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Ireland Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

Aer Lingus (and several other carriers) operates services throughout the country. Charter flights are available. The Aran Islands are served by Aer Arann via a 15-minute flights from Connemara Regional Airport (located 27km or 17 miles west of Galway city).

Domestic airports

Galway (GWY) is approximately 8km or 5 miles from the city centre. Buses and taxis are available into Galway centre.

Sligo (SXL) is 8km or 5 miles from Sligo. Only essential facilities are available. Taxis need prior booking. Buses and taxis are available into Sligo.

Carrickfinn (CFN) is in Co Donegal.

Kerry (Farranfore) (KIR) in Co Kerry is 19km or 12 miles from both Killarney and Tralee. Taxis are available to both these towns and to the nearby railway station.

Car hire is available.

There are various small airstrips which provide passenger services; enquire at the Irish Tourist Board for details of operators and routes (see Contacts section).

Sea

Ferry services operate to the various west coast islands. Enquiries should be made locally.

Rail

Rail services in the Republic are owned by Iarnród Eireann (Irish Rail) and express trains operate between the main cities.

There are two types of accommodation, with restaurant and buffet cars on some trains. Children under five years travel free. Children aged five to 15 pay half fare. A rail-only and combined rail and bus tickets are available for unlimited travel within the Republic of Ireland.

The Eurorail card valid in Ireland.

Road

The road network links all parts of Ireland; road signs are international. Traffic drives on the left.

Bus

Bus services are run by Bus Eireann (Irish Bus), which has a nationwide network of buses serving all cities and most towns and villages outside the Dublin area. Bus services in the more remote areas are infrequent.

An Expressway coach network complements the train services. The central bus station is on Store Street, Dublin. A variety of passes is available, including the Irish Rambler, which offers unlimited travel from three, eight or up to 15 days.

Independent bus companies, which are often cheaper, faster and more frequent than Bus Eireann, operate regular scheduled services to and from Dublin. More information can be found in local papers.

Coach tours

Several companies offer coach tours, varying in length and itinerary. Full-day and half-day guided tours are organised from the major towns and cities. These run from May to October and full details are available from CIE Tours International office.

Taxi

Service is available in the major cities. Cruising taxis are not frequent. Places to get taxis are at rail and bus stations, hotels or taxi stands.

Car hire

Available from all air, sea ports and major hotels. All international hire companies are represented in Ireland, as are local operators. Age requirements vary from a minimum of 21 years to a maximum of 75 years. A full licence from the driver’s home country is needed, and the driver will normally be required to have had at least two years of driving experience.

Bicycle hire

Tourist Board leaflet has more information.

Documentation

EU nationals taking cars into Ireland require:

 Motor registration book or owner’s authority in writing.
 Full EU driving licence or an International Driving Permit.
 Nationality coding stickers.
 Insurance coverage valid for the Republic.
 A Green Card is highly recommended, as without it, insurance coverage is limited to the minimum legal requirement in Ireland.The Green Card tops this up to the cover provided by the visitor’s domestic policy.

Urban

An extensive bus service operates in Dublin. There is a fast suburban rail service (DART), connecting Howth and Bray, including a link to Dun Laoghaire (the ferry port). The Dublin Explorer pass is valid for four days on all Dublin buses and DART suburban trains. The ticket may not be used before 09:45 hours, but there are no evening restrictions.

Travel times

The chart gives approximate travel times (in hours and minutes) from Dublin to other major cities and towns in Ireland.
  Air Road Rail
Cork
0.40 3.00 2.40
Galway
0.35 2.45 2.40
Limerick
- 3.30 2.10
Shannon Airport
0.35 3.00 -
Waterford
0.30 2.30 2.40
Kilkenny
- 2.00 1.45
Killarney
- 3.00 3.50
 
Useful travel links
AA route planner directions and maps within Ireland.