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Travel in Ireland

Ireland is linked to Britain by a selection of ferry routes, served by large, modern vessels, all with drive-on/drive-off facilities. Similar ferry routes to and from France connect Ireland directly to Continental Europe.

Getting to Ireland:
Getting to Ireland by sea or by air is easy. International airports are located at Dublin on the east coast, Cork in the south and Shannon in the West. There are regular flights from most major British cities, with almost hourly flights from London. Direct flights operate from most European capitals, with average flying times being about two hours.

Aircoach is a company operating services between Dublin airport's arrivals terminal and Dublin's main hotels and business districts in the city. They can also make request stops in the city centre. For timetables and further details see Several smaller private companies also run limited services in the Dublin city area.

Inter City Rail Services:
Iarnród Éireann or Irish Rail is the only company providing rail services in the Republic of Ireland. There are two main stations in Dublin providing train services to the rest of the country. Connolly Station serves Belfast, Rosslare (for ferry services) and Sligo. Heuston Station serves all other cities including Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Train services are usually quicker than bus services, especially on longer journeys. Irish Rail operates a 'talking' timetable phone service which is an automated summary of InterCity rail services.

Cork +353-1-8054200
Sligo +353-1-8054255
Limerick +353-1-8054211 Killarney and Tralee +353-1-8054266
Galway +353-1-8054222
Belfast +353-1-8054277
Waterford +353-1-8054233
Wexford / Rosslare Europort +353-1-8054288
Westport +353-1-8054244
Ballina +353-1-8054299

The general passenger information line is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm and 9am/10am to 6pm on weekends and Public Holidays. The number for this is +353-1-8366222. See

Inter City Bus Services:
Bus Éireann operates a service from Busáras, the Central Bus Station (Store Street, Dublin 1). This is the place where you can get buses to all parts of the country. Information on departure times, routes, cost etc. is available from there. The general passenger information line is open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 7pm and 9am to 7pm on Sunday and Public Holidays. The number for this is +353-1-8366111. See

Dublin Bus Services:
Bus Átha Cliath or Dublin Bus operates an extensive network of bus routes from the city centre to most destinations in the city. Buses in the Dublin area run from 06.30 to 23.30 approximately, with a reduced service on Sunday. Weekend night buses are also run in Dublin only from 12.30am onwards. Details of their services can be obtained from their Passenger Information line on +353-1-8734222. Most of the routes are exact fare only which means that the drivers will not accept money in note form. Dublin Bus also run services from the airport to the city centre as well as train station connection services. See

Bus Services in Other Cities:
Bus Éireann also operate urban bus services in the Republic of Ireland's other main cities. Radiating principally from the centres of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, the networks are on a much smaller scale than in Dublin. See for more details.

Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART):
This electrically-operated train system serves 27 stations along the coast of Dublin Running from Howth in the north to Bray and Greystones in the south, it is an efficient way to travel on Dublin's east side. See for timetables and further information.

There are also Commuter Rail Services operating from Connolly Station to Drogheda, Arklow, and Maynooth and from Heuston Station to Kildare. While these services are not electrified and can be rather slow, they serve most stations en route and provide a good alternative to buses. Details available at

Full-time students can purchase either a City Student TravelCard (10€) which is valid on Dublin Bus and Iarnrod Eireann commuter rail services including Dart or a National Student TravelCard (€15) which is valid on Iarnrod Eireann Intercity, Commuter Rail, Dart and Dublin Bus. For details on how to apply for a card, see

Privately-Operated Bus Services:
In addition to Bus Éireann, a number of private bus companies operate services between Dublin and all other parts of the country. They offer reasonable prices and a good range of destinations. Details about the different services are available from:

PAMBO (Private Association Motor Bus Owners)
32 Lower Abbey Street
Dublin 1
Telephone: +353-1-8788422

Taxis are available throughout Ireland. However, they are expensive - ask what the price is likely to be before travelling in the taxi! There is a basic charge of € 2.75 every time you use a taxi in Dublin. There is a charge for additional passengers and baggage of € 0.50.

Source: International Education Board Ireland

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