Ireland Transportation

 Transport to Ireland, in and around Ireland by air, train, bus & ferry, including ferries within Ireland and Northern Ireland. Travelers to Ireland should research in advance to see what type of transportation is best for their circumstances.


Airlines with direct service from North America to Ireland:

American: 800-433-7300
Aer Lingus: 800-IRISH AIR
Continental: 800-231-0856

Delta: 800-241-4141
US Airways: 800-428-4322

Airlines with direct service from  London to Ireland *

Aer Lingus: 800-IRISH AIR
British Airways: 800-247-9297

British Midland: 800-788-0555
Ryanair: US phone not available

* Note: There are other European gateway cities that offer direct and/or indirect service to Ireland. Check with the airline or contact your travel agent for details.

About Air Fares

Air fares to Ireland are lower during the off-season (November through March). Many times you can save money by connecting at another European gateway.  Consider flying into London and connecting to Ireland. The choice sometimes comes down to saving money by making connections, or choosing a non-stop flight for the convenience.

Generally 21 day advance purchase tickets give you better rates than those bought at the last minute. Keep an eye on the airline web sites regularly. When you see a good airfare it is usually wise to get it before it is gone. Sign up for airline newsletters to get info about special sales.

Ferries to Ireland

There are ferries from England, Wales, Scotland and Continental Europe to Ireland. The ferries take autos as well as foot passengers. How long it takes will depend entirely on the ports you choose, the route you take and the type of ferry. Look at the following sites and check their schedules:

Brittany Ferries
Direct Ferries
Fast Line
Irish Ferries 

P&O Irish Sea
Stena Line 

Trains and Buses

Iarnrod Eireann National Rail Service
Northern Ireland Railways
Bus Eireann National Bus Service

Dublin Bus
Dart & Luas: Dublin

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Ferries Within Ireland

Aran Island Ferries: Ferries to Aran Islands.

Arranmore Ferry:
Car ferry Burtonport Co. Donegal to Arranmore.

Bere Island Ferries:
Car ferry Castletownbere to Bere Island Co. Cork.

Blasket Island Ferry:
Dingle to Great Blasket.

Blue Pool Ferry:
Glengarriff Co. Cork to Garinish Island.

Cape Clear Island Ferry:
Baltimore to Cape Clear Island Co. Cork.

Cape Clear Ferry: Schull to Cape Clear & Fastnet Co. Cork.

Clare Island Ferry:
Roonagh Quay (west of Louisburgh) to Clare Island Co. Mayo.

Cliffs of Moher Cruises: Doolin to cliffs & Aran Islands Co. Clare

Cross River Ferries:
Car ferry Carrigaloe near Cobh to Glenbrook, across the River Lee.

Doolin Ferries: Ferry to the Aran Islands; April-September


Gola Island Ferry: Bunbeg Co. Donegal to Gola

Inishbofin Island Ferry:
Cleggan to Inishbofin Co. Galway

Lough Foyle Ferry:
Car ferry Greencastle Co. Donegal to Magilligan in Northern Ireland.

Murphys Ferry Service: Car ferry  Castletownbere to Bere Island Co. Cork.

O'Malley Ferries:  Roonagh to Clare Island Co. Mayo

Shannon Ferries:
Car ferry across the Shannon River between Killimer and Tarbert.

Passage East: Car ferry Waterford & Wexford (Passage East to Ballyhack).

Rathlin Island Ferry: Car ferry Ballycastle to Rathlin Island Northern Ireland.

Tory Island Ferry: Ferry Bunbeg & Magheroarty Co. Donegal to Tory Island.

For cruises in Ireland see the
Ireland Guide

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