Travel in Ireland

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Travel by Bus

There is a good network of bus routes covering all regions of Ireland. Bus Eireann is the main operator in the Republic of Ireland and there are also smaller local companies in some areas. Bus Eireann has a useful 'Journey Planner' on its website. There are also international links with Eurolines that can be booked from the Bus Eireann website, offering connections with countries in Europe. For bus travel within Northern Ireland see Translink

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Travel by train

The rail network only links major cities in Ireland. It is quicker than travelling by bus but often more expensive. The network is run by Irish rail (Iarnród Éireann) in the Republic of Ireland and NI Railways in Northern Ireland

Air travel

Travel by Air

We cannot encourage air travel within Ireland due to its environmental damage. There are good transport connections from points of arrival such as Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast airports.

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Hostels

Most larger towns and cities are well served by reasonably priced hostels. See An Óige - Irish Youth Hostel Association, Hostelling International Northern Ireland and others listed on Google. If you find a good hostel and want to recommend it, post a comment here!

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Visas and entry requirements

You MUST be sure that you meet all visa and entry requirements before travelling, especially if you have a passport from a country outside the European Economic Area. We have provided guidance notes in the 'Help' section of the site.