low-cost connections to the UK and Europe.
Almost all international airlines use Dublin as a starting point or hub in Ireland. Airlines that offer flights to and from Ireland include Adria Baltic, Air France, Air Malta, British Airways, City Jet, Easy Jet, Finnair, Lufthansa, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines and Swiss Airlines.
Airports: international flights to Ireland mostly land in Dublin (DUB) but also in Shannon (SNN) and Cork (ORK). Other airports with scheduled flights to and from the UK are Donegal (CFN), Kerry (KIR), Knock (NOC), Waterford (WAT).
Ship: there are numerous ferries and speedboat services from France and the UK to Ireland. Visit watchtutorials.org for green Ireland.
Between France and Ireland, for example, there are the following travel options by ship: Brittany Ferries offers a weekly ferry service between Roscoff and Cork from April to September. Irish Ferries also brings travelers from Roscoff to Rosslare several times a week from April to September. Ferries from Cherbourg to Rosslare run several times a week all year round, with the exception of the period from late January to February inclusive.
Despite the extensive ferry connections between the UK and Ireland, travelers should plan ahead as fares vary widely. Shipping companies that operate ferries between the two countries are: Irish Ferries, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company / Sea Cat, Norfolkline, P&O Irish Sea, Stena Line and Swansea Cork Ferries.
The main routes are those from Fishguard and Pembroke to Rosslare, Holyhead to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire, Liverpool to Dublin and Swansea to Cork. Also of importance are the connections between Cairnryan and Larne, Fleetwood and Larne.
It is possible to travel to Ireland on combined bus and ferry tickets from all major UK cities, such as London to Dublin. Details can be requested from Eurolines, for example.
Ireland – traveling in the country
Airplane: Ireland’s size actually makes domestic flights unnecessary. But if you are in a hurry, you can flight connections between Dublin and Belfast, Cork, Derry, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Shannon and Sligo, as well as the link of Belfast Cork. Flights within Ireland take around 30 to 50 minutes.
The only airlines that offer Ireland’s domestic flights are Air Lingus and Air Árann.
Ship: There are numerous ferry connections to the islands off the coast of Ireland, including the Aran and Skelling Islands in the west, the Saltee Islands in the southeast and Tory Island in the north. Ferries also cross rivers, bays and lakes, which can be very useful, especially for cyclists. Cruises on the 258 kilometer long Shannon-Erne Canal and on a variety of lakes
are very popular. Information is available from the local tourist associations. Train:
Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail – operates trains on routes to and from Dublin. The rail network is limited and there is no north-south route along the west coast or around Donegal. Furthermore, there are no direct connections between Waterford and Cork or Killarney. Ticket bookings can be made online, but not for certain seats.
Car: the expansion of the Irish road network cannot quite keep up with the number of cars, which has risen sharply in recent years. Therefore, there may be traffic delays, especially on public holidays. The AA Roadwatch provides information.
Speed limits and distances in Ireland are in kilometers. If you travel through Ireland by car, you need a good road map, as signposts are rather few and far between. Petrol is expensive. Most petrol stations accept credit cards.
All vehicles on public roads must be insured. If you arrive with your own vehicle, you should check whether the insurance for Ireland is sufficient.
hire Car hire in Ireland is expensive. It is therefore advisable to book in your own country. It is advisable to do this in good time, especially for the travel period July and August.
International car rental companies have offices across Ireland. Nova Car Hire acts on behalf of Alamo and Budget. Some rental companies do not sell vehicles to anyone over the age of 74. Mopeds and motorcycles cannot be rented.
a car Buying a car in Ireland is considerably more expensive than in most other European countries. If you still want to do it, you have to pay a registration tax and an engine tax as well as take out insurance.
Bus: Traveling by bus in Ireland is cheaper than traveling by train. Bus Éireann is the official bus route of the republic and offers an extensive network of connections throughout the south of the island. In addition, however, private bus companies also offer their reliable services.
Local transport: There are extensive local bus networks in Dublin and some other major cities. Dublin also has the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport), which runs north-south along the coast, as well as a new tram system.
Taxi: Taxis are usually expensive. The most current tariffs are available on the website of the Irish Taxi Regulation Authority (Commission for Taxi Regulation).
Bicycle: Ireland is great for cycling, despite bad weather and road surfaces. Irish Cycling Safaris and Go Ireland organize guided bike tours in the south-west and south-east of the country, as well as in Clare, Connemara and around Donegal.
If there is enough space, bicycles can be transported by bus. However, you are not allowed to be taken on trains on some routes, including the DART line. Information on taking away options is available from the state railroad company.