Passport and Visa
British passport holders do not need a passport to come to Ireland although some form of identification is advisable. All other travellers will need a passport. If you are a non-European or United States citizen you may need a visa as well. Make sure you check this with your nearest Irish Embassy before booking a tour.
Getting to Ireland by plane
Ireland’s main national airline is Aer Lingus. But Ryan Air and Aer Arann also carry the Irish flag. Often they offer promotional airfares, so it is worth keeping an eye on their websites to get a good deal to suit your needs.
Dublin Airport lies 8km north of the City Centre. Busses and taxis connect the airport with the city centre. Travel time from the airport to the city by taxi is approximately twenty minutes. By bus it will take you between half an hour to over an hour, depending on where you need to be in the centre and on traffic.
Shannon Airport is situated 26km west of Limerick City. Travel time is approx. 25 minutes per taxi. 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 per taxi There is a public bus service from the airport to the city centre.
Kerry Airport located 19km from both Killarney and Tralee. Taxi service is available to both these towns and to the nearby railway station.
If you visit Northern Ireland, Belfast Airport or Belfast City Airport would be easiest to travel to. It would definitely shorten the journey to your first accommodation.
Please note: We always advise you on which airport to fly in to. Please take this into account when booking your flights as it makes the journey to your first accommodation much easier and, very often, cheaper.
Getting to Ireland by ferry
Ferries go from several British ports like Holyhead, Fishguard, Fleetwood, Stranraer and from Le Harve and Cherbourg in France to Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire, Rosslare and Cork.
If you want to bring your own car 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.
The public transport system in Ireland is growing every day and therefore constantly getting better.
The two main providers are Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. Within the capital Dublin Bus takes care of the transport. Unfortunately there is no website that offers a connection between the busses and trains.
Northern Ireland does offer such a website. It gives you the exact times and locations for your journey.