Getting To Ireland

d is easy, with available direct flights from Europe and further afield, as well as ferries from England, Scotland and Wales.

Ireland is serviced by a number of airports, the largest being Dublin – while there are other smaller ones such as Cork and Belfast in the Northern Irish province. Dublin Airport has a huge number of flights that are operated by the national legacy carrier Aer Lingus, as well as budget carrier Ryanair.

The airport also offers flights to a large number of continental European airports such as Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona Munich and many others.

There are also transatlantic flights from departure points in the United States and Canada. If you are flying into the UK and onto Ireland, there are hundreds of flights to choose from every day.

You can opt for a package deal through travel agents, or you create your own itinerary by booking flights off the Internet and booking your own accommodation. While hotels are always a comfortable option, Ireland is the land of bed and breakfast accommodation and they are all of a very high standard!

If you are already in the United Kingdom, you could opt for getting a ferry over to Ireland. Prices vary drastically according to the different times of the year and you also need to be wary of the weather, which can be inclement at certain times of the year. Most of the ferries, including high speed catamarans, take cars on board. Prices shoot up in the summer months and it is generally advisable to travel midweek, rather than on the weekend. You can make bookings in person or online. The biggest operator is Stena line.

The crossing on a fast catamaran takes about 90 minutes, whereas a trip over on a traditional ferry takes about three hours.

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