Getting to Ireland is easy by boat from Britain and France: and there are international flights to and from the USA, mainland Britain and the Continent. There are also many ferries arriving at four ports in Ireland from Britain and France.
Passports: British passport holders do not need a passport to come to Ireland although some form of identification is advisable. Travellers from the United States and non-European citizens will need a passport and, in some cases, a visa. Please check with your nearest Irish embassy
Air: The Republic of Ireland's national airline is Aer Lingus. Flights from London to Dublin take approx. 50 minutes. There is a wide range of promotional airfares to Ireland from Britain. An increasing number of airlines connect regional UK airports with Ireland.
Dublin Airport lies 8km north of the City Centre. Opening hours vary throughout the year. The 41 bus and the Airlink Express Bus connect the airport with the city centre. Taxis are also available. Travel time from the airport to the city is approx. 20 minutes.
Shannon Airport is situated 26km west of Limerick City. Travel time is approx. 25 minutes. Public transport is available to the city centre and a daily express coach service travels between Limerick and Shannon and between Galway and Shannon.
Cork Airport is located 8km south west of the city. Travel time is approx. 15 minutes. There is a public bus service from the airport to the city centre. There is also a taxi service available.
Knock International Airport is situated 11km north of Claremorris (Co. Mayo) and 30km from Castlebar. It receives international flights from the UK only. Bus and taxi services are available to Claremorris from where onward rail and bus connections to the rest of the country are available.
Waterford located 9km from the city centre. Bus and taxi services are available into Waterford City.
Galway, approx. 8km from the city centre. Bus and taxi services available.
Sligo situated 8km from Sligo. Bus and taxi services are available into Sligo.
Kerry located 19km from both Killarney and Tralee. Taxi service available to both these towns and to the nearby railway station.
The following are other Irish Airports, which receive international flights:
- Donegal International Airport
- City of Derry Airport
- Belfast International Airport
Sea: B&I Line, Sealink Stena Line, Swansea - Cork Ferries, Irish Ferries and P&O Ferries all operate regular car ferry sailings to Ireland.
Ferry routes from the UK are:
Cairnryan and Stranraer to Larne (Northern Ireland) - 2 hours 20 minutes
Douglas (Isle of Man) to Dublin - 4 hours
Holyhead to Dublin - 3 hours 50 minutes
Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire - 3 hours 30 minutes
Fishguard to Rosslare - 3 hours 30 minutes
Swansea to Cork - 10 hours
Pembroke to Rosslare - 4 hours 15 minutes
There are also ferries available from Le Harve and Cherbourg in France to Rosslare and also from Le Harve to Cork.
Bringing your own vehicle: It is all very easy. You will need your motor registration book, a Green Card or insurance certificate and a driving license. Note that your car must not be driven by an Irish resident except by a garage hand.
Rail:Rail links serve Ireland from all of the above mentioned ferry ports as well as from Northern Ireland.