Travel to Dublin

Flying to Dublin

Flights to Dublin Airport are served by a number of different airlines, including Aer Lingus, BMI, Flybe.com, and Lufthansa. Cheap flights to Dublin are available with low cost airline Ryanair. Dublin flights should be booked well in advance to obtain cheap fares. Cheap flights to Dublin are typically available during the off peak season such as spring, autumn and winter.

Flight times

From London - 1 hour; New York - 6 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 12 hours; Toronto - 8 hours 10 minutes; Sydney - 24 hours.

Travel by road

Summary:

Driving in Ireland is fairly straightforward. Traffic drives on the left and signposts are usually bilingual. On motorways a speed limit of 120kph (74mph) applies. On national roads and dual carriageways, the speed limit is 100kpm (62mph), dropping to 50kph (31mph) in towns and cities. The minimum driving age is 17 years. A valid national driving licence is required and a Green Card and Motor Insurance certificate are recommended. A country identification sticker is compulsory, as are seat belts in the front and, where fitted, in the rear of the car. The Automobile Association of Ireland (tel: (01) 617 9999; www.aaireland.ie) provides information on reciprocal agreements with other motoring associations.

Emergency breakdown service:

Automobile Association (tel: 1 800 667 788).

Routes:

Dublin can be approached via the N11 dual carriageway from Dún Laoghaire harbour, the N1 and the M1 motorway from Belfast, the N6 and N4 from Galway and the N7 (M7) and N8 (M8) from Cork.

Driving times:

From Belfast - 2 hours 45 minutes; Galway - 3 hours 30 minutes; Cork - 4 hours 15 minutes.

Coaches:

Bus Éireann (tel: (01) 836 6111; www.buseireann.ie) operates Ireland's largest coach station, Busáras (Central Bus Station), Amiens Street, with routes nationwide and destinations including Cork, Galway and Limerick, as well as Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland. Services are more frequent than those provided by the rail network. Facilities include restaurant, bureaux de change and left luggage. Bus Éireann/Eurolines (tel: (01) 836 6111; www.eurolines.ie) has daily services to UK and European destinations, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Paris.

Travel by rail

Services:

Dublin has two main stations: Connolly Station on Amiens Street (tel: (01) 703 2358), in the centre, and Heuston Station by the Quays (tel: (01) 703 3299). Both have bureaux de change, lockers, left luggage, shops, bar and snack bars.

Operators:

Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) provides the national service (tel: (01) 836 6222; www.irishrail.ie).

Journey times:

From Belfast - 2 hours; Rosslare - 3 hours 10 minutes; Sligo - 3 hours; Galway - 2 hours 40 minutes; Cork - 2 hours 30 minutes; Kilkenny - 1 hour 35 minutes; Limerick - 2 hours 30 minutes.

Travel over water

Summary:

Dublin has two main ports, with a series of harbours. Dublin Ferry Port (tel: (01) 855 2222) is 6km (4 miles) from the city centre on Alexandra Road. Port facilities are limited to a coffee shop and bureau de change. Dún Laoghaire Harbour, 15 Westmoreland Street (tel: (01) 204 7700), is located 14km (9 miles) south of the city. Dún Laoghaire Harbour has several cafes, a tourist office, bureau de change, ATM, newsagent and gift shop. Dublin Port Company, Alexandra Road (tel: (01) 887 6000; www.dublinport.ie), oversees both ports.

Ferry services:

Irish Ferries (tel: 0818 300 400, in Ireland only; www.irishferries.com) operates car and foot passenger ferry services four times a day to Dublin Port from Holyhead in Wales in one hour 50 minutes. Stena Line (tel: (01) 204 7777; www.stenaline.ie) also operates a car ferry service twice a day from Holyhead to Dublin Ferry Port and a high-speed car and foot passenger ferry service from Holyhead to Dún Laoghaire Harbour twice a day. The latter takes two hours 20 minutes to complete the crossing. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (tel: 0044 8722 992 992 (UK Office); www.steam-packet.com) operates a car and foot-passenger ferry to Dublin Port from the Isle of Man twice a week in summer. The journey takes 2 hours 55 minutes.

Nearest port:

Dublin.

Port website:
www.dublinport.ie
Transport to the city:

Buses operated by Bus Átha Cliath (Dublin Bus) (tel: (01) 873 4222; www.dublinbus.ie) run from Dublin Ferry Port to the Central Bus Station. Taxis are also available outside the terminal building. DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) rail services (tel: (01) 836 6222; www.irishrail.ie) run into the city regularly from Dún Laoghaire. Taxis are also available outside the terminal building.

Transfer distance:

2km (1.2 miles).

Transfer time:

5-10 minutes.

Edited by Tina Banerjee



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