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Within Ireland

There is an efficient and extensive rail network throughout Ireland full information is available at:

Iarnrod Eireann
(Irish Rail)

tel: (353) (0)1 8366222
www.irishrail.ie/

Bus and coach travel is the operating area of:

Bus Eireann
tel: (353) (0)1 836111
www.buseireann.ie

The bus network is very extensive and comes to virtually every town and village throughout the Country - albeit sometimes not that frequently.


Internal flights are available and frequent. The principal airports served are Dublin, Cork, Galway, Shannon, Waterford and Belfast. The main carriers are:

Aer Lingus
tel: (353) (0)1 8444777
www.aerlingus.ie
 
Ryanair
tel: (353) (0)1 6774422
www.ryanair.ie
 

If you are travelling from the US and would prefer to hire a car, we are pleased to recommend Rent-a-Car Ireland for your car rental needs.

Or if you would like a more specialised service which can tailor to your needs, we recommend Hertz Chauffeur Drive for all your chauffeur and limousine needs.

To & From Ireland

Travelling to and from Ireland is quick, easy and relatively inexpensive, thanks to increasing competition between operators.

The principal ferry routes to the United Kingdom are:-
Larne (N.I. Belfast)- Stranraar (Scotland) Stena Line 1 hour
Larne (N.I. Belfast) - Cairnryan (Scotland) P&O European Ferries 1 hour
Dublin - Holyhead Irish Ferries 3 hours
Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead Stena Line 3 hours by ferry 1 hour on H.S Cat
Rosslare - Pembroke (Wales) Irish Ferries 4 hours
Rosslare - Fishguard (Wales) Stena Line 3 hours by ferry 1 hour H.S. Cat.
Cork - Swansea (Wales) Cork Swansea Ferries 10 hours

Fares are varied, with many short break special packages on offer at different times. It would be impractical to specify them here. Direct contact with the operator when planning a trip is the only accurate source of information. Some useful contact points are:-

Brittany Ferries
tel: (353) (0)21 277801
www.brittany-ferries.co.uk
 
Irish Ferries
tel: (353) (0)1 551995
www.irishferries.ie
 
P&O European Ferries
tel: (44) (0)870 2424777
www.poef.com
 
Stena Line
tel: (353) (0)1 2047700
www.stenaline.com
 
Swansea Cork Ferries
tel: (353) (0)21 271166
www.swansea-cork.ie

Irish Ferries also run ferries to France from:-
Rosslare to Cherbourg 18 hours
Rosslare to Le Harve 22 hours
Cork to Rosscoff 15 hours

Air travel is presently particularly good value, thanks greatly to Ryanair. This Irish low cost airline has made huge inroads into reducing air travel costs, provoking fierce competition throughout the sector.

The country is served by many airlines, some of the major operators being:-

Ryanair
tel: (353) (0)1 6774422
www.ryanair.ie
 
Aer Lingus
tel: (353) (0)1 8444777
www.aerlingus.ie
 
Air France
tel: (353) (0)1 8445633
www.airfrance.fr
 
British Airways
tel: (353) (0)1 222111
www.british-airways.com
 
Continental Airlines
tel: (353) (0)1 4073014
www.flycontinental.com
 
British Midland
tel: (353) (0)1 2838833
www.iflybritishmidland.com
 

These airlines, between them, offer flights world-wide and again prices vary hugely with a number of discount offers always available. The earlier a booking can be made generally means the greater the discounts available.

For private jet or helicopter charter try Westair 1800 560504

Many Irish airports are managed by Aer Rianta whose web site is an excellent information and referral point at www.dublinairport.com. Tel: (353) (0)1 814111

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