Wherever you want to visit on the island of Ireland, there are plenty of ways to get there. If you fancy kicking back and watching the lush scenery glide by, you can travel across the island by rail or bus with Irish Rail
and Bus Éireann
, which have routes to almost every town and village on the island.
Busses and trains are also a great way to explore towns and cities once you arrive. In Dublin you can get a Dublin Bus
, Dart or Luas and get to every part of the city, and in Belfast, Translink’s Metro bus service will allow you to visit all the sights easily. To make your journeys easier, get the Leap Visitor Card
- a prepaid pass that allows you to travel on all Dublin Bus, Airlink 747 buses, as well as the Luas and DART for 72 hours. In Northern Ireland, you can use the iLink
, a smartcard that gives you unlimited daily, weekly, and monthly bus and rail travel. Dublin
also have hop-on/hop-off sightseeing buses that guide you through many of the interesting locations available.
Ireland is such a small, cosy country that air travel isn’t essential, but if you’re stuck for time it can speed your trip up. You can take flights from Dublin to either Kerry or Donegal, both taking roughly forty minutes. You can also fly to the Aran Islands, as well as take a boat. These flights to the islands leave from the picturesque setting of Connemara Regional Airport
with a journey time of approximately eight minutes.
It’s important that you plan your journey so you aren’t left waiting for a bus, train or taxi to take you where you need to go. The free journey planner
app can help you plot out your journey, be it by rail, road or air, and give you a plan with accurate times and costs. Failing that, there are alternative websites like getthere
that offer a similar service.
If you’re hoping to visit some of the more famous locations and landmarks, it’s important to note that not all are accessible by public transport. For the ones that aren’t, pre-booked day tours like Paddywagon Tours
, Day Tours Unplugged
and Authentic Ireland
are your best option.
Does our Community have any other tips for exploring the island of Ireland without a car?