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Ireland Getting There - International Travel
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Air

Ireland’s national airline is Aer Lingus (EI). Aer Lingus provides service from Los Angeles and New York’s JFK to Shannon and Dublin.

Delta Air Lines flies from New York’s JFK Airport to Shannon and Dublin. Flights to London are frequent and moderately priced.

There is a range of promotional airfares to Ireland from main cities in the UK, and an increasing number of airlines connect regional UK airports with Ireland.

Approximate flight times

 Dublin to London: 1 hour 15 minutes.

 Dublin to New York: 7 hours 30 minutes.

International airports

Dublin International Airport (DUB)

Dublin International Airport information

Shannon International Airport (SNN)

Shannon International Airport information

Cork Airport (ORK)

Cork Airport is 8km or 5 miles southwest of the city.

Buses travel between the city centre and airport and travel time is 15 minutes.

Airport facilities include duty-free shop, car hire, bar and restaurant. Facilities available during operational hours.

Knock International Airport (NOC)

Knock International Airport is 11km or 7 miles north of Claremorris (Co Mayo) and receives flights from the UK only: Ryanair from London, Stansted, Mytravellite from Birmingham and British Airways from Manchester.

Taxis are available to Claremorris, where rail and bus connections are available to the rest of the country.

Airport facilities include duty-free shop, bar, restaurant and car hire.

Departure tax: None.

Sea

Besides conventional ferry crossings, many companies now offer high-speed services as well as upgraded, state-of-the-art craft on many Irish Sea routes. Fares vary by season and promotional offers are available.

Routes from Britain and France include:

From England:

 Liverpool to Dublin (travel time – 8 hours)

 Fleetwood to Larne (Northern Ireland, travel time – 8 hours)

From the Isle of Man:

 Douglas to Dublin (travel time – 2 hours 45 minutes, summer only or 4 hours 45 minutes on conventional ferries)

 Douglas to Belfast (Northern Ireland, travel time – 2 hours 45 minutes)

From Scotland:

 Cairnryan to Larne (Northern Ireland, travel time – 1 hour on fast ferries and 1 hour 45 minutes on conventional ferries)

 Troon to Belfast (Northern Ireland, travel time – 2 hours 35 minutes)

 Stranraer to Belfast (travel time – 1 hour 45 minutes on fast ferries and 3 hours 15 minutes on conventional ferries)

From Wales:

 Holyhead (Isle of Anglesey) to Dublin (travel time – 1 hour 49 minutes on fast ferries and minimum 3 hours 15 minutes on conventional ferries)

 Holyhead (Isle of Anglesey) to Dun Laoghaire (travel time – 1 hour 39 minutes on fast ferries)

 Fishguard to Rosslare (travel time – 1 hour 39 minutes on fast ferries and 3 hours 30 minutes on conventional ferries)

 Swansea to Cork (seasonal, travel time – 10 hours)

 Pembroke to Rosslare (travel time – 3 hours 45 minutes).

From France:

Irish Ferries operate at four direct ferry crossings a day between France and Ireland. The routes are:

 Cherbourg to Rosslare (travel time – 19 hours)

 Roscoff to Rosslare (travel time – 18 hours)

For information, fares and reservations, contact one of the following:

Brittany Ferries (telephone: (08705) 360 360)

Irish Ferries (telephone: (08705) 171 717 (UK office) or (1) 638 3333 (Dublin office))

Isle of Man Steam Packet (telephone: (01624) 661 661)

P&O Irish Sea (telephone: (0870) 242 4777)

Stena Line (telephone: (08705) 707 070)

Swansea-Cork Ferries (telephone: (01792) 456 116)

Many ferry companies also offer an online booking facility on their web sites.

Rai

Rail links serve Ireland from all the above mentioned ferry ports, as well as from Northern Ireland.
Useful travel links
Aer Lingus Irelands national Airline
Hot Spots air security international daily reports
IATA international air transport association
Ryan Air Low cost airline with extensive flights to Ireland