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Flying to Dublin

A number of different airlines fly to Dublin from the UK, including Aer Lingus, British Airways, CityJet, Flybe and Ryanair. Airlines offering direct flights from the USA to Dublin include Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta and United. Prices vary substantially, but tend to peak around summer and other major holidays, and at weekends. Flights from destinations within Europe are cheaper if booked months in advance, with bargains to be had early and late in the year.

Flight times:

From London – 1 hour 20 minutes; New York – 6 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles – 12 hours (including stopover); Toronto – 6 hours 30 minutes; Sydney – 24 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Summary:

Heavy investment over the past two decades has seen a vast improvement in the quality of Irish roads, in particular along main routes, which are often tolled. Rural roads can remain in poor condition and challengingly narrow though, which doesn’t stop locals navigating them at frightening speed.

Speed limits in cities are often as low as 30kph (18mph), while on major highways they commonly reach 120kph (75mph). Driving is on the left, and those driving must be at least 17 years old and hold a valid national driving licence. A Green Card and Motor Insurance certificate are recommended too, but drivers do not need an International Driving Permit.

A country identification sticker is compulsory, as are seat belts. The Automobile Association of Ireland (tel: +353 1 617 9104; www.theaa.ie) provides information on reciprocal agreements with other motoring associations.

Emergency breakdown service:

AA Ireland (+353 1 617 9560).

Routes:

Dublin is surrounded by the camera-tolled M50 ring road (pay within 24 hours at www.eflow.ie), with major roads heading towards Cork (via the M9), Waterford (M8), Galway (M4) and Belfast (M1).

Coaches:

Bus Eireann (tel: +353 1 836 6111; www.buseireann.ie) is by a distance the biggest intercity bus service on offer in Ireland, and services some impressively rural corners, albeit at a much slower pace than you’d achieve by car. While services to isolated corners are infrequent, trips within major cities typically operate at least every couple of hours throughout the day.

Low-cost competitors to Bus Eireann have sprung up on some major routes, in particular through GoBus (tel: +353 91 564 600; www.gobus.ie) which services Cork and Galway throughout the day.

Bus Éireann/Eurolines (tel: +353 1 836 6111; www.eurolines.ie) has daily services to British and other European destinations, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Paris.

Travel by rail

Services:

From London – 1 hour 20 minutes; New York – 6 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles – 12 hours (including stopover); Toronto – 6 hours 30 minutes; Sydney – 24 hours (including stopover).

Operators:

From London – 1 hour 20 minutes; New York – 6 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles – 12 hours (including stopover); Toronto – 6 hours 30 minutes; Sydney – 24 hours (including stopover).

Journey times:

From London – 1 hour 20 minutes; New York – 6 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles – 12 hours (including stopover); Toronto – 6 hours 30 minutes; Sydney – 24 hours (including stopover).